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4K Apple TV with HDR from NZ$299

(Image from Apple NZ’s Apple TV page)

Apple introduces the Apple TV 4K with HDR — At today’s Apple media event, CEO Tim Cook and Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, introduced the new Apple TV 4K with support for 4K and HDR.
4K is known as Ultra High Definition (UHD) while 1080P is simply labelled High Definition (HD). As their names imply, 4K UHD has a considerably higher resolution than 1080P HD video. 4K resolution is exactly 3840 x 2160 pixels, whilst 1080P consists of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
High-dynamic-range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of techniques used in imaging and photography to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminositythan possible using standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. HDR images can represent more accurately the range of intensity levels found in real scenes, from direct sunlight to faint starlight, and is often captured by way of a plurality of differently exposed pictures of the same subject matter.
Variety said it’s as striking and impressive a difference as the difference between standard-definition and HD video and that “if you see it, you’ll want one for your living room. Now.” That was in 2013.
The new Apple TV has an A10X chip [the same chip used by the iPad Pro] supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10. Apple has been working with major studios to bring 4K HDR movies to iTunes as the same price as the HD titles. Even sweeter: those HD movies you’ve purchased will automatically be upgraded. Plus, a built-in high-performance 4K video scaler makes HD content look better than ever on a 4K TV.
The Apple TV 4K always outputs to the highest resolution possible allows viewers to get the most out of their TV, whether it’s an older HDTV or the latest 4K Dolby Vision OLED. It also offers automatic detection of a 4K TV’s capabilities that optimizes setup for the best quality picture.
Apple’s TV app supports over 60 services on Apple TV and iOS devices, with more being added all the time. Cue says Siri is smart about 4K HDR, so it’s simple to find movies and TV shows in the highest picture quality across your apps (e.g., “Show me movies in 4K”). Apple TV 4K will also offer 4K HDR content from popular video services, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, soon to be available.
Later this year, the TV app will make it easier than ever to watch and get updates about live sports just by saying “Watch the Warriors game” or “What’s the score of the Cubs game?” Sports fans in the US will be able to track their favorite teams and get on-screen notifications whenever they are playing, as well as see all the teams, leagues and sporting events currently playing through a dedicated Sports tab.
Starting this month, the TV app will be available in Australia and Canada, in addition to the US. And, by the end of the year, it will expand to France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
The Apple TV 4K starts at $179 for 32GB or $199 for 64GB, joining Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB at $149, available from Apple.com and Apple Stores, as well as through select Apple Authorized Resellers and carriers (prices may vary). Customers will be able to order both Apple TV 4K models beginning Friday, Sept.15, with availability beginning Friday, Sept. 22. For more information, visit apple.com/tv.

NZ pricing — Apple TV 4K starts at RRP NZ$299 inc GST for 32GB or NZ$339 inc GST for 64GB, joining Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB at NZ$249, available from apple.com/nz as well as through select Apple Authorised Resellers and carriers (prices may vary). Customers will be able to order both Apple TV 4K models beginning Friday 15 September, with availability beginning Friday 22 dSeptember. For more information, visit apple.com/nz/tv.

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

(Image from Apple’s Apple TV site.)

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.

New iPhones, new iPads, new Apple TV, NZ pricing and availability


New iPhones are faster and include a rose-colored model
New iPhones are faster and include a rose-colored model

Apple announces US$199 iPhone 6s & US$299 6s Plus with 3D Touch, A9 CPU, rose gold colour, coming September 25th — Apple’s new iPhone 6s series will offer users an entirely new way to interact with their handset, sensing pressure from fingertips to enable entirely new shortcuts in iOS 9. It also boasts an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera, a souped-up A9 processor that nearly doubles performance over the iPhone 6, and a new rose gold color option. The iPhone 6s brings Apple’s Taptic Engine from the Apple TV to the handset, with new vibrations the ‘mini-tap’ and a ‘full tap’ that will give users tactile feedback when interacting with the iPhone 6s.
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus includes a new third-generation 64-bit A9 chip with a new transistor architecture. Apple says the A9 is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at graphics tasks than the iPhone 6 and its A8 processor. Apple also spent a considerable amount of time boasting of the camera capabilities of its new iPhone 6s series. It includes a 12-megapixel lens and larger image sensor. [NZ prices, availability will be posted as soon as I have them.]

NZ prices, availability —
• iPhone 6s will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a recommended retail price of NZ$1199 inc. GST for the 16GB model, NZ$1399 inc. GST for the 64GB model and NZ$1599 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
• iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a recommended retail price of NZ$1399 inc. GST for the 16GB model, NZ$1599 inc. GST for the 64GB model and NZ$1799 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
• The new iPhones will be available from apple.com/nz; through Spark, Vodafone, 2degrees and additional carriers; and from selected Apple Authorised Resellers.
• The new iPhones will also be available through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers with a range of financing plans and payment options.
• Both models will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and US beginning Friday, 25 September, with pre-orders beginning Saturday, 12 September.
• Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours and Lightning Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes will also be available.

iOS 9 — It will be available as a Free Update for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch users from 16 September PDT.

Apple Announces iPad Pro, with Keyboard and ‘Apple Pencil’ Stylus — Apple just announced the iPad Pro during Wednesday’s Hey Siri! event. The device features a 12.9-inch display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048, and a new processor that Apple claims is 1.8 times faster than the processor in the iPad Air 2.
Apple also announced a snap-on keyboard accessory called Smart Keyboard. This keyboard snaps on magnetically (think Surface), and it has the same dome-shaped keypad mechanism first used in Apple’s MacBook.
Apple also introduced another much-rumoured device, an accessory called Apple Pencil. This stylus features a variety of digital and electronic enhancements designed to make iPad Pro and Apple Pencil an amazing tool for artists, CAD designers, and more. US prices are iPad Pro from US$799 (available in November), Smart Keyboard US$169, Apple Pencil US$99. (NZ prices/availability TBA).

Apple announces new iPad mini 4 with iPad Air 2 internals — At the tail end of the iPad Pro presentation this morning, Apple announced an updated iPad mini with a slimmer profile, lighter weight, and higher-performance internal components.
The iPad mini 4 packs the same internals as the iPad Air 2: Apple’s A8X processor, M8 motion coprocessor, Touch ID sensor, and 1 gigabyte of built-in RAM.

iPhone 6 most popular iPhone model, adopted faster than iPhone 5s, analytics firm says — The iPhone 6 is the most popular iPhone model in use, and both it and the 6 Plus have been adopted at a faster rate than either the 5s or 5c, analytics firm Localytics claimed on Tuesday.

New Apple TV will have Siri, games, new remote, and Apps — Apple pulled out all the stops with Apple TV during Wednesday’s Hey Siri! event, introducing new hardware, a new interface [thank God!], a new remote, voice controls that are amazing, a new operating system called tvOS, and an SDK for developers to make their own apps.