Apple introduced new iPhones earlier this month, along with several other significant products. Some of our earlier predictions proved true: the new phones are updated versions of last year’s models, predictably named the 6S and 6S Plus. They have better cameras and faster processors.
We didn’t anticipate Force Touch, where the screen reacts to pressure by providing additional information or features. It works kind of like the old resistive touch screens. Force Touch can simulate a “right-click” on a website designed for use with a mouse. It can also pop up a picture from a gallery, or start playing a video. Expect this to become more valuable as app developers find new ways to use it.
Apple also added better multi-tasking support in iOS 9.0, and beefed up iPhone RAM from 1GB to 2GB. So you can now easily go back and forth between apps, and use two at a time on an iPad, without slowdown or lagging.
Speaking of iPads, the long-awaited iPad Pro was announced. Apple was feeling heat from Microsoft’s success with the Surface Pro, and responded with a larger iPad. Sporting a 12.9” Retina display, with an available pencil (stylus) and keyboard cover, Apple is now in the game with Microsoft. You still need a Surface Pro if you want to run Windows apps, but with a keyboard, multi-tasking and force touch, the iPad Pro makes the gap considerably narrower. Especially since the iPad versions of Microsoft Office programs are so good.
Finally, even the Apple Watch got a new operating system, it can now do more things like reply to emails, and scroll through a timeline of recent activity. Watch apps run faster right on the watch itself. And when you’re done for the day, you can use it as an alarm clock in nightstand mode.