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Sept. 7th Event: Apple Announces iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2

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Earlier today, Apple kicked off their first fall event by announcing a plethora of new products. They announced the rumored iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.

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The next-generation iPhones, called ‘iPhone 7’ and ‘iPhone 7 Plus,’ were just announced. The phones looks relatively similar to the iPhone 6/6s series, but they have plenty of new features and design updates to differentiate them. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are available in a high-gloss jet black finish, a much darker space gray simply called black, and the normal gold, silver, and rose gold. The phone is also water resistant with IP67 protection standard.

As rumored, the iPhones have several new features related to the Home button, camera, headphone jack, and performance. The Home button mechanism has been replaced with force-sensitive pad. It works with the Taptic Engine to provide vibration feedback with quick actions, messages, notifications, and ringtones. It is also customizable with third-party apps. The front camera on both phones have been upgraded to 7MP (up from 5MP) and the rear cameras are staying at 12MP. The iPhone 7 has a single wide-angle 12MP camera that is 60% faster and 30% more energy efficient. The iPhone 7 Plus has two 12MP rear cameras with the first being the same as the iPhone 7’s camera and the second a telephoto camera.

In a controversial move, Apple has removed the headphone jack on their new iPhone. They have replaced it with stereo speakers that are located on the top and bottom of the iPhone. The phone will now use wireless via Bluetooth and Lightning for audio. In the box, there is a pair of Lightning-powered EarPods and a special adapter for Lightning to analog (AUX). Apple has also designed their own AirPods, which are a new version of their EarPods, except they are wireless.

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are powered by the quad-core A10 Fusion processor with 6-core graphics. This allows the phone to be 40% faster than the iPhone 6s and three times faster than the iPhone 6. The battery life has also been improved with up to two extra hours.

The iPhone 7 starts at $649 (or $27/month) for 32GB and the iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769 (or $32/month) for 32GB. The phones are also available in 128GB and 256GB configurations. Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus start Friday, September 9th and the phones will be released on Friday, September 16th.

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The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in five colors: rose gold, gold, silver, black, and jet black.




 

Apple Watch Series 2

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The second-generation Apple Watch was finally announced after the first version has been available for more than a year. The new Apple Watch looks identical to the first Apple Watch, but it was completely reengineered to be waterproof. Inside the watch, there is a much slimmer and brighter display and more powerful processor. The new dual-core processor is up to 50% faster with 2x the graphics. As rumored, the watch also has a built-in GPS that will measure pace, distance, and location without the iPhone.

In addition, there is a new case material available and several new models. The Apple Watch Series 2 will come in aluminum, stainless steel, and now white ceramic. The ceramic case is four times stronger than stainless steel. Apple has also partnered with Nike to design the Apple Watch Nike+ which has exclusive bands in four colors and the Nike logo on the watch.

The Apple Watch Series 2 starts at $369. Pre-orders start Friday, September 9th and the watch is released Friday, September 16th. The special Nike+ watch also starts at $369 and will be available in late October. The current Apple Watch is renamed to Apple Watch Series 1 and it has been upgraded with the new dual-core processor.

 

Other Updates

iOS 10

The next-generation software update was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

watchOS 3

The next-generation software update for Apple Watch was announced today. It comes with several features and it is available on Tuesday, September 13th.

 

Additionally, Apple has announced that Pokemon GO is coming to the Apple Watch and Nintendo is bringing Mario to the iPhone sometime before the end of the year. We will have more in-depth posts about the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 in the next couple of days.

Apple announces "Spring Forward" event for Apple Watch

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Yesterday, Apple announced plans for their first special media event of the year on March 9th. March 9th is the day after Daylight Savings Time in the United States where Americans will “spring” their clocks forward an hour. This in itself confirms that we will see the Apple Watch at this event in addition to hopefully a few other rumor products like the 12-inch MacBook Air and iPad Pro.

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The special media event is scheduled to take place at 10am at the Yerba Buena Center for Arts in San Fransisco.  This venue was previously used by Apple to announce the next-generation iPads and iPods.

The event will live stream on Apple’s website at www.apple.com/live. It only works through Safari on Mac OS X, iOS devices running iOS 6 or later and Apple TV (sorry PC users, Apple doesn’t want you viewing the event).

Is Apple planning it's Apple Watch launch event for late February? Probably not.

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Early yesterday morning, the French blog iGen.fr released a report about Apple’s plans to hold a special media event in late February where they are expected to announce a few more details for the Apple Watch and the rumored 12″ MacBook Air.  Their unnamed sources claim that Apple is focusing on February 24th as the day for the event; however, 9to5Mac‘s sources say this is not correct.

credit: Forbes.com

credit: Forbes.com

iGen.fr made a very convincing argument in the report as to why Apple would be holding an event in February, which is more than a month before the Apple Watch is confirmed to be shipping. They say that an early announcement would give developers time to tweak their applications before the Apple Watch is released.  Apple will answer the many questions that were left unanswered from the first event they held for the watch, like pricing and battery life.  We also reported that Apple is requesting a few of their major app developers to have their Apple Watch apps ready by mid-February for launch.  The French blog believes that this is because Apple will be hosting an event soon and they want their developers to show off their apps.

9to5Mac doesn’t doubt that Apple is planning on holding an event for the release date of the Apple Watch, but their sources say that this event won’t be held in February. Their report doesn’t specify as to when Apple is considering to hold the event; however, we expect it in March because it will reveal the April release date for the watch.

The Apple Watch will be available in three main collections with Sport being the least expensive starting at $349.

Apple is planning a special media event for Apple Watch in Spring

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A new report by BGR claims that a trusted source has told them details about Apple’s spring roadmap.  They say that iOS 8.2, the software update that will bring Apple Watch compatibility to the iPhone, will be released in the second week of March and that Apple is planning a special media event geared around the launch of the Apple Watch. Since it was only shown off at the iPhone 6 event in September, many of us expected that Apple will be planning an event for the release of their first wearable device.

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BGR doesn’t specify as to when Apple will be scheduling this event, but I would expect it to be around the time iOS 8.2 comes out.  Since iOS 8.2 is responsible for bringing Apple Watch compatibility to the iPhone, the watch and update should be announced together at one event.  Apple could give us the release date for the update, likely the week after the event, and either a preorder date or launch date for the Apple Watch.  They may even release the next-generation MacBook lineup as well.

The second version of iOS 8 is currently in the fifth beta for developers.

Developers told to have Apple Watch apps ready by Feb 12

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When the first generation Apple Watch launches in April, Apple is hoping to have several Apple Watch-compatible apps all ready so the watch can be used immediately out of the box.  Apple is reportedly asking certain developers to have their iOS apps ready for launch by February 12th according to anonymous sources who have spoken with MacRumors.

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Apple may be requesting this from developers for two reasons: testing the Apple Watch and holding a special media event. The company will want to test these apps ahead of the watch’s launch in April to make sure they work without bugs and don’t drain the battery too much. Since the watch is a completely new product and developers don’t have experience with it, Apple will need as much time as possible to ensure the apps their developers have created work efficiently with the watch. Also, Apple may looking to hold a second special media event for the watch where they can have their developers talk about and demonstrate their apps. The Apple Watch will also bring Apple Pay to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. A media event may be needed in order to show these iPhone users how to use the payment service.

Several people in the Cupertino area have already been spotted using their Apple Watches which shows that Apple is now testing them in a wide, but controlled setting.  They have been seen integrating the watch into their daily lives by accessing Maps and viewing notifications.

The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, announced in their most recent earnings call that the Apple Watch is on schedule to ship in April. The watch will be starting at $349, which likely for the Sport collection.

Apple Announces First Wearable Product: Apple Watch

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In case you missed the announcement on Tuesday, Apple announced their first wearable product and entered into a new category of products.  The Apple Watch, which is not called the rumored “iWatch” name, is a smart watch that works as an accessory to the iPhone.  The phone transmits data to the watch and vice versa so the person can quickly see notifications, messages, fitness levels, and more. It not only functions as a watch, but also as a calendar, a map, a heart-rate monitor, a messenger and much more. The watch also works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay.

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The Apple Watch is available in multiple sizes and styles.  The rectangular watch face is available in 38mm and 42mm.  The face comes in two finishes and is made with an alloy of stainless steel, aluminum or a unique combination of 18-Karat rose and yellow gold.  The bands come in multiple styles and colors: link bracelet, sport band, leather loop, classic buckle, modern buckle and Milanese loop. In addition, the software on the watch is very customizable and has more then ten different styles for showing the time.  Developers are also working on their own apps to work on the watch.

If there are too many choices available for the indecisive customer, Apple created three collections to help with selection.  The first one is the regular Apple Watch, which has a stainless steel case, sapphire display and comes with any of the previously mentioned bands. The second watch collection is the Apple Watch Sport.   This one has the aluminum watch casing, strengthened Ion-X glass and comes with the sport band in one of five colors.  The final collection, which is the Apple Watch Edition, comes with a watch case made of 18-Karat gold, a sapphire crystal display and either the sport band, modern buckle or classic buckle.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

Apple doesn’t go into detail with their marketing material about the technical specifications about the smart watch, but they do say a little bit about the design.  The watch face is made of either Ion-X glass or sapphire crystal (depending on the model), it features a touchscreen that is pressure-sensitive and is of Retina quality.  The right side has a digital crown that acts like the Home button and allows the screen to zoom in and out on a certain object, like a map. On the backside of the watch face, a ceramic cover with sapphire lenses protect infrared and LED lights and photodiodes that measure your heart rate.

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

38mm case, aluminum, blue sport band

Apple lists the starting price at $349, but this likely is for the lower-end smart watches.  The Apple Watch Edition will be the most expensive, probably around twice the price, because of its 18-Karat casing and sapphire crystal display.  Although the smart watch was announced in September, it won’t be available for sale until early 2015.  Apple may hold another event where they go into more detail about the watch and test out 3rd-party apps prior to the release date. Finally, check out the guide on CNET that has a hands-on approach to their post.

Apple Announces iPhone 6, Apple Watch and More at Today's Event

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Apple’s special media event just finished and they introduced a ton of new products. We expected the iPhone 6, smart watch and new mobile payment plan, but we got so more much. Apple introduced us to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay and Apple Watch in addition to giving away U2’s new album for free to every iTunes user.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 is the eight-generation smartphone and is the successor to the iPhone 5s.  This new phone has a plethora of new features, a brand new design and comes in a 4.7″ display size (iPhone 6) and 5.5″ display size (iPhone 6 Plus).  For internal tech specs, it has the A8 processor (second-generation 64-bit architecture) with the M8 co-processor, NFC, advanced LTE and Wireless connectivity, a new Retina HD display and rear 8MP iSight camera.

Introducing the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Introducing the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for preorder on September 12th and released on September 19th.  The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB.  The iPhone 6 Plus is $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB.

 

Apple Watch

Although we were pretty sure Apple would call its smart watch, the “iWatch”, they decided on a different name.  The smart watch si simply called “Apple Watch.”  The watch face comes in two sizes: 38mm (1.5″) and 42mm (1.65″) and three different materials: stainless steel, aluminum and 18-Karat gold.  In addition, there are six different bands: leather loop, classic buckle, modern buckle, link bracelet, sport band and Milanese loop.  To go even further, Apple designed three different collections to please everyone.  The regular Apple Watch is be the traditional smart watch.  The fitness-oriented Apple Watch Sport is designed for the active and people who like to move.  Finally, the elegantly-designed Apple Watch Edition is the higher-end smart watch that comes in a gold case.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

The new smart watch comes in three new collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.

The iPhone works in conjunction with the Apple Watch so you can easily read notifications, send messages, call friends and use Digital Touch.  Digital Touch is a new feature that allows two people with watches to connect by using drawings, taps, their heartbeat and voice versus regular text messaging.  Other apps are designed to work on the watch too: Maps, Passbook, Music, Apple TV and iTunes remote, Weather, Siri and more.  In addition, third-party developers can create their own apps for the smart watch.

 

Apple Pay

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch both come with the NFC chip so you can now use them to pay for purchases at brick-and-mortar stores. Instead of pulling out a credit card for your purchase, just hold the iPhone near the terminal with your finger on Touch ID.  The phone will wirelessly transmit a one-time use code and your unique Device Account Number that will process your payment.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

The new Apple Pay system will work with major credit card companies, like MasterCard and VISA, large banks, like Capital One and Chase, and is accepted in stores, like McDonald’s and Walgreens. The system works from the Passbook app.

Apple Pay also works in apps so you can purchase goods without entering in your billing address, contact information and credit card number.  When you are ready to make a purchase, select “Apple Pay” and press your finger on Touch ID.  The app knows to charge the card and send your purchase to the information on file.

 

Other Announcements

In addition to the amazing products that Apple announced above, the new album by U2 will be available for free to all iTunes users. The album, which is title “Songs of Innocence”, is free to download.  Click on this link on your iPhone, iPad or iPod to get the album.

The newest operating system, iOS 8, for iPhone, iPad and iPod will be available for download on September 17th.

Finally, 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple has removed the iPod Classic from its store. Apple has also redesigned their website to be iOS 7-like.