Apple released iOS 9 and watchOS 2 earlier this morning, only to pull the watchOS 2 release shortly after. Apple’s official statement on the matter, as reported by TechCrunch, says they discovered a last-minute bug which will take a little longer to fix, so while there are some (the lucky few, in my opinion) who upgraded, everyone gets to enjoy their non-coloured, first-party complications for another couple of days yet.
The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus weigh more than the previous models. Apple’s specs page puts the difference at 14 grams for the iPhone 6s over its 6 counterpart, with the 6s Plus coming in at 20 grams heavier than its predecessor, the 6 Plus. Some of that difference is the new Series 7000 aluminium that’s used in the construction of the new iPhones, but most of the weight difference comes from the new 3D Touch display.
Apple told CNBC overnight that it is on pace to beat last year’s first-weekend iPhone sales record. Last time around the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold 10 million units in the first weekend, mostly thanks to the introduction of two new form factors. Meanwhile, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says there will be constraints on iPhone 6s Plus models due to display manufacturing difficulties. A cursory glance at the Apple Online Store says he’s correct: iPhone 6s Plus units are on a 3-4 week delay, while most iPhone 6s models will still ship on September 25th as planned.
Daring Fireballer John Gruber’s thoughts and observations on last week’s Apple event start by saying it was one event that managed to cover all four major aspects of Apple’s business that needed covering. But as much as it was a representation of Apple’s keynote prowess after the unmitigated disaster that was the WWDC keynote, the cohesive flow from one product to another meant casualties, and this time, the Mac was only represented by a single email telling us about the OS X El Capitan release date during the demo of the iPhone’s new 3D Touch feature.
As announced in Apple’s keynote event on Thursday morning, Australian pre-orders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go live at 5:01pm today, which should be less than four hours by the time you read this.
With the exception of Optus, none of the Aussie telcos have announced pricing just yet, but Reckoner will be adding them to their plan pricing spreadsheet when they do.
On the other hand, if you’ve already made up your mind and will be handing over your hard-earned, first-born, or whatever it takes to get one on launch day, do us a favour and make your pre-order of the new iPhone via the AppleTalk affiliate link for the Apple Online Store.
Alternatively, if the Apple Online Store dies as soon as pre-orders go up (it wouldn’t be the first time, although this is the first time we’ve had a major product released with the new Apple Online Store front-end), your next best bet will be to do your business via the Apple Store app from your iOS device, and to that end, you may wish to make sure your billing and address details are up to date to expedite the check-out process. You know, before shipping times blow out to November or something.
Happy pre-ordering! More discussion on this in the forums.
Like some kind of day-after hangover, my RSS reader is a sprawling wasteland of Apple articles that will probably take me the weekend to clean up. But there’s still plenty of news, so we’ll start with some bits and pieces that perhaps didn’t get as much airtime as they deserved. Starting with the guy that’s already camped outside the Sydney Apple Store, who has set up a full-blown tent and everything. What’s more, CNET editor Seamus Byrne says he was there before Apple even announced anything, so if that’s not dedication, I’m not sure what is. Is he homeless? Or just a serious Apple fan? You be the judge.
Apple’s September 2015 event had basically everything we were expecting, and then some things we didn’t. But it wasn’t what Apple announced on stage that was the interesting part, it was the way they went about it. Without further ado…
Apple Watch Update
Apple opened proceedings with a quick update about the Apple Watch, then got straight to business announcing new models, including the fashionista-approved Hermès collection. The “air-mez” models seemingly come with an exclusive watch face based on iconic Hermès typography, as well as a set of hand-stitched leather bands. They’ll be available in selected Apple Stores and Hermès locations from October 5.
Apple also added models to the regular Apple Watch lineup, with the Apple Watch Sport now available in Rose Gold and Gold aluminium. New bands are also included as part of the updated range, including the anticipated Product(RED) Apple Watch Sport Band.
WatchOS 2 will be out September 16th.
Today’s rumour roundup of Apple’s upcoming event comes from MacRumors, who give us a run-down of everything that we’re expecting. Yes, there will be new iPhones. Yes, there will be a new Apple TV. IPads and Apple Watch-related products are a little less certain (it’s highly possible Apple will just update the Online Store for new Apple Watch bands, instead of making a big song and dance about it on stage), but either way, we’ll see bright and early tomorrow morning.
The latest on the larger-screened iPad is that it is currently a little behind schedule. That means instead of Apple’s usual, “here it is and you can buy it in two weeks”, 9to5Mac are saying the device will likely be available for pre-order in October, shipping in late November. The larger-screened iPad is also said to start with 64GB of storage, with the device running iOS 9.1, coming with a 12.9-inch display, and will be sold separately to its keyboard and stylus accessories. Whether it’ll actually be named “iPad Pro” is still anyone’s guess.
With all the new shiny set to be revealed this Thursday morning, now is as good a time as any to mention that you can support AppleTalk by making your Apple Online Store purchases via our affiliate link.
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