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Apple keynote round up: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch announced

This time last year Apple announced two iPhones for the very first time, this time around it is expected to announced two new iPhones and an iWatch.

So what was announced?

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to start with....

As you can see in the photo below, it's pretty thin, iPhone 6 is a mere 6.9 mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 mm.

More importantly, iPhone 6 has over one million pixels and iPhone 6 Plus has over two million pixels. That means that iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with 401 pixels per inch. That’s full 1080p HD resolution. iPhone 6 meanwhile has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, for a more than 720p Retina HD display.

As you can see below, the iPhone 6 Plus also has a new double-paned landscape view mode. If you double-touch the Touch ID button, everything moves down to the lower half of the screen. Then you tap again and it'll move right back to the full-screen mode.

Apple then went on to talk about apps, saying it has 1.3 million apps in the App Store now. Apparently the Xcode software now takes advantage of the new displays while legacy apps "just work."

The phones also host a new generation A8 chip, 2 billion transistors and 64-bit support. It's 13 percent smaller chip than the A7 and has a 25% faster CPU performance than the previous model. 

The battery life is also better. Some of the stats include 80 hours of music listening, 12 hours Wifi browsing, 14 hours of 3G talk time. There is also a new M8 motion coprocessor is there, too which measures flights of stairs you walk up, how far you run and more.

Wireless is also better, 115Mb per second and 20 LTE bands, VoLTE is also supported helping make calls more clear.

The cameras have also been upgraded with a 8 megapixel iSight camera and a new generation iSight sensor. The camera also include Focus Pixels, where as the lens moves in and out, it can tell if an object is in or out of phase.

There's advanced face detection and "best shot" mode on both phones, although optical image stabilisation is going to be on the 6 Plus only. Both also come with 1080p video at 30fps or 60fps, as well as slow motion video up to 240fps.

Not only that, there's also time-lapse photo mode and a new FaceTime HD front-facing camera, with a new sensor that brings in 81 percent more light and improved face detection and finally for the camera, single-shot HDR photos.

Moving on to other features now and you can share audio messages as well as use a new keyboard with Quicktype. There is also a new health app and notification extension for your favourite apps.

There are new cases too.

iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 with a two-year contract, while iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a two-year contract. Both come in gold, silver and space grey.

The most expensive model is the iPhone Plus 128GB model at $499.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are available September 19 in the UK, Germany, France, the U.S, Canada and more.

Apple next talked about its vision to replace the wallet and its starting point is payments. The entire payment process is based on technology invented more than 50 years ago.

Apple says that credit and debit cards have exposed account numbers, outdated mag stripes and vulnerable security codes. So it is introducing Apple Pay, which combines seamlessly integrated hardware, software, and services.

To get started with Apple Pay, you can simply add a card from your iTunes account and to add a different card, just use your iSight camera, then pay with the simple touch of your finger using Touch ID. It certainly sounds pretty interesting and secure.

Pay starts in the US with Amex, Mastercard and Visa support, while stores such as The Apple Store, Macy's and Bloomingdales, Duanereade and Walgreens, Staples, Subway and McDonald's are also listed.

There’s no need to fill out lengthy account forms. Card details are kept private and won’t be shared with the online merchant.

There is no mention as to when it'll work in the UK, but hopefully it'll be at some point.

Here's a screen of how it looks on the phone.

Apple Watch next and it looks a lot different from what I was expecting.

The one shown was stainless steel with sapphire screen, however there are several different bands.

"Apple Watch is the most personal device we’ve ever created," said Tim Cook. "It’s an extremely precise and customizable timepiece.

"It’s an intimate way to connect and communicate and it’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion."

First off, it has a Digital Crown which includes IR LEDs and diodes that transmit rotary moves into digital data. This means it zooms in and out on the map, it scrolls through lists without blocking the screen and if you're in an app, when you press the digital crown, it takes you back to the home screen.

The Digital Crown is also effectively the home button.

The watch allows you to send sketches or even something as personal as your own heartbeat to another person and there's haptic feedback, a flexible Retina Display with a machine-polished sapphire screen.

There's a custom-designed S1 chip that integrates many systems into one chipset.

Interestingly the infrared and visible-light LEDs, along with photosensors, detect your pulse rate and if personalisation is your thing there are a range of watch faces and millions of ways to personalise them.

Speaking of personalisation, there are six different straps and a mechanism that makes those straps interchangeable. There's leather, polymer, metal mesh and stainless steel strap options and there are three watch collections. The first is made of stainless steel; the Sport comes with a aluminium casing and the Apple Edition is made of 18k gold, there's also a smaller-sized watch.

A demo was also shown of how the Apple Watch works, in the UI, the clock is the centre of the universe, so you can swipe around to get an overview of all your apps and you can zoom in and out of different "neighbourhoods" of apps.

The watch face is customisable and can be changed by touching the display and swiping through the different options. You can change the colour and the functionality and more. You can swipe between all your apps and even listen to Coldplay if you wish or better music (I'd recommend the latter).

There are notifications on the Apple Watch and you can choose which notifications show up on your wrist, the notifications are also actionable by raising your wrist, allowing you to accept, decline and so on.

There's a photos app too and you can use the crown to zoom in on photos or use your finger to pan around and tap.

Maps is also present, allowing you to see where you are, pan around and you can also bring up a contacts menu which allows you to find things using dictation, contacts and more. There is also a directions function and you'll get haptic feedback which tells you whether to go left, right etc by having different feedback for different directions.

The Apple Watch also has Digital Touch, allowing you to essentially create a tap code using Haptic Feedback with another Apple Watch users. You can also send pictures, so you better hope your friend is good at figuring out what you are drawing.

It looks very interesting, but there's more.

Health and Fitness....

There's a fitness app, which monitors activity and movement; there's also a workout app, which lets you set goals for specific types of workouts, like cycling or running. The watch can track a wide variety of activities using its accelerometer and a custom heart rate monitor. It also uses GPS and WiFi in your phone to track how far you've moved.

You can track calories burned, the activity you've done and there's something that shows you how long you've been standing. Over time, the watch gets to know you and it will bring you reminders to help keep you motivated.

It works with Apple Pay on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The watch also works, albeit without the payment system on the 5s, 5c and 5 (unlucky iPhone 4 users).

The cost starts at $349 and will be available in early 2015. 

That's about it, well apart from U2 performing on the stage, but we won't worry about that.

Edited On 09 Sep, 2014

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Artemisthemp's avatar
Artemisthemp 2 years ago
So Apple trying to sell 2 years old hardware for premium price... Happy I am smart enough to keep away else my photo would most likely have been leeked
JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 2 years ago
JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 2 years ago
Yet not smart enough to spell *leaked correctly...
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Joe Anderson (Editor) 2 years ago
I'm torn really. I like iPhones, but can't see what the iPhone 6 does that my Xperia Z 2 doesn't do already + more.
JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 2 years ago
I'm abit dim so I like how easy an iPhone is to use.
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
Overpriced crap. Seriously, who is going to use all this stuff?
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 2 years ago
I have an Iphone 5 at the moment and my contract is up so might upgrade to the 6 as I am just used to it now. Dont know which one though as think the plus would be too big for my liking
JoeToots's avatar
JoeToots 2 years ago
I'd love on of the watches but I bet we get mugged off with conversion rates.
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JoeToots 2 years ago
Also bind you must be dim like me :D
Bindiana's avatar
Bindiana 2 years ago
Oh I am super dim dont worry :D

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