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Apple's iPhone 6S announcement: live updates, news, and more from Apple’s big event

Apple's big event is over. We got two new iPhones, a revamped Apple TV, a massive iPad, and a few surprises. Here's all the news.

  • Sam Byford

    Sep 9, 2015

    Sam Byford

    The creator of Rock Band is making the Apple TV's Wii Sports

    The new Apple TV remote supports motion controls, and it looks like Apple is taking a leaf out of Nintendo's book when it comes to teaching new users how to play games on the device. Harmonix, the developers behind Rock Band and the original Guitar Hero, appeared on stage to show off a new game called Beat Sports — and, well, it's pretty much Wii Sports baseball in rhythm game clothing.

    Players can swing the Apple TV remote to hit balls in time to music, combining "the joy of hitting balls with the joy of hitting notes," according to Harmonix. The game also supports up to four players using iPhones and iPod touches as extra controllers. It wouldn't be a new motion-controlled gaming platform without a sportsy tech demo to show it off, of course; we'll have to see whether Beat Sports is closer to Wii Sports or Kinect Sports. But for now, Harmonix says its new game "will make you fall in love with the new remote."

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  • Kwame Opam

    Sep 9, 2015

    Kwame Opam

    Apple TV's new UI focuses on content, not channels

    At Apple's "Hey Siri" event in San Francisco today, the company finally unveiled its long-brewing update to the Apple TV. It's the biggest revamp the set-top box has seen since its debut in 2007, and, with a bevy of new features already built in, including deep Siri functionality, it's clear this interface is all about content more than any one channel.

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  • James Vincent

    Sep 9, 2015

    James Vincent

    Apple Music is coming to the new Apple TV

    Read next: The Apple TV review.

    When Apple Music was unveiled in June, an Apple TV app for the service was curiously absent. Now, it's finally arriving, along with an overhaul of both Apple TV's hardware and software. On stage at this year's product keynote, Apple showed off Apple Music, with Eddy Cue promising the same features as you can find on iOS and Macs — access to your own music library, personalized playlists, Beats 1 Radio, and 30 million songs. Presumably, there will also be integration of some sort with Siri, which Apple is using to power new natural-language searches on Apple TV.

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  • Chris Plante

    Sep 9, 2015

    Chris Plante

    Tone-deaf iPad Pro demo photo-edits a smile onto a woman, gets applause

    Look, I don't run a billion-dollar company. I don't even run a company. But I have this crazy idea for Apple and Adobe and any other company. If you're going to give a presentation that will be seen all over the world, consult as diverse an audience as you can. You have the money. You have the time.

    Read next: The iPad Pro review.

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  • Micah Singleton

    Sep 9, 2015

    Micah Singleton

    Siri everywhere: Apple's personal assistant takes center stage on the new Apple TV

    From the iPhone to iPad to Apple TV, Apple is going all-in with Siri. Apple is empowering its personal assistant, beefing up its capabilities in iOS 9 and today during its iPhone Event, it made Siri the centerpiece of its brand new Apple TV, and its main input device.

    The new Apple TV comes with universal voice search, powered by Siri. iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime — it can all be searched by just saying the name of a movie, director, or actor. The new remote comes with a built-in Siri button, which you can use to say things like "what did they say?" which will rewind back 15 seconds on the video you're currently watching. Voice search looks to be the main way to navigate Apple's newest set-top box, which other set-top makers like Amazon, Roku, and even Comcast are also doing.

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  • Andrew Webster

    Sep 9, 2015

    Andrew Webster

    The new Apple TV will finally play games

    Video games are finally coming to the Apple TV. At an event today, Apple revealed a new version of its set-top box, and for the first time games will be available on the device thanks to a new App Store. The new Apple TV also includes a new remote with a touchpad, and as expected, it also features Wii-like motion controls thanks to a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope.

    Read next: The new Apple TV review.

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  • Chris Ziegler

    Sep 9, 2015

    Chris Ziegler

    Apple has an all-new remote for the Apple TV with Siri and a touchpad

    In conjunction with the announcement of the new Apple TV today, Apple took the wraps off a new remote control — and it's got a lot going on. A touch-sensitive glass surface serves as the primary means of input, but the remote also support for Siri as Apple pushes its voice assistant deeper across its product portfolio. It can also be turned sideways and used for gaming. Other buttons include Menu, Play / Pause, TV, and a volume rocker. (Missing are forward and rewind controls, but presumably that's all done through the touch-sensitive surface now.) The Apple TV can control power and volume over HDMI-CEC, which means that it'll be able to control many televisions on the market right through the HDMI connection.

    The remote is actually a pretty big deal: the outgoing remote has been an ultra-simple unit that's been kicking around for a long time, while the new one is an ultra-capable unit that lets you interact with the set-top in a variety of ways. Siri seems to be a core element of the new experience, so that's a particularly big deal. Also, the remote is black now — the old one was silver — which means it should fit into the living room decor a little bit better. This is a remote you're probably not going to want to put away and replace with a universal one, so that's an important thing.

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  • Chris Welch

    Sep 9, 2015

    Chris Welch

    New Apple TV announced with Siri and App Store, coming in October for $149

    The long-awaited overhaul to Apple's living room set-top box is here. Today the company is unveiling its latest Apple TV with a revised physical design, faster internals, updated remote, and key new features including a built-in App Store. "It's the golden age of television," said CEO Tim Cook. "Our vision for TV is simple and perhaps a little provocative. We believe the future of television is apps."

    Read next: The new Apple TV review.

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  • Sep 9, 2015

    Jacob Kastrenakes, Liam James and 1 more

    Here's how the new iPad Pro compares to the Microsoft Surface and other top tablets

    Here's a big question: what is the iPad Pro? It's the size of a laptop but the shape of a tablet. It's more capable than any other iPad, but it's still far less capable than any MacBook. It can be used with a keyboard or a stylus or neither. It's a tablet, you just might not use it like one.

    Read next: The iPad Pro review.

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  • Sep 9, 2015

    Vlad Savov

    iPad mini 4 announced at $399, iPad mini 2 now starts at $269

    Apple's iPad mini is among the iOS devices getting a fresh update for 2015 today. Following on from the iPad Pro, "the biggest news in iPad since iPad," the mini tablet's refresh is rather less revolutionary. The new iPad mini 4, says Apple, packs "the power and performance of the iPad Air 2" into a smaller mini enclosure, which now weighs just 0.65 pounds. That's a hair less than the Wi-Fi-only iPad mini 3's weight of 0.73 pounds. The iPad mini 4 will be priced from $399, replacing the mini 3, and it will be accompanied by a price reduction for the iPad mini 2 to $269.

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  • Microsoft demonstrates Office on iPad Pro, giving the world one less reason to buy a Surface

    Read next: The iPad Pro review.

    Apple always invites third-party developers to show off some of the most impressive new apps coming to its devices, but today it had something of a surprise guest: Microsoft. Apple brought Microsoft's Kirk Konigsbauer on stage to demonstrate how Office apps would work on the iPad Pro. For the most part, there's nothing unexpected here — Office for iPad is already a powerful and good looking suite of apps; now they're just optimized for the iPad Pro's larger screen. Office is also going to be supporting Apple's new stylus, the Apple Pencil.

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  • Chris Ziegler

    Sep 9, 2015

    Chris Ziegler

    The iPad Pro has an optional Smart Keyboard cover for $169

    Read next: The iPad Pro review.

    Apple took the wraps off a new $169 keyboard accessory for the newly announced iPad Pro today, integrating into a cover that's a little like the soft keyboards Microsoft has offered for its Surface tablets. The Smart Keyboard uses key domes that Apple first developed for the new MacBook announced earlier this year and connects to the iPad Pro using a new connector type — the Smart Connector — which means that it's not connecting over Bluetooth. The entire keyboard is cloth, which won't likely be as easy to use as a traditional keyboard — even the limited-travel one on the MacBook — but it's still a step up from a virtual one. (Interestingly, this isn't the first keyboard accessory Apple has made for the iPad: the company made a "Keyboard Dock" with a 30-pin connector, but it wasn't particularly portable — and it certainly didn't double as a cover.)

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  • Dan Seifert

    Sep 9, 2015

    Dan Seifert

    This is the stylus for Apple's new iPad Pro

    Apple just announced the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, its biggest iPad yet. It's a more powerful and more capable iPad than ever before, and it comes with something many thought Apple would never sell with an iOS device: a stylus. It's called the Apple Pencil, and it includes pressure sensitive technology and can be used simultaneously with a finger. Pressing lightly will produce a thin stroke, while firmer pressure can result in a heavier, darker stroke. That's similar to how Samsung's S Pen works on its various Note smartphones and tablets.

    The Pencil is an active stylus and is recharged via a Lightning connector hidden inside its body. It can recharge right from the iPad Pro's port and Apple says a full charge offers 12 hours of use. If you're in a hurry, a mere 15 seconds of charging can add 30 minutes of usage time to the Pencil. Physically, the Pencil is round, which means it could roll off your desk fairly easily, and it's much longer than the many third-party styluses that have been available for years.

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  • James Vincent

    Sep 9, 2015

    James Vincent

    Apple’s new A9 and A9X processors promise ‘desktop-class performance’

    Apple has unveiled its biggest iPad yet, the iPad Pro, and with it, a new chip: the A9X. The third-generation 64-bit processor offers double the memory bandwidth and storage performance of the old A8X, and Apple's Phil Schiller promises that the new chip offers "desktop-class performance." Apple tends to say this every year, but that's not to say the A9X isn't a substantial step up from the A8X.

    Read next: The iPad Pro review.

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  • Apple Watch Sport now available in gold and rose gold finishes

    You no longer have to be super rich to get a gold Apple Watch. Well, as long as you're okay with the color gold, and not the metal. Apple is introducing gold and rose gold finishes for the aluminum Apple Watch sport. They'll be available at the same price as all of the other Apple Watch Sport's, meaning they're $349 for the smaller model and $399 for the larger model. Both models are going on sale today.

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  • Tom Warren

    Sep 9, 2015

    Tom Warren

    Apple iPad Pro announced with Apple Pencil and a Smart Keyboard

    Read next: The iPad Pro review.

    After months of rumors and speculation, the iPad Pro is here. Apple has unveiled its latest addition to the iPad tablet lineup during a special press event in San Francisco this morning. Like the rumors suggested, the iPad Pro is a larger version of the traditional iPad. Apple CEO Tim Cook says it's the "biggest news in iPad since the iPad.”

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  • Dan Seifert

    Sep 9, 2015

    Dan Seifert

    Apple announces major update to the Apple Watch for September 16th

    In addition to the availability of watchOS 2, Apple is also introducing new watchbands and finishes for the Apple Watch, including a rose gold finish for the Sport model. A new partnership with fashion house Hermes has resulted in three new leather straps for the Apple Watch, as well.

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  • Jamieson Cox

    Sep 9, 2015

    Jamieson Cox

    Apple and Hermès are teaming up to introduce the Apple Watch Hermès collection

    Apple is working with luxury brand Hermès to introduce a new Apple Watch collection, the Apple Watch Hermès. The collection includes a custom face that uses Hermès' "traditional iconography" and comes with a choice of three bands: the Single Tour, the Double Tour, and the Cuff. All three bands are made with brown leather, and they can be paired with both sizes of stainless steel Watch case. The collaborative watches will be available beginning October 5th, and they're not going to come cheap: their starting retail price is $1,100 USD.

    Apple is also introducing new Sport Bands for the Watch, including a collaboration with Bono's HIV / AIDS charity Product Red. A set of new pastel colors — including shades of red, pink, blue, green, and beige — will join the existing five options of red, blue, green, white, and black. Apple is describing the bands as ranging from "vibrant hues to more neutral tones." Apple also announced new finishes for the Apple Watch Sport alongside the new bands.

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  • Chris Welch

    Sep 9, 2015

    Chris Welch

    New Apple Watch apps include Facebook Messenger and GoPro

    At today's big event, Apple took time to showcase new, native apps for the Apple Watch. New standouts include Facebook Messenger, which marks Facebook's first effort on Apple's smartwatch, and GoPro. With the latter app, you're able to use Apple Watch as a miniature viewfinder for your GoPro action camera.

    Another, medical-focused app called Airstrip demoed some of the new functionality made possible with native app development on Apple Watch. It provides doctors with a close look at patient vitals, and even real-time feeds of heart rate and other measurements. Of course, Apple's key challenge is answering why these wrist apps are more useful or captivating than what you get on a phone. We expect to see many more new apps leveraging watchOS 2 features like third-party complications when the firmware update is released.

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  • Kwame Opam

    Sep 9, 2015

    Kwame Opam

    Apple TV's first exclusive may be a fashion channel

    News is already breaking ahead of today's massive Apple event about the future of the Apple TV. According to The New York Times, the company has already inked a deal for what might be its first channel for original content.

    The channel, called Made 2 Measure (or M2M), will be a fashion-focused channel developed by WME/IMG, the powerful entertainment company that owns New York Fashion Week. The channel, which launches in October, will showcase classic fashion films (what that means isn't entirely clear, but we're going to guess movies like La Dolce Vita and Breakfast at Tiffany's), as well as inside looks at WME/IMG shows and an original documentary series on designers and trends.

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  • Apple’s iPhone 6S announcement: what to expect

    This is going to be a big event. If the reports coming out of Cupertino are accurate, we may also be seeing a long-awaited refresh of the Apple TV, a bigger and more capable iPad, and even an updated iPad mini. For all of the details on what to expect — including which of these announcements are a lock and which are just maybes — we've put together a full preview of the event below.

    The event itself kicks off Wednesday, September 9th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. As always, you'll be able to follow along with our live blog for immediate updates on Apple's announcements.

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