Despite some glitches during the live-streaming, iPhone 6 was successfully launched by Apple yesterday. [Photo credit: Monica Davey/EPA]
As rumoured, an iPhone with a much bigger screen size was introduced to the world along with one just slightly bigger than the current 5s. Apple’s long awaited Watch also made its debut.
The launch event took place in Cupertino, California at the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts. Apple chief executive Tim Cook introduced the new products and showed several demonstrations on how they work.
Does size matter? Apple thinks so.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with bigger screen sizes.
The new iPhones are now also slimmer.
As reported on The Guardian, iPhone 6 comes in two different versions. The first one, simply called iPhone 6, has a screen size of 4.7 inch. The second one, iPhone 6 Plus, comes with a whopping 5.5inch screen – that’s one huge step for Apple.
An improved camera sensor for the iPhones [Photo: Forbes]
Both new iPhones are bundled with improved 8-megapixel cameras that feature fast autofocus, face-tracking and super slow-motion video recording. Apple amps up the game by providing an A8 processor that is 25% faster, raising the iPhones’power efficiency by 50%, thus extending their battery life.
Apple Watch comes in three different versions with various designs.
The Apple Watch that was unveiled along with the iPhones definitely served as a nice icing on the cake. According to Apple Insider, it comes in three different versions: the Apple Watch (made of stainless steel), Apple Watch Sport (comes with aluminium casing) and the Apple Watch Edition (gilded with hardened 18-karat gold, for those who want more bling with their tech).
There are two face sizes available, depending on which will suit the wearer more, either 38mm or 42mm. The Apple Watch’s face can be customised to display either traditional analogue faces or digital ones. It will have a touchscreen but there is also a ‘digital crown’ on the side, it functions like a standard jog dial which allow users to zoom and adjust features without their fingers blocking the screen.
The ‘digital crown’ on the side of the Watch.
Some of the apps available on the Apple Watch include Siri, Messages, email, Maps, as well as third-party ones like Facebook and Twitter. For users concerned of their health, the Apple Watch comes bundled with two new health-tracking applications. The apps use motion sensors and heart rate monitor to log users’ fitness level and specific workouts.
At the moment some fans are not enthusiastically welcoming the new Watch as it seems to only be able to function when paired with an iPhone 6. However, they will not turn their back on Apple just yet, especially since the company has provided easier service for payments.
Apple Pay was also introduced during the launch. It is similar to a contactless credit card – though available in US only at the moment – which gives users ease of payment as they are able to pay for goods and services using their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch.
Apple Pay available for US users. [Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP]
Apple Watch will go on sale next year at USD349 onwards.
The iPhone 6 will start at USD199 and the iPhone 6 plus will start at USD299, running up to USD499 depending on storage options.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will go on sale in the U.S. on 19 September. It is expected to reach Asia by year’s end or early next year.