The iPhone 6 the Apple Watch and More

Sophie Hardbattle By Sophie Hardbattle

Tim Cook hosted the keynote for Apple at the Flint Centre, in California, yesterday and there was a lot to be discussed. And here we are to summarise everything in to a nice digestible chunk for you.

"The best iPhones we’ve ever made”

After a brief introduction into Apple’s history we had the first (and the most obvious) announcement, which was the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The sexy looking iPhones are bigger, thinner, faster, stronger, they have a new continuous seamless design and I must say- they are even more beautiful than ever. The iPhone 6 Plus is the bigger of the two phones; with a 5.5-inch display and the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display (both making the iPhone 5s look puny). Although the increase in size seems to be the most noticeable difference, we are promised that ‘there’s a lot more to the new iPhone than a larger display’. Another feature that the new iPhone 6 guarantees is a better quality camera; now coming with Focus Pixels to determine focus direction and how far to move the lens. You can preorder the iPhone 6 from September 12.

iOS 8

The next declaration was about iOS 8, which is available, as a free download, on September 17. The new operating system will be compatible with (are you ready…) iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad Mini with Retina display (and breathe). Both of the new iPhones come with iOS 8.

"Wallet, your days are numbered"

The next announcement was concerning Apple’s vision to replace the wallet, with the new Apple Pay. Everything you need for Apple Pay comes with the iPhone 6. It uses a NFC antenna, touch ID and the Passbook. What makes Apple Pay so easy is you can add a card from your iTunes account; Apple tell us hundreds of millions of people have credit cards on file with iTunes already. Apple have gone down many routes to ensure the security is put in place for Apple Pay; using Touch ID to make payments with a touch of a finger, each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique number and the card details are never stored or shared on your device or Apple servers. Apple pay will be available in the U.S., on both iPhone 6 devices, in October this year (don’t fear, work is underway to take it worldwide).

And now it's time for the Apple Watch

Yes, you guessed it. I guessed it. We all guessed it. Apple are finally catching up with it’s competitors and releasing their first wearable tech- the Apple Watch. The watches come in three different ranges; Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. Personally this was my favourite announcement from the event- I started yesterday thinking that I would never, in a million years, be up for wearable tech but these really are so sleek and stylish. They come with a variety of designs and styles to suit just about everyone. The way to control the watch is through the new ‘Digital Crown’, which is a sort of toggle device. The Digital Crown allows you to navigate around the device without obstructing the small screen. The device comes with a variety of functions and apps, including: Maps, the ability to call or message your friends, apps to help with health and fitness, and inevitably a clock face. Oh and don’t forget our old faithful pal Siri. Apple have even thought about the developers; introducing WatchKit. This gives developers all the tools they need to extend their apps to Apple Watch. You will be able to catch the Apple Watch from early next year, although you will need the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus for the watch to work.

"Music is the DNA of Apple"

This one is for the freebie lovers. Apple and U2 are gifting us with a brand new album, ‘Songs of Innocence’. It is a free gift on iTunes as of yesterday.

Please let us know what you think about Apple’s new developments; are you happy or is there anything you were hoping for that wasn’t announced?

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