Rose preorder love, lots on iPhone 6s, always-on Siri, new Apple TV, Lightning


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Consumers favor Apple’s rose gold iPhone 6s Plus with early preorders, Hong Kong sells out — Demand for Apple’s new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus appears strong (here’s the new commercial), especially for the new rose gold-coloured models, with shipping times quickly jumping as high as 4 to 6 weeks and some countries selling out less than a day after they went on pre-sale.

Hands On: Apple’s latest iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with Live Photos and 3D Touch — Apple latest “s” iPhone revamp—as it has every odd-numbered year since 2009’s iPhone 3Gs—introduces a variety of significant changes under the hood without the device being readily discernibly different on the outside. iPhone 6s is faster, takes better pictures (including animated Live Photos), and delivers a deep new “3D Touch” interaction layer. S-year iPhones are a big deal, by the way.

Always-on ‘Hey Siri’ does not offload audio, Live Photo buffering stays on device — Two iPhone 6s features revealed this week, always-on Hey Siri voice monitoring and pre-buffered Live Photo camera functionality, raised concerns that Apple might be surreptitiously monitoring users, but Apple allayed those fears in a statement on Friday. [In New Zealand, Netflix on apple TV is pretty hard to beat.]

Apple begins accepting iOS 9, watchOS 2 (and El Capitan) app submissions — Ahead of an official launch of its next-generation iOS (September 16th, and here’s what you need to know about upgrading), OS X and watchOS operating systems, Apple on Friday announced it is now accepting submissions for apps compatible with each platform’s features.

Apple TV drops optical audio-out: how to pump up the volume again — The new Apple TV lacks the digital/analog audio output port of the previous models. But you have options! The TV part of the Apple TV name properly evokes that it’s built as a device to play video. It also has a screen-based interface for navigation. The new Apple TV goes a step further by adding support for richly rendered, smooth-motion games, and opening it up with an App Store. But the Apple TV, past and future, is full of music and spoken words, too, and many people also stream audio from OS X and iOS using the Apple TV as an AirPlay target.

Lightning strikes: Apple TV, Apple Pencil both still use Apple’s proprietary port — The announcement of the new reversible USB-C port, and its subsequent embracing by Apple in the 12-inch MacBook, led to speculation the Lightning connector could be on the way out. But the company signalled otherwise this week when it made Lightning a key component of the new Apple Pencil, as well as the Apple TV’s Siri Remote.