Apple is livecasting their product announcements this morning — but not for Windows users — you’ll need a Safari browser or Apple TV to see it.
Apple is expected to unveil the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 alongside the iWatch, and will likely provide updates on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite.
Live coverage is available at C/Net, Engadget, The Verge, MacRumors, Apple Insider, NY Times, Gizmodo, Business Week, TWIT.tv, USA Today and others.
Apple’s fall product announcements included two new iPhones running IOS-8, the iPhone 6, with a 4.7-inch Retina display at 1334 x 750 resolution, and the the iPhone 6 Plus with an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The iPhone 6 Plus features optical image stabilization that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone gets faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo at 720p. With second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the all-new A8 chip offers faster performance and is more energy efficient. With Metal, a new graphics technology in iOS 8, developers can take performance of the A8 chip even further to bring console-class 3D games to iPhone.
The new phones do not appear to support LTE Band 12, or 700 MHz Block A. The phones support LTE Band 13 (700 MHz Upper C Block ) and LTE Band 17 (700 MHz Lower B Block), which are used by Verizon and AT&T Mobility, respectively. When there’s poor cellular reception, people will be able to make regular calls over Wi-Fi. The handoff between the two networks will be seamless. In the U.S., this feature will initially be available through T-Mobile.
iPhone 6 will cost $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract, while the 6 Plus will cost $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract.
The new Apple Watch is a new category for Apple. It features a Digital Crown to scroll, zoom and navigate, without obstructing the display. The Digital Crown also serves as the Home button and a convenient way to access Siri. The Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available early next year in three versions: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition, the last a premium line made of 18-karat gold.
The Retina display on Apple Watch features Force Touch, a technology that senses the difference between a tap and a press and introduces the Taptic Engine and a built-in speaker that together discreetly enable an entirely new vocabulary of alerts and notifications you can both hear and feel. Apple Watch features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 4.0 to pair seamlessly with your iPhone.
In March Google unveiled Android Wear, their modified version of Android for wearables. The platform runs on Samsung Gear Live, LG’s G Watch, and Motorola’s Moto 360, among others.
Like the $250 Moto 360, the $350 Apple Watch features wireless inductive charging. While Apple’s watch can’t make phone calls untethered, like Samsung’s Gear S, it has a variety of unique features with the “Digital Crown” providing innovative navigation.
The market for wearable bands such as Fitbit increased 634% worldwide in the first half of 2014 compared with the first half of 2013, according to the analysis firm Canalys. Apple custom-designed its own S1 SiP (System in Package) to miniaturize an entire computer architecture onto a single chip.
Apple Pay was introduced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It’s an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. It can also be used with the watch.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display compared to the 5.1-inch display on the similarly priced Galaxy S5, perhaps Apple’s biggest smartphone competitor. Resolution on the smaller iPhone 6 is 1334 x 750 compared to 1920×1080 pixels on the Samsung S5.
The 5.5-inch display on the larger iPhone 6 Plus has 1920×1080 pixels, compared to 2560×1440 resolution on the 5.7-inch display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, announced last week. The Note 4’s pixel density is 551ppi, compared to “only” 401ppi on the Apple’s 6 Plus (not that anyone could see the difference unless you have a VR hood on).
The iPhone 6 uses an A8 64-bit processor with 2 billion transistors – double that of the previous A7 and claims 25 percent faster CPU and 50 percent better graphics performance. The new M8 motion-sensing co-processor can estimate distance, track elevation, and has a barometer sensor.
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This year, electronics vendors will ship about 175 million phablets, according to IDC, passing the 170 million laptops expected to ship during the same period. Next year, phablet shipments will top 318 million units, surpassing the 233 million tablets forecast to ship in 2015.