It was a huge week in the Apple-verse, with Wednesday’s special event packing in the new iPhones, the powerful iPad Pro, and the brand-new Apple TV. There was even a pretty big update to the iPad mini that barely got mentioned since the rest of the keynote was so packed. Plus, next week brings the launch of iOS 9, so there’s a lot to be excited about!
And we are definitely excited.
Tim Cook does a little recap at the end of every Apple special event, so we’re going to borrow a page from his playbook here. This list contains every story we wrote about this week’s news—perfect for catching up on anything you may have missed while you’re waiting to preorder your iPhone 6s.
“The only thing that’s changed is everything,” Apple said about the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at Wednesday’s Apple event. That’s both true and untrue. The case looks pretty much the same, the screen sizes didn’t change, and the entry-level model still has a paltry 16GB of storage. But inside it’s an all-new iPhone with some impressive new capabilities.
While they might look the same, the new iPhones are made of Apple’s 7000 series aluminum alloy, the strongest of any iPhone ever made, which is also what Apple used to craft the Apple Watch Sport. The aluminum is aerospace industry-grade.
Apple’s website isn’t the only place you can preorder a new phone. The Apple Store app for iOS is often a faster and smoother way to place an order, in our experience, and Apple recommends that route, too.
Apps should be as diverse as what’s available in iOS. Obviously, video-streaming services are front and center, and Apple has commitments from big names in television program creation and movie licensing, like ABC, Disney, HBO, Hulu, and Showtime.
But as large as it is, the iPad Pro doesn’t feel unwieldy, even to me, an avowed fan of the iPad mini. We’ve learned from the iMac and the iPhone that people love giant screens with tons of pixels crammed on to them, and that’s what the iPad Pro delivers, along with performance that should let more people than ever leave their laptops at home.
The iPad Pro fills up its large screen with 5.6 million pixels in a 2732×2048 resolution (versus the 2048×1536 resolution of the iPad Air 2), making it the highest resolution Retina display Apple has ever produced, even besting the resolution of the 15-inch MacBook Pro.
The biggest change by far is the 4th-gen tablet’s ability to support all of iOS 9’s multitasking features: Slide Over, Picture in Picture, and Split View, a tool that was exclusive to the iPad Air 2 prior to Wednesday’s launch event.
Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the event on Wednesday morning and wasted no time in getting down to business. He immediately began talking about the success of the Apple Watch and where the platform was going with watchOS 2, which drops on September 16.
Apple also announced new Apple Watch bands and finishes, available today in 24 countries, and showed off a partnership with luxury-goods maker Hermes to bring its Double Tour bands—along with classic Hermes faces unique to those bands—to the Watch platform.