Looks like Apple’s Keynote announcements were the worst kept secrets in … well, tech keynotes. As expected, the most recent product announcements included and newer, bigger iPhone, and the first wearable tech for the company.
The new iPhone 6 was the first product unveiled at the event. The phone will now come in two sizes, which I’m calling “about the same size as all the Android phones” and “slightly smaller than your entire face.” Apple however is going with the very boring names of iPhone 6 (4.7″ screen) and the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5″ screen).
Both phones will boast 32, 64, and 128GB storage options and a retina display, and will be slimmer than it’s predecessors.
Additional specs for the new phones: a new A8 processor (an update to their previous A7 64-bit processor), a longer battery life, an upgraded camera with faster focusing, and something called “reachability” which pulls the items at the top of the screen down about halfway when you double-tap the home button, making one-handed use a little easier.
The iPhone 6 will start a $199 for the 32GB version. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299. The phones will hit the shelves on Sept. 19th.
Watch the video HERE.
Apple also finally jumped into the wearable tech pool Tuesday, with the introduction of its new Apple Watch.
The device will come in two sizes and a variety of styles, will be available sometime early 2015, and will start at $349.
It is a touchscreen device, much like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and similar devices, and will come with a scratch proof screen. It will be designed to work alongside the iPhone 6, which I’m sure virtually anyone interested in a first generation new product line from Apple will already own by November.
The Apple Watch will come with Siri, and will be customizable, with six different straps. It will also come with a few apps specific to the device, and developers can use Watch Kit to create other apps that utilize the longer battery and better processor of the iPhone 6.
Watch the video HERE.
But physical products weren’t the only things on display at Apple’s event. The company also announced a release date for iOS 8, which will ship on the iPhone 6. Current users will be able to download the update on September 17th. Originally previewed earlier this summer at WWDC, the new system includes significant updates, and will have Apple’s new Health app, along with a new API and updated Photos app.
Finally, Apple has announced a new mobile payments system, called Apple Pay. The new service will use Near Field Communication to allow users to pay for products from certain retailers just by swiping their phones.
Apple pay will allow users to scan credit cards, which are then added to the Passbook app. Those cards can then be used at more than 200,000 retailers (according to Apple) and will integrate with 3rd party apps from retailers like Target, Groupon and Open Table.
Apple Pay will also be available to use on the new Apple Watch.
So, after all these announcements, what are you most looking forward to?
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