Apple fans all around the world were excited about yesterday’s big event. Indeed, according to most Internet rumors, 2 new iPhone and a smart watch were expected to be shown to the press. Ultimately, the rumors were true as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled during the event in addition to the Apple Watch, the Cupertino giant’s answer to the smartwatches recently launched by its competitors. In this article, I will share with you everything you need to know about the new products unveiled yesterday during Apple’s event.
The Rumors Were True, Apple Revealed 2 new iPhone and a Smartwatch
2 New iPhone: IPhone 6 AND IPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 is the first iPhone with a screen that pushes the 4 inch barrier. Indeed, the iPhone 6 has 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1334 X 750 pixels. It is the thinnest smartphone ever built by Apple with a thickness of 6.9 mm.
With the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple enters the ‘phablets’ market. With its 1920 X 1080 pixels 5.5-inch screen, Apple now has a device that will satisfy consumers who are looking for a great phone. Despite its size, the iPhone 6 Plus is still thinner than the iPhone 5S (7.6 mm) at 7.1 mm. The large size of the screen allows the phone to use the home screen in landscape mode and to gain access to additional keys on the keyboard, among others. Finally, to ease one-handed use of the device, top of the screen icons will scroll down when users double-click the Home button.
The two smartphones are powered by Apple’s new A8 processor, which is 50% more efficient and 25% faster than the A7 processor found in the current iPhone and iPad. Regarding the phones’ software, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be sold with iOS 8 pre-installed (iOS 8 will be available on September 17th for previous generation iPhone owners). They are also equipped with an NFC antenna, a first for an iPhone, to be able to pay with the new ApplePay system.
Camera wise, the megapixels count is the same at 8, but it has been greatly improved, according to Apple. Autofocus is faster than on the iPhone 5S and the camera can shoot at 1080p/30fps, 1080p/60fps and 240fps slow motion videos. In addition, panoramic photos can now be up to a resolution of 42 megapixels and the iPhone 6 Plus offers optical image stabilization.
Regarding price and release date, the iPhone 6 will be sold between $ 199 (16GB Version) and $ 399 (128GB version) and iPhone 6 Plus between $ 299 (version 16GB) and $ 499 (version 128GB), depending on which model you choose (the advertised prices are valid when a 2 year agreement is signed when you acquire the phone, of course). Both models will be available on September 19.
Apple Will Tackle the Smartwatch Market in 2015 With The Apple Watch
After witnessing competitors such as Samsung, LG and Motorola launch smartwatch models during big events, yesterday was Apple’s turn to reveal what it had in store.
For the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and his team went with a rectangular face when the competition appears to shift towards circular faces. Apple’s smart watch will be available in two models and with a choice of 6 different straps that cover several styles. Regarding price and release date, the watch will be sold starting at $ 349 and will be available in early 2015.
The Apple Watch is a very interesting product on a technical level. Indeed, the screen is not only a touchscreen; it is able to identify the force that is applied to it. Thus, a quick tap on the screen will not trigger the same action as a sustained press. In addition, Cupertino engineers understood that ‘pinch to zoom’ was not the best idea for a smartwatch screen. To get around this, the Apple Watch relies on a wheel on its side that is reminiscent of the one found in traditional watches. This wheel will be used, among other things, to zoom in on maps or to scroll through a text message conversation. A click on the wheel will bring the user back to the home screen. Finally, fitness and health is very important to Apple’s smartwatch, as evidenced by the many sensors that are located on the back of the device.
This concludes this brief overview of the new products that were announced by Apple yesterday. Will you be a day one iPhone 6 owner? Are you thinking about buying an Apple Watch in 2015?