10 things you didn’t know about iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus, Apple TELEVISION 4, iPad Pro + iPad mini 4


Apple’s “Hey Siri” unique occasion was so entirely jammed with significant statements that a lot of little information fell through the fractures — — performance distinctions in between the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, battery surprises in the iPad Pro and iPad mini 4, and connection omissions in the Apple TV 4, just among others.

Every year, as soon as the occasion’s dust has actually settled, I dig through all the info out there to bring you a clearer picture of exactly what to anticipate from Apple’s newest devices. Right here are things you’ll would like to know about the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, and Apple TV 4…

… 1) Bluetooth 4.2 Is All over! (Except The New Apple TELEVISION. Which Is Unusual Due to the fact that, Well, HomeKit.)As new variations of Bluetooth go, Bluetooth 4.2 seem like a no-brainer for Apple to support. It ares more power-efficient than before, provides privacy and security enhancements, and guarantees 2.5 X speed enhances along with 10X data ability boosts. The Bluetooth SIG calls it “ideal for the Web of Things,” such as wirelessly linked home appliances. So it was natural to see Bluetooth 4.2 pop up in the brand-new iPhones and iPads, following its stealthy rollout in the sixth-generation iPod touch this summer season. However it’s surprisingly absent from the brand-new Apple TELEVISION, which Apple has (up until the other day) openly promoted as a hub for HomeKit devices; the box only supports Bluetooth 4.0. Perhaps the brand-new 802.11 air conditioning support will be enough for HomeKit?


2) The iPhone 6s + 6s Plus May Hardly Look Different, But They’ll Feel Much heavier. As expected, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are somewhat larger in each measurement than prior to — — just enough making trim-fitting cases bulge — — but they’ll be noticeably heavier. While the size changes are each in the 0.1 to 0.2 mm variety, weight has actually jumped by nearly 0.5 ounces on the 6s, and 0.7 ounces on the 6s Plus. This might be attributable to the 7000 Series aluminum frame, or to additional 3D Touch components such as the brand-new Taptic Engine.


3) Those Gorgeous Fish On The iPhone 6s Packaging (And Backgrounds) Have Been Determined.For the very first time considering that the intro of the iPhone, Apple is making use of wallpaper-like photography on the iPhones’ bundles — — colorful fish to match the varied colors of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. It turns out that they’re selectively-bred betta splendens, aka the Siamese Fighting Fish, with dramatic tails such as halfmoon bettas or double tail bettas. According to a reader tip, Apple’s group may have pertained to Thailand to movie the bettas earlier this year.


4) About Those iPhone 6s Camera Tweaks.Apple certainly mentioned that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport enhanced cams, but it didn’t enter into a lot of information on stage beyond to say that they preserve the previous level of image quality at a 50 % higher (12-Megapixel) resolution. Pixel size has actually significantly reduced from 1.5 µ to 1.22 µ, a non-trivial modification that is apparently made up for with “improved noise reduction.” As a result, we’ll have to see whether pictures look smeared or blurred on a pixel-peeping level to accomplish the greater pixel count. But more megapixels will most likely be great throughout the board; Panorama mode now supports up to 63MP, up from 43MP in earlier iPhones. And the front video camera’s jump to a 5MP sensing unit from 1.2 MP before is a big offer, as it’s better than anticipated, and will drastically improve the appearance of selfies. None of the iPads (or earlier iPhones) come close– they’re all stuck at 1.2 MP, at finest.

A few other things weren’t discussed on phase. Optical Image Stabilization was an unusual and under-described addition to the iPhone 6 Plus over the stock iPhone 6; professional photographers ultimately determined it was mostly assisting the iPhone in taking sharper still images in low light. For the iPhone 6s, it stays a Plus-only function, however this time, Apple is actively noting that OIS works for video, also, presumably to minimize shake — — as people would have anticipated in in 2014’s design. Another interesting information: 4K videos are being taped in H. 264, and Apple is no longer making reference to H. 265 support for any purpose, FaceTime or otherwise. Finally, an iOS 9 feature called “Playback Zoom,” which lets you focus on parts of your video after recording, is apparently supported for the 6s and 6s Plus but not earlier iPhones. I came across the function when testing iOS 9 on my previous 6 Plus, so I’m uncertain why Apple’s restricting it here.

5) One “Worldphone” iPhone? Not Yet: There Are Still American LTE Distinctions. The good news is that each variation of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus supports most of the world’s cordless bands, including fast LTE bands. But there are still at least 2 different hardware models for the 6s and 6s Plus, one with CDMA EV-DO Rev. An assistance (for CDMA providers such as Verizon), the other with LTE Band 30 assistance (for AT&T’s most recent chunk of cordless spectrum), so you’ll wish to pick the variation that suits your U.S. provider. Note that the cellular variations of the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro come with CDMA Rev. A and B hardware, but don’t provide Band 30 assistance.


6) On The Body + Screen Of The iPad mini 4.No surprise here: this variation of the iPad mini will be the very first to completely break compatibility with prior cases. The fourth-generation model is thinner (6.1 mm versus 7.4 mm) and lighter (0.65 pounds versus 0.73 pounds), but also taller (203.2 mm versus 200mm). Apple has actually changed the screen to a fully-laminated screen with antireflective finishing, like the iPad Air 2’s, guaranteeing “much more realistic colors, greater contrast, and sharper, more vibrant images.” It’s unclear whether the screen now rivals the iPad Air or iPad Air 2 in color range — — the last 2 minis did not — — however it’s absolutely getting better.

Also worth noting: contrary to expectations, the iPad mini 4 isn’t a complete iPad Air 2 replacement. It has an A8 processor instead of an A8X, which suggests that you get less of a graphics bump (1.6 x instead of 2.5 x) and CPU bump (1.3 x rather than 1.4 x) over the A7. Battery life is likewise going to be an enigma, as it has actually dropped to a 19.1 WHr battery, around 20 % below the 23.8 WHr battery found in the previous model. On a more favorable note, the mini 4’s cams need to be equivalent to the Air 2’s, which will be a welcome improvement.


7) Charging The iPad Pro.Apple invested a great piece of time discussing the iPad Pro’s features and design, however didn’t talk much about the battery and charging — — will the Pro work with all the Produced iPad chargers companies have been offering? Surprisingly, the response is “yes.” The iPad Pro has a 38.5 WHr battery, which is actually around 10 % smaller sized than the iPad 3 and iPad 4’s 42.5 Whr battery. It has Apple’s 12W USB Power Adapter, which offered the iPad Pro’s size might lead one to stress over lengthy recharging times. However since the iPad 4 took around 5 hours to charge with the 12W adapter, anticipate just under 5-hour recharge time for the iPad Pro — — plus compatibility with all of the major iPad charging devices launched over the last 3 years.


8) iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, Smart Connector + Logitech.Although Apple was pretty aggressive in applying its branding to the brand-new Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro (didn’t they call it “Apple Material” at one point?), the keyboard case looks a lot like something Logitech would make: it was releasing fabric-surfaced keyboard cases like the Fabric Skin Keyboard Folio years back. Even if Logitech gets no credit for motivating or co-developing the keyboard, it’s being allowed to release the very first third-party keyboard with Smart Connector compatibility — — the three-dot power and data port on the iPad Pro’s edge. Logitech’s version looks more professional than Apple’s (above), which has an awkwardly unbalanced folding design.

As Bluetooth keyboards have actually just recently been getting 1-year battery life off of single charges, my suspicion is that the Smart Port had not been developed for this certain device, however rather for future charging of the iPad Pro in a more natural landscape orientation. It does not make a great deal of sense to me to keep such a huge screen in picture orientation for charging.


9) A Few Notes On The New Apple TV.It’s the fourth-generation model, but Apple’s calling it “the brand-new Apple TV.” (An eagle-eyed reader kept in mind that meta code on Apple’s web site revealed it under the alternate name “Apple TELEVISION 2” — — would that have been basically confusing?) In any case, it will certainly be available in a black box, unlike the previous generation’s white boxes.

Apple’s official dimensions reveal the Apple TV as being around 50 % taller than previously (35mm versus 23mm), however the very same footprint (98mm by 98mm). My individual guess is that the additional size may have been needed for its added 802.11 ac with MIMO assistance, demanding bigger antennas, but it’s likewise over 50 % much heavier (425g versus 272g), which is surprising offered Apple’s tasks of thinning and lightening over the years since the previous Apple TELEVISION was launched.

Little was made from a number of fascinating hardware changes: it will certainly now support Dolby Digital 7.1 (up from 5.1), HDMI 1.4 for faster data/better color/3D, and USB-C– the latter replacing micro-USB, but still for “service only.” Developers learnt that it will certainly have 2GB of RAM, which must be plenty for running iPhone 6 Plus-caliber games, but an obstacle for contemporary console-caliber titles. Less positively, Apple has actually dropped the optical audio port, which is currently stimulating angst with some users, and as kept in mind above, the Apple TELEVISION will not have Bluetooth 4.2– just Bluetooth 4.0. Rather worryingly on the software application side, Apple doesn’t state that the new Apple TV will support standard iTunes Music streaming without Apple Music. Let’s hope that’s a short-term oversight. It’s likewise highly unclear how the 32GB/64GB hardware will certainly deal with apps and games, but initial suspicions are that a lot of streaming will certainly be taking place in the background.


10) Apple TELEVISION: Do not forget The Siri Remote or MFi Controllers.We understood prior to the event that it was going to be black and bigger than the prior Apple Remote, now with a touch surface at the top. It’s actually two-toned, with a black top and silver bottom, measuring 1.5″ ″ by 4.88 ″ by 0.25 ″. Remarkably, Apple will certainly include a Lightning to USB cable for charging the Siri Remote, which is sort of odd given that a (new) USB-C to Lightning cable television would have appeared like a good match for the new rear USB-C port.


Apple will be offering a wrist strap called the Remote Loop for the Siri Remote similar to the one Nintendo launched for its Wii Remote years earlier, developed to keep frenetic players from pitching their controllers at their TV screens. It will plug into the Lightning port on the bottom of the Siri Remote, and appear like the iPod touch Loop recently ceased together with the fifth-generation iPod touch. Furthermore, while the new Apple TELEVISION supports “MFi-based controllers,” the very first authorities video game controller for Apple TV has been announced, Steelseries’ Nimbus, luckily at a reasonable $ 50 price. It appears like there’s just one button difference — — “menu” — exchanged for”pause”— between this and earlier MFi Bluetooth controllers, however there might be other improvements under the hood. In any case, you won’t be limited to the Siri Remote for video gaming, and that’s great news.

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