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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.

How to Watch Today's Apple iPhone 6/iWatch Event

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Today’s special media event will start at 10am PDT at the Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California.  If you are not one of the lucky people who will be in attendance at the event, there are many other places you can watch it live.

Apple will be live streaming the event on their website.  If you have an iPod, iPad or iPhone, you can access the live stream via iTunes or by going on the Apple website.  You can also watch the event on your computer. Safari is the other web browser that will be allowed to watch the event.  If you are trying to use Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer; those will not work.  The event will also be available on the Apple TV (second- and third-generation only).

As usual, the company has been highly secretive about what they plan to show at their event.  The only words on the invitation say “we wish we could say more.” Rumors highly suggest that Apple will announce a completely redesigned iPhone with two larger-sized displays, their first wearable product (likely called the “iWatch”), a new mobile payment system and according to a popular analyst, the iPad Air 2 as well. We will also find out the release date for iOS 8.

We will not be in attendance at this event, but shortly afterwards, we will post a full recap of it.

Click here to watch the iPhone 6/iWatch event on Apple’s website.

September 9th Event Expectations

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There are less then twenty-four hours left until Apple’s big reveal of the products they have been working on all year long. This will be their first special event of the year where they will unveil new hardware, like the next-generation iPhone and first wearable product.  Here’s a quick guide of what we expect:

iPhone 6

The 4.7" iPhone 6 (left) is compared to the 4.0" iPhone 5s (right).

The 4.7″ iPhone 6 (left) is compared to the 4.0″ iPhone 5s (right).

The eighth-generation iPhone, which will most likely be called the “iPhone 6″, is expected to be the main star of the event tomorrow.  This phone will be getting some major internal improvements in addition to a complete external redesign.  It’s predecessor, the iPhone 5s, is rumored to have inspired the rear casing.  Other popular Apple products, like the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone 5c all have been thought to inspire the design too. One model of the iPhone 6 will have a 4.7″ display while the other one will have a 5.5” display. It is worth noting that the larger phone may be suffering from production issues and may actually not be shown off at the event.

Release Date: September 19th, 2014

For full expected specifications, check out our final rumor roundup.

 

iWatch

This new concept by Martin Hajek closely resembles the reports by The

This new concept by Martin Hajek closely resembles the reports by The

Tim Cook first announced to the world last year that Apple will be creating a product in a new category this year.  All the rumors have suggested that the company has been investing their time looking into the wearables category.  Their smart watch, which is thought to either be called the “iWatch” or “iBand”, is expected to be fashionable, work very closely with the iPhone 6 and be a fitness accessory.  The watch will contain about ten or more sensors that will collect data about the user and transmit it to the new Health app via NFC.  Due to the lack of leaks and continuous rumors about production delays, Apple will most likely announce the iWatch to us, but it won’t be made available for a few months.  They did something similar last year with the completely redesigned Mac Pro.

Release Date: January 2015

For more information about the rumored tech specs, follow this link to our final rumor roundup.

 

iOS 8 Release Date

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The eight-generation operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod was announced to us at Apple’s keynote on the first day of their developer’s conference.  This new system will not be an overhaul in design like iOS 7 was, but it will give us a lot of new features, some new applications and a better experience. We have compiled a small list of below of the major features of iOS 8:

  • Photos stored in iCloud library
  • New Snapchat-like features in Messages
  • More customizations, like third-party keyboards that work in every app
  • Health app, where all your fitness and health apps can store data about you
  • Interactive notifications
  • Shazam integration with Siri for song identification
  • Smarter spotlight search

Apple will summarize their newest operating system at their event and likely give us a release date for sometime in the coming weeks. It will be made available to the public before the iPhone 6 is released on September 19th.

 

New Mobile Payment Plan – “iWallet”

iOS 8 Passbook icon leaked in new iPhone 6 video.

iOS 8 Passbook icon leaked in new iPhone 6 video.

Apple has been reportedly working with major banks, like Capital One and Bank of America, in addition to large credit card companies, like VISA and MasterCard, and retailers, like CVS and Walgreens, to design a new payment plan.  With a lot of features already set in place, Apple could create their own payment system.  The iTunes Store has nearly one billion accounts on file, which translates to nearly a billion credit cards stored.  Touch ID would replace traditional passwords so users can purchase content on their phone.  The iPhone 6 will likely use its new NFC technology in conjunction with the Passbook app to allow customers to use their stored information to make purchases at brick-and-mortar stores (similar to PayPal).

 

Additional Security Measures

If Apple is working on a payment plan to use in conjunction with Touch ID and Passbook, more security measures would be needed to make sure customer information stays safe.  Plus after the recent iCloud hack, Apple will likely bring up what additional steps they have taken to protect their customers.  We are not sure about what the mobile payment plan will be like, but it probably will store customer information like credit card numbers and confidential information.  The new Health app may also store confidential information about the customer so major security measures would need to be taken to keep everyone protected.

Yes, Apple, I wish you would say more.

Yes, Apple, I wish you would say more.

The special event is set to begin on September 9th at 10am PDT (or 1pm EST).  Live streaming will be available (follow this link) and many major blogs like The Verge and MacRumors. Once the event ends, come back to this blog for a detailed post of what Apple just revealed.

iPhone 6 Final Rumor Roundup

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The iPhone 6, which is Apple’s eight-generation smartphone, is rumored to be announced at the special media event tomorrow in California.  The phone will feature a complete redesign with improvements in internal components.  In addition it will gain some new features like NFC capabilities (finally!) and two sizes of displays.  This is the final rumor roundup for the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 Rendering

iPhone 6 Rendering

 

The iPhone 6 has a completely new design with a slimmer body, curved edges and glass, and two sizes of displays.  The first model, which will have a 4.7″ display, measures 6.9mm thin by 138mm long by 66mm wide.  The other model will have a 5.5″ display and measures 7.1mm thin, 158mm long by 78mm wide.  Both phones also have a protruding camera, which adds .67mm to .77mm to the device.  This would make them both around the same thickness as the iPhone 5s (7.6mm). The phone features a three-piece design (similar to what the iPhone 5s has), a circular True Tone LED flash, relocated sleep/wake button, elongated volume controls and Touch ID on the Home button.

The phone will be seeing internal improvements as well:

  • A8 Processor, with M8 co-processor (dual-core running at 2.0Ghz)
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Category 4 LTE (speeds up to 150Mbps with cellular connectivity)
  • 802.11ac WiFi module (speeds up to 1Gbps with wireless connectivity)
  • NFC
  • 13MP camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • resolution: 1334 x 750 pixels (326ppi, 4.7″ model) and either 2280 x 1242 (461ppi, 5.5″ model)
  • battery capacity: 1810mAh (4.7″ model) and 2915mAh (5.5″ model)
  • storage size: 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
This is the iPhone 6.

This is the iPhone 6.

Apple Confirms Live Streaming of Next Week's Event

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When Apple reveals a new major product, they typically live stream their events so users around the world can watch it unfold in real time.  Apple has just announced that live streaming will be available for their September 9th event where they are expected to show off the iPhone 6, iWatch and iOS 8 release date.

Watch the countdown on Apple's website and add the event to your calendar.

Watch the countdown on Apple’s website and add the event to your calendar.

The iPhone 6 will be available in a 4.7″ and 5.5″ display size and will feature updated internal components in addition to a complete redesign.  The iWatch may come in two sizes as well, but it will only be shown off at the event.  Due to production issues, the watch may not be available for sale until early 2015.  Finally, we will see a recap of iOS 8, which was announced at WWDC, and its release date.

The event starts on September 9th, 2014 at 10am PDT (or 1pm EST).  To view the live stream, you must have Safari 5.1.10 or later on OS X v10.6.8 or later; Safari on iOS 6.0 or later or a second- or third-generation Apple TV running 5.0.2 or later. 9to5Mac points out that Apple did not include Windows in their requirements so those users may be not be able to watch the event.

View the live streaming event here: Apple’s Special Event.

Apple Hints at iWatch, Larger Phones and More in Sept 9th Invitation

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About 24 hours ago, Apple confirmed the rumored special media on September 9th by sending out invitations.  Their invitations for events typically hold clues that hint at what they will announce.  For example, last year’s iPhone event read “this should brighten everyone’s day” and it directly hinted at the new colorful iOS 7 and iPhone 5c.  This year is no different and in this post, we decipher what Apple is trying to tell us.

apple-iphone-6-launch-invite

Last year we missed a few hints in the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c invitation, but this year we aren’t holding back. Our analysis might seem crazy (and it probably is), but Apple doesn’t give us much to go on this year. So without anymore introductions, here is what we think the invitation tells us:

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Apple Confirms September 9th Event

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Around noon today, Apple sent out invitations to confirm their September 9th special media event.  Although they didn’t specify the products they will be announcing, we have a pretty good idea. According to the latest reports from Re/CodeBloomberg and GforGames, we expect to see the iPhone 6, iWatch and iOS 8.

Yes, Apple, I wish you would say more.

Yes, Apple, I wish you would say more.

Re/Code and Bloomberg both agree that Apple will announce the next-generation iPhone and wearable accessory (code-named the “iWatch”) at the event on September 9th.  The iWatch was originally scheduled to be announced alongside the updated iPads, but it is believed they changed their plans in order to change the consumer’s expectation for the watch.  They plan to market it as an iPhone accessory versus as a standalone product.  MacRumors suggests that by announcing it earlier then planned, Apple will get ahead of the leaked photos and reveal the device to the world before the Internet does.

iWatch Concept by Belm Designs

iWatch Concept by Belm Designs

Although not much is known about the watch, we know pretty much everything about the iPhone 6.  It will feature a complete redesign with a slimmer body, curved glass that seamlessly transitions to aluminum, curved edges, new buttons and a protruding camera.  In terms of specs, we will see one phone with a 4.7″ display and battery capacity of 1810mAh and another with a 5.5″ display and battery capacity of 2915mAh.  In addition, they will have NFC capabilities, the more-efficient A8 processor, higher-resolution display and a 13MP camera. The iPhone 6 will also come with iOS 8, the operating system Apple showed us at WWDC. It features new apps like Health and Tips, new features like Shazam integration with Siri and Snapchat-like iMessaging, and tons of improvements.  

The iPhone 6 will feature a slimmer body and curved design.

The iPhone 6 will feature a slimmer body and curved design.

The event will be held at the Flint Center for Performing Arts. This is the same venue Apple used when they announced the first Mac in 1984 and the first colored iMac in 1998.  They haven’t been back since 1998, though.  Last year, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c were announced at Apple’s Town Hall, which seats less then 800 people compared to the Flint Center’s 2,400 seating capacity. So whatever Apple is plan on announcing to us, it’s going to be big and it’s going to be new.