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Apple announces iPad Pro, iPhone 6S and a new Apple TV

The new Apple Watch with a Hermes band is displayed following an Apple event Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, in San Francisco.

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iPad Pro

Tim Cook called the iPad "the clearest expression of our vision of the future of computing." They're taking it a step further with the iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro's 12.9 diagonal screen is as wide as the iPad Air 2 is tall. Its 5.6 million pixel display is "more pixels than a 15 inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display."

But it's more than just a bigger iPad. The chip inside it is 1.8 times faster than their last iPad chip - up to 22 times faster than the original iPad. According to Apple, it's "faster than 80 percent of portable PCs shipped within the last 12 months." This is enough power, apparently, to edit three streams of 4K video in iMovie.

It also has four speakers and supposedly sports 10 hours of battery life. In a kind of weird moment, Microsoft came on stage to show off how great Microsoft Office is on the iPad Pro. Apple even introduced the company by asking, "Who knows productivity better than Microsoft?" We're living in some weird times.

All that power won't be cheap, though. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for a 32GB model. $949 for 128GB. You want LTE in there? That'll cost you $1079.

But with desktop-like power, you need a bit more than just a touch screen to get some real work done. Thus...

Smart Keyboard

You know the fancy covers that the Microsoft Surface tablets have, which double as a keyboard? Yeah, this is basically one of those. It will run you $169.

Pencil

This accessory earned a few more "ooohs" and "ahhhs" than the keyboard. At first glance, the Pencil is just a stylus. But it's got its own technology in it - enough that the Pencil actually has an internal battery, which you can charge by plugging it directly into the iPad.

It can detect pressure, position and even tilt. Say you're drawing something and want a wider brushstroke. Just tilt the Pencil so you've got more than just the tip on the screen, and viola.

Of course, because this is Apple we're talking about, this accessory won't be cheap, either. It will cost you $99.

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller speaks about the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard prices.

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Apple TV

"We believe the future of television is apps, " Apple says, because of course they do.

Siri plays a big part in the new Apple TV. The remote - which also sports a touch pad at the top - has a microphone with which you can ask Apple's voice-activated virtual assistant to help you watch TV. Whether it's finding shows to watch ("Siri, show me something funny, " which will show you the top comedy shows), information about what you're watching ("Who is in this movie?" which will bring up a cast at the bottom of the screen) or even help with what was said ("What did she just say?" will rewind the video 15 seconds and turn on captions, showing you exactly what dialogue you missed).

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