Published: September 18, 2015
Science & Tech Editor
Tech giant brings new products to consumers
Apple made its yearly announcement in San Francisco Sept. 9. The highly anticipated event brought with it a host of new products. Keeping with the tradition for the last several years, Apple made its yearly announcement bringing the public a new iPhone and operating system, a new computer operating system and a new iPad.
The new iPhone 6s continues the traditional format of previous S model phones. While retaining the same dimensions and shape of the iPhone 6, the new phone comes with a variety of new features that aim to improve the user experience. The phone maintains the same size but is marginally thicker than the last iPhone. The change comes in response to consumer complaints last fall that the phone would bend in their pockets. Apple claims that the change is so small that most iPhone 6 accessories should be compatible with the 6s. As usual the phone comes with an upgraded A9 chip that brings faster processing and greater computing power. The newest feature for the iPhone is the introduction of 3D touch. The new feature brings new shortcuts to the iPhones display that allows quicker access to the internet, email and photos. iOS 9 comes preloaded on the phone and will also be available to owners of older models of the iPhone.
OS X El Capitan is set to replace the current operating systems on Apple’s Macs and Macbooks. The new operating system maintains the same layout with a few extra features. The new features include split screen viewing, a new mission control system and greater integration with the iCloud so you can have what you need on all your Apple products. Annie Kennedy, a sophomore BCMB major, said, “I am really excited about the update, especially split screen viewing, although I am satisfied with the current OS X Yosemite.”
The biggest announcement at the conference was the new iPad Pro. At 12.9 inches it is just slightly smaller than the smallest Macbook, but packs a big punch with a higher resolution screen. The new iPad features a faster processor than older iPad models and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The new product intends to compete with Microsoft’s Surface series. The iPad still runs on the mobile operating system for Apple devices, a slight drawback in its capabilities when compared to the full operating system on one of their computers. The new iPad still has an optional full sized keyboard for purchase separately that would replace the on screen keyboard and a stylus available for purchase. Apple also released an updated model on its iPad mini, the iPad mini 4.
Apple begins releasing its products on the Sept. 25 with the new operating systems also ready for download on older Apple devices.