Apple Is Back, Better Than Ever

By Farhad Manjoo
Four times before in its history, at media events planned with military precision, Apple introduced a new invention that radically altered how the technology industry conceived of its future. The company hopes it did that again for a fifth time on Tuesday by unveiling the Apple Watch, a stylish smartwatch that is the company’s first advance into a new product category since it created the iPad in 2010.
Yet in some ways, the most consequential headline at the event went unannounced. The biggest news was about the old Apple: It’s back, and it’s more capable than ever.
Any question about how well Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, is managing the reins of the world’s most valuable company will most likely be put to rest after Tuesday’s profusion of product announcements at the Flint Center in Cupertino, Calif., where Steve Jobs first showed off the Macintosh in 1984. Continue reading Apple Is Back, Better Than Ever

Apple Announces New iPhones, Apple Pay, and Apple Watch

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.

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Apple Watch

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.
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Apple Event 2014

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.

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Example of iPhone 6 photograph

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.

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Apple’s new watch

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.
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Bono and U2 perform at the conclusion of the Apple Event

What's under this box at the Apple announcement? #AppleLive

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This big white box is the talk of the town for iLovers

Is it U2?
Is it a giant Apple trojan horse filled with Apple Geniuses that will be deployed to remotely exterminate ISIS extremists?
Is it a TARDIS? An iTardis?
We will all find out in less than 30 minutes time.
Go to apple.com to watch the festivities.

Success of Apple’s iWatch May Rely on Health Care Partnerships

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is trying to have another iPod experience.
The company was not the first to create a digital music player when it introduced the iPod 13 years ago. But the device, with its click wheel and slick integration with the iTunes software that ran on a computer, took digital music into the mainstream.
Nor will Apple be the first to introduce a so-called smartwatch when it unveils its much-anticipated wristband device on Tuesday, along with two iPhones. But if the company gets it right, it could be the first to make average people want to buy one of these devices.
Wearable computers — attached to a wrist, a belt, a lapel or even a head — have so far been the property of serious gadget enthusiasts and calorie-counting fitness buffs. While a lot of attention has been paid to Google Glass, for example, the computer-in-eyewear is as well-known for the privacy controversy it has caused as for its technical trailblazing. Continue reading Success of Apple’s iWatch May Rely on Health Care Partnerships

Apple's Answer to Google Wallet Expected Today

Apple is continuing its autumn tradition by unveiling the iPhone 6 and a smart watch (expected to be called iTime) on Tuesday. The devices reportedly will add mobile payments to compete with companies like Amazon and Square that are using the new technology.
The iPhone 6 and smart watch will use near field communication technology to allow users to buy things by scanning their devices on sensors in certain stores like the Apple retail shops, coupled with tokenization that generates a one-time use payment code, according to industry blog Bank Innovation.
apple watch graphic nicholas alahverdianThis combination may boost convenience and decrease fraud, but linking payments with mobile phones also raises privacy concerns. Apple’s addition of a fingerprint scanner to its iPhone 5S last September sparked concern about granting the tech giant greater access to users’ personal information.
The iPhone 6 also will have a larger display to meet growing consumer demand for bigger screen size and an easier browsing experience on phones. A patent granted to Apple indicates the smart watch may be called iTime.
Companies are trying to make devices fashionable, in part to make up for the perception that wearables can’t yet rival the convenience of a smartphone, says Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at market analysis group Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Milanesi expects Apple’s watch to have a fashion design that appeals to men and women, but the image included in the patent resembles the basic detachable watch band available as an accessory for the company’s iPod nano.
Apple also will likely preview a new iOS 8 operating system Tuesday to follow the new HealthKit and HomeKit platforms it debuted in June. Health monitoring is expected to be a major part of the smart watch, since fitness tracking is the most successful feature of the growing wearables sector.
Competition on wearables comes from companies including Google, which unveiled its Android Wearoperating system earlier this year. The system includes features like voice search and fitness monitoring, and operates on wearables designed by Intel and Motorola.
With coverage from U.S. News