Apple Announces iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch

by Istvan Fekete on September 10, 2014

Apple did it again yesterday: although the rumoured sapphire glass failed to appear as a feature of next-generation handset, the company announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, alongside the highly anticipated Apple Watch, during the event held at the Flint Center, a historical place for the company (Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh in 1984 on the same stage Tim Cook presented the new product yesterday).

The iPhones 6 and 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. Both devices are engineered to be thinner than the previous devices: 6.9 mm and 7.1 mm, respectively.

Both new iPhones include Apple’s new A8 chip (the second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture) and M8 coprocessor, an NFC chip for the new mobile payment system Apple introduced yesterday, Apple Pay, and improved cameras.

For the first time since its original launch, the iPhone is available in two sizes. We’ve seen Apple teasing us with last year’s double iPhone launch of the 5s and 5c, but this year they went even further: the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display with 1334 × 750 pixels at 326 ppi resolution, providing 38% more viewing area compared to the previous model.

The larger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus has a 1920 × 1080 pixel, 401 ppi resolution display, providing 88% more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels of the iPhone 5s.

iPhone 6 will be available in three colours: gold, silver or space grey, and will be available in Canada for a suggested retail price of $749 (CAD) for the 16GB model, $859 (CAD) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $969 (CAD). iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space grey, and will retail for a suggested price of $859 (CAD) for the 16GB model, $969 (CAD) for the 64GB model and $1079 (CAD) for the new 128GB model. Both models will be available for purchase in Apple’s Online and brick and mortar stores, as well as through Rogers, Bell, Telus, MTS and Sasktel, additional carriers. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.

Alongside the new iPhones, Apple introduced a new product category yesterday: the Apple Watch, a smartwatch the tech world has been murmuring about since last year. The Apple Watch is the most personal device the company has ever made, featuring revolutionary new technologies and a new interface. The Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that will be owners’ navigation button.

The Apple Watch is powered by a new, custom-designed S1 processor made by using zirconia, with four sapphire lenses that can detect pulse rate. It also packs an NFC chip, gyroscope, and accelerometer, providing a comprehensive picture of daily activity using different apps: Workout app, Activity, and Health app (the latter is on the iPhone).

The device is available in three different collections: the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Although it was introduced yesterday, it will not be available until early 2015, with the entry level-model costing $349 (US).

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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