Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with executives, developers and other company leaders, finally revealed the latest innovations from the house Steve Jobs built. The press conference, which was streamed and watched by revelers from across the globe, debuted the new iPhone 6, the larger iPhone 6 Plus as well as the first long-awaited wearable device – the Apple Watch. Here is everything you need to know about these new Apple goodies, and how you can get your hands on them ASAP!
1) Small Hands, Big Hands, No Problem
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus comes in two sizes to fit everyone’s needs. Featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, the new iPhones feature a new design, completely smooth with a continuous surface. Not only are these the thinnest iPhones ever, it also delivers a bigger display and a visual horizontal option that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
2) No More Dropped Calls With Voice Calling Over Wifi
Can you hear me now? With VoLTE on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, you can make clear calls using your WiFi instead of being subjected to subpar voice service. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world.
3) Improved Photos With iSight Camera
The iSight camera gets better with Focus Pixels making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and motion control. Better HD quality and video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and a FaceTime HD camera captures face-to-face moments better than ever before.
4) Gain Purchase Power With Apple Pay
You can now tap, pay and go with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch using Apple Pay. Apple Pay is an easy way to securely pay for goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones and Apple Watch devices. Pay for food, tickets, merchandise, etc. from participating retailers like McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, Disney Parks and more.
5) The Apple Watch Is Real
Apple Watch will enable users to communicate right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone, and with Digital Touch. it makes sending personalized drawings, dooddles and emojis easier than ever before. With comprehensive health and fitness apps that measure all fitness activity (not just walking or heavy exercising) ultimately helping users lead healthier lives, the Apple Watch lets you interact quickly and conveniently using the apps you already know and love. You can get step-by-step directions, pay for coffee using Apple Pay, board a plane with a Passbook or even unlock your Starwoods hotel room door. Apple Watch is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
6) When Can You Buy It
Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in gold, silver or space gray. The iPhone 6 will be available in the US starting at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus will be available for $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available on Apple.com, retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
Apple Watch will be available in early 2015 starting at $349. Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus running the latest version of iOS 8.
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