Today, Apple announced some new products and features at the Flint Center in California (originally where the first Mac was unveiled). The announcement was broadcast live via apple.com.
With the excitement of the rumored iPhone 6, people began camping outside Apple stores earlier this week with anticipation of possible releases. Mock up pictures of the “new iPhone 6” have been posted throughout the Internet, all re-imagining what Apple has been rumored to release.
Not only was the new iPhone announced, the Apple Watch and Apple Pay were also on the announcement list.
Here is a roundup of products and features that Apple is releasing, announced via their live webcast:
- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which will include:
- Bigger screens (the iPhone 6 being slightly smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus) and a curvier look. Each phone will be offered in gold, silver, and space gray. New cases will also be available in both elastic and leather.
- The new phones will run games just as good as a gaming console.
- Equal or better battery life than the iPhone 5s.
- Motion sensors that can tell you how many steps you have taken and measure your distance and elevation.
- New wireless capabilities that include faster LTE.
- Clearer phone calls and the ability to make a standard call using a Wi-Fi Network.
- Enhanced photo taking. With focus pixels, the camera on both phones will have better auto focus. You can also take macro photos and bigger panoramas. Enhanced video capabilities with continuous autofocus.
- The starting cost is $199, and increases to $299 and $399 depending on the amount of storage; all with 2 year contract.
- iOS 8, that comes with Touch ID. It will be available for download on September 17, 2014.
- Both phones will be available for preorder on September 12, 2014. They will ship in the US on September 19, 2014.
- Apple Pay will allow consumers to use their credit cards on their phones at participating locations.
- Adding a credit card to the system will be simple. Just take a picture of the card and get it verified by your bank.
- All transactions are private, only known between you, the vendor, and your bank.
- Participating locations will include: Subway, McDonalds, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Disney, and all Apple stores.
- You can order items online more effectively and securely.
- There is no cost for Apple Pay and will be available in October.
- Apple Watch – a brand new product from Apple will change the way you see a watch. Features include:
- Customization of both the interface and straps (band) for a more personal appearance and capability.
- The straps are easily interchangeable, as well as sweat and chemical resistant. Apple Watch can be worn all day for any occasion.
- Both a smaller and larger version of the watch to fit everyone.
- It becomes a health and fitness device with motion sensors that keep track of your footsteps and heart beat (while taking your pulse).
- To navigate the smaller screen, you use the watch’s digital crown (knob).
- You can communicate by a simple tap, drawing a picture, or even by your own heartbeat.
- Interactive, animated emojis of which you can customize the facial expressions.
- Watch Kit, which allows developers to highly customize and work with Apple. It is also more involved with third-party applications.
- Apple Watch can unlock a hotel door with a scanning feature.
- Apple TV can be controlled using the watch
- When riding public transportation, Apple Watch even reminds you to get off at your stop.
- It is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
- It comes with a wireless, magnetic charger.
- The Apple Watch will start at $349 and will be available early next year.
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Want learn more about iOS 8? Check out our blog
This autumn (September 2014 is the estimated release date), Apple is coming out with a new version of iOS – iOS 8. This new version of iOS has some great new additions, plus upgrades on already existing tools.
There are two key development sets in the new iOS 8 mobile operating system:
1.) Extensibility, which includes:
- Interactive notifications that allow you to respond to messages or notifications right from the banner. (*0:33)
- Third-party keyboards that allow you to access other platform keyboards, like SwiftKey, easily and more effectively. Your sentences can literally be finished for you with a tool known as QuickType. It also helps choose words you are likely to use, depending on to whom you are communicating. (*6:58)
- New Widgets and Extensions
2.) Continuity, which includes:
- Handoff capability that allows you to share a specific activity between multiple devices, as long as you have the same iCloud account between them.
- AirDrop being modified.
- Instant Hotspot where your iPhone or iPad instantly tether to other users.
Other additions to iOS 8 include:
- Device enrollment plan that automatically configures software to new work devices, rather than having to configure the device to a PC first. (*16:48)
- Health app expansion that allows you to keep track of your health and fitness, while also being able to keep in touch with your health care professionals (*18:39)
- For developers, Apple has come out with a new programming language known as Swift. This language is Objective-C compatible, but has been improved. For example, semi-colons are not needed to end statements; unlike Objective-C where forgetting one caused errors. Swift also has a tool known as a ‘Playground’ that allows you to see the effects of changes or additions to the code without having to go through the compiler.
Apple has many other planned additions for iOS 8, from family sharing (*21:39) to photo management (*23:33). As the estimated release date becomes closer, more and more information for iOS 8 is being released.
For more information, watch the video here:
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