iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Unveiled

unveiledApple unveiled two new iPhones on Tuesday and showcased a new wearable device called Apple Watch that is packed full of new technology that won’t be available for purchase until 2015.

Apple’s two new iPhones, called the iPhone 6, are faster, larger, and thinner than any other iPhone in the past. They are available in two screen display sizes: the 4.7 inch and the 5 inch.

The larger 5 inch iPhone is called the iPhone 6 Plus.

The two versions of the iPhone 6  have rounded corners, curved glass screen, an iPad style design. The volume buttons on the left side are now enlarged in the shape of a pill and the power button has moved to the right side of the device.

Apple’s newest iPhones feature Retina HD display, faster processors, improved cameras, and NFC integration with Apple’s new ApplePay that allows for payments in stores. Both iPhones have an aluminum back and feature faster WiFi (802.11 ac) , WiFi calling support, and support for voice over LTE. Similar to the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have built in Touch ID as a security feature.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus carry an 64 bit A8 processor for fast performance and power efficiency.

Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have 8 megapixels for the forward camera, 2.2 in the rear and Focus Pixel that allows for faster autofocusing.

The iPhone 6 Plus has an added bonus with optical image stabilization that reduces blurring associated with the motion of a camera. The iPhone 6 Plus has a longer battery life than the  iPhone 6. Both iPhone versions will have a longer battery life than the iPhone 5S.

Contrary to some rumors that spread ahead of the release,  Apple’s newest iPhone doesn’t come equipped with sapphire glass, a durable scratch resistant material that is often found in high end watches.

Last November GT Advanced Technologies Inc. announced a multi-year, $578 million contract with Apple to supply advanced sapphire material. Since then speculation has been growing that Apple would be using sapphire for its display screen on its newest iPhone 6 even though the material adds more weight to the device and is costlier and slower to produce.

During the unveiling of the iPhone 6 in Cupertino on Tuesday it became known that Apple decided against using sapphire with both versions of its iPhone 6.

Apple will continue to use Gorilla Glass on its displays from Corning as it has done over the years.

For now Apple will only use sapphire for the high end model of the new Apple Watch.

During the media event on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that he believes Apple customers will love the new iPhone 6.

“The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”

The new iPhones are available in 3 colors: Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.

Both devices will be available for purchase on September 19th in selective countries and pre-orders will begin on September 12th.

The iPhone 6 has a retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model, and a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model, and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract.

Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US as a free update to iOS 8 in October.

AppleWatch

app watcOn Tuesday Apple showcased its new wearable device Apple Watch, calling it “Apple’s most personal device ever.”

Apple’s “most personal device” has an engineered Digital Crown that provides an innovative way to scroll, navigate, and zoom from the convenience of your very own wrist.

“With Apple Watch, we’ve developed multiple technologies and an entirely new user interface specifically for a device that’s designed to be worn. It blurs the boundary between physical object and user interface,” said Jon Ive, senior vice president of Design at Apple.

Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. The watches come in two different sizes: 38 mm and 42 mm.

Apple Watch has integrated Apple Pay that lets users to pay for items at a store or board a plane using a Passbook boarding pass.

Apple Watch users can check stock quotes, navigate with Apple Maps, see and respond to messages or calls, dictate a message, or select from preset options.

Apple Watch also tracks health and fitness data. It has a custom sensor that can measure intensity by tracking your heart rate.

Apple Watch utilizes an accelerometer to measure your total body movement.

There is an activity app measuring three separate aspects of movement: calories burned, brisk activity and how often you stand up during the day.

There’s also a separate Workout app for dedicated cardio sessions.

For Apple Watch to work, it needs to be tethered to an iPhone nearby.

Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus with the latest version of iOS 8.

Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349 (US).

-Johnathan Schweitzer

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