Lean, Bigger iPhone + the Watch

10 Sep,2014

 

By Sneha Johari
with MxMIndia Bureau

 

If bandwidth speeds went down across the country on Tuesday evening, blame it on Apple. For, around 10.30pm on September 9, the appointed hour had arrived. Apple unveiled its new toys at the Flint Center, the very place where Steve Jobs had first introduced the Macintosh.

 

Apple has been using the “iAppleProduct” tag on its devices ever since Steve Jobs introduced the very first iMac computer in 1998. Sure enough, the iPhone, the iMac, the iPod and the iPad all have “i”s in them. But what does the “i” signify? “iMac comes from the marriage of the excitement of the Internet with the simplicity of Macintosh. Even though this is a full-blooded Macintosh, we are targeting this for the #1 use that consumers tell us they want a computer for, which is to get on the Internet – simply, and fast. And that is what this product is targeted for,” said Steve Jobs. He used these terms to describe what the “i” in Apple products stood for: Internet. Individual. Instruct. Inform. Inspire. You can watch the address here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BHPtoTctDY

 

Finally, after months of apprehension and a million rumour mills later, we have what is called the 4.7″ Apple iPhone 6 and the phablet 5.5″ Apple iPhone Plus. The change from the previous iPhone models is quite obvious with a design similarity to the Apple iPad Air with thinner and curved edges. The iPhone Plus has a better resolution of 1920×1080 with a 401 pixel density. This is also going to be known as the Retina Display (Macbookpro users will be familiar with this term for high resolution display). The iPhone 6 Plus will be 7.1 mm thin.

 

Apple says that the iPhone 6 is the thinnest phone they have ever made at 6.9mm thinness. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have better battery life and improved cameras. While most of these features have been guessed correctly by experts, Apple has also introduced Apple Pay through an NFC chip and Apple does not store your information on these devices. There is also what is called the one-handed mode with which you can navigate a website forward and backward by swiping it. Double tapping the home button will result in popping down of the image on the screen to use the phone easily with one hand.

 

Talking about performance, the iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 64-bit A8 processor and runs iOS 8 with virtually no change in design. Apple Health will be useful in tracking your vitals by collectively keeping your data in one place.

 

With some major changes to the camera, iOS 8 features autostraightening, cropping, automatic color correction and 2 sliders for lightness and color. It also has a brand new camera sensor.  Both the iPhone 6 as well as the iPhone 6 Plus have an 8mp camera with a True Tone flash and 43mp panoramas! The 6 has digital stabilization whereas the 6 Plus has optical image stabilization.

As for video, you can capture full HD at 1080p at either 30 or 60fps due to the new M8 motion coprocessor.

 

The iOS 8 App Store will let developers create short video app previews with a better control on app-buying by kids called Family Sharing. The battery for the iPhone 6 will last up to 10 hours in 3G and LTE mode and 11 hours on WiFi and video. The WiFi802 support will let you access the internet at a blitzkrieg speed of up to 150mbps downlink.

 

The pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will begin on 12 September and will be available in the UK, US, Australia, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, Canada, France, Hong Kong and Singapore. The 16 GB version will cost $199 on contract in the US and for another $100, you can buy the 128GB version for $399. The iPhone 6 Plus will be available in gold, space and silver colors. It will cost $299 on contract for the 32GB device and $399 on contract for the 128 GB (See Table for prices in the US, Singapore and HongKong in Indian Rupees).

 

Apple also launched the Apple Watch with the specially designed and engineered Digital Crown with which you can scroll, zoom and navigate easily. You can send and receive messages, answer calls to your iPhone along with sending sensitive data such as your heartbeat. The Apple Watch will be available for $349 in the US starting early next year and will run the latest version of iOS 8.

 

Will the Apple Watch herald an all-new era in gizmo-land just as the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad have in the past?

 

Given that it does from Apple it sure will create quite a stir. Let’s wait and watch.

 

Handset US US Rs Singapore Sing Rs Hong Kong HK Rs
6 plus 749 45689 1288 63112 6388 51104
6 649 39589 988 48412 5588 44704
5s 549 33489 848 41552 4688 37504

Unlocked phones. All conversions have been rounded off on the higher side
Assuming following conversion rates: USD: Rs 61, SD: Rs 49, HKD: Rs 8

 

The Press Releases from Apple:

1. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/09Apple-Announces-iPhone-6-iPhone-6-Plus-The-Biggest-Advancements-in-iPhone-History.html

 

2. The Apple Watch: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/09Apple-Unveils-Apple-Watch-Apples-Most-Personal-Device-Ever.html

 

3. Apple Pay: http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/09Apple-Announces-Apple-Pay.html

 

4. On iOS8 http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/09Apple-Announces-iOS-8-Available-September-17.html

 

 

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