iPhone 6S Camera: 3 Important Changes

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Apple TV 4 Will Retail Under $200 Starting In October: Report.

AAPL, -0.47% is widely expected to unveil its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus models as well as a more expensive, souped-up Apple TV with Siri capabilities at its Sept. 9 hardware event. Instead of a releasing a long-rumored Apple television set, which would be a longshot, the Cupertino company will likely showcase a radically improved version of its stodgy set-top box. The company may also introduce its largest iPad yet, but analysts are divided over whether that announcement will come next Wednesday or if Apple will wait until October.

The report says that the Apple TV will support pressure-sensitive buttons, joysticks, and basic motion control — that’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s enough to play more than the casual games that currently work best on iOS. Earlier in August, there were reports about the company’s next event to be hosted on the said date, and now the company has started sending invites to some media persons. TechCrunch’s own Matthew Panzarino laid out a detailed piece on what to expect from the new device, including a full platform for games and app content, an SDK from which developers can build, and a brand new remote.

It likely will have the same basic hardware design as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, but come with a faster A9 processor and an improved 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, said Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah. What the Apple TV’s controllers won’t support, according to 9to5Mac, is motion control akin to what you’d find on the Wii, despite what a previous report said. Ives also expects the upgraded iPhone 6S models to come equipped with Force Touch, an input button with haptic feedback that has been rolled out on the Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. On the software side, Apple also has plans to build out a cable-replacing content platform that lets users watch television and movies on-demand, which sources say will cost $40/month. Beefier specs, including a new processor, will also be an opportunity for developers who will reportedly be invited to build Apple TV-specific apps and games.

In other words, you’ll be able to tilt the new Apple TV remote — and likely some of its controllers — to steer in a racing game, but you probably won’t be able to bowl with it. And while it may take some time to get used to, Apple is calling Force Touch the “most significant new sensing capability” since Multi-Touch, the technology that has long powered the iPhone touch screen.

One of the sexiest new devices expected this fall is the latest generation Apple TV, which 9to5Mac.com reported this weekend could carry a starting price of either $149 or $199 — more than double its $69 predecessor, whose price was reduced from $99 this March. A latest 9To5Mac report states that the cameras of both upcoming iPhone variants will be upgraded. “Apple will be moving from an 8-megapixel sensor to a custom imager billed as 12-megapixels in both of the new iPhones,” the report adds. The higher price suggests the fourth-generation Apple TV would likely be much more advanced, running iOS 9, featuring new Siri capabilities and offering a dedicated App Store.

Last week, TechCrunch reported Apple was developing a wireless motion controller, which could enable developers to build unique games for Apple TV that could compete with existing game consoles, such as Microsoft Corp.’s Kinect MSFT, -0.93% The TV box would be suited up with software that would enable the device to absorb Apple’s rumored streaming TV service. Piper Jaffray said the event’s headline, with its reference to Apple’s voice-activitated assistant Siri, signals that Apple could unveil some kind of increased hands-free functionality for Siri, potentially related to Apple TV. It’s unclear if those buttons will remain side-by-side as they were on previous versions of the remote or if they’ll be moved to either side of a large touch surface, as pictured in our render above.

The Cupertino-based company has been trying to offset the deceleration by expanding tablet use in corporate settings, particularly through its partnership with IBM Corp. And TechCrunch reports that the control will include an array of motion sensors that will let you use the remote as a steering wheel or like a Nintendo Wii remote—albeit without the need to point the damn thing at the box. While the fanboy sites have been busy imagining what a touchscreen remote might look like, most of the reports floating around ahead of the announcement use the word “touchpad,” so you might not want to get your hopes up.

Also, along with a ‘slight shrinkage’ in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple appears to be reducing the number of chips it uses for its phone. It may use a Cirrus Logic audio chip, a Murata Wi-Fi module, and wireless power amplifiers from RFMD, Triquint, Avago and Skyworks within the iPhone 6S as well. This would enable all kinds of new possibilities for developers, especially since they won’t have to worry about high processing demands draining the device’s battery life, like they do on mobile. The motion sensors in the remote will be complemented by a microphone that can be used to control Siri or play interactive games. (Karaoke anybody?) Guts are good, but it’ll be up to the operating system to bring the glory. Earlier this year, reports claimed that Apple will delay the start of production on the larger iPad Pro until around September due to problems involving the display panel supply.

But really, the biggest difference will be the release of an Apple TV software development kit that will finally open up the platform for custom-built apps. It also looks like Apple will allow third party companies to build their own Bluetooth-enabled controllers and other devices to complement what will soon be a well populated app store.

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