Everything you need to know about the new iPhones and Apple Watch
Apple brings out their new iPhones and Watch
After all the bombardment of rumors, Apple has finally unwrapped a duo of their biggest and slimmest smartphones yet- the all new Apple iPhone 6 and its bigger twin brother, the iPhone 6 Plus. Along with the new bigger and faster iPhones, Apple has introduced their first smartwatch dubbed the Apple Watch.
Enhanced battery life and performance
The game-changer is the all new A8 chips found in both the new smartphones. Apple says the next generation A8 chip will bring a performance boost of 25%, compared to the A7 processor found in the iPhone 5s. That’s not all, Apple claims A8 chip offers an impressive 50% power efficiency. Apple claims the iPhone 6 offers 14 hours of 3G talktime, 11 hours of video and 10 days of standby time. The bigger iPhone 6 Plus does 24 hours of 3G talktime, 14 hours of video and 16 days of standby-obviously the bigger battery. The new coprocessor M8 takes care of the device sensor readings, and used for the new HealthKit service and the Apple Watch.
HealthKit and Apple Pay add to IOS 8
Speaking of HealthKit, it’s a new service for iPhone that tracks and processes your fitness level based on a variety of parameters. Users can use the service by simply using the Health app, included in the IOS 8. At long last, Apple has integrated NFC in both the new iPhones along with a new secured payment service called the Apple Pay. Talking about optics, both the handsets still have the same 8MP camera, but the iPhone 6 Plus receives Optical Image Stabilization. New features are added such as the Best Shot mode, Phase detection for faster autofocus, 1080p video recording with 30/60 frames per second, HDR and panorama shots.
One of the main features of IOS 8 is the two-paned landscape mode that gives the feel of an iPad at the palm of your hands. A smart one-handed mode is included too for better convenience for people with smaller hands. Apple reports that the IOS 8 update will start rolling out this coming September 17th- iPhone models from 4s, iPad 2 and above, and the fifth generation iPod Touch.
Apple Watch comes in Watch, Watch Sports, and Watch Edition
Finally, the Apple Watch comes in 3 variants- the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition along with a range of leather, stainless steel and sports focused straps to choose. The innovative feature called the Digital Crown allows you to scroll, zoom and navigate flawlessly with the IOS based user interface. The Digital Crown acts as the Home button and a way to call upon Siri. The watch holds a small Retina display along with a feature called Force Touch that can distinguish between a tap and a press. This is particularly useful for system gestures and controls. The Handsoff feature lets you start a message in the Apple Watch and continue it from your iPhone. The watch uses Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect to your iPhone seamlessly. Apple says the Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5 and above with IOS 8.
Additionally, the watch uses two apps for fitness- the Activity app and the Workout app. The activity app collects data related to brisk activity, calories burned and even how many times you stand throughout the day. The Workout app focuses on heaver goals such as running and cycling. The Apple Watch even suggests your ideas towards your goals and even rewards you points for motivation.
iPod Classic discontinued, U2 for all iTunes users until October 13th, iCloud price change
Apple has finally discontinued the legendary media player- the hard drive based iPod Classic with the famous Click Wheel. However, Apple has revised its iCloud pricing plans- the 20GB costs 99 cents/month, 200GB costs $4/month, 500GB is $10 and 1TB for $20/month. Unfortunately, the free storage still remains at 5GB. As a bonus, Apple and U2 band announced their newest album dubbed “Songs of Innocence” is available free for download, exclusively on iTunes, but only until October 13th.
How much will the new iPhone and Watch cost and when can we expect them?
Last but not least, Apple has slashed the prices of the previous models. The iPhone 5s now costs $199 off-contract and $99 on-contract. The iPhone 5c is free on-contract. Reports indicate the new iPhone preorders starts on September 12th and ships on September 19th. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities and in black, gold and white colors. Prices start at $199, $299 and $399 for the iPhone 6, whereas the iPhone 6 Plus starts from $299, $399 and $499. The new Apple Watch will roll out in early 2015 for a price tag of $349.