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screen-shot-2015-09-09-at-23-15-36Daring 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.

Making headlines over the weekend was the fact that Plex is undoubtedly coming to the Apple TV. ITworld reached out to Plex, where co-founder Scott Olechowski confirmed “there is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform”, thanks to the tvOS SDK. For some in the forums, the news of Plex as a native app on the Apple TV made turned Apple’s refreshed streaming box into a nice-enough into an insta-buy, sealing the deal on what was otherwise an average-at-best update.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen an unboxing video this far out from a product launch, but somehow, the new Apple TV has already been unboxed on YouTube. I’d be interested in knowing how he managed to get his hands on a unit, which he says he received on the day of the event.

As per Apple’s website, the new Apple TV has been updated with a USB-C port ala the new MacBook, instead of the micro-USB previous generations used to have. 9to5Mac points out Apple’s developer docs, which say the A8 SoC comes with 2GB of RAM, but curiously, while the new Apple TV comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, it still only has a 10/100 Ethernet, making Wi-Fi the faster option for connecting to other devices on your network.

It remains to be seen what kind of impact the new Apple TV will having on console gaming, but Ars Technica writes dedicated consoles have little to worry about. It’s important to remember that the main forte of the Apple TV is as a streaming box, with gaming coming as a strictly fringe benefit.

The inclusion of the Taptic Engine in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus means the new iPhone has a smaller capacity battery than its predecessor. If you’re keeping score, that means the new iPhone is thicker, heavier, and has a smaller capacity battery than the previous model — but if Apple’s quoting the same battery life for normal usage, does it really matter?

The Live Photos feature of the new iPhones is cool and all, and the magical moving pictures only take up around twice the space of normal images. As for the potential privacy concerns of “always-on” recording when capturing Live Photos, Apple has said that only the 1.5-seconds to either side of the captured photo are stored — everything else is discarded.

TechCrunch also says that while the microphone is activated and listening all the time, it’s only to compare your input against your “Hey Siri” speech pattern. That processing happens entirely on-device, and no data is sent off the phone until that happens, because iOS 9 includes a personalised “Hey Siri” feature that trains the iPhone to recognise your voice pattern when setting it up. On the new iPhone 6s and 6 Plus, “Hey Siri” is an always-on feature if you choose to enable it.

Adobe revealed via a press release for its apps that it showed off on stage, and also let slip that the A9X chip in the iPad Pro is paired with 4GB of RAM.

Wired compare the specs of the iPad Pro with the Surface Pro, now that the two tablets are so similar in size and purpose. And while we’re at it, why not compare the iPad Pro to the new MacBook?

Ahead of Apple’s release of iOS 9 and watchOS 2 later this week (and OS X El Capitan later this month), Apple has asked developers to start submitting their apps updated for the new operating systems on all platforms.

The first beta of iOS 9.1 came out at the same time as the iOS 9 GM after last week’s keynote, and the good news is, there’s all-new Emoji. Yes, including a middle finger.

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  1. AVC says:

    I’ve never used Plex before, but can I ask how it will make the new AppleTV so good? So you install Plex on it, and you can access all your media from a server such as another Mac, is that right?

  2. palais says:

    Yup AVC, if you get your Plex media server set up right, it really is a fantastic way to manage all your TV and movies. I’m also giving it a crack to manage my music now too.

  3. Also 100Mbps ethernet is still the better option over wireless (AC or not) for consistent throughput.

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