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Apple Announce iPhone 6 , iPhone 6 Plus , Apple Watch , Apple Pay

iPhone 6 – iPhone 6 Plus 

So Apple have announced that we will see the:

  • iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch screen
  • iPhone 6 plus with a 5.5 inch iPhone

You can order from Sept 12th but they will be released from Sept 19th starting at 8.00am – my big tip is to go down to a Telstra store on the day if you want to pick up one of the new iPhones.

Key Features

Thinner than the 5s, coming in at 6.9mm and 7.1mm thick, respectively, compared to the 7.6mm iPhone 5s.
Apple has upgraded the displays to compensate for the increased screen size.

All the details of the phone are here: Details of the iPhone 6 – iPhone 6 Plus 

  • The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750, with a pixel-density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus goes full HD with a 1920 by 1080 display and a whopping 401 ppi.

Apple says both versions are covered with “ion-strengthened glass,” to make the iPhone 6 less susceptible to drops and scratches.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus have a new generation 64-bit Apple A8 chip, which is 13 percent smaller and up to 25 percent faster than the previous-generation A7.

Graphics on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus should get a boost as well, with the A8 chip carrying a graphics processing unit that Apple claims is 50 percent faster – great for games etc.

The A8 is 50 percent more energy efficient than the A7, which should translate to better battery life for the 6 and 6 Plus , however lets remember that smartphones are a 1 day battery life device.

iPhone 6 Camera Features

An 8 megapixel iSight camera on the back with True Tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture and an all-new sensor. The f2.2 aperture captures over 80 percent more light with the new sensor and this should result in crisper details and better performance in low-light.

The camera has phase-detection autofocus, which should offer even faster automatic focus for pictures and videos. And while the iPhone 6 has digital image stabilisation, the iPhone 6 Plus adds optical image stabilisation , that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion

High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilisation and time-lapse video.

Data – Internet 

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps depending on the spectrum used , iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling.

According to a contact I have I am waiting to confirm that in Adelaide with the trial by Telstra of the 700mhz spectrum users can expect very fast speeds up to on the iPhone 6 

Should You Upgrade

If you have had your iPhone for 2 years you will notice the difference in screen size , speed and features offered.

Every 2 years Apple release an iPhone that is substantially improved and this is the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Watch  – Coming in 2015

Apple Watch will come in three different collections

  • Apple Watch
  • Apple Watch Sport
  • Apple Watch Edition 

The Apple watch also features six different bands to allow personal customisation. 

There are 2 sizes the 38mm and the 42mm.

Apple Watch features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone.

The Apple Watch has a retina touch screen to access software or you can talk to it. The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access controls within apps.

“Taptic” feedback buzzes your wrist for iPhone notifications, and can even send signals to turn left or right in the watch’s navigation app.

The Apple Watch charges via a ” magnet ” that attaches to the back.

The Digital Crown

The Apple Watch uses a “digital crown” to navigate through lists and zoom in on data which should solve the problem of navigating data on a necessarily tiny display. 

The crown can be used to zoom in on interface elements and scroll through content—actions that would normally require finger gestures.

Health And Fitness

Apple Watch includes an Activity app and a Workout app. 

  • The Activity app measures three separate aspects of movement: calories burned, brisk activity and how often you stand up during the day. 
  • The Workout app provides goal-setting and pacing during popular session-based workouts, such as running and cycling. 

Apple Watch uses the accelerometer, a built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and Wi-Fi from your iPhone to provide a comprehensive picture of your daily activity. 

The companion Fitness app on iPhone will collect your activity data so you can see your activity history in greater detail. 
Apple Watch uses this history to suggest personal, realistic goals, reward fitness milestones and keep you motivated.

Pricing will start at $349 (us pricing ) 

Apple Pay – Only In The US Currently 

So how will you pay for goods with Apple Pay?

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus has NFC ( Near Field Communication)  built in , you just need to tap your phone on a payment terminal and put your finger on the home button for Touch ID to authorise your payment when purchasing.

NFC is located at the top of the iPhone, and users will be able to see all their credit cards in the Passbook application on their iPhone. 

The card information is stored in the iPhone 6’s new Secure Element chip.

Users will be able to use the iPhone’s iSight camera to take a picture of the card and add it to Passbook. Then Apple verifies the card. When you add a new credit card, Apple doesn’t store the credit card on its own servers, or give it to the merchant, and each time you pay you use a one-time payment card.

Apple creates a device-only number so that each payment has a one-time payment number and dynamic security code.

Apple stresses that it doesn’t collect payment history – meaning, it’s not tracking what you’ve purchased.

In addition, the “Find my iPhone” feature can now be used to suspend your payment cards.

This focus on privacy plays to Apple’s strengths in that it’s not interested in collecting user data in the same way that other payment providers do.

Merchants also will never see your card numbers, because of the way this solution is implemented – they just get a transaction number and receive the money.

iOS8 – Will Launch Sept 17th 

This will be in time for the new phones 

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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