Buyers’ Guide: iPad for business

Buyers’ Guide: iPad for business

With nearly half of all iPad now being sold to corporations rather than consumers, the odds that you’re going to end up working with an iPad at one time or another are pretty steep. 

Luckily, they’re user-friendly, great for increasing mobile productivity and, increasingly, are capable of running the vast majority of apps you already use on your desktop or notebook. With that in mind, it’s time to arm yourself with some key specs that’ll help you work out which iPad is right for your line of work.

While the basics of iPad remain the same – Retina display, iSight camera for photo and video on one side, FaceTime HD camera for video calls (and conferences) on the other, industry-leading platform, device and app-level security – there are subtle differences between models, such as screen size, storage capacity and whether they are available in gold, that can make all the difference.

iPad Pro

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iPad Pro is the creative user’s tablet of choice thanks to its leading graphics performance, but with analysts predicting that large format tablets will be ruling the workplace by 2019, it’s well worth getting to grips with iPad Pro in enterprise environments too.

But whether to opt for the larger 12.9″ model, or the more recent 9.7″ one? Well, if you regularly have to use your iPad as a presentation device, the three inches of extra screen space can provide some much-needed breathing room for your pitch content, especially if you deal with incredibly detailed models or documents. And while that faster A9X processor is designed to give more power to your creative apps, it’ll work equally well as a way to speed up data-driven work, so if you want to fly through analytics analysis (and then have plenty of space to show off your results) iPad Pro is the way to go.

That larger screen also means you get a bigger keyboard, should typing on your regular screen leave you drowning in a sea of typos and humiliating autocorrect errors, or you can add a Smart Keyboard, a lightweight, full-size keyboard that is built into an iPad Pro cover, meaning it’s there whenever you need it. Just fold back the cover, lean back your iPad (the non-keyboard portion of the cover folds into a stand) and you can set your iPad Pro up like a desktop or notebook for easier multitasking.

You can also add an Apple Pencil if you want to do slightly more detailed drawing than your finger can manage, or take notes. The iPad Pro scans for Pencil activity 240 times a second, meaning there’s no lag between your hand moving and your drawing appearing on the screen, and we’ve yet to hear of any reviewer managing to defeat the palm rejection technology. It’s also pretty quick to charge – 15 seconds of charge via your iPad Pro’s Lightning port gives you enough power for 30 minutes of use.

Best for: Architects, designers, onsite contractors – anything where you need to deal with high-res, detail-heavy imagery.

iPad Pro 12.9″

– 32GB or 128GB capacity (WiFi only), 128GB (WiFi and cellular).

– 12.9″ 2732×2048 resolution display.

– A9X chip with 64-bit architecture (2.5x faster than A7 chip with 5x faster graphics).

– 12MP iSight camera with 4K video recording and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Apple Pay.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey from November.

Prices start from £585 ex VAT.

iPad Pro 9.7″

– 32GB,  128GB and 256GB capacity.

– 9.7″2048×1536 resolution display.

– A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion co-processor.

– 12MP iSight camera with 4K video recording and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Apple Pay.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey from November.

Prices start from £441 ex VAT

iPad Air 2

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Keeping the screen size of the original iPad but squeezing the internals into a tiny 444 gram machined aluminium body, iPad Air 2 is an excellent compromise between screen size and portability. (We particularly like it for any roles where you need to combine typing and form-filling admin work with visual documentation, because it’s easier to handle than the Pro, but still retains the same pair of high quality cameras.)

While workers in some sectors are reporting that iPad is taking over from their desktop and notebook computers, there are plenty of tools available to help you use it as a second screen or presentation device – we highly recommend pairing it with Apple TV in your boardroom as a replacement for ageing projector setups.

iPad Air 2 has a greater internal memory than the original iPad Air, which tapped out at 32GB, which makes this form factor viable even if you’re toting larger apps or bigger files. This also allows you to work in Split Screen mode, which means you can use more than one app at once side-by-side – watch a video while reading something in Safari or dig information out of your email while typing into a document, for example.

iPad Air 2 also comes with Touch ID, Apple’s biometric security measure, to ensure no one can sneak onto your iPad without your index fingerprint. So if you’re saving ultra-important files locally or have business secrets in your email inbox, opt for the newer model.

Best for: Retail – a flexible solution for POS displays, kiosks, ePOS and face to face sales.

iPad Air 2

– 32GB and 128GB capacities (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 9.7″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A8X chip with 64-bit architecture (1.4x faster than A7 chip with 2.5x faster graphics).

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Touch ID.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

Prices start from £304 ex VAT.

 

iPad mini

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If you need something even more portable, go for the ultra-light 7.9″ iPad mini. Despite not being much bigger than your phone, it still manages to be higher resolution than an HD TV, and iPad mini 4 even manages to fit in Touch ID for biometric security authentication and supports Split Screen view for working in multiple apps side-by-side.

We like iPad mini for fieldwork such as repairs or surveying, as it has all the document and data management capabilities of its larger counterparts, but is slim enough to hold in one hand, making collecting video and photographic evidence that much easier.

The slightly lower price tag also makes it a popular choice for workplace schemes, as it shaves a little off the upfront cost of investing in iPad without you losing any of the core benefits.

Best for: Field sales, on-site reporting.

iPad mini 4

– 32GB or 128GB capacity (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A8 chip.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Apple Pay.

– Touch ID.

– Available in silver, gold and space grey.

Prices start from £311 ex VAT.

iPad mini 2

– 32GB capacity (WiFi only or WiFi and cellular).

– 7.9″ 2048×1536 resolution display.

– A7 processor.

– 8MP iSight camera and 1.2MP FaceTime camera with 720p HD video.

– Available in silver and space grey.

Prices start from £196 ex VAT.

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JVC GY-LS300 gets new firmware update

JVC GY-LS300 gets new firmware update

The version 2.0 firmware upgrade for the GY-LS300 4KCAM handheld Super 35 camcorder and GY-HM170/GY-HM200 4KCAM camcorders has just been released, and promises J-Log, prime zoom, Cinema 4K/2K and more.

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The update is available now from JVC’s support site.

For the GY-LS300, the upgrade adds a J-Log gamma mode that practically duplicates the look of film, plus new Cinema 4K and Cinema 2K recording modes and a unique prime zoom feature that uses the camera’s innovative technology to allow zoom capabilities when using prime lenses.

For all three camcorders, there’s now a 70-bit mode to enable 4K recording on standard Class 10 SDXC cards, a histogram, new zebra indication and a variety of live streaming changes (300 and 200 only). There’s also the ability to trigger recordings via HDMI/SDI and JVC LUT support via the Atomos Shogun external recorder (this may be the ideal time to remind you that if you buy any camera, we’ll give you a Shogun for £1099).

If you’re not yet the proud owner of a GY-LS300, you can find out more about its particular charms here.

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Buyers’ Guide 2015: Workstations for content creation

Buyers’ Guide 2015: Workstations for content creation

When you’re working in-house, it can be difficult to gauge what kind of workstation you really need. Do you need three screens, or do you need something you can take to shoots and client meetings? Your job title says graphic design, but your boss says you need to populate a YouTube channel. However, there are a few tried and tested setups that we’d recommend to anyone with even the slightest clue of how much heavy lifting their GPU will be asked to do…

The road warrior

Our pick for web design and development, working on the go and keeping up on-set.

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We recommend this 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display, paired with a colour accurate screen, such as Eizo’s ColorEdge CS230 self-correcting IPS display and maybe a Wacom Intuos Pro (our designers swear by these). Alternatively, if you’re more of a shutterbug, the Panasonic GH4  manages to straddle the still and video worlds, so you’re equipped for any type of project.

The contender

Our pick for graphic designers, Photoshop addicts and budding videographers.

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If you’re being asked to do a bit of everything, a top spec iMac is always a safe bet. This 27” iMac with 5K Retina display leads the pack, and pairs well with the 24” ColorEdge CX241 self-correcting IPS display. If that seems too unwieldy, you could try a Wacom Cintiq 13HD, and we like the Canon XC-10 for corporate and events videography.

The behemoth

Our pick for anyone whose day is full of 4K and RAW files.

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Sometimes you just need a computer that puts the fear of God in the heart of any large, complicated file or program that enters it, and in those moments of need we recommend you turn to this 8 Core Mac Pro and the 27” ColorEdge CG277.

To step up your camcorder, try the JVC GY-LS300 (a versatile beast that combines ease of use with the ability to get a proper ‘cinematic’ feel), or if you’re into 3D modelling a Cintiq 27QHD Touch tablet will get you almost uncomfortably close to your image.

And finally, put your workstation to work with MatrixCMS…

Not to state the obvious, but once you’ve got your hardware sorted, you need to get your content prepped and published, be it in print or online. MatrixCMS supports the creation and optimisation for both of these, and integrates with your company’s PIM and CMS systems to make collaboration between creatives and product managers easier. They can flag SKUs and imagery within Matrix, and you can open up their notes and revisions directly in InDesign so that you can start creating as soon as the product list comes in, rather than having to dig out resources lost in decentralised systems. You can learn more (and sign up for an online demo) over at the Matrix site. 

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NewTek shave £600 off the cost of a TalkShow

NewTek shave £600 off the cost of a TalkShow

For a limited time, NewTek are offering their TalkShow Skype management tool for a cool £2199 as opposed to the usual £2795 ex VAT, saving you a smidge under £600.

 

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Already beloved of pro broadcasters on several continents, TalkShow allows video producers to initiate or receive Skype calls from remote guests using desktops, laptops, mobile devices, conference room systems, internet TV or game consoles running Skype software.

It contains everything you need to manage a Skype call as if it were simply another in-studio source, drastically reducing the risk of conversion loss, aspect ratio squashing and video artefacts and giving you more professional-looking video calls with a richer, enhanced picture. And if you’re worried about space, rest assured it packs up in a convenient (and robust) 1U rackmount unit.

You can pick up your discounted TalkShow here.

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Apple announce new 21.5″ 4K iMac and boost all 27″ models to 5K

Apple announce new 21.5″ 4K iMac and boost all 27″ models to 5K

After languishing for almost two years now, the 21.5″ iMac is finally getting the update it deserves, while the 27″ range is all being boosted up to 5K. 

The 2015 21.5″ iMac

As well as getting bumped up to Retina 4K display with 4096 x 2304 resolution, the new 21.5″ models also feature new colour display technology that widens their colour gamut by 25% (or “the new Retina 5K and 4K displays feature a wider P3-based color gamut that provides a 25 percent larger color space”, in the official parlance), and include Intel’s Broadwell processors.

Why Broadwell rather than Skylake? That’d be to ensure that the higher end 21.5-inchers can work with Intel Pro graphics. The processors in the 4K models start at 3.1GHz quad-core i5 and support 8GB of 1867GHz LPDDR3 RAM, upgradable to 16GB. You also get two Thunderbolt 2 ports for faster local storage, and the chance to upgrade to a new Magic Trackpad, although this will cost slightly more than the usual keyboard-and-mouse affair.

“From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

The 2015 27″ iMac

If you need more screen space, you’ll be pleased to hear that every 27″ model now comes with a Retina 5K display, “the world’s highest resolution all-in-one display with a stunning 14.7 million pixels, 7 times more pixels than an HD display”, Apple tell us.

These models do get Intel Skylake processors, ranging from 3.2GHz quad-core i5 to 4GHz quad-core i7, and these are paired with AMD Radeon R9 graphics that deliver up to 3.7 teraflops of compute power. Like the smaller models, this is used to support a wider colour gamut, and is complemented by two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Your iMac’s Fusion Drive is now available with 2TB and 3TB configurations, with 128GB of fast flash for more demanding workloads. For what we’re assured is the “ultimate in storage performance” you can opt for all-flash storage in capacities of up to 1TB, which should make your Mac up to 2.5 times faster.

Magic accessories

“The all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 are more comfortable, capable and environmentally friendly”, we are assured by Apple.

They’re designed around a built-in rechargeable battery and are Lightning-chargeable. The new Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard but takes up 13% less space on your desktop thanks to a new scissor mechanism under the keys (we’ve seem similar innovations at work on the MacBook) and lower profile.

However the big talking point accessory-wise is the new Magic Trackpad 2, which features a 29% larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time (that’s the haptic feedback thing that’s also on MacBooks, and which lets you perform different actions based on the amount of pressure you apply and how long you apply it for).

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Adobe launch new updates at MAX 2015

Adobe launch new updates at MAX 2015

Not content with trotting out a plethora of celebrity superusers and running a ridiculous number of workshops, Adobe have announced a raft of new updates at their Adobe MAX creativity conference in LA. The new updates affect both mobile apps (which should be updatable now) and desktop ones (which will receive the update soon). 

Adding Touch workspaces to desktop apps

Not content with bringing new apps to your phone, Adobe are adding Touch workspaces to their most popular desktop apps, so that you can work using gesture controls on devices such as Windows touch surfaces.

Adobe promise that InDesign users will be able to create layouts, while video editors will be able to scrub clips, drag and drop items on their timelines, and navigate through panels in a group, all without the need for anything as vulgar as a mouse.

Graphic designers’ holy trinity picks up updates (including a new app)

If you tend to stick with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, you’ll be pleased to know they’ve not been neglected, either:

– The next update to Photoshop CC will be tightly integrated with the brand new Adobe Fuse CC (Preview). Fuse lets you create realistic 3D models, easily insert the 3D model into a scene in Photoshop CC with the power of CreativeSync, apply poses and animations, and adjust camera angles and lighting. Fuse is also a fast and flexible new way to create stunning 2D image compositions with 3D-like depth.

– The new Shaper tool in Illustrator CC gives you the functionality of 12 different tools and panels in a single tool. Draw basic shapes like circles, squares, and polygons, and the Shaper tool quickly and intuitive creates perfect geometric shapes for you. Plus, these will be Live Shapes so they are nondestructive and easily editable.

– InDesign CC will update Publish Online, allowing you to embed a document directly in a website.

There’s also been a particular focus on photo editing, with Adobe adding the ability to apply Dehaze more precisely to Lightroom CC, so you can control in the image exactly where you want to decrease or increase atmospheric haze.

The new Import tool automatically identifies photos from your camera card, hard drive, Photoshop Elements, Aperture and other sources, and easily imports them into Lightroom. Plus with this release of Lightroom Mobile you can take photos and apply Dehaze and other Photoshop magic as you capture the moment. These are just a few of the new features – read all about them on the Lightroom blog.

Photoshop CC has several Adobe Camera Raw updates, including the addition of Dehaze as a local adjustment. They’ve also updated the way Zoom works so it is now easier and more intuitive to move around your image when zoomed in.

Updates for UX and web designers

More flexibility in Muse, 64-bit architecture in Dreamweaver and the vaguely defined but excitingly-named Project Comet lead the updates to Adobe’s web-focused apps…

– Artboards improvements in Photoshop CC include guides for precise placement of elements, easier visualization of layers and the ability to customise the look and feel of your documents. The Photoshop CC release will also deliver the first version of Design Space, a modern design experience, inside Photoshop CC, streamlined for the requirements of web, UX and mobile app designers.

– Project Comet is a brand new Creative Cloud app currently under development, aimed at designing and prototyping web and mobile user experiences. We welcome you to be a part of the development process – sign up for the technology preview now.

– Web designers will love the new 64-bit version of Dreamweaver CC. We’ve added responsive design capabilities using new visual aids and the latest Bootstrap framework.

– Muse CC adds free-form responsive design to easily create custom websites that dynamically scale to any size screen, browser or device, without having to code or use restrictive templates.

– Flash Pro CC has been adding support for HTML5 and today we announced the ability to publish animations to multiple platforms including HTML5 Canvas, WebGL or even custom platforms – and with this release we are adding support for 4K video formats.

New video features fly in from IBC

After a successful launch at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, Adobe brought out their latest video tools for their first American airing. Updates include…

– Premiere Pro CC ushers in the new era of UltraHD via comprehensive native format support for editing beautiful 4K-to-8k footage, and advances colour, with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflows in Premiere Pro CC.

– After Effects CC now has the powerful and accessible colour tools and colour workspace that Premiere Pro has.

– Audition CC introduces Remix, a new audio feature that automatically rearranges music to any duration while maintaining the aural integrity and structure of the piece.

Pooling in Adobe Stock and the introduction of Adobe Portfolio

Adobe are also deepening Adobe Stock integration with CC desktop apps so you can easily search for and browse assets directly from Creative Cloud Libraries. For customers who have an Adobe Stock subscription, stock content can also be directly licensed from within the CC apps for use in projects, saving time and effort. They also plan to add video to Adobe Stock, which can be used for corporate videos or commercial use in advertising, television shows, websites, and more. Additionally, Adobe Stock has new features just for businesses, offering pooled licences at no extra cost to Creative Cloud for teams customers, as well as Extended Licences for usage of stock content in large print runs.

Finally, the team introduced Adobe Portfolio, a new service that lets you create a fully customised, responsive portfolio of work on your own domain – without having to write a line of code. Available soon, Portfolio will be included as part of all Adobe Creative Cloud plans. Portfolio is built on Behance, which means you can sync your Adobe Portfolio to your Behance Projects pages with a click, giving you even more opportunities to get your work discovered in the world’s largest creative social network.

Introducing new mobile apps: Photoshop Fix and Adobe Capture CC

Photoshop Fix lets you retouch and restore images right on your phone or tablet. Popular Photoshop desktop app features, like the Healing Brush and Liquify, are easy to use with the touch interface, so you can now do real retouching work right on your iPad and iPhone.

Adobe Capture CC makes it even easier for you to use your mobile devices to capture what inspires you and quickly create a brush, shape, or colour theme for professional work. The new Adobe Capture CC brings Adobe Brush, Adobe Shape, Adobe Color and Adobe Hue into a single, powerful, simple-to-use app.

There have also been tweaks to a number of existing apps, including Mix, Stretch, Draw, Comp and Clip, so there should be something useful for you whatever discipline you’re working in.

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Ruth Whymark on the future of systems leadership

Ruth Whymark on the future of systems leadership

Ruth Whymark, headteacher of Cranmer Primary School, was at the Education Reform Summit 2015 to discuss the importance of systems leadership, organisation and cooperation. The Education Foundation caught up with her afterwards to cover the key points…

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“Can technology save us?” Richard Culatta talks education reform

“Can technology save us?” Richard Culatta talks education reform

Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the US Department of Education, was in the UK for the Education Reform Summit 2015. Organisers the Education Foundation were lucky enough to get a few words with him after the main event…

 

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What’s new in iOS 9?

What’s new in iOS 9?

iOS 9, one of the highlights of Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ event, will be available as a free download as of 16th  September, and aims to “make iOS devices more intelligent and proactive with powerful search and improved Siri features, all while protecting users’ privacy.”

Multitasking

One of the most exciting things from our workaholic/game addicted point of view is the new string of multitasking modes, including Picture-in-Picture, which lets you play video or conduct FaceTime calls while browsing the web, composing email etc in the background. iPad users will also get to experience Slide Over, which lets you simultaneously work in a second app without leaving the one you’re in (it appears in a sidebar that takes up about a third of your screen) and Split View, which allows you to view and interact with two apps at the same time, side by side, and resize your view to prioritise one or another of the apps.

The core apps get an update

Updates to iOS’s built-in apps include a redesigned Notes app that adds the ability to sketch designs, add photos, sync with iCloud and create wunderlist-style checklists; a Flipboard-style News app that presents you with a clean interface for reading Siri-curated content (it’s based on your interests and browsing, but you can always edit what you’re shown) and the addition of public transport routes to key cities in Maps, should you be about to head to IBC and unfamiliar with Dutch transit.

“iOS 9 is packed with intelligence that makes every experience with iPhone and iPad even more powerful — Siri can do more than ever and new proactive assistance helps you get more done before you ask, all while protecting users’ privacy,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “With iOS 9 we focused on strengthening the foundation of iOS with a deep focus on quality, and with the help of more than one million users who participated in our first ever public beta program, we’re excited to release the best version of iOS yet.”

Proactive assistance

The addition you’re most likely to notice day to day is proactive assistance, which helps Siri present the most relevant information at a given time of day and suggests actions at that particular moment based on the apps you use frequently and the time of day you use them. So for example, if you always stream music during your morning run, Siri will open Apple Music at the right time each morning, without you having to set a reminder. You can also add more context-reliant reminders, such as “remind me to call Dave when I get home”, and your phone will use location data to identify when you’ve arrived home and pull up the appropriate contact.

Apple Pay

Although we tend to get Apple Pay features slightly behind the US, we see no reason not to be excited about the fact that Apple Pay has added support for Discover, store loyalty programmes and “participating store-issued credit and debit cards”, which doesn’t sound like something that happens this side of the pond, but still. Shoppers will be able to manage their cards in the new Wallet app, which replaces Passbook.

Longer battery life, more storage and better graphics

Glory be and hallelujah. This latest release gives you an additional hour of battery life, and a power saver mode that sources say should give you an extra three hours per charge. In iOS 9, software updates will require less space to install and the Install Later feature can perform updates to your device when it’s not in use. Enhanced security features in iOS 9 keep your devices and Apple ID secure by strengthening the passcode that protects your devices and improving two-factor authentication by building it directly into iOS, making it harder for others to gain unauthorized access to your Apple ID. iOS 9 apps and the user interface now take advantage of Metal to deliver faster scrolling, smoother animation and better overall performance.

iOS 9 will be available beginning Wednesday, September 16 as a free software update for iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini and later. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages. For more information visit the Apple site.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are in; iPhone 5c is out

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are in; iPhone 5c is out

Apple have just announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, at their Hey Siri event. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content.

Despite them now being made from 7000 series aluminium and, we’re told, featuring the strongest glass on any smartphone, our favourite thing about these updates is still 3D Touch, which “senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content” according to Apple.

“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “These are the most advanced iPhones ever, with 7000 series aluminum, ion-strengthened glass, the new 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and Wi-Fi. Customers are going to love them.”

3D Touch

3D Touch senses pressure to enable new gestures — Peek and Pop — so you can dip in and out of content without losing your place. Press lightly to Peek at a photo, email, web page et cetera, and press a little deeper to Pop into the content itself. With Quick Actions, 3D Touch provides shortcuts to the things you do most, so you can send a message with just a simple press from the Home screen.

Camera Innovations

“The world’s most popular camera is even better in the new iPhones with new ways to capture and relive unforgettable moments,” if you’re Apple, or makes it even easier to take a photo of a whiteboard after a meeting, if you’re us. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus introduce 12MP Live Photos,  pictures that include the moments just before and after the camera button is pressed (think of it like buffer recording on a camcorder) so you can enjoy a “living memory”.

Apple have also added support for 3840 x 2160 4K video, plus optical image stabilisation to video on iPhone 6s Plus, meaning improved video performance in low light. They’ve also added support for editing this footage to iMovie for iPhone, where you can go as far as editing two simultaneous streams.

For the selfie crowd, Apple have also added a new state-of-the-art 12-megapixel sensor with advanced pixel technology and Apple-designed image signal processor, for truer colours and sharper, more detailed photos, and a new 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera and Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the display three times brighter with True Tone lighting, for wonderfully bright pictures in low light.

Advanced Technology

In case you’re worried these new features will slow you down, don’t be. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus use A9, Apple’s third-generation 64-bit chip, giving them 70 percent faster CPU and 90 percent faster GPU performance than the A8. In fact, the A9 chip and iOS 9 are “architected together for optimal performance”, meaning longer battery life overall.

With advanced wireless technologies including faster Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users can browse, download and stream content even faster, too. The new iPhones also support up to 23 LTE bands — the most in any smartphone — for better worldwide roaming.

We’ve also seen the release of the much-whispered-about proactive assistance, which gives users powerful search tools and improved Siri features. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app, detailed transit information in Maps, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device. The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features
to further protect your devices.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes from Jigsaw24 from Friday 25th. Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors and Lightning Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes will also be available.

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