This week Apple released 3 new products to the market – iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. In case you missed the live stream (which experienced some technical difficulties), here’s all you need to know.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Both new devices, which will be available in Australia on September 19, will come in gold, white, and “space grey”. The first noticeable difference is their size
– the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 6 plus is a whopping 5.5 inches. The resolution has also been beefed up, with both devices boasting a “Retina HD” display which equates to 1334 x 750 for iPhone 6, and 1920 x 1080 for iPhone 6 Plus (full HD).
The devices are powered by a new A8 processor, which is apparently 50 times faster than the original iPhone chip. The onboard camera has also received an upgrade, the rear facing is now 8MP, and selfie-cam is 2.1MP. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the thinnest iPhones to date coming in at 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively (iPhone 5S is 7.6mm). The glass front of each model curves around the side, and they feature an anodized aluminium back.
The iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s first leap into phablet territory and iOS 8 makes smart use of the extra screen area with enhancements such as – a split screen view in messages app when in landscape mode, profile photos on messages and extra keys on the keyboard. There’s also a handy feature that slides the screen down to a reachable area when the home button is double tapped.
Battery life is improved with the 6 Plus getting up to 24 hours talk time on 3G and iPhone 6 getting up to 14 hours. The video recorder has improved face detection, cinematic video stabilisation, continuous auto focus, plus the ability to shoot at 60 fps for quality slow mo vids.
Both devices are available in capacities of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.
Apples first wearable device was launched too, called the “Apple Watch” (oddly not the iWatch as expected). The device requires an iPhone to work (iPhone 5 or later) and will be available early next year.
It features a retina touchscreen display, plus a “digital crown” that can be used to navigate around apps and functions as a home button.
Developers can use the new WatchKit platform to create customized apps for the device, some of which were demoed at the launch.
The device is filled with sensors that can be used to monitor your heart rate and daily activities. It comes in two sizes and three different collections - the Watch, Watch Sport and Watch Edition, each of which uses a different finish - stainless steel, "lightweight anodized aluminium" and 18-karat gold respectively.
Each collection can be further customized with different types of bands. The Watches will begin at $349.