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The 10 most important announcements from Apple’s big iPhone 6s event

Updated Dec 26th, 2019 11:56PM EST
Apple iPhone 6s Event Recap

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It was a wild ride, Apple fans, and it has finally come to an end. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are official, the new Apple TV is here, Apple’s giant iPad Pro is finally real, and the hits keep on coming. Some people were expecting an event that focused on an “S” update to be boring, but we knew that wasn’t going to be the case. Apple’s “Hey Siri” press conference was action-packed from start to finish — so much so that you might have missed an announcement or two amid the rush of news.

Don’t worry, we’ll recap all of Apple’s most important announcements from today’s event right here in this post.

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New iPhones

You guessed it — the most important announcements today are obviously the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Long story short, the new iPhones are better than their predecessors in every conceivable way. Well, almost every conceivable way — they are a bit thicker than the iPhones they replace.

Highlights include Apple’s new 3D Touch technology, faster A9 processors, twice the RAM as last year’s iPhones, new 12-megapixel rear cameras and 5-megapixel front cameras, Live Photos, stronger 7000 Series aluminum, a new rose gold color option and more.

See everything new in Apple’s next-generation iPhones right here.

Move to iOS

Apple is about to release an Android app called Move to iOS. Install it on any Android phone and it will walk you through all of the steps needed to move your key data onto your new iPhone.

iPhone upgrade program

Buy a new unlocked iPhone from Apple starting at $32 a month, and you’ll be able to trade it in next year and get the same tier iPhone at the same price with no lump payments.

iPad Pro

Apple’s new iPhones were the star of the show, but the company also unveiled the iPad Pro after more than a year of rumors.

The iPad Pro is a first-of-its-kind device for Apple, bringing iOS to the biggest screen it’s ever been on. In fact, the iPad Pro’s display is even bigger than the smallest MacBook displays.

Apple’s new iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch display that, in landscape, is exactly the size of two vertical iPad Air screens side by side. The device is powered by a new A9X processor that is 1.8 times faster than Apple’s previous-gen chip, it packs a four-speaker stereo sound system, and it’s just 6.9mm thick.

Perhaps best of all, the tablet will last for 10 hours of usage on a single charge.

The device starts at $799 with 32GB, and it will be released sometime in November. You can find all of the key details right here.

Smart Keyboard

That’s right, Apple unveiled a brand new keyboard accessory designed specifically for the iPad Pro. It’s basically a cover and keyboard in one, and it will be sold separately.

Apple’s Smart Keyboard will launch in November at $169.

Apple Pencil

Beyond the keyboard accessory, the iPad Pro will also be supported by the Apple Pencil, which is basically a sleek stylus that is precise and supports force data. Pressing lightly will result in a thin stroke, while a firm press yields a broader stroke.

The battery lasts for hours per charge, and the top hides a Lightning connector that can plug into the iPad Pro for recharging.

Apple’s new Apple Pencil will cost $99 when it launches in November.

iPad mini 4

Apple still makes an iPad mini?

The company’s tiny tablet was somewhat neglected last year, so this year it got a bit of a redesign. The new model is thinner, it packs a faster processor, and it also has better cameras than the iPad mini 3. Also of note, the faster processor and more RAM in Apple’s new iPad mini 4 mean that it supports split-screen apps in iOS 9.

The iPad mini 4 will start at $399.

Apple TV

The Apple TV might finally stop being a hobby for Apple.

The company on Wednesday unveiled a next-generation Apple TV set-top box that ships with a completely redesigned remote with touch controls and sensors that allow for motion controls. It’s powered by the 64-bit A8 chip and it’s barely bigger than the old Appel TV box.

But the highlight is the fact that Apple is opening its TV platform up to third-party app and game developers with the new tvOS platform. Should Sony and Microsoft be worried? Probably not just yet, but you never know what the future might hold. Apple’s new tvOS is available to developers beginning today.

Siri can be used to control Apple TV now as well, and Apple’s implementation is absolutely phenomenal. Check out all the details right here.

The new Apple TV launches in October at $149 with 32GB of storage and $199 with 64GB of storage.

Apple Watch

New colors, new bands, and WatchOS 2 — that’s right, the Apple Watch wasn’t left out of Apple’s big event today. Apple announced new own-brand bands for the watch, new fashion partnerships for third-party bands, new Apple Sport colors, and it also shared details surrounding WatchOS 2’s upcoming release.

Check out all the details right here.

iOS 9

We already knew about most of iOS 9’s key new features since Apple unveiled it this past summer at WWDC 2015, but today Apple filled in the blanks with 3D Touch details. Most importantly, we now know when Apple will release iOS 9 to the general public: September 16th.

Looking for more coverage from the Apple iPhone 6s event? Check out our hub!

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