These are the official accessories for the new iPhone 6s and iPad Pro

Yesterday. Apple launched the new iPhones - the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus - along with a brand new iPad Pro. Usually, Apple also has a bunch of new accessories to go with their new products, and they have this time too, including some cases, keyboard covers, and docks.

iPhone 6s Leather and Silicone Case
Apple added a bunch of color options to its range of leather and silicon cases for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The leather range now includes Midnight Blue, Saddle Brown, Rose Gray, Brown, and Black. The Silicon range now includes White, Charcoal Gray, Stone, Antique White, Blue, Turquoise, Midnight Blue, Lavender, Pink, Red, and Orange. The leather cases are available for $45 and the silicone cases for $35. It must be noted that these cases don't work with the older iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as they are designed for the slightly thicker bodies of the new iPhones.

iPhone Lightning Dock
The iPhone 6s now gets a new dock that you can just put your phone in on the desk and charge it. The docks come in the same four colors as the phone, gold, silver, space gray, and the new rose gold, and are machined out of solid aluminum. The dock connects via the Lightning connector and has a headphone out at the back to route audio out of your phone for connecting to speakers or headphones. The Lightning Dock is priced at $49 and works with both the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and also older iPhones and iPod touch with the Lightning connector.

Apple Pencil

Apple created a new stylus specifically designed to work with the new iPad Pro. Called the Apple Pencil, the stylus is actively powered and features pressure sensitivity and tilt detection. You can press on it to adjust the thickness of the strokes and tilt it to produce wider strokes. The iPad Pro has been optimized for the Pencil and scans its signal at 240Hz instead of the standard 120Hz for fingers. 

The Pencil has an internal battery that charges via a Lightning connector and has to be plugged directly into the iPad Pro. The battery provides 12 hours of use with a full charge and around 30 minutes after just 15 seconds of charging. Apple has optimized its Notes and Mail app in iOS 9 to fully support all the features of the Pencil, the third party app Paper also supports it completely, with more app support coming in later. You can purchase the Apple Pencil for $99.

Smart Keyboard

Along with the new iPad Pro Apple also announced the Smart Keyboard, which functions as a keyboard, stand, and a cover, all in one. The keyboard builds upon Apple's original Smart Cover design, but folds out to reveal a keyboard instead. The keyboard has the full set of keys you'd expect on a Mac and a set of shortcuts that you can use with iOS 9. The keyboard surface is made out of custom-woven fabric that is stain and spill resistant. 

It employs a standard membrane switch with the fabric providing the tension and feedback. If you fold the keyboard it also acts as a stand for tilting the iPad Pro at a lower angle for watching movies. Lastly, you could just open it completely to protect the display like a cover. The keyboard attaches magnetically but uses the new Smart Connector on the iPad Pro to transfer data. The Smart Keyboard is priced at $169 and only available for the iPad Pro.

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