Apple announces iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

As expected, Apple has announced the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes – both bigger than the 5S – and they’ve also jumped aboard the wearable tech bandwagon with the much-anticipated launch of the Apple Watch.

Note, it’s not an iWatch.

Apple cheif executive, Tim Cook, has declared the iPhone 6 to be “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone” – which you would expect, really – while Phil Schiller, senior vice president, was a bit more bullish stating the two new iPhones were “the best phones ever made.”

So what can we expect from the iPhone’s latest incarnation?

Bigger and better

The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7-inch screen, that’s 0.7-inches larger than the 5S, while the iPhone 6 Plus will bring the iPhone in line with phones like the Samsung Galaxy by having a 5.5-inch screen – the biggest Apple has ever produced.

Both phones will be the slimmest iPhones ever and, like the 5S, will come in three colours – silver, space grey, and gold.

Each phone will come three sizes – 16GB, 64GB and 128GB – and prices will range from £539 for the 16GB iPhone 6 to an eye-watering £789 for the 128GB iPhone 6 Plus.

Both phones also come with the promise of a better battery life – which is the least Apple could do given the relatively poor life of previous incarnations.

Sharper screen and camera

The new phones will also have superior screen resolutions – the 6 offering 1334 x 750 with 326 pixels per inch, while the 6 Plus will have resolution of 1920 x 1080 and 401 pixels per inch, which equates to 1080 full HD resolution.

The phones will come with an iSight camera that uses Focus Pixels for faster auto focus and the 6 Plus will have the added bonus of optical image stabilisation to minimise blur.

iOS8 and Apple Pay

The new phones will be the first to come with the iOS8 operating system – featuring HealthKit and HomeKit – as standard, and will also be the first to offer Apple Pay, a contactless mobile payment system that utilises the Apple TouchID to verify identity.

Oh yeah, like it or not, the fingerprint reader is here to stay!

For existing iPhone users, iOS8 will be available to download from September 17 while the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available to pre-order from September 11 ahead of its September 19 release.

Apple Watch

Apple has also announced details of its hotly-anticipated smartwatch, the Apple Watch, which will come in three versions, each of which will come in two sizes – 38mm and 42mm.

The Apple Watch Sport will be available in polished black or stainless steel, the standard Apple Watch will come in grey or silver anodized aluminium, while the luxury Watch Edition will be released in rose or yellow 18 carat gold, which has been developed to be twice as hard as standard gold.

If you told Apple you’d been to Tenerife, they’d tell you they’d been to Elevenrife!

The watches will also come with interchangeable straps made of synthetic rubber, quilted or plain leather, metal mesh or links.

Face-off

The watch will come with 11 different faces – from traditional analogue to contemporary sundial, via a dynamic timelapse face, and instead of having a pinch-screen users can zoom in and out using a Digital Crown, which is basically a traditional winder on the side of the watch.

The watch is also backwards compatible as far as the iPhone 5.

No UK prices or launch dates have been released, but the Apple Watch will retail at $349 in the US, where it will be available from early 2015.

What do you think? Are the new Apple products genuinely innovative or more of the same, only moreso?

2 Comments

  1. Robert Fox-Garner said:

    I do like the look of the apple watch. Why is it not the iWatch though? Strange move from a branding perspective.

    September 10, 2014
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  2. Les Roberts said:

    Hi Rob,

    It does seem strange and quite inconsistent – though it looks like, for some reason, Apple could be moving away from the ‘i’-thing as they’ve also dropped it for Apple Pay (which, by the way Apple is going on, you’d think they invented NFC technology!)

    That said, they’ve gone with iSight for the camera – maybe it’s some sort of mid-life identity crisis?!

    September 10, 2014
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