EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 11:02 AM — Here’s the new Apple TV!! New remote W/touch glass interface at top. Siri offers voice search.
Apple also showed off a new Apple TV sleek interface which shows off some cool features like 3D animation to highlight icons that users selected and focuses on faster navigation.
And, the company has finally added a new Apple TV remote, voice search with Siri, and a touch swipe space at the top of remote.
More: Apple TV will offer better gaming.
Apple says the future of TV is Apps. ‘OS TV’ is the name given for this living room operating system. Apps bought on Apple TV will also show up on your phone and tablet.
Apple TV comes out this fall and will cost $149 for 32 gigabytes and $199 for 64 gigabytes.
They keep boasting about watching movies on 12.9″ iPad Pro. It’s a small smart flatscreen TV? Right?
Apple says the new iPad Pro will start at $799, with 32 gigabytes of storage. iPad Pro will come in silver, gold, grey. Hits market in November. — Gabe Slate, Tech Report
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 10:23 AM —
Apple unveils giant iPad Pro. It’s huge!
iPad Pro is 12.9″. New A9 chip, fast as a desktop Apple claims. 10 hour battery. 4 speakers built in. Made for computing & watching movies.
iPad Pro features full qwerty keyboard on screen & there is a new case w/built in physical keyboard pics. — Gabe Slate, Tech Report
Apple Watch OS2 will feature ways for Doctors to talk w/patients. Get real time reads of heartbeats etc. The company is also equipping the new watches with Gold & Pink ‘Rose Gold’ casings.
A software update for the Apple Watch allows outsider developers to write apps. According to Apple, there are now 10,000 apps designed for the watch, including ones from Facebook and GoPro.
The new software will be available as a free download starting next Wednesday.
— Gabe Slate, Tech Report
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Apple is expected to unveil new iPhones and other gadgets Wednesday morning during their press event in downtown San Francisco at the The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.
KRON 4’s Gabe Slate says that Apple CEO Tim Cook may show new models of the top-selling iPhone featuring Force Touch technology built into the screen which can distinguish between a light tap and deep press. The Apple Watch was the first device to feature this.
Also, Slate has been tracking rumors about the new iPhone’s improved camera. The new smartphone may come with a 12-megapixel (rear-camera) sensor, and the rear camera is said to support video shooting in 4K resolution.
On the front side, the camera will come with a 5-megapixel sensor for selfies (and facetime), with at least 720p HD video recording.
Today’s big news isn’t expected to generate much excitement among investors. Apple’s stock has fallen over concerns that the company may not be able to duplicate sales growth it saw after introducing last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Apple sold more than 74 million iPhones in the first three months after it released the larger iPhone 6 and super-sized 6 Plus models in 2014.
As an upgrade to the phones, Slate says that Apple may use a different alloy combination, which is said to offer a stronger base for the volume keys and power button, the alleged weak points in both iPhone 6 models — there should be no bendgate issues which may have turned off some potential buyers.
Tech reporter Gabe Slate will be live tweeting from the Apple event which begins at 10 a.m. You can follow him @gabeslate.