I knew I'd be excited about the new iPhone 6, but I didn't expect to be torn between the two new iPhones announced at today's Apple Keynote: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Maybe you can help me choose?
The word is out! The new Apple Watch is coming your way in early 2015, providing a brand new platform and great opportunities for a new category of apps. In this post I'll cover some of the basic features available for app developers so you can begin thinking about how these features can be put to use in your own custom apps.
The smartwatch. Manufacturers have been trying to deliver on the promise of a full-featured wrist gadget for years. The pitfalls are plentiful: Battery Life. Charging. Water Resistance. Rugged Display. Comfort. Fashion. Features and interface. Price. With the Apple Watch, Tim Cook and Jony Ive’s team have addressed almost all of these areas of concern with Apple’s traditional attention to detail.
It’s always a good idea to keep your iPhone backed up. Frequent backups make it easy to switch to a new device, like the upcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and are crucial when dealing with loss, theft, and damage. Apple iOS devices can be backed up to iTunes on your computer by connecting via a cable, or via WiFi if you’ve enabled that in iTunes.
Today Apple announced some long anticipated new products and upgrades at an event near their headquarters in Cupertino, California. Though we worried that Apple might leave us disappointed, quite a few of our predictions were spot on this year, and we were pleasantly surprised with many of Apple’s newest innovations.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
I couldn't have been more impressed with the Apple Watch. It got huge play today at the event, and I feel that despite all the details presented, that information only scratched the surface. Once again Apple has shown extraordinary vision and attention to detail. Just like the iPhone created a new world of possibilities so too does the Apple Watch. It's yet another multipurpose tool that has an amazing array of uses. You can access apps such as Maps and Music and Health, you can use it to make calls or send messages, you can use it as a watch, you can use it to make mobile payments, you can use it as a health and fitness device, and more. Plus, the WatchKit platform lets developers create apps and notifications.
Vainglory is an upcoming iOS MOBA game that was demoed at today's Apple event. It showed of just a smidgen of what iOS 8's new gaming interface Metal is capable of doing. It's interesting that Apple picked a MOBA to feature at today's event, considering how immensely popular (and profitable) as a professional eSport the genre has become. They clearly consider themselves legitimate contenders in the high stakes arena of professional gaming.
The Apple Watch was announced earlier today and it, along with the Health app, will change the way we are able to interact with our iPhones. The Apple Watch does double duty as an all day fitness tracker (Activity app) and a sports watch (Workout app). The wide variety of data it collects makes it easy for the Apple Watch to track different types of activity.
These are the key components of fitness portion of the Apple Watch:
As was rumored, today's event ended with a performance by the band U2. And to top it off, Apple announced that U2's new album Songs of Innocence is available in the iTunes Store for free.
What an event it has been, with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the spectacular Apple Watch. Also announced today was Apple Pay, Apple's new mobile payment system that will work with both the new iPhones and the new Apple Watch. The new devices have a near field communication (NFC) chip that works with mobile payment processing terminals at 200,000 merchant locations. To make a purchase you simply touch your device to the terminal, and then tap the Touch ID. That's it. Apple calls it "one-touch checkout."
More. We were promised more by Apple and by the blogosphere, and today, we got it. The iPhone 6, a larger version of the iPhone 5, was a given, thanks to the success that Samsung and others have received by filling in that gap. But in addition to that, Apple didn't stop with just "one more thing" but gave us a lot more. Let's recap some of those "gifts."
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been unveiled, let's take a quick look at some of the innovative and original new features this new iDevice will deliver.
While the new iDevices stole the show at today's Apple event, it's safe to say that what comes under the hood with these new smartphones and tablets is equally as impressive as their meticulously designed exteriors. Case in point; with the introduction of iOS 8, Apple's new programming interface, called Metal, is now available to experience in all of its grandeur. In particular, iOS gamers are in for a treat with all of the improved graphics and snappy responsiveness that Metal delivers. Game developers have had their hands on Metal for awhile now, which means that right out of the gate we can enjoy the unparalleled console-caliber capabilities that Metal allows.
When Apple sent out their invitation to today’s event, they said simply: “We wish we could say more,” and included an enlarged Apple logo in the background. Although the choice of the word “more” could have been a cryptical reference to Steve Jobs’ iconic “One more thing” catch phrase, I couldn’t help but suspect that it was more likely a reference to the rumored and highly requested larger iPhone 6. Perhaps it was also alluding to the fact that Apple was planning to unveil a wider range of products on this day than ever before. After years of speculation, months of clues, and weeks of pondering cryptic hints, the day so many of us have been patiently waiting for has arrived. World, meet the new iPhone 6 series. “More” has arrived…
As Apple wraps up the iPhone portion of today's media event, our final questions about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been answered, namely how much will the new iPhones cost and when can we get our hands on them.
The new M8 motion coprocessor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will continuously measure your motion data. A built-in barometer will measure your elevation based on air pressure, which is a notable improvement for fitness apps. Climbing flights of stairs, hiking mountains, and biking on inclines are all measured by the new iPhone technology.
The Health app in iOS8 will keep track of your data and integrate with third-party fitness and health apps. You'll be able to track food intake while focusing on nutrients such as protein and fiber, as well as measure distance walked, quality of sleep, how many stairs you've climbed, and lots more. The Health app can offer your health information instantly to your doctor and allows you to always have your Medical ID close by.
Apple's new iPhone models were announced this morning. You'll soon be able to purchase the iPhone 6 (4.7 inch) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5 inches). Both phones will feature a Retina HD display. The new iPhones will be thinner than any phone Apple has made.
The new iPhones will also offer new landscape options for the weather and messaging apps, and even a special landscape view for the home screen. The larger display in the new iPhone 6 Plus allows you to see even more content in both portrait and landscape mode.
If you’ve been dreaming of a larger-screened iPhone or shiny new iWatch, Apple will finally answer your prayers during its annual iPhone event today. Apple announcements have become easy to predict in recent years, so much so that the New York Times has reported the arrival of two iPhone 6 models and the iWatch as a matter of certainty. However, some questions remain about the features of the new devices, and just as importantly, when they will be available.
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Larger iPhones. Sapphire screens. iWatches. A new iPad Air. It seems like rumors about the next Apple devices start percolating about five seconds after the last release. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., Pacific Time, Tim Cook will take the stage at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino and we'll finally know which rumors are true and which are only wishful thinking. Maybe Cook will have a surprise for Apple watchers hidden up his sleeve. Let's find out!
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