Apple had their big event today and a lot of new hardware was announced. We watched the whole event so you don’t have to, so from the new iPhone to a Apple Watch, here’s everything you need to know.
The iPhone 6 Comes Out on September 19th with Two Models
As expected, Apple announced two new iPhones: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both have bigger screens than the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 is 4.7-inch, compared to the iPhone 5s’ 4-inch. The iPhone 6 Plus is even bigger at 5.5 inches.
The two new iPhone 6 models are also thinner with a new outer design. Both new phones come packed with a new A8 processor that should be more energy efficient while still being more powerful. The motion coprocessor also gets an upgrade. The M8 can now track your activity even better by logging when you walk up stairs and how far you travel.
The new phones also get a new autofocus mode for the 8MP camera, and the Plus gets a handy optical image stabilization feature.
The iPhone 6 will start at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and moves up to $399 for 128GB (all prices with a 2-year contract). The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for the 16GB version, $399 for the 64GB, and $499 GB for 128GB (again, on contract). You can pre-order on September 12th and they’ll ship on September 19th. Get all the details about the new phones over on Gizmodo.
The Apple Watch Is Announced, Coming Early Next Year
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Apple announced their highly-anticipated smartwatch, dubbed the Apple Watch. It comes in two sizes and three different models: Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition. The Watch is the normal version, while the Sport edition comes with a stronger screen and better strap for exercise. The Edition is a fancier gold version of the watch. All three models feature a new operating system built specifically for the watch. As you’d expect, it features all kinds of iOS integration as well as a bunch of activity tracking features.
The Apple Watch features both pressure input and touch input. It also has Siri integration so you can use Siri’s voice function. The Apple Watch has all kinds of different input methods, includes tracking your heart rate, motion, and more. With an iPhone, it also tracks your GPS.
When it’s connected to your iPhone, the watch has all kinds of a custom notification options from apps, email, and your calendar. Developers can make apps for the watch, so third-party support will add the ability to unlock doors at hotels, track your car’s location, and plenty more. You’ll need an iPhone for most of these features.
The Apple Watch has a ton of activity tracking features. On top of tracking your heartbeat, it also tracks your activity and movement throughout the day. With an iPhone it’ll also log your GPS coordinates. You can set up goals within the fitness app that help you make sure you’re meeting the recommended amount of movement each day.
The watch comes with a variety of different straps available in different colors and styles. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, and 6 Plus for most of it’s features. It starts at $349 and will be available for purchase in early 2015. You can get even more information about the Apple Watch over at Gizmodo.
Apple Pay Makes Shopping Easier
Apple Pay is a new NFC payment system that allows you to pay for items at stores. Once you add your credit card information, you can just touch your phone to pay for your items at a bunch of major retailers. Apple then stores your number behind a secure element. When you go to make a purchase, your identity is confirmed through the Touch ID sensor, and your phone creates a device-specific card number for each sale.
The Apple Pay system is also available in-app, so developers can integrate it into their apps. Apple Pay is coming to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus next month.
iOS 8 Releases September 17th
iOS 8 now has a release date of September 17th. As you’d expect, it’s a free upgrade. If you need a refresher, you can see everything coming in iOS 8 in our original post. If you’re in a rush, download and install it right now.
If you really want, you can check out the full stream on Apple’s site.