Apple unveils two new iPhones, Apple Watch and ApplePay
Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch smartwatch and a new mobile payments platform called ApplePay on Tuesday.
According to Apple, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus are the best iPhones ever made.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch display and the iPhone 6 plus has a 5.5 inch display.
The larger iPhones have what Apple is calling “Retina HD” displays. The iPhone 6 comes with more than 1 million pixels — a third more pixels than the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus has 2 million pixels, double the iPhone 5S’ screen.
To help users handle the bigger phone, Apple has moved the on-off switch to the right edge of the phone. And when you double-tap the home button, the entire display will slide down so users can access items on the top of the screen.
The bigger displays allow for bigger batteries: 11 hours of video watching on the iPhone 6 and 14 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus — up from 10 hours on the iPhone 5S.
The phone is said to be up to 50 percent faster than the original iPhone.
The phone will also have a better battery life than previous versions.
The iPhones will feature Apple’s new iOS 8 software, a relatively minor update from iOS 7.
Among the bigger iOS 8 additions is a new HealthKit application that monitors users’ heart rates, sleep, weight and blood pressure among other health-related information.
IOS 8 will also feature HomeKit, a new platform for people to control all the items in their homes with the iPad or iPhone.
The new software improvements for the phone will help users take better pictures.
According to Apple, the iPhone 6 starts out at $199 and will be available for pre-order starting September 12.
Both iPhones will be available Sept. 19 in the United States and eight other countries.
Apple also announced they plan on replacing the wallet. In order to do so, they are going to focus on payments.
Apple Pay is built into every iPhone 6. Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Pay will secure payment information.
Eddy Cue of Apple says Apple Pay is more secure than keeping credit cards in your wallet.
The company said it doesn’t store your credit card information on your phone — and the number isn’t even given to the merchant. ApplePay also works with the iPhone’s TouchID sensor — allowing people to pay with a swipe of their fingertips.
Apple also said ApplePay is convenient. It already has your credit card information and address associated with your iPhone account — when you pay for something, you can just touch the TouchID sensor and have items shipped to you.
Apple Pay will launch in October of 2014.
Apple also introduced a new Apple Watch during their announcement on Tuesday.
The watch is rectangular with a sapphire coated touchscreen.
The focus of the watch is a “digital crown” that will help users scroll through items, use Siri, zoom, and return to the home screen.
Apple will have three different types of watches you can choose from: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition.
Apple’s new watch requires an iPhone, but it will work with the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S in addition to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It will start at $349 and will be available in early 2015.
“It’ll be worth the wait,” said Cook.
Apple ended their announcement with a live performance from the popular band U2.
Apple is giving away the new U2 album on iTunes to customers as a free gift.
It is the largest album release in history. According to Apple, over a half-billion people own it right now.