Wireless Wednesday–"The Apple Watch and New iPhones: Everything You Need to Know"
September 10, 2014 — by WEBOOST
Happy #WirelessWednesday!! Since yesterday was the big Apple announcement, it only makes sense that we cover it today on our blog. Did you have a chance to watch it? If so, what did you think? If you missed out, fear not! We have everything you need to know here, thanks to this Mashable article. See the excerpts from the article pasted below and then let us know what you think!–
The two new iPhones and Apple’s entry into the wearables market dominated much of CEO Tim Cook‘s keynote, but a number of new software features were also unveiled, including a new platform for mobile payments called Apple Pay.
Apple’s live stream of the event encountered technical difficulties throughout the afternoon, so in case you missed any of the news, we recapped everything you need to know.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Both new iPhones, which will be available in gold, white and “space gray,” go on sale in the United States on Sept. 19; preorders begin on Friday.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch “Retina HD” display and is nearly a millimeter thinner than its predecessor. It is powered by a new chip, the A8 processor, which Apple says is 50 times faster than the chip in the original iPhone. It also ships with an upgraded 8 MP rear-facing camera and 2.1 MP front-facing camera for better selfies.
The iPhone 6 will follow a similar pricing model as previous iPhones with the 16 GB model starting at $199 (with a two-year contract), but larger storage capacities will be cheaper than previous releases. The 64GB model will be available for $299 and the 128 GB will be $399. In addition to the U.S., the iPhone 6 will go on sale in the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore on Sept. 19, with more countries to follow soon. It will be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
The iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s first foray into phablet territory, will have a 5.5-inch display and Apple’s new A8 processor. It comes equipped with the same 8 MP rear and 2.1 MP front cameras as the iPhone 6. Unique to the 6 Plus, though, is optical image stabilization, an improvement over the digital stabilization of the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 Plus will also be available in 16 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB varieties, for $299, $399 and $499, respectively (with a two-year contract). It, too, will launch on Sept. 19 in the same countries as its smaller cousin.
It’s not called the iWatch as we expected, but Apple did unveil its first wearable, the Apple Watch. Cook saved this bit of news for last and borrowed the late Steve Jobs‘ signature “One More Thing” catchphrase for the reveal.
The Apple Watch must be used in conjunction with an iPhone and will be compatible with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S in addition to the 6 and 6 Plus. It features a Retina display (protected by sapphire crystal in some models) and is filled with sensors that can track everything from your heart rate to daily activities and exercise. The display is a touchscreen, but the watch also comes equipped with a special “digital crown” that can be used for navigating around apps and also functions as a home button for the watch’s interface. Apple Watch is expected to go on sale in early 2015 and will begin at $349.
Well there you have a few highlights from the Apple event! What do you think? Are you going to be purchasing the iPhone 6 or 6+? What about an Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments section below!
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