Apple Announcement Roundup

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.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

We found out today that both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are going to be much larger and thinner than their predecessors, boasting Retina HD display and smooth, rounded edges. While the iPhone 6 will feature a screen measuring 4.7 inches, which is a nice improvement from the iPhone 5, the iPhone 6 Plus will feature an even greater 5.5 inch screen, competing for users’ bigger-screen demand. Apple also claims to have improved the phone’s camera, as well as its notoriously short battery life, an improvement that many Apple users will be happy to hear. In particular, the camera has a new sensor with Focus Pixels (previously only found in DSLRs), improved HD video, and new ISP to help create clearer images in low light situations. Bonus: The new iPhones will supposedly run graphics 50x faster than previous iPhones, which will be great for gamers!

iOS 8

As expected, the company gave us a rundown of iOS 8’s new and improved features. Here are just a few of the many adjustments we can look forward to seeing September 17th:

Keyboard: The new and improved keyboard will become familiar with your conversation and offer corrections accordingly. Perhaps this could be the solution to all your absurd autocorrect fails?

Messaging: As we learned earlier in the year, users will now be able to add voice, video, and location to all messages.

Health App: This is probably one of the most anticipated additions to iOS 8. This app allows users to monitor their health, with an M8 processor that measures motion data and a barometer that senses air pressure so that your iPhone knows when you’re walking up a flight of stairs.

Touch ID: Safely access content in other apps using your fingerprint.

Apple Pay

This new mobile payment system by Apple allows you to ditch your bulky wallet and replace your cards with the simplicity of your iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, offering security, privacy, and sheer convenience with the incorporation of Touch ID, Secure Element, and Passbook. All it takes is adding a card to your iTunes account and voila! You can now use your iPhone at designated businesses to pay for your merchandise! Not only can you pay for physical items a lot faster and more securely, but you’ll also be able to use Apple Pay online through various apps!

Apple Watch

Last, but certainly not least, Tim Cook announced “one more thing,” and that one more thing was the rumored Apple Watch. As well as being a fashionable, albeit slightly bulky, accessory, the Apple Watch is also a fitness tracker and communication tool, among other things. The Apple Watch features a flexible Retina display, sapphire screen, a digital crown that lets you navigate your watch easier, and sensors that allow you to monitor your health and fitness by tracking your heart rate, distance, and elevation. It will be available in leather, metal, and plastic bands beginning early next year.

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Rheanne Taylor is the associate editor of iPhone Life magazine. In her spare time Rheanne is an avid iPhoneographer who loves trying out the latest apps and gadgets for her iPhone camera. She recently graduated with her BA in literature and writing from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.