I was at the Apple Event in San Francisco where Tim Cook and Co. launched a slew of new stuff to an generally responsive crowd (not unlike a Worker's Party rally). I have never seen so much enthusiasm for an Apple-invented Pencil that doesn't even have an eraser on top. I cannot wait for a new Apple Ruler.
We saw the big-assed iPad Pro, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and a new Siri-controlled Apple TV.
You can watch my little videos below for a quick summary of what the iPhone 6S and iPad Pro are about.
Side note: I shot, edited and posted the videos with my iPhone 6 Plus. It always amazes me how much we can do with mobile devices these days.
I find it odd that the Pencil is charged by plugging into the iPad Pro itself. So do I have to charge my iPad Pro first, then charge my Pencil after that? Would I be able to charge the Pencil separately with another charger if I didn't want to drain my iPad Pro's battery?
Also not clear is whether the iPad Pro supports the ability to ignore your palm on the iPad Pro when you use the Pencil (a feature called Palm Rejection).
Still, the iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard is a compelling alternative to a 12-inch MacBook or MacBook Pro for on-the-move computing. It depends on what you do on your device, I think. The use cases will determine whether it's a iPad Pro or a MacBook you need.
I also learned that Singaporeans are not the only kiasu people. Tech journalists, from all over the world, bring new meaning to the words "Kiasu" and "Cheong ah!".
Back to the topic of new gadgets, the new 4K video and 12MP camera features on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are intriguing to the photographer and videographer in me.
I like that Apple didn't just up the megapixel count on their camera without doing something to improve the sensor's ability to capture more detail.
Now all we need a new battery tech to let us use all this mobile tech without needing an extra 10,000 mAh powerbank.
I liked the new Apple TV a lot. We have an Apple TV in every room at the moment, and the new one has a way better remote — Bluetooth and Siri-enabled instead of that older remote that was a pain to use.
Universal search on the new Apple TV is also welcome, since I already have Netflix and iTunes-bought content. I'm not too sure about gaming on the Apple TV though. Some of the games looked a little primitive. Except the Warhammer game. That looked intense.
OneRepublic performed as the closing act for the event. I didn't hear all the songs from their set because I was already in the queue for the hands-on area, with the rest of the kiasu gang by the second song.
I only liked their one song anyways.