All Things Apple Announced in September 2015 Event

Apple made some long-awaited announcements in its September Event this year in the ‘Hey Siri’ event. A much anticipated announcement about a new streaming platform to change the way users experience music was also announced. Other announcements made at the event include the following:

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6s

Called the most advanced of iPhones, the iPhone 6s offers new features such as an upgraded, 12-megapixel camera and the new, upgraded 3D touch capability that recognizes your force. The 3D touch senses the amount of pressure a user exerts on its buttons, making it easier to access different menus and functions. The new phones also come with stronger glass and a new rose gold finish. The iPhone 6s will cost $199 when it hits the market.

Also introduced was Apple’s new payment plan called Apple Care Plus. Payment plans start at $39/month, Apple customers can upgrade their phones yearly if they go through Apple. Available in 12 countries, the iPhone 6s will be available for pre-order on September 12.

Apple Pay in the UK

With the launch of Apple Pay last year, this year Apple announced some great news. Apple Pay moved outside of the US and into the UK in July. Apple Pay was designed to make purchases simpler and safer on the iPhones. Apple Pay replaces the wallet with the newest iPhones.

Apple Pay 2015
Apple Pay

Right now, not every bank supports this method of electronic payment. The ones participating are First Direct, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Santander, Ulster Bank, and the Royal Bank of Scotland. More are expected to join so keep checking with your local bank. Many local UK stores now accept Apple Pay and display the decal in their windows.

Apple Pay is more secure than other contactless payment systems. This is because of the requirement of the fingerprint sensor for each payment or transaction. It also means shorter lines and waiting times for those on-the-go.

Apple Watch Update

Arriving September 16th, the Apple Watch receives its first major update. New watch faces and bands, the Apple Watch will hold over 10,000 apps including GoPro, Facebook Messenger, and AirStrip.

Apple Watch Update
Apple Watch Update

Other features include a special Nightstand mode and a Time Travel feature allowing accessibility to upcoming appointments, events, and alarm functions. One of the watch face options allows you to use your own photos. The upgrade also allows the ability to use Apple Pay to store points and cards. You will also have more access to Siri functions.

iPad Pro

The biggest iPad yet, the iPad Pro offers the same things as the iPad 2 and then some. The larger panel has a huge 12.9”display with 2,732 x 2,048 pixels. This larger panel makes multitasking ideal with the newest additions to iOS 9. Side by side viewing lets you do more in less time.

The Apple iPad Pro
The Apple iPad Pro

With four speakers up front, the display has more room like a laptop. Apple uses its latest SoC, the A9X, to power the new iPad Pro. Double the memory, graphics performance, and bandwidth over the iPad 2, it is faster than most PCs sold over the past year.

With the iPad Pro, Apple introduces the pencil stylus. Better than its regular counterparts, the pencil is pressure-sensitive and can detect tilt, position, and force. Most of what you can do with a pen, you can use the Apple pencil. Cordless, it easily charges from the Lightning Port of the iPad. Many will be looking forward to the release in November.

OS X El Capitan

The OS X El Capital will be available for public on September 20th. This will tweak and improve performance of the OS X experience.

OS X El Capitan
OS X El Capitan

Safari will allow users to “pin” sites. This will make landing sites load instantly. Also, audio muting can be done from tabs rather than entering pages to mute.

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Spotlight now has a more integrated, extensive search capabilities using natural language. It will also improve Windows management. Metal has been given a performance boost to Apple’s optimization tool for mobile processors as well.

iOS 9 release date

Apple’s newest operating system, the iOS 9 is scheduled for release on September 16th worldwide. Most upgrades for the iOS 9 focus on making it more efficient, smarter, and faster.

The most noticeable difference will be the new “low power mode” which will allow 3 more hours to battery life. Some tweaks and name changes have been made as well. The notes app will now let you draw. Some name changes will included Passbook to Wallet and Newsstand to News.

Final Thoughts

Apple has something for everyone this year! From its Apple Watch updates to the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6s. Amazing upgrades and new products will be hard to resist and even harder to put down. Make sure not to miss out on any of these! You’ll be sorry if you do.

10 Best Apple Watch Bands and Straps Available Today

Not only is the Apple Watch a powerful smartwatch that is filled to the brim with the latest technology, but as has become evident ever since it was released — it is also a powerful fashion statement.

The demand for cool and classy bands is certainly there, though the solid gold bands that are showing up on the wrists of celebrities may be a little bit out of reach for regular Joes. Don’t worry though; the good news is that there are a lot of really cool Apple Watch bands available today that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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In fact, some of them actually look even better than Beyonce’s gold band!

Casetify Customized Band

casetify-apple-watch-strap

As you can guess, the appeal of Casetify’s Apple Watch bands is the fact that they’re completely customizable. It is up to you to choose an image, or pull one up from your Facebook or Instagram account and then tweak it accordingly using the filters available. Even if you aren’t going to actually buy a band right now, it’s fun to play around and try out different options.

Price: $70
Available at: Casetify

Monowear Black Metal

Monowear Black MetalElegant does not begin to describe Monowear’s Black Metal strap for the Apple Watch. Made from stainless steel, it’s ever so slightly matted finish makes it a classy band to wear. Right now it is out of stock though — but apparently that will change very soon.

Price: $120
Available at: MonoWear

Etsy’s Minimalist and Zen Strap

Zen Strap

Looking for a simple strap with a minimalist design? Etsy’s Minimalist and Zen strap certainly fits that bill. It is a vegetable tanned leather strap that looks good for both business or casual dress, and pairs with the Apple Watch’s innate aesthetics remarkably.

Price: $85
Available at: Etsy

Reserve Strap

Click Band Adapter

If you’re having issues with your Apple Watch running out of battery life then the Reserve Strap is definitely a ‘must have’. Essentially this strap contains inbuilt lithium-ion batteries that will extend the lifetime of your Apple Watch once the main battery runs out. On top of that it looks great too in a very ‘Apple’ sort of way.

Price: $250
Available at: ReserveStrap

Click Band Adapter

Click Band adapter
The reason why bands and straps need to be made specifically for the Apple Watch is because its 42 mm or 38 mm models are much larger than the standard 22 mm that most regular watches tend to use. Click is an adapter that changes that — allowing you to use any band that a regular watch would and extending your range of options tremendously in the process.

In short, if you’d like to be able to choose from a wide range of conventional watch bands and straps, the Click Adapter will help you to do just that.

Price: Available to pre-order
Available at: GetClick

Wipowerband

Apple watch Wipowerband

As its name implies, the Wipowerband is a band that will help to extend the battery life of your Apple Watch. It has a rubbery silicon skin and comes in multiple bright colors that gives it a sporty kind of look that is guaranteed to get people’s attention. Not only that, but this band also helps to protect your Apple Watch from knocks and bumps — which is a good thing if you’re an outdoorsy sort of person.

Price: $99
Available at: Wipowerband

Oittm Stainless Steel Metal Strap

Oittm steel strap apple watch

Built from high quality stainless steel with a polished finish, the Oittm strap oozes elegance and style with its timeless good looks. The strap is ideal for turning the Apple Watch into a business-like timepiece that would look completely suitable on the wrist of a high powered executive and any professional really.

Price: $149.99 [$35.99 at the time of writing this]
Available at: Amazon

CowboyStudio Leather Strap

CowboyStudio Leather Strap

One of the better leather straps available, the CowboyStudio edition is gorgeous to look at with its stylish two-toned finish. Aside from its stunning appearance though, this band is also particularly durable and extremely comfortable too — so if you like a strap that feels good on your wrist, it would be an excellent choice.

Price: $33
Available at: Amazon

T-Trees Classic Strap

T-Trees Classic Strap

The golden glint of this polished stainless steel strap makes it a top contender when it comes to appearances and it is precision built so fit the Apple Watch perfectly. It is easy to see how the T-Trees strap would accentuate the Apple Watch’s innate style better than most, and considering its quality it really isn’t all that expensive either.

Price: $56.99 [$44 at the time of writing this]
Available at: Amazon

Monowear’s Black Leather Strap

Black leather apple watch strap
Another popular option by Monowear, the genuine black leather on this strap has a suede finish that brings out the best in it. Perfect for any and every occasion, this is one strap that will look great no matter where you are or what you’re doing. It even comes with several different color options for finish of the adaptor.

Price: $80
Available at: MonoWear

Cubify Fresh Fiber Flex Bands

Cubify Freshfiber flex band

If you’re looking for something a bit different, the Cubify Flex Bands are definitely going to pique your interest. Don’t be fooled by their appearance — these bands are actually really thin and comfortable; while at the same time they have an ultra-futuristic vibe with their striking patterns.

Price: $40
Available at: Cubify

Apple Watch: All You Need to Know

Apple is all set to launch it’s very first wearable, the Apple Watch. Coming early 2015, Apple Watch will be available in three distinctive forms — Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Apple Watch will be available in different sizes with multiple bands to choose from.

The bands Apple watch uses is proprietary which means you won’t be able to use third-party bands. But the selection Apple offers you is just incredible. There is a lot to know about Apple Watch as it is a completely new device running all new custom OS. So, let’s get to it!
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