Apple Unveils The iPhone 6 & The AppleWatch

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO took the stage at the start of today’s big Apple event and almost immediately announced the new iPhone 6.

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The 4.7″ screen is protected by “Ion-strengthened glass”, which is curved around the edges for a more seamless experience when swiping. The screen itself is an LCD with “Retina HD,” which translates to 750 x 1,334 pixels. This pushes the pixel density to 348ppi.

Despite the new resolution, apps will “just work” thanks to a desktop-class scaler. This will only be needed until devs update their apps to support the new resolution.

The 8MP iSight camera is back for a fourth year in a row. Apple claims the sensor is slightly larger now – it has a 1.5µ pixels, features phase detection autofocus and sits behind an f/2.2 aperture. There’s no OIS though, it relies on digital stabilization. The camera can shoot panoramas up to 43MP.

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The video resolution is kept at 1080p but the 60fps has now been promoted to the max FullHD resolution (up from 720p @ 60fps). Slo-mo video can shoot at 120fps and 240fps, but at a lower resolution.

The chassis is made of anodized aluminum with a stainless steel Apple logo. The body is just 6.9mm thick.

The Apple iPhone 6 is powered by a second-generation chipset, the Apple A8. It offers 25% more CPU power and 50% extra GPU oomph. The chipset is built on a power-efficient 20nm process, which also makes it 13% smaller physically than its A7 predecessor.

The Apple iPhone 6 will cost $199 for the base 16GB model (with two-year contract). There’s no 32GB model this year, us$299 buys you 64GB instead and there’s a us$399 128GB version. Pre-orders start on September 12, the phones will ship on the 19th.

The Apple iPhone 6 Plus is now official. It’s built around a 5.5″ IPS LCD display with an Retina HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels or, in other words 1080p). The pixel density is 400 ppi and iOS 8 has been tweaked to take full advantage of the larger display.

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The back of the iPhone 6 Plus is made of anodized aluminum and the stainless steel frame of the phone ensures its rigidity.

The iPhone 6 Plus supports 20 LTE bands, but only 150Mbps cat4 LTE, rather than the latest 300Mbps Cat 6. On the positive side the phablet comes with VoLTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which promises 3x faster Wi-Fi compared to the iPhone 5s. Wi-Fi calling is also a new feature, which will work on T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK.

Further on, the iPhone 6 Plus packs NFC, another first for the company. Thanks to it, you’ll be able to make payments by using Apple Pay – Apple’s own NFC payment system.

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The Apple iPhone 6 Plus will start at us$299 for the 16GB version, while the 64GB and 128GB will retail for us$399 and us$499, respectively.

iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders commence on September 12 and shipments being a week later, on September 19.

One more thing! The Apple Watch is real – with a square screen and comes in 38mm and 42mm cases. There will be an 18 karat gold version but more affordable stainless steel and aluminum versions will be available too.

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All will have changeable wristbands, ceramic backs and sapphire screens. Six different bands will be available at launch.

The screen will not be always-on, it activates when you lift your wrist. You can swipe through pages of information on the touchscreen.

Alternatively, you can use the digital crown to interact with the watch, including zooming in on the maps application.

Siri will of course work with the Apple Watch.

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The watch can monitor your heart rate but relies on the iPhone for GPS positioning (for when you go on a run). The Apple Watch will be charged with a Magsafe wireless adapter. ApplePay will also work with the AppleWatch

The AppleWatch pricing will start at us$349 and it will ship early next year.

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