5 Things You’ll Actually Care About From #AppleEvent

Apple dropped a bunch of product upgrades at a massive event in San Francisco earlier today—and we were there. Here’s what you need to know

If you were on Twitter this afternoon, you’ll know that Apple revealed a ton of product updates and upgrades—plus a surprise OneRepublic performance (A.K.A. #notDrake)—at a massive event in San Francisco. FLARE was there live-tweeting as CEO Tim Cook and other members of the Apple squad announced the latest developments for Apple Watch, iPad, Apple TV and iPhone. Here are the five things that excited us the most, straight from SF.

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The iPhone6 and Apple Watch, now in rose gold! (Photo: Apple)

1. The newest hue for the newly revealed iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus? We say pink, Apple prefers “rose gold.” Whatever you call it, it sure looks pretty. (Oh, and the new phones also employ something called 3D Touch, which allows users to access features in different ways depending on how much pressure you apply to the screen. Even better? That screen is made from “the strongest glass on any smartphone”—welcome news for anyone who drops their phone on the reg.) These babies are available as of September 12.

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AppleTV + Siri = bye-bye, remote (Photo: Apple)

2. Siri is now your Apple TV bitch. In the all-new model, to be released in October, she’ll be on hand to help you out with your most pressing television needs: “Siri, show me every episode of Friday Night Lights in which Riggins is shirtless.” You’re welcome.

3. There is now an Apple Pencil. We repeat, there is now an Apple Pencil. At first we thought this might just be a joke, but Apple is not kidding around—and after we saw first-hand how freaking cool this thing is, neither were we. Use it on the newly-unveiled iPad Pro (on sale in November) for illustration, 3-D design or just plain old doodling.

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The Apple Watch: Hermes edition (Photo: Apple)

4. It was only a matter of time before a Big Fashion Name got in on the Apple Watch game, and today it was announced that Hermes has collaborated with the tech giant on a series of leather watch bands, available as of October 5. Maybe this will bring New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman back on side?

5. And finally, we thank Apple for introducing #EmergencySelfie to the lexicon—a reference to a new shortcut to the camera app that’s available on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Don’t even try to tell us you won’t use it.

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