You probably know that Apple had a Keynote on Tuesday. You probably know that new products were announced. And you definitely know that your Timeline is full to the brim with all of it. But for all you folks who had better things to do than watch the full one-and-a-half hours, here’s a two-minute recap of the important bits…
The new iPhone(s)
- There are two models — the 6 and the 6 Plus — which come with 4.7” and 5.5” screens, respectively, and in both cases, the resolution has rocketed
- Inside each new iPhone is a A8 chip, which has 25% quicker processing and 50% faster graphics than the (iPhone 5’s) A7
- Both new iPhones sport a redesigned camera, complete with a new sensor, super-slowmo video and DSLR-style autofocus; the 6 Plus also has a nice new optical stabilization system
- Storage and battery life have also received minor upgrades
- Both models are available from September 19, with prices starting at $199 (16GB) for the iPhone 6, and $299 for the iPhone 6 Plus
- A new contactless payment system that is sort of like PayPal, but also for use in real stores
- Works with most US banks and card providers, but is not currently available internationally
- Apple has signed up major retailers from launch, and will allow developers to integrate Apple Pay buttons into apps
- Apple doesn’t store your credit card details, but instead, creates unique codes for each transaction, which are stored in a separate physical component in the new iPhones
- Identity verification is provided by Touch ID
- Part new device, part second screen for your iPhone, the square-screened Apple Watch will arrive next January
- It has a touchscreen, but many of the controls have been delegated to the “digital crown” on the side, complemented by a brand new interface
- The primary function is to display notifications, but it also allows on-screen drawing as a kind of instant messaging between Watch owners
- The Watch can sense your heartbeat for fitness integrations such as iOS8’s HealthKit, and provides “Taptic” feedback (aka vibrations) for alerts
- It comes in three versions (stainless steel, anodized aluminum and gold), and numerous strap styles, and is charged with a new type of MagSafe cable
- Prices will start at $349, and there will be two sizes; few other details were released
- Uh…and everyone get U2’s new album, free via iTunes
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