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The Impact of Apple Watch on Health and Fitness

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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:



Apple Closes Today's Event by Offering New U2 Album Free

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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. 



ApplePay -- Taking Mobile Payments to a New Level

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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." 



Apple Offers More

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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."



Unveiled: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus

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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.



iOS 8 Metal: Get Ready for the Next Generation of Mobile Gaming

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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.



The iPhone 6: World, Meet More

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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…



iPhone 6: Prices and Availability

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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.


New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Take a Larger Role in Your Fitness Goals

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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. 



iPhone 6 is larger, faster, and thinner

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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.



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