Apple Announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

Apple Announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

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Two new phones, one new watch, and a Phil Schiller in a pear tree. Both new iPhone 6 models ship September 19th.

Apple made its latest phone hardware officially official today, unveiling two new iPhone models to the world.

But before we launch into the phones, the Apple Watch needs some attention. Apple made its first smartwatch effort official today, too, and its a solid-looking first effort, indeed.

The Apple Watch (not the iWatch) has the same kind of design philosophy present in the new iPhone 6 models, complete with rounded aluminum, and the ever-present Home button. But the Home button on the Apple Watch is placed on the side -- what would be a crown on a traditional watch. The digital crown zooms in and out on apps (no pinch for zooming here), and acts as the sole button on the Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch shares a lot of similarities with Android Wear devices, including an emphasis on fitness apps, and customizable watchfaces. And Apple is taking custom applications just as seriously, too, like a Starwood Hotel app that helps you check into your hotel, and enables your Apple Watch to unlock your hotel room door. No more lost key cards.

Fitness is also a serious selling point for Apple, and the Apple Watch ships with two related apps. The Fitness app tracks general fitness and movement, while the Workout app is tuned for those actively exercising. The Apple Watch is a fitness tracker as much as it's a watch, in Apple's eyes.

Some other important tidbits? You can use the Apple Watch to control your Apple TV, there's a built-in walkie talkie feature, and it uses magnetically-aligned inductive charging.

As with any Apple product, accessorizing is the name of the game here. There are a number of different strap options, from traditional buckles to metal bracelets. So far these are Apple-made straps, and you can be sure every accessory manufacturer on the planet is going to follow suit with their own designs.

Two Apple Watch sizes will ship -- 38mm and 42mm case sizes (small and large), but it breaks down further from there. Three lineups are coming: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Each model uses different build materials, including 24K gold on the Apple Watch Edition. Sapphire Crystal displays will be available on some models, but not others, and the Apple Watch Sport lineup seems to be the most workout-friendly (lightweight aluminum).

The Apple Watch will start at $349, and will be available in early 2015 (no concrete release date yet). The Apple Watch will work with every iPhone model down through the iPhone 5, so no need to buy a new phone to get your smartwatch on. Speaking of new phones...

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Not One, but Two New iPhones

Now, to the phones! The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are both running on iOS 8, and this year's iPhone reveal marks the first time Apple has brought two legitimately new smartphones at once.

The biggest difference between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is the display size. The standard iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch, 1334x750 resolution display, while the Plus variant packs a 5.5-inch, 1920x1080 resolution panel.

Most of the other hardware in both iPhone 6 models appears to be identical, including a 64-bit Apple A8 processor, M8 motion co-processor (for the fitness crowd), a new 8 MP camera (capable of shooting 1080p video, and slo-mo video up to 240 fps), and a re-designed, rounded aluminum body.

Apple is also making the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus its first devices to support VoLTE (Voice over LTE), which means the phone will treat voice calls like any other kind of data running through the phone. Not only will call quality be improved (on supporting networks), but it also means you can make calls while using data at the same time, and that WiFi calling will be supported (again, on supported carriers/networks). Look for more news on this front from each major carrier going forward.

Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will ship on September 19th, with starting prices of $199 and $299, respectively. The new models push the iPhone 5S down to $99 on contract, and the iPhone 5c is now Apple's free (on contract) device.

Apple Pay: Removing the Credit Card from the Payment Equation

Apple's new iOS 8 platform has already been heavily detailed, but one new function (that's dependent on the new iPhone 6 hardware) is Apple's new payment system. Dubbed Apple Pay, the new system will launch in October, and ditches your credit card for an NFC chip-based payment method. The new system will work in tandem with the fingerprint reader on the iPhone 6. Credit cards are stored within Apple's Passbook. Apple has been working with the likes of Staples, Macy's, Whole Foods, McDonald's, and Subway to get contactless payments up and running at all retail locations.

For security, Apple Pay does not store the credit card number on your iPhone, nor does it give the number to the merchant through NFC. Instead, Apple creates a standalone account number for your card that is unique to the iPhone. That way, your credit card number stays with you, and only you.

Because of the use of NFC, Apple Pay is not compatible with iPhone 5S, but it is compatible with Apple Watch. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all signed up for Apple Pay, so expect to hear details from your card provider soon.

The new payment system also extends to online shopping, as the iPhone 6 will support one-touch payment on a number of websites and apps.

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Hmm. According to the livestream, you need iPhone 5 and above to use the watch, but Cook wasn't clear as to whether you need both the phone and the watch on you at the same time. I imagine you do.

I don't like Apple, but offering a small and large model is smart, as well as 240 fps slow mo video.
Too bad the resolution on the normal 6 is so low and the 5,5 inch 1080p looks to be a ginormous device...

But I'm sure their fans are happy.
Unsure about the watch... it has no special features?!

Frezzato:
Hmm. According to the livestream, you need iPhone 5 and above to use the watch, but Cook wasn't clear as to whether you need both the phone and the watch on you at the same time. I imagine you do.

The Apple Watch will retain some functionality when away from your iPhone, but since it uses some of the sensors on your phone (WiFi, GPS) your phone probably needs to be close by.

So if I pay 349 dollars I can save myself an average of 15 seconds of time not taking my phone out my pocket a day for a few years before it inevitably breaks?

Man we're entering a new age.

And now the big question: How long until Apple attempts to trademark the word "watch"? I think we all know it's something they'd do.

ToastiestZombie:
So if I pay 349 dollars I can save myself an average of 15 seconds of time not taking my phone out my pocket a day for a few years before it inevitably breaks?

Man we're entering a new age.

Same thing with SSDs; I don't really understand the need for this, but it is Apple, so people will buy it regardless :/

Without any news on the processor or RAM, I don't care all that much though. My Samsung S4 is a year old, but it packs quite a punch; one which I doubt will be overcome because Apple have a habit of being complacent pricks.

So we no longer need a magnifying glass to see the screen? Honestly the only thing that intrests me at all about the iphone 6 is the sapphire glass. If it is as strong as it claims to be, then my largest issue about the apple's products is gone. Still far over rated and behind Android.

I am not impressed, I have to be honest. But, I'm sure the Apple fanatics will eat it right up. I just think it's hilarious that they were all like, "Our research shows that this screen size is the best and most desired screen size", in regards to the iPhone 5. And now they are just jumping on the phablet bandwagon. I know my Note 2 is awesome, and when I'm due for an upgrade the Note 4 will be available. Clearly, I'm an Android guy. But I also have no good feelings about the watch of either device. They are mostly not worth the steep asking price.

I googled sportswatch, and you can get some truly great looking watches for the exact same price that will go 200 meters under water and only need to replace the batteries probably once every few years. I think the watch is like adding a horn to your smartphone, pretentious and unnecessary

I kinda want the iPhone 6 since the last (and first) smartphone I ever got was the 4S since launch and it's getting rather awkward to use now. But... £539. =/

Hmm. I can almost see that Apple Watch looking decent with a brown leather strap instead of that butt-ugly white band.

Still don't see the niche for it yet though. Smartphones made watches obsolete for me (actually, mobiles in general did), and the features just make it sound like a very small iPad mini. As for fitness, someone recently tested how accurate smartwatches are at recording your pulse and found they can deviate by up to 40%, so I don't know how much more helpful this will be than an existing smartphone or mp3 player. Oh, and a walkie talkie? Good luck using that without looking like a tit.

OuendanCyrus:
I kinda want the iPhone 6 since the last (and first) smartphone I ever got was the 4S since launch and it's getting rather awkward to use now. But... £539. =/

You could always get the S5 instead which is cheaper, more powerful, has a better screen, expandable storage, a better camera, a longer lasting (and more easily replaceable) battery and is waterproof.

Eh paywave has been available in Australia for the last year, it works on Android, Windows Phone and I think iPhone.
About time they offered a larger screen though, I wonder if they'll offer a smaller 4" model for those that like the older phone sizes.

This imgur post put it very succinctly:
http://imgur.com/gallery/Vge3M7S

As someone who hasn't owned an iPhone since the 3G, and love my HTC One: The design and UX of the Apple Watch looks fantastic. They went far above the Android Wear and created a new experience instead of squashing the phone experience onto a smaller screen.

That said, I don't wear watches, so will never purchase it haha.

I was very impressed how Apple had P. Diddy live streaming through all his social media channels to his millions of followers - marketing!

Checkout New Iphone 6 Plus specs: http://shoprex.com/phones-and-tablets/mobiles/apple-iphone-6-plus-mpid22431

Wow. Apple have finally realised how small the iPhone screens are. But I'm assuming the iPhone 6 will be priced like the 5S, and the Plus model will be even more expensive. Considering how pricey smart phones are in general, the 6 Plus is going to be ludicrously priced. Which means it will be right at home in Apple's line up.

find it kinda funny there was a time Apple was taking samsung to court over their phones looking like apples and now apple has just seemed to have given up and look alot like a samsung. I know its hard to made a phone look diff from all the rest but Apple...

New from Apple, the new iShoes. You can read your FB updates by just looking at your feet. No need to was valuable seconds taking out your phone.

Imper1um:
This imgur post put it very succinctly:
http://imgur.com/gallery/Vge3M7S

Maybe this is why I look at the new mk6 and think, "huh, is that it?"

But hell, I use a nexus 7 4g as my phone, so I guess I'm just not the target audience :p

 

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