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Apple Keynote lowdown: 4″ iPhone, Siri on TVs, CareKit tracker & more


Apple has announced its next generation of iPhones and iPads as well as various updated features to iOS, Apple TV etc., at the Apple Keynote event held yesterday. The company opened its keynote reiterating its commitment to user privacy in light of the iPhone unlocking case against the FBI.

Here is a quick lowdown of all the new devices and features announced at the conference yesterday:

iPhone SE: Apple has launched a 4-inch iPhone, which looks like a blend of iPhone 5S with the hardware specification of an iPhone 6. This device will cost $399 for the 16GB model, with the more generous 64GB model coming in at $499. The phone sports an A9 chip, a 12MP camera and what Apple claims to be 13 hours of battery life.

iPad & other devices: Apple also launched a smaller version of its 12.7 inch iPad Pro, which it had launched along with the iPhone 6 & 6S in September last year. The new iPad Pro will be 9.7 inches in size and will cost starting at $599. While the Apple Watch did not get a hardware upgrade, the company has made the device slightly more affordable by dropping the price to $299. It also launched a few new bands for the watch.

Software updates: The company announced iOS update 9.3, a minor update with a couple of security fixes and some new features. These include features like Night Shift which adjusts the display according to the time of the day, ability to use Touch ID to secure notes etc.

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Other than this, Apple also updated the TV software to tvOS 9.2, adding in features like dictation. The company also integrated Siri into the platform, letting users search for movies or enter passwords with voice, rather than using the remote. The company also added a few desktop like features, like the ability to create folders.

CareKit: Apple launched CareKit in partnership with with medical organizations including John Hopkins University and Stanford Medicine, to create apps and help patients monitor symptoms. Note that Apple had previously released ResearchKit, a software framework for medical research that allows researchers to procure data directly from iPhones, turning it into a diagnostic tool of sorts.

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