iPhone 6S: Live updates on confirmed release date, price and specs

Apple will be hoping to build on the success of the iPhone 6

7:40: New iPhones unveiled. iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus with a raft of new features. 3D Touch shown using ‘Peek’ gesture to preview emails without navigating away from the main inbox; swipe up to open Action menu; update Facebook status or upload to Dropbox straight from the home screen.

7:23: Apple TV remote communicates via Bluetooth 4.0, so don’t need to ‘point’ it at the TV. Also has volume controls. Lasts three months on charge. Lightning connector to recharge, so no need for batteries.

Apple TV comes in 32GB for $149 and $64GB for $199. Cue also announces tvOS is available for developers now. Customers can get new Apple TV from late October and 100 countries by the end of the year.

7:20: Now an Baseball man is up – showing how you can use the tvOS app to watch games via its app, showing it at 60fps, and bring up loads of live data on the match live in a multi-screen mode, so you can watch match and stats at the same time.

It also offers look-in information so you can recieve updates on other games while watching another. No doubt other sports franchises will get on that too. Looks impressive.

7:15: Now shopping using a shopping app to view clothes and buy them via the TV, basically creating another major retail channel. Something for retailers to start thinking about.

7:13: Some apps already ready for tvOS include AirBnB and road-crossing game CrossyRoad.

7:10: Cue is back, talking about the new operating system for the tv, called tvOS. Based on iOS and built for the TV. Touts potential for developers to create new services for the Apple TV system.

“We can’t wait to see what apps they bring to the big screen.”

7:08: You can also answer questions during watching TV to get information displayed along the bottom of the screen, such as weather or spots scores. If you want to bring it full-screen, Apple TV will pause in the background.

Switching apps is also shown-off, such as moving from watching a movie to the music app using Siri.

7:05: An Apple TV team head honcho is now on stage showing off the Siri search functions, such as being able to find a particular episode from a show and ‘scrubbing’ search to find key moments in an episode.

Siri can also be used to skip the show ahead by, say, seven minutes. It also has a 15-second backskip function and turn on subtitles if you miss a certain moment.

7:00: Eddy Cue come on stage and show off new remote. It has Siri controls and a touch-enabled area similar to the iPhone screen. Siri will search iTunes, NetFlix, Hulu, HBO and Showtime, with more to come, Cue said.

Apple unveils new TV Siri remote and Apple TV box

6:57: Cook unveils the new Apple TV, with Siri intro, and Apple remote-controlled interface.

6:55: We’re on to Apple TV now. Cook says innovation in the TV world has stopped while mobile world has passed it by. “Today, we are going to do something about that,” he says.

“We believe the future of television is apps.”

6:50: The iPad Pro will launch in November and cost from $799, $949 and $1079 with storage options ranging from 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. It will come in three colours: silver, gold and space grey.

6:40: Microsoft joins Apple on stage to talk about the benefits of using its tools such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Then Adobe, showing how powerful it is for using its design and editing software.

Clear from these demos that Apple is hoping the iPad Pro will be a major business tool. Third demo shows medical benefits of such a large-screen, touch-sensitive device, helping show patients injuries in 3D and understanding human anatomy.

6:30: Device will come with a stylus called Apple Pencil and keyboard attachment to help boost productivity of the device.

6:20: Cook back now, onto iPad. Does this mean a big iPad Pro? It does. Cook announced iPad Pro with a dramatic space-age trailer. Phil Sciller comes up next to talk a bit more about it. Here are some key specs.

He confirms a 12.9in screen and touts the new multi-tasking features that iOS 9 brings as being “designed with this iPad in mind” for things such as typing, playing music and watching videos.

6:15: Apple now talking about partnering with Hermes for some watch bits like strips and faces. Not the most thrilling thing we’ll hear tonight. This also announce Watch O2 2 launches 16 September.

6:12: A demo now, Airstrip – a healthcare app used by doctors and nurses to share information with each other and patients and monitor health information.

6:10: There are now over 10,000 apps for the Watch, Williams adds. Reveals Facebook Messenger will be launched for the Apple Watch as well as iTranslate and GoPro, so Apple Watch can be a viewfinder for the camera.

6:05: We begin with Apple Watch. Apple CEO Tim Cook says device is “changing people’s daily lives”. Customer satisfaction is 97 percent, he says.

Jeff Willams then comes online, talks about the next generation fo the watchOS, such as new watch faces and ‘third-party complications’, an odd term for referring to how apps can provide information direct to your wrist, and maps updates. Cue applause.

5:50: The iPhone 6S event is just minutes away from starting and the excitment levels are high as we await to see what Apple has to show off. You can follow the live stream of the event on Apple’s website via Safari or on iOS, or Windows Edge.

The event will begin at 6pm.

The unveiling of the new iPhone is just a few hours away and anticipation is building as the market waits to see what new features and functions Apple will include in the latest models.

The new device, likely to be called the iPhone 6S if Apple sticks to its usual naming conventions, has a lot to live up to after the whirlwind success of the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother, the iPhone 6S Plus.

V3 has put together a round-up of all the key information we expect from the launch and what we know about the device, which we’ll update as more information comes to light. So check back regularly.

Release date

iPhone 7 invite 9 September

Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 6S during an event on 9 September at 6pm UK time. The event is being live streamed and can be watched from any iOS or Mac device via the Safari browser, or via Windows 10 on the Edge browser, the first time Apple has let Windows users watch the event.

Tim Cook has already taken to Twitter to tease the event, with a photo of the building where the unveilings will take place.

The actual launch date for the devices is unknown as yet, but Apple generally releases them fairly soon after the unveiling and before the end of September is likely.

Apple is expecting the iPhone 6S to break sales records. The Wall Street Journal reported that the firm has asked suppliers to manufacture a combined 85 million to 90 million units of the two new models with 4.7in and 5.5in displays by 31 December.

Apple usually charges a hefty price for its devices, and the iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 6S Plus which will probably be unveiled alongside it, will no doubt continue this trend.

Currently, the iPhone 6 costs from £539 and the iPhone 6S Plus from £619, so similar prices are likely, although they could well be higher as they’ll contain new features and capabilities.


Siri has been given an overhaul for iOS 9

The iPhone 6S will probably keep the same 4.7in screen as its predecessor but is likely to include several other major new features, including an updated processor, improved battery life and the new Force Touch technology.

Force Touch recognises how soft or hard the screen is being pressed. This will allow new ways of interacting with the phone beyond the current swipes and taps, with long presses bringing up extra on-screen options, for example.

A new report on 9to5Mac.com suggests Apple will actually unveil an improved version of Force Touch, called 3D Force Touch for the new iPhones, taking it beyond the current capabilities found in its MacBooks.

The report says that whereas the current Force Touch technology can differentiate between two touch types – a tap and a press – the new version will be able to tell the difference between a tap, a press, and a deeper press.

This should be of great use to app developers who can use it to help reduce the time it takes to carry out certain functions by using different touch types for different actions.

A new camera lens could also be included, while reports online suggest that Apple will use tougher materials to avoid any risk of the ‘bendgate’ drama returning.

However, according to a report on 9to5mac, there won’t be a 32GB version and Apple will stick with 16BG, 64GB and 128GB models. This is surprising as 16GB is quite a small amount of storage, given how many apps and digital media such as photos and videos are stored on phones these days.

All the new devices will run the iOS 9 operating system, which contains numerous new features such as improvements to Siri and Maps, and a security boost with six-digit passcodes.

The event invitation (pictured above) also gives a strong hint that improvements to Siri are likely to form a core part of the announcement.

Finally, there are rumours that Apple will introduce a pink version of the iPhone 6S to go alongside existing silver, space grey and gold models.

iPhone 7 in pink

The event could well see the release of an iPhone 6C too, the ‘budget’ iPhone that was first unveiled in 2013 in a range of colours.

Another device that may well be unveiled is the long-rumoured iPad Pro, a 12.1in version of the iPad aimed at the enterprise market, an area on which Apple is increasingly focusing its attentions.

Rumours suggest the device will come with a base storage option of 64GB, underlining its focus on the enterprise market where larger storage options are required.

Finally, there may be some more information on the Apple Watch, specifically sales data and confirmed support for native apps that don’t require an iPhone companion app.

However, Apple may choose not to mention the Watch at all, and instead just let the iPhone 6S dominate the headlines.

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9 September 2015 | 4:52 pm – Source: v3.co.uk


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