Apple boss Tim Cook took to the stage today to reveal the iPhone 6, the larger sized iPhone 6 Plus and an entirely new product line the Apple Watch, as well as a new contactless payment system called Apple Pay.
Rumours about new hardware had been coming out practically every day but until Apple spoke it meant nothing. Today (11th September 2014) Apple had organised a special press conference at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California notable for being the theatre where Steve Jobs had unveiled the Mac personal computer.
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available in silver, gold and space grey. They feature the new A8 processor chip, Touch ID, faster 4G LTE wireless, a new 8MP iSight camera with Focus Pixels, and iOS 8.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ screen which is larger than the 4″ screen on the iPhone 5. 1334×750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi, 1400:1 contrast ratio, is 5.44 inches high, 2.64 inches wide, 0.27 inches thick and weighs just 4.5 ounces/ 129 grams.
The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5″ screen which brings it nearer to iPad Mini proportians. 1920×1080-pixel resolution at 401 pp, 1300:1 contrast ratio, is 6.22 inches high, 3.06 inches wide, 0.28 inches thick and weighs just 6.07 ounces/ 172 grams.
The phones have an NFC chip built inside which will allow them to be used for contactless payment with the new Apple Pay system.
Apple Pay is a contactless payment technology that stores users’s credit card details securely and allows for payment of goods by simply swiping the phone over an Apple Pay reader in a store. The payment is authorised by pressing the home button which has a built-in fingerprint sensor. With Apple receiving a small payment from retailers with every transaction made their hope is it could become as ubiquitous as the credit card.
The most excitement was around the launch of an entirely new product category of wearables that may have the potential to redefine the consumer tech industry, the Apple Watch. Tim Cook said of it “This is the most personal device we’ve ever created.”
The Apple Watch will have a variety of customised apps available for it including Messages, Maps and Photos. It is touchscreen operated but there is a circular button on the side called the Digital Crown which is used for more precise movements around the screen. It will allow you to press it to operate the Siri digital assistant and you can answer your iPhone calls on it. Maps will give GPS directions and if you are walking it will gently vibrate to indicate whether you should turn left or right so it can silently guide you to exactly the location you want.
The Apple Watch will be available in three editions. The Watch which is stainless steel, the Watch Sport made from aluminium and the Apple Watch Edition made from 18 carat gold. There will be at least six different straps each with an innovative quick-remove clasp.
The Watches require an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6 to sync date via bluetooth and will be available in early 2015.