AWT News Update: September 10, 2015

SteelSeries Nimbus Game Controller for Apple TV

SteelSeries Nimbus Game Controller for Apple TV

The aftermath of yesterday's amazing Apple Event continues:

  • How much storage will that 4K video you're shooting on the iPhone 6s take up? We tell you
  • There are some nice bonuses to having the M9 motion coprocessor built into the A9 system on a chip in the iPhone 6s series
  • A really great game controller for your new Apple TV will be coming out in October
  • FiftyThree updates the popular -- and free -- Paper app

The text edition is back (see below) and our video is now in landscape orientation!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 10, 2015. Our sponsor this month is MacPaw, developers of CleanYourMac, Gemini, Hider 2, and Encrypto for Mac. Check out their apps on the web at

Wow, that iPhone 6s you’re going to order on Saturday morning can shoot 4K video. But how much space will that video chew up on your device. Out on YouTube, Marques Brownlee has a hands-on video in which he shows the space requirements listed for a minute of video shot at 720p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 30 frames per second, 1080p at 60 frames per second, and 4K. Those requirements are 60MB, 130MB, 200MB and 375MB respectively. The 64GB iPhone 6s can hold about three hours of 4K footage before running low on space — probably enough to shoot a lot of takes for your 90 minute feature film — while the 128GB model can hold six hours of footage. If your actors and direction are right on track, you might be able to edit out a two hour 4K film with the 128GB model.

One of the fascinating facts from yesterday’s event was that Apple has stashed an M9 motion coprocessor in the A9 system on a chip that powers the iPhone 6s. By doing that, the motion sensor can operate continuously without affecting the device’s battery life. That means that the iPhone 6s can measure your walking or running pace without the need for GPS. That capability is available in the Apple Watch, and now in the iPhone 6s phones. One other cool thing is that like the Apple Watch, the new iPhones will be able to use “Hey Siri” all the time, not just when plugged in. Always-on voice commands are actually quite useful, as many Apple Watch users have already found out.

Planning on getting one of the new Apple TV set-top boxes when they come out in October? If you do any gaming at all, you’ll want to keep this in mind — SteelSeries will be selling its Nimbus gaming controller for $49.95 on Apple’s website and in Apple Stores. It’s MFi-certified, has a rechargeable battery supplying more than 40 hours of life for extended play, a Lightning connector for recharging, a menu button for quick navigation on the Apple TV, and pressure sensitive buttons.

Our final news item for today is kind of a counterpoint to Apple’s introduction of a pencil yesterday — today, developer FiftyThree released a major update to its Paper app. Version 3.0 will run on the iPhone, and the app can capture images, notes and sketches very easily. Text in notes can be swiped to create headers, bullet points, or checklists, and there’s a way to add spotlighting to photos with just a tap and drag. You can also add text to photos, collaborate with other Paper users, and export your notes as PDFs, Keynote or PowerPoint files, or Adobe Illustrator. The app is free, you’ll pay for it when you buy one of FiftyThree’s very cool Pencil styluses — hmmm, Apple did a little name poaching there. All of the in-app purchases are also free.

I’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.