Okay, so despite not having a Safari browser or Apple TV to watch Apple’s big event, and despite having both feet firmly planted in that other, more popular (by the numbers) green-robot-themed smartphone OS, I’m the guy who’s going to be telling you just a bit about Apple’s new products today.
And without any further ado, here they are…
Meet the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Sorry about the image quality—all of the graphics here were lifted from Apple’s own live blog of the event.
What’s new? What’s different?
In addition to Apple’s “Retina Display”—aka, a high number of pixels per inch—iPhone in 2014 can now boast a proper HD screen, on both new models. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch, 1920×1080 pixel display @ 401ppi, while the smaller iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch, 1334×750 pixel screen @ 326ppi.
The iPhone 6 is pretty thin, at 6.9 mm. iPhone 6 Plus is a slightly-thicker 7.1 mm.
Both devices will have a new landscape mode, VoLTE and support for 20 bands of LTE service (according to The Verge) and better cameras—with optical image stabilization on the 6 Plus and software stabilization on the 6.
And there’s apparently a new gesture in iOS 8 to accommodate these bigger screens. Apple calls it “reachability”; if you double-tap the home button then the entire display slides down so that you can close an active window (for example).
How much and when?
- iPhone 6 will be available with 16 /32/128GB of storage for $199/299/399 on a two-year term.
- iPhone 6 Plus will be available with 16 /32/128GB of storage for $299/399/499 on a two-year term.
- Both models will be available in Silver, Gold and/or Space Grey.
- Both will be available for pre-order in the U.S. on September 12th; will ship on September 19th.
- Also available at launch in Canada (!), the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
- Available in 115 additional countries by the end of 2014.
UPDATE: More about iPhone 6 right here.
Both iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will launch with iOS 8. An update will be available for other devices as a free download starting September 17th.
UPDATE: More about iOS 8 right here.
As widely rumoured, Apple has entered the mobile payments game. Using a combination of fingerprint security and NFC, iPhone 6 users will soon be able to make secure mobile payments at generic POS terminals and online. It will start rolling out across the USA in October, 2014. No firm date yet on international availability.
UPDATE: More about Apple Pay right here.
Oh, and one more thing…
We knew it was coming, and here it is: Apple Watch. Honestly, I need to see at least a proper video demo of the UI before I can speak with any authority about this thing. Stay tuned…