Apple unveiled three new products that sent worrisome ripples down the spines of the company’s competitors. They included the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. The announcement was made in a packed house at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels. It measures 6.9 mm in thickness and has a better battery life. The iPhone 6 plus sports a 5.5-inch display and offers a true HD at a resolution of 1,920 x 1080. It has more pixels than its predecessor and also has substantial battery life. It is 7.1 mm thick and runs iOS 8.
Both phones have improved cameras with 8MP and offering 5-element lenses, f/2.2 apertures, Apple’s True Tone flashes, new sensors, and phase detection autofocus or ‘focus pixels’ as Apple refers to them.
The phones can record 1080p video at 60fps while the slo-mo feature can capture at up to 240fps. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera is also new for 2014 with a larger f/2.2 aperture to let more light in and a new image sensor.
The phones have new A8 processors with M8 motion coprocessors. The new processor is 25 percent faster on the CPU side and is 50 percent faster with graphics.
The LTE inside the phones supports up to 20 LTE bands and is 50 percent faster that the previous generation iPhones at 150 Mbps.
The iPhone 6 costs $199 for a 16GB model; the 128GB model goes for $399. It will be available in black, silver and gold color schemes. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 with pre-orders kicking off on September 12.
The Apple Watch is another splendid gadget that was shown at this event. It has fitness tracker, communication and payment functions all in one. Apple says it will come with six different straps and in two sizes. The watch goes on sale early next year at $349.