By Nicholas Alahverdian
Apple’s new series of iPhones came out with a bang today, with CEO Tim Cook calling the day one of the “most important in Apple’s history.” Apple Pay and Apple Watch have also been announced.
Both iPhone 6 models feature a new Retina HD display. These displays have the full sRGB wide color gamut. The new iPhones have over 1 million pixels and 2 million pixels according to each larger size. Both phones are thinner than any Apple has ever made. The contrast is higher and the angle of view is broader.
Messages now has a horizontal view, as does Weather.
When you bring up the keyboard, you have additional key options, and the home screen has also been formatted to respond horizontally as well.
The new phones are named the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Also noted that the AppStore now has over 1.3 million apps available for download.
The phones now have an A8 chip and it is 13% smaller.
Up to 50% faster graphics performance.
iPhone 6 is up to 50% more energy efficient, so you can have higher sustained performance.
The iPhone also has 50/80 hours of audio playback depending on selection of iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
iPhone is now capable of making phone calls over wifi.
There is an all-new 8 megapixel camera with a fast 2.2 aperture with a new feature in the sensor called focus pixels, dedicated pairs that can conduct phase-detetection autofocus, features common in high-end cameras.
A new feature called burst mode detects smiles and blinks, then recommends the best picture.
The new iPhone starts at just $199 with a 2-year contract and 16 gb of space. The colors are gold, silver, and space gray.
It has also been announced that iOS 8 will be released on Sept. 17.
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are announced as being featured in commercials for the new iPhone lineup.
Cook details a new service called “Apple Pay.”
The process basically entails using the Touch ID feature on the iPhone to pay a merchant at a point of sale.
“ApplePay is easy, secure, and private.”
The debit cards and credit cards are added to Passbook.
Apple will not store the credit card number, but will use a unique payment identifier for each transaction. The credit card information will not be stored on the device.
The cashier does not even get to see your name or your credit card number.
80% of credit card volume has enabled ApplePay.
McDonalds will be adding ApplePay to its drive-thrus.
Other retailers include Apple (obviously), Disney, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, and Subway.
Retailers are also incorporating Apple Pay into their online apps so that consumers can purchase goods, items, and services from the touch of their fingerprint. MLB tickets will even be available to be purchased through Apple Pay.
Apple Pay will be available in October 2014 in the United States.
Apple Watch is announced by Tim Cook.
“It’s a comprehensive health and fitness companion.”
An iPhone will be required with Apple Watch.
You can even unlock your hotel room door with the tap of the watch! You can also control lighting, heating and cooling, and other awesome features soon to be announced.
The Apple Watch is compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 6, and 6 Plus.
Apple Watch will start at $349, becoming available “early next year”, according to Cook, who called it “the most personal device Apple has ever created.”
Apple Pay will also work with Apple Watch.