Apple has announced at its special September 2014 media event, as expected two larger iPhone versions, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as has been announcement of new long-awaited born, Apple Watch, beside the unveiling of a new payment system, Apple Pay.
In line with many earlier rumors Apple unveiled two larger iPhone versions compared with the current generation iPhone 5s's 4-inch display. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively. The two versions feature a new sharper displays called "Retina HD Displays." The iPhone 6 resolution is 1334 x 750, with a pixel-density of 326 PPI (pixels per inch), while the iPhone 6 Plus has 1920 x 1080 at 401 PPI. Apple stated that both screens are more durable than before.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus chassis are thinner than iPhone 5s's 7.6mn, where the thickness of iPhone 6 is 6.9, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm.
Regarding to hardware, both models have a new generation 64-bit Apple A8 chip and an M8 coprocessor, The A8 delivers 25% faster CPU performance, up to 50 % faster in graphic (GPU) performance, and is 13% smaller and 50% more energy efficient when compared to iPhone 5s chip A7. New Apple A8 chip features 2 billion transistors on a 20nm processor.
They both get more advanced wireless capabilities, including 150 Mbps LTE, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) technology and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which delivers 3x faster. The battery life has also improved in the two new models, as the photo below demonstrates.
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iPhone 6 camera
Two models have featured a new camera, which gets a range of improvements. The new 8 megapixel camera has featured a 2.2 aperture that empowered users to capture better photos in low-light situations, along with a circular true tone flash. One of the standout feature is "Focus Pixel" technology, which allows the lens to move in and out to better determine autofocus points. The feature usually reserved for high-end mirrorless cameras and DSLRs. The camera has also featured next-gen tone mapping and noise reduction. Especially for the iPhone 6 Plus, got an optical image stabilization, which typically only found on larger cameras. The cameras will also support a new face-detection algorithm.
The video capabilities, both devices shoot in 1080p at 30fps and 60fps, along with 240fps slo-mo video, which is up from 120fps on the iPhone 5s.
Both models will be available in differnet storage size: 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB in the iPhone 6 the price will be $199, $299 and $399, respectively, while the iPhone 6 Plus the cost will be $299, $399 and $499. Both models will launch on September 19 in the first wave of countries, with pre-orders starting on September 12.
Apple has announced its new payment system, which depends on NFC (near-field communication) technology, Touch ID, and a new "Secure Element" functionality along with a credit card stored on iTunes or a card that you photograph with your new iPhone. Apple Pay will also be compatible with Apple Watch.
The idea is that you will be able to hold the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus up to a receiver at a store’s cash register, then use Touch ID to complete the purchase. Apple Pay will be able just on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which are equipped with the requisite NFC radio antenna. Apple stated that is not record what users bought, where, or how much they paid. Cashiers also do not see your card number, security code, or even your name.
Apple mentioned that card numbers will only be stored or shared in Secure Element. Once your iPhone is lost or stolen, you can shut down payments from that device by using Find My iPhone.
Apple also highlighted that the program will work with over 220,000 U.S. retail stores like Walgreens, Duane Reade, Macy's, Nike, Staples, Bloomingdales, Subway, McDonalds, and more. Apple will also launch a new Apple Pay API for developers to integrate the feature into their apps.
Finally Apple announced its long-rumored wearable device, the Apple Watch. the device available in three different collections, to meet all tastes. Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition. That include an array of different color and materials, with six different straps, including a sport band, a leather loop, a classic leather buckle and a stainless steel strap that is easily adjustable. The watch will come in two different sizes 38mm and 42mm, and the watches have a flexible, durable sapphire display.
Watch face has come in six colors and materials different: Stainless Steel, Silver Aluminum, 18-Karat Yellow Gold, Space Black Stainless Steel, Space Gray Aluminum, and 18-Karat Rose Gold.
Inspired from old-fashioned analog watch, it is a dial or a crown which Apple refers to as a "digital crown" on the device. This scroll-type wheel allows users to zoom and scroll through various user interface elements. For example pressing on the crown will take you to the watch’s home screen, which users can personalize it. There is also other physical button, which empower users to bring up a list of contacts and then communicate with friends by sending quick drawings, your heartbeat, messages, and animated emoji. Apple developed something it calls “digital touch” to allow you to quickly send a sketch you draw on the watch face.
Apple Watch is enhanced by a range of sensors and lenses. Inside the device, there's a new Taptic Engine that allows users to hear and feel the design of the user interface, so according to Apple the users will be able to feel and respond to notifications "easily and intuitively". The back of the watch is constructed from zirconia with four sapphire lenses that can detect pulse rate. In addition to other metrics, which help to improve the health and fitness of its users.
An Activity App gives users an overview of their daily fitness levels, with three "rings" representing calories burned, exercise done, and how often a break has been taken from sitting. and the “Workout” app, on the other hand, focuses on specific sports. The two apps are developed by Apple itself, and come preinstalled with the device in addition to other significant apps, like Maps, American Airlines, and Photos app.
Developers will also be able to create apps specifically for the watch, in addotion to the apps that extended notifications from the iPhone. The Apple Watch will rely heavily on the iPhone, and will also be using voice input through Siri. It doesn't have a keyboard. The Apple Watch does include support for NFC, and it will function Apple Pay.
Apple has declined to comment on battery life at this point. Some reports claimed that the Watch will require the daily charging in line with similar smart watches from Samsung and Motorola.
The Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available early next year.