This year’s September event showcased all types of new technology from Apple, including a new iPad design, new Apple watch design and more features added to the iPhone 6S.
This year’s event also brought light to Apple’s collaboration with other major tech giants Microsoft and Adobe. The 2015 event also showcased a trend towards healthcare-friendly mobile apps.
Apple kicked things off with the Apple Watch. In terms of design, Apple Watch will now have multiple wristband color options. As well as new wristbands, Apple Watch will now have a sport option. The sport option does not seem to have many visible design differences from the original watch. Apple also partnered with French designer Hermes to create high-end watch bands and faces, for more couture-oriented customers.
Since last year’s launch of the Apple Watch, over 10,000 watch apps have been created. Of the 10,000 watch apps, Airstrip definitely is the biggest game changer. Doctors can now monitor their patient’s vitals with the Airstrip app for Apple Watch, and expecting mothers can monitor fetal heart rate and nutrition.
Apple moved on from Watch to the new iPad pro. The pro will have the largest iPad display yet at 12.9 in., and at 6.9 mm wide weighs only 1.57 lbs. This announcement also lead into the introduction of the Apple Pencil (sorry, Steve Jobs.) The pencil is supposed to increase precision when operating the iPad, and can be used as the same time as regular touch operation. Along with the Apple pencil, the pro will come with an option of a connectable keyboard.
More perks of the iPad pro are complete Microsoft and Adobe compatibility including a demonstration in which multiple Microsoft programs are multitasked and the Apple pencil is used to draw graphics directly.
Following suit of Airstrip for the Watch, the iPad pro will support 3D 4Medical– an app for healthcare professionals that has capabilities to simulate surgery and and muscle/bone interactions.
Moving from the iPad pro, Apple representatives demonstrated new Apple TV capabilities. Apple TV has been updated to include more apps, and use the remote as a gaming controller. As well as gaming possibilities, the new Apple TV will be able to host live sporting events with time-accurate score updates.
Finally, the iPhone 6S, also known as what everyone has been waiting for. Predictably, the 6S and 6S+ look exactly like the 6 and 6+. The 6S/6S+ will feature new shortcut capabilities from the homescreen and 3D touch. 3D touch will allow users to either access or dismiss notifications by the force of their touch on the screen. Upgrades on the 6S include a CPU that is 70 percent faster, 12 MP camera with 4K video recording and faster TouchID.
Apple’s updates to technology may increase convenience for users, but at what cost? It will be interesting to see reviews and reports of the new devices’ and updates’ repairability and security within the coming months.