Apple had a lot to talk about at their event today at the Flint Center in Cupertino. Here’s what they announced:
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
As rumored, Apple announced two new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Here’s what’s new:
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display, at a resolution of 1334×750 (about 720p HD) while the 6 Plus has a larger 5.5 inch display, with a full 1080p HD display at 1920×1080. The new models use the same Retina display technology that Apple’s been using since the iPhone 4, with the iPhone 6 having the same 326ppi (pixels per inch), but the 6 Plus having a higher count at 401ppi. With larger screens, an extra row of icons can fit on the home screen, and more information can be shown in landscape view.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have the new A8 processor, which Apple says offers faster performance, including with graphics. The A8 chip is rumored to be 1.4GHz or faster, but Apple guarantees it will offer faster performance and better battery life compared to the A7, found in the iPhone 5S. In addition to the new processor, the new phones also include a barometer, which allows the phone to record altitude.
The cameras on the new phones have also been updated, with improved image processing, 60fps 1080p HD video, and the ability to record in 240fps slow motion and time lapse.
The new phones also include faster wireless, including support for 150Mbps LTE speeds (with carrier aggregation, an LTE-Advanced feature), and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The new phones also feature voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling, however only T-Mobile supports these features so far in the United States.
Pricing & Availability
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available for pre-order on Apple’s website this Friday, September 12th, and will go on sale next Friday, September 19th.
The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128GB.
The 6 Plus will start at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB.
The iPhone 5S’s price will be lowered to $99, and the 5C will become free (with a 2 year contract).
The other anticipated announcement was a smart watch, which Apple calls the Apple Watch.
The watch comes in three different designs: “Apple Watch”, “Apple Watch Sport”, and “Apple Watch Edition”
It requires an iPhone to use, and features a Retina touch display, a digital crown control, an inductive charger, and a heart monitor. Notifications from your iPhone apps come through the watch, and can be replied to directly from the watch’s screen.
Pricing & Availability
Pricing for the other models are unclear, but the base model starts at $349. It will be available in early 2015.
With the help of NFC (Near Field Communication) chips in the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch, Apple Pay allows you to store your credit/debit cards, gift cards, and more in the Passbook app on your phone, so you can pay for things just by tapping your phone or watch at the cash register.
Apple has partnered with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard; along with Bank of America, CapitalOne, Chase, Citi, Wells Fargo, Barclays, Navy Federal Credit Union, PNC, USAA, and USBank.
They’ve also partnered with many stores, which will be accepting Apple Pay in all of their locations. Some include: McDonald’s, Macy’s, Subway, PetCo, Staples, Nike, Walgreens, and Whole Foods.
iOS 8 was also discussed briefly at the event. Apple announced it will be released on Wednesday, September 17th. More information about the features of iOS 8 can be found here.