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Apple iPhone 6s & 6s Plus: 3D Touch, 12MP camera, 4K video recording, starts at $199 on September 25

iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

During it's Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones. The updated smartphones still sport the 4.7-inch Retina HD display for the 6s and 5.5-inch Retina HD display for the 6s Plus, but there's a lot of new stuff that Apple is bringing to the table with this years flagship models:

  • 12 megapixel iSight Camera: Apple has bumped the megapixel count in the iPhone for the first time in 4 years, going from 8 megapixels to 12. This is a 50% increase in pixels, and with it comes 50% more focus pixels, making autofocus even faster than before as well.
  • 5 megapixel FaceTime HD camera: Another big improvement, as the front camera on the iPhone goes from 1.8 megapixels to 5.0. Apple will use the display itself as the True Tone Retina Flash for those selfies you need to take while in the dark.
  • 4K video recording: You can now shoot 4K video directly from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • 3D Touch: This is one of the tentpole features. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can now sense depth. This is similar to Force Touch on the Apple Watch, but much more advanced. Pushing down on different elements throughout iOS will allow you to select shortcuts, preview information with the "peek" gesture, go further into that data with the "pop" gesture, and more.
  • A9 processor: Apple's A9 processor offers 70% faster performance and 90% faster graphics than the previous A8 chip. Not only will things feel much faster, but games are now "console quality" according to Apple.
  • Touch ID Second Generation: Apple has doubled the speed of the Touch ID sensor
  • Wi-Fi speeds doubled
  • LTE Advanced with support for 23 LTE bands, and speeds that are twice as fast
  • Live Photos: This might have been the coolest thing Apple showed today. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will capture 1.5 seconds before and after you take your photo

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in silver, space gray, gold, and a new rose gold color option. Be sure to check out our iPhone 6s pricing guide.


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OS X 10.11 El Capitan will be released on September 30

OS X El Capitan Beta 5 download

During a demo of the new iPhone 6s 3D Touch feature at the Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event, Apple's Craig Federighi opened an email on his iPhone 6s from Phil Schiller that announced that OS X El Capitan would be released on September 30th. Apple's latest OS X 10.11 Mac operating system has been in beta since WWDC 2015 in June. Thanks to that peek at Federighi's email, we now know that all Mac users with compatible computers will be able to update to El Capitan three weeks from today, completely for free.

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Apple announces brand new Apple TV with Siri integration and touch remote

Apple TV 2015

During today's Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint event, Apple announced the long-awaited, completely redesigned Apple TV. In an effort to bring TV into the modern age, Apple is focusing on an app-based solution for reinventing television. On the inside, Apple has added 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking, giving the Apple TV faster networking access. The App Store is now front and center on the new Apple TV, allowing users to download television-optimized apps from developers. The user interface has been modernized, and on the inside, Apple has included the A8 processor from the iPhone 6. This is a big improvement over the A5 processor found in the previous model. Apple has updated the software to a version of iOS 9 that it's calling tvOS.

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iPad Pro announced: 12.9-inch 2732x2048 display, 4 speakers, A9X chip

Apple iPad Pro specs

Apple has announced the new iPad Pro at today's Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event. This is the largest iOS device yet, sporting a 12.9-inch display with a 2732x2048 resolution - that equates to 5.6 million pixels, which is more than even the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. In fact, as Apple points out, the length of the iPad Pro display when in landscape orientation is equal to that of two iPad Airs side-by-side. What that means is that you can run two full-sized standard iPad apps on the iPad Pro simultaneously, side-by-side.

As for ports, the iPad Pro has the standard Lightning connector that we're all used to for charging and syncing. Additionally, it has a new connector called the Smart Connector. This allows you to attach the new Apple Smart Keyboard.

The iPad Air Pro also sports a four speaker array. Two stereo speakers on the top, and two more on the bottom. Depending on the orientation and how you are holding the iPad, it will change the dynamics of the sound to optimize it for that specific scenario. Apple says that the iPad Pro at full volume is three times louder than the iPad Air 2 at full volume. This is been a big complaint with iPad in the past, since it was never great with sound.

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(Product) Red Apple Watch Sport band leaks ahead of Apple Event

(Product) Red Apple Watch Sport Band

Apple is set to take the stage in about 15 minutes for its Hey Siri, Give Us A Hint event. One piece of information did leak, though, and that's proof of a new (Product) Red Sport band for the Apple Watch. As you can see in the image above, if true, Apple will be expanding the colors available in the Sport band line. Up until now, Apple Watch Sport bands have been available in green, pink, blue, black, and white. When you buy a (Product) Red product, a portion of the sales goes to help the fights against AIDS.

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Apple invites press to “Hey Siri, give us a hint!” event on September 9

Apple Event hey siri give us a hint

Apple has sent invitations to press for it’s “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” event, happening on September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. As has become annual tradition, this will be the event where Apple unveils its next set of iPhones, including the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. There are also rumors of a potential iPhone 6c, as well as a long-awaited new Apple TV. It won’t be long now, iPhone fans—Apple takes the stage in just 13 days. In the meantime, feel free to keep bugging Siri and see if she gives you an early scoop.

What's your best guess at what the company will be announcing?


Unboxing Live 164: iPod touch 6th generation

In this episode I open up the brand new iPod touch (6th generation), new from Apple. The new iPod touch features the Apple A8 processor, which is the same 64-bit chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while maintaining the 4-inch Retina display. This brings the iPod touch out of the virtual stone age that it was in, making it a modern iOS device with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 (a first for any Apple device), and 1GB RAM. Join me as I open up the package in this episode of Unboxing Live, and give you a full overview of the device!

You can pick up the iPod touch 6th gen now.

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Bleeding Edge TV 537: How to take Apple Watch screenshots

In this episode, Andru Edwards brings you a quick look at how to take screenshots with the Apple Watch. It doesn't take much - just press both hardware buttons on the right side of the Apple Watch simultaneously, and you'll see the familiar camera flash take over the display, along with the shutter sound effect. But then - how do you find them afterwards? We show you how to get to your Apple Watch screenshots as well!

You can pick up the Apple Watch now from the Apple Store online.

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Bleeding Edge TV 536: How to reboot the Apple Watch

In this episode, we show you how easy it is to reboot your Apple Watch. Depending on which buttons you press, you are able to turn off the Apple Watch, put it in a low power mode, or lock it with a passcode. Rebooting requires an extra button, and we show you how it all works.

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Bleeding Edge TV 535: How to swap Apple Watch bands

Apple offers a variety of watch bands for the Apple Watch, all with varying price points and fashion cues. That being the case, it wouldn't be out of the ordinary for someone to own more than one Apple Watch band, in order to switch up colors and materials to fit a certain look or occasion. In this episode, I show you how to change the Apple Watch bands quickly and easily - Apple has literally made it a snap. Here are the various Apple Watch bands that you can buy:

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