Microsoft unveils new Office for iPad features on Apple’s stage

In a surprise move, Microsoft sent a pair of representatives to Apple’s big press event in San Francisco Wednesday morning to demonstrate new features in Office for iOS that are tailored for the new iPad Pro. 

Kirk Koenigsbauer, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Office 365 client applications, came on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to show new changes to the company’s suite of apps for Apple’s tablet, including the ability to draw freehand shapes on a Word or PowerPoint document, and then get them translated into shapes like arrows or circles. 

It’s designed to take advantage of Apple’s new Pencil stylus for the iPad Pro, a $99 accessory the company announced just ahead of Koenigsbauer’s appearance on stage. Users can also use touch to annotate documents with a stylus or finger, and have those annotations sync across Office apps on iOS and other platforms. 

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus debut with new 3D Touch displays

Apple’s new iPhones don’t look a whole lot different from last year’s models, but the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have a next-generation multitouch display that Apple expects will change the way you use a touchscreen.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus will have 3D Touch displays that are similar to the Apple Watch’s Force Touch. A press will now unlock shortcuts in the apps you use every day, like Messages, Mail, and Instagram. Now you don’t have to launch an app for a quick, simple action like previewing a Web link or photo.

“This is the most advanced iPhone we have ever created,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, at Wednesday’s event.

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