• Apple announce the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch


    I'm watching the Apple webcast (which is the worst, most buggy stream I have ever watched). Here are some highlights.

    iPhone 6 and 6 Plus:

    Apple just announced 2 iPhones, the 4.7" iPhone 6 and 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus. Both of which have curved displays.


    The 6 has a 1334 x 750, 326ppi IPS display while the 6 Plus has a 1920x1080, 401ppi one.
    Each display has full sRGB wide color gamut and 'dual-domain pixels' to give a wider angle of view.



    The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thin while the 6 Plus is 7.1mm.



    To take advantage of the bigger screen, the Plus supports landscape mode in the menus.
    It also has 2 up displays in many apps like the email client and dedicated copy and paste buttons in landscape.

    Both are powered by the 64bit Apple A8 processor with 2 billion transistors (A7 had 1 billion) which has up to 25% faster CPU performance and 50% faster GPU

    The iPhone 6's will come with a new M8 motion co-processor which has a barometer (for stairs).
    Network support:
    • Both support Cat 4 LTE (up to 150Mbps - finally)
    • 20 LTE bands
    • VoLTE support
    • 802.11ac support (finally - though only support for 1 stream)
    • WiFi calling support (T-Mobile in the US)


    Camera:
    • 8MP camera, 1.5micron pixels, f/2.2 lens using an all-new sensor
    • phase detection auto-focus (they call them focus pixels)
    • panoramas can now go up to 43mp
    • the Plus comes with optical image stabilization (but not the regular 6)
    • the burst mode detects smiles and blinks to help choose the best picture
    • 240hz video capture
    • time-lapse feature



    New silicon cases...


    and leather cases will be available.

    The 6 will be available in gold, silver or space gray. Here's the pricing:

    US pricing off-contract 16GB 64GB 128GB
    Apple iPhone 6 649 749 849
    Apple iPhone 6 Plus 749 849 949


    US pricing on contract 16GB 64GB 128GB
    Apple iPhone 6 199 299 399
    Apple iPhone 6 Plus 299 399 499



    Canadian off-contract pricing 16GB 64GB 128GB
    Apple iPhone 6 749 859 969
    Apple iPhone 6 Plus 859 969 1079


    5s will now start at 99 on contract while the 5c 8GB will start at $0.

    Both will be available Sept 19 with pre-orders on Sept 12.

    Anyone think the 6's in space gray straight on look like the original Samsung Galaxy S?

    iOS 8 drops Sept 17 and will be available from iPad 2 and iPhone 4s and up.

    ApplePay:

    New payment platform called ApplePay. You take your phone, choose which credit card you want to use in Passbook, bring it close to the merchant's NFC reader, press the fingerprint reader and you're done. You take a picture of your card and then add it to Passbook.

    When you store the card, your iPhone doesn't store the number, it creates a special device only number. What this also means is if you lose your iPhone, you can use Find My iPhone to suspend payments on your iPhone.

    When you make a transaction, Apple doesn't know what you bought, where you bought it and how much you paid which means it's private.

    Apple Pay will be US only for now with Visa, Mastercard and Amex and 6 banks which covers 83% of credit card purchases in the US. ApplePay is coming to many merchants including Macy's, Panera Bread, Seophora, Walgreens, Whole Foods, MacDonalds, Petco, Disney, Nike, Apple Stores, Staples, Babies R US and Toys R US and Subway.

    AppleTouch allows one-touch checkout for online merchants' apps too like Target, Groupon, Uber, Panera, MLB.com, Apple Store, OpenTable.

    Apple Watch:

    Apple just announced their new Apple Watch too. It has a Sapphire covered, flexible display. It comes in 2 sizes. It requires an iPhone 5 or newer.



    You control the watch via the watch crown (the dial on the side of a watch) which operates as a zoom, a button which are both on the side plus the screen is touch sensitive. The screen can sense force so it can tell the difference between a tap and a press.

    Pressing the button brings up your favorites. You navigate using the touchscreen. You can tap to interact or force tap which sort of acts like a menu button. You can swipe from the bottom to bring up notifications.

    You can be notified via sound or via vibration which has haptics (called TapticEngine).

    When you get messages you can reply via canned messages or voice (as text or voice recording). One neat feature is that the Watch can analyze messages and suggest replies.

    It has Siri built-in.

    You can view your photos. Any photo you favorite on your iPhone or Mac will show up.

    The back and infrared and visible light LEDs along with photo sensors to detect your pulse.

    There's an app which lets you draw on your watch and have the drawing show up in real time on their watch.

    It charges via induction. It attaches on the back.



    There will be 3 editions: Apple Watch has a polished stainless steel case, the Apple Watch Sport has an aluminum case while the Apple Watch Edition comes with a 18k gold case. There will be metal and plastic bands available.

    3rd party developers will be able to make apps for the Watch.

    The Apple Watch will be compatible ApplePay.

    It starts at $349 and will be available in 'early' 2015.

    The watch looks really cool but I can't help but think that they're trying to fit the phone app paradigm into a watch. While it looks like they put a lot of thought into the UI, in the end, you're still trying to turn the watch into another phone which I think is a flawed approach. The moment you have to touch the watch more than 2 or 3 times you're better off whipping your phone out of your pocket. I wonder if Steve Jobs would have allowed this.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple announce the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch started by howard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Well....as expected, nothing really new here, just what was expected of them, and they are still wayyyyyy overcharging for what little they are offering. And I agree with the last statement, Steve Jobs would have NEVER let that fugly watch off the drawing board much less into production. *SIGH* I was really hoping for some of their old magic this time around....not gonna happen anymore apparently. Innovation is all but dead in the smartphone(and now watch) race it seems.
    1. smsgator's Avatar
      smsgator -
      Did they fix the problem of simultaneous CDMA or GSM voice, plus LTE data?

      This has prevented Verizon and Sprint iPhones from simultaneous voice and data (GSM iPhones dropped the data down to 3G during a call).

      Most Android LTE phones don't have this issue since there are separate antennas for the voice radio and the the LTE radio.
    1. Malcolm943's Avatar
      Malcolm943 -
      Quote Originally Posted by smsgator View Post
      Did they fix the problem of simultaneous CDMA or GSM voice, plus LTE data?

      This has prevented Verizon and Sprint iPhones from simultaneous voice and data (GSM iPhones dropped the data down to 3G during a call).

      Most Android LTE phones don't have this issue since there are separate antennas for the voice radio and the the LTE radio.
      They have added VoLTE which will allow both voice and data to use LTE simultaneously when the CDMA carrier adds support for it.
    1. smsgator's Avatar
      smsgator -
      Well that's the problem. VoLTE will be fine when the carrier adds support for it, but that's a ways off.

      How is it that Android phone makers understood the advantages of being able to have the LTE radio, and the GSM or CDMA radio, on at the same time but Apple never understood this?

      I guess we'll find out soon if the iPhone 6 has separate antennas for GSM/CDMA and LTE data.
    1. Supa_Fly's Avatar
      Supa_Fly -
      ^ I guess that shows the difference in engineering guidances between the two

      One has simulatenous voice and data = Android
      one does not = Apple
      One has longer battery life than the majority that can = Apple
      one has the kitchen sink and just about everything else but cannot last more than 5hrs full hard use = Android

      First you should be blaming the network being affected because their retarded choosing CDMA in the very FIRST place because that never accepted voice/data simultaneous in any upgrade path. GSM did.
    1. geoff5093's Avatar
      geoff5093 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Supa_Fly View Post
      ^ I guess that shows the difference in engineering guidances between the two

      One has simulatenous voice and data = Android
      one does not = Apple
      One has longer battery life than the majority that can = Apple
      one has the kitchen sink and just about everything else but cannot last more than 5hrs full hard use = Android

      First you should be blaming the network being affected because their retarded choosing CDMA in the very FIRST place because that never accepted voice/data simultaneous in any upgrade path. GSM did.
      Back when CDMA was first introduced, data was not something people used on their phones in any meaningful way. At the time, and even now, many prefer the improved range, in-building coverage, and ability to call/text in very weak areas that GSM can't do.
    1. jarrodpd's Avatar
      jarrodpd -
      Quote Originally Posted by smsgator View Post
      Well that's the problem. VoLTE will be fine when the carrier adds support for it, but that's a ways off.
      Actually it is not far off at all, it is actually the complete opposite. T-Mobile has it live in many markets with AT&T and Verizon to follow suite once they decide to deploy current tech.
    1. stclair49's Avatar
      stclair49 -
      When do you think the 7S+Mega will be available? Rumor is it will have a 10" screen and 1TB memory.
    1. bornagainpengui's Avatar
      bornagainpengui -
      What I'd like to know is if the new iPhone 6+ will be able to install and run iPad apps? There are a few that I wouldn't mind having on the phone but can't justify the price of a full on iPad for. Also would love to know if it's going to be jailbroken or if it's going to be like the Apple TV? I'd love to have Kodi (aka) xbmc on one of these!
    1. smsgator's Avatar
      smsgator -
      Quote Originally Posted by geoff5093 View Post
      Back when CDMA was first introduced, data was not something people used on their phones in any meaningful way. At the time, and even now, many prefer the improved range, in-building coverage, and ability to call/text in very weak areas that GSM can't do.
      A lot of rural carriers moved to CDMA because of the much greater range. Even though the tower equipment is more expensive, there is a big savings in having to put in a lot fewer towers to cover a given area.

      Urban carriers liked CDMA because it has much greater call density so there are fewer dropped calls.

      It's no accident that Verizon is consistently rated as the best network in terms of coverage and fewest dropped calls. The combination of being mostly 800MHz and using CDMA is something that no other major carrier has.

      It's not rocket science to have both the CDMA radio and LTE radio on at the same time. Every phone manufacturer except Apple has had that capability for years. And it's not just an advantage for CDMA. If you want to do GSM voice and LTE data you also need to have two radios on at the same time. GSM iPhones get somewhat of a pass because they turn off the LTE radio whenever voice call is in progress and drop data down to W-CDMA (3G).

      I live in the city where Apple is located. When the iPhone was first introduced, on AT&T only, there were endless complaints at city council meetings about the poor AT&T coverage in the city. AT&T explained that as long as the city prevented them from installing more cells adjacent to, or in, residential neighborhoods, that the problem would continue. Invariably, someone would pipe up with "well Verizon is able to provide coverage without placing cells in those kinds of places."
    1. smsgator's Avatar
      smsgator -
      Quote Originally Posted by bornagainpengui View Post
      What I'd like to know is if the new iPhone 6+ will be able to install and run iPad apps? There are a few that I wouldn't mind having on the phone but can't justify the price of a full on iPad for. Also would love to know if it's going to be jailbroken or if it's going to be like the Apple TV? I'd love to have Kodi (aka) xbmc on one of these!
      It's up to Apple and the developer which platforms specific apps run on. Apple is intent that apps provide a good experience and some apps are not suitable for all iOS devices.

      Android does the same sort of thing and often poorly. An app that works perfectly well on a specific Android device might not install. The difference is that on Android you can "side-load" these apps and they work fine. There are also several apps that Google doesn't want people running but that work fine when side-loaded. Ad blockers, tracking blockers, and Adobe Flash are three examples.
    1. smsgator's Avatar
      smsgator -
      Quote Originally Posted by geoff5093 View Post
      Back when CDMA was first introduced, data was not something people used on their phones in any meaningful way. At the time, and even now, many prefer the improved range, in-building coverage, and ability to call/text in very weak areas that GSM can't do.
      From Apple's perspective, the reasons to add the capability of simultaneous voice and LTE data are the following:

      1) Nearly all competing devices have had it for years

      2) Sales people at Verizon and Sprint stores make a point of telling people shopping for a phone about the iPhone's limitation in this regard. There's also self-interest on the part of the carriers in discouraging iPhone sales because they make less money on the sale of the phone because they provide larger subsidies for iPhones.

      3) Even AT&T indirectly noted this issue in their advertising (before T-Mobile got the iPhone) correctly claiming that they were the only iPhone provider (in the U.S.) that could do simultaneous voice and data.

      The downside of providing this feature is that the second antenna does take a small amount of space, but with the larger size of the iPhone 6 they could have made space for it.

      Again, we don't yet know if Apple corrected the antenna issue not but I think that their touting of VoLTE indicates that they probably did not fix the problem. VoLTE is a long term solution but it needs to be fully deployed or you'll end up with a lot more dropped calls because you can't move from a VoLTE call to a GSM or CDMA call. At least on AT&T (I don't have a Verizon LTE phone) LTE coverage is very spotty. I am in Silicon Valley and I often have only HSDPA or HSDPA+ data.
    1. bornagainpengui's Avatar
      bornagainpengui -
      Quote Originally Posted by smsgator View Post
      It's up to Apple and the developer which platforms specific apps run on. Apple is intent that apps provide a good experience and some apps are not suitable for all iOS devices.

      Android does the same sort of thing and often poorly. An app that works perfectly well on a specific Android device might not install. The difference is that on Android you can "side-load" these apps and they work fine. There are also several apps that Google doesn't want people running but that work fine when side-loaded. Ad blockers, tracking blockers, and Adobe Flash are three examples.
      Well specifically I was thinking of "Early Edition 2" which really has no peer on Android. I use FeedR and it works well enough, but I got Early Edition for my Dad and I really like its newspaper format and that it works offline. My current goal is for a new phone which can replace both the temp phone I'm on now and my Nook HD+.

      I was hoping that now that Apple has finally made a larger phone the new iPhone could be that replacement but I'm just not completely sold. The Meizu MX4 is also compelling to me and it lets me keep use of my existing library of apps.

      Sent from my LG-LS720 using Tapatalk
    1. David Walcott's Avatar
      David Walcott -
      Thanks for the review as always Howard. I think I will stick with my Casio calculator watch. It is much cheaper and does my calculations.

      via the HoFo App
    1. mogelijk's Avatar
      mogelijk -
      Quote Originally Posted by David Walcott View Post
      Thanks for the review as always Howard. I think I will stick with my Casio calculator watch. It is much cheaper and does my calculations.

      via the HoFo App
      That reminds me of Jimmy Kimmel's reveal of the "Apple iTime":
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