10 Sep 2014

After a wait of more than two years, Apple has finally taken its first foray into the world of wearables with the unveiling of the Apple Watch. 

The rectangular wristwatch was unveiled alongside two new, larger iPhone handsets, and a new mobile payment system called Apple Pay.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, curved edges and will be available in dark black and gold, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and 185 per cent more pixels than the 5S.

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The watch will be available from early 2015 and prices start at $349.  The straps are interchangeable, and the faces are customisable (pictured). The watch also understands questions in messages, and offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone through the watch
The watch will be available from early 2015 and prices start at $349. The straps are interchangeable, and the faces are customisable (pictured). The watch also understands questions in messages, and offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone through the watch

APPLE WATCH FEATURES 

The watch has a completely new user interface, different from the iPhone, and the 'crown' on the Apple Watch is a dial called the 'digital crown.'
Users can turn the crown to zoom in and out on a map, or scroll a list. The crown can also be pressed to take the user back to the home screen.
Different areas on the watch face can be customised with taps and swipes, and force touches.
The Apple Watch goes on sale early 2015 and prices will start at $349
The Apple Watch goes on sale early 2015 and prices will start at $349
The Glances feature shows info users would like to see, similar to Google Now, and is accessed by swiping the screen up from the bottom.
Music can also be controlled on an iPhone through the Apple Watch.
Built-in is a 'taptic engine' that responds to a subtle vibrations users feel on their wrist for notifications.
It understands questions in messages and then offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone.
Users can also talk to the watch and send a voice reply, or have it transcribed to them.
There is no keyboard on the watch, and messages can only be sent through dictation, or emoji.
Siri also is built into the Apple Watch. 
The Apple Watch, which received a standing ovation at the event, has a rectangular bezel, rectangular sapphire crystal screen, and curved edges and is made of metal.

‘Apple Watch is the most personal device we've ever created.’ said Apple chief executive Tim Cook.

‘It's also a comprehensive health and fitness device [and] is precise, synced to the internet, accurate to within 50 milliseconds.'

The watch has a completely new user interface, different from the iPhone, and the 'crown' on the Apple Watch is a dial called the 'digital crown.'

Users can turn the crown to zoom in and out on a map, or scroll through a list. The crown can also be pressed to take the user back to the home screen.

'It can be worn all day, in any occasion,’ continued Mr Cook.

The watch works 'seamlessly' with the iPhone 5C, 5S as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it lets users dictate messages via a microphone on the device.

Its screen is a touchscreen, but it also senses force, and can tell the difference between 'a tap and a press.' For example, pressing down will recognise as a right click.

All the electronics are packed onto a tiny board, sealed up to protect against water. 
The Apple Watch comes in three finishes - Apple Watch, which comes in silver, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition, which will be available in 18-karat gold.

The wearable will be available from early 2015 and prices start at $349.

Apple didn't specify what the battery life was like on the Apple Watch, but did say it would need to be charged each night.

The watch's straps are interchangeable, and they come in a range of colours and materials, including plastic and leather.

There are two sizes of the watch, dubbed male and female versions, with matching smaller straps and finishes.

Other features include Glances, which shows information users would like to see, similar to Google Now. 

It is accessed by swiping the screen up from the bottom, and shows calendar invites, weather and traffic for example.
 
The watch also understands questions in messages, and offers pre-selected answers, and messages can be dictated to the iPhone through the watch.

Users can also talk to the watch and send a voice reply, or have it transcribed to them.
There is no keyboard on the watch, and messages can only be sent through dictation, or emoji. 
The devices (pictured right compared to the iPhone 5S left) were unveiled by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Apple's worldwide marketing, at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino. The iPhone 6 will start at $199 on a two-year contract for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB
The devices (pictured right compared to the iPhone 5S left) were unveiled by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Apple's worldwide marketing, at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino. The iPhone 6 will start at $199 on a two-year contract for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB
Apple Pay (pictured being demonstrated by Apple's Eddy Cue) is the firm¿s new payment system compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. If an iPhone is lost, users can suspend all payments via Find my iPhone . This won¿t cancel the cards because card details themselves are not stored on that device
Apple Pay (pictured being demonstrated by Apple's Eddy Cue) is the firm’s new payment system compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. If an iPhone is lost, users can suspend all payments via Find my iPhone . This won’t cancel the cards because card details themselves are not stored on that device
Apple also unveiled the Apple Watch. It has a rectangular bezel, rectangular sapphire crystal screen, curved edges and is made of metal. The watch has a completely new user interface, different from the iPhone, and the 'crown' on the Apple Watch is a dial called the 'digital crown', which can be used to control apps
Apple also unveiled the Apple Watch. It has a rectangular bezel, rectangular sapphire crystal screen, curved edges and is made of metal. The watch has a completely new user interface, different from the iPhone, and the 'crown' on the Apple Watch is a dial called the 'digital crown', which can be used to control apps

COMPARISON TABLE: IPHONE 6 AND IPHONE 6 PLUS
HANDSETSCREEN SIZESTORAGEFRONT-FACING CAMERAREAR-FACING CAMERABATTERYHANDSET PRICE
iPhone 64.7"16, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB8MP8MP2915 mAh$199 on a two-year contract, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB (TBA UK)
iPhone 6 Plus5.5"16, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB8MP8MP2915 mAh$299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128GB (TBA UK)
Amazon Fire4.7"32GB and 64GB2.1MP13MP2400 mAh$449 US (TBA UK)
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge5.6"32GB and 64GB3.7MP16MP3000mAh$649 US (œ570 UK)
Samsung Galaxy S55.1"16 and 32GB2MP16MP2800 mAhTBA
iPhone 5S4"16, 32 and 64GB1.2MP8MP1560 mAh$709 US (œ549 UK)
HTC One4.7"32 and 64GB2.1MP4MP2300 mAh$599 US (œ396 UK)
HTC One M85"16 and 32GB5MP4MP2600mAh$749 (œ549)
iPhone 5C4"16 and 32GB1.2MP8MP1510 mAh$599 US (œ469 UK)
Nokia 10204.5"32GB1.2MP41MP2000 mAh$99.99 (œ519 UK)
Samsung Galaxy S45"16, 32 and 64GB2MP13MP2600 mAh$880 (œ355 UK)
Nexus 54.95"16 and 32GB1.3MP8MP2300 mAh$349 (œ240 UK)
On to apps, the Apple Watch has a photo app that shows favourite photos from the iPhone on the screen.

There's also a Maps app, and users can get turn-by-turn directions on the watch, with different vibrations depending on whether they should turn left or right.

Elsewhere, users can also send their heartbeat, via a sensor, and the receiver feels the vibration that matches their pulse.

WHAT IS APPLE PAY? 

Apple Pay is the firm¿s new payment system compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus (pictured left and right) and the Apple Watch. The mobile system works by holding phone up to a generic card reader and pressing a finger on the TouchID button. The NFC chip is fitted across the top of the phone
Apple Pay is the firm’s new payment system compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus (pictured left and right) and the Apple Watch. The mobile system works by holding phone up to a generic card reader and pressing a finger on the TouchID button. The NFC chip is fitted across the top of the phone

Apple Pay is the firm’s new payment system compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch.

The mobile system works by holding phone up to a generic card reader and pressing a finger on the TouchID button.

The NFC chip is fitted across the top of the phone.

All details are encrypted and the system stores payment information securely.

It uses the Passbook app and cards that are already on file with iTunes can be saved to it.
Users can also take a picture of their own credit card and add it to the account. This is verified by the card’s bank before being accepted.

If an iPhone is lost, users can suspend all payments via the Find my iPhone service. This won’t cancel the cards, either, because the card details themselves are not stored on that device.

'Apple doesn't know what you bought, where you bought it, and how much you bought it for,’ said Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services and reports Eddy Cue. 

Starting in US with Amex, MasterCard, and Visa, Apple Pay will also work with banks, and covers 80 per cent of the US, claimed Mr Cue. Apple is said to be 'working hard' to bring it to more countries.

More than 22,000 retailers will work with Apple Pay including Macy's, Bloomingdales, Wallgreens, Duane Reade, Subway and McDonalds. McDonalds is even adding Apple pay to its drive-thru.

Elsewhere, Groupon and Uber will work with Apple Pay.

Third party developers can also make apps for the watch.


Initially, generic notifications will just show up.

But developers can extend that notification with something called WatchKit which gives you notifications of your choice.

The devices were unveiled at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, the same location where Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac 30 years ago. 
The mobile system works by holding phone up to a card reader (pictured) and pressing a finger on the TouchID button.The NFC chip is fitted across the top of the phone
The mobile system works by holding phone up to a card reader (pictured) and pressing a finger on the TouchID button.The NFC chip is fitted across the top of the phone
Apple Pay uses the Passbook app and cards that are already on file with iTunes can be saved to it (pictured) Users can also take a picture of their own credit card and add it to the account. This is verified by the card¿s bank before being accepted
Apple Pay uses the Passbook app and cards that are already on file with iTunes can be saved to it (pictured) Users can also take a picture of their own credit card and add it to the account. This is verified by the card’s bank before being accepted
Following the announcement, Mr Schiller said the iPhone 5C will now be available for free on a two-year contract, and the iPhone 5S will start at $99. Apple did not reveal which network operators would sell the phones
Following the announcement, Mr Schiller said the iPhone 5C will now be available for free on a two-year contract, and the iPhone 5S will start at $99. Apple did not reveal which network operators would sell the phones

It was a star-studded event, attended by the likes of Gwen Stefani, Stephen Fry, Dr Dre and Rupert Murdoch.

In terms of the new handsets, the iPhone 6 will start at $199 on a two-year contract for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB.

While the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB.
The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick, compared to 7.6mm on the 5S. Both devices have Retina HD displays. 
Its screen (pictured) is a touchscreen, but it also senses force, and can tell the difference between 'a tap and a press.'
Its screen (pictured left) is a touchscreen, but it also senses force, and can tell the difference between 'a tap and a press.' For example, pressing down will recognise as a right click. All the electronics are packed onto a tiny board, sealed up to protect against water. Users can turn the crown to zoom in and out on a map (right)
A series of sensors in the Apple Watch can read a user's heart rate, and it uses the GPS from a connected iPhone to track movement. There are two sizes of watch, but three finishes - including Apple Watch Edition in 18-karat gold, Apple Watch silver (pictured), and Apple Watch Sport
A series of sensors in the Apple Watch can read a user's heart rate, and it uses the GPS from a connected iPhone to track movement. There are two sizes of watch, but three finishes - including Apple Watch Edition in 18-karat gold, Apple Watch silver (pictured), and Apple Watch Sport
The watch works 'seamlessly' with the iPhone 5C, 5S as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and lets users dictate messages via a microphone on the watch. It tracks fitness and GPS using built-in sensors
The watch works 'seamlessly' with the iPhone 5C, 5S as well as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and lets users dictate messages via a microphone on the watch. It tracks fitness and GPS using built-in sensors

The devices were unveiled by Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller. Schiller said: ‘It is truly the most beautiful phone you’ve ever seen. These are a new generation Retina displays, we call them Retina HD. They’re bigger - a lot bigger.' =
Both devices also have a 'broader' angle of view, and there is a new feature being launched with this range of iPhones called 'reachability'.
The layers of the new iPhones are pictured, being demonstrated by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Apple's worldwide marketing
The layers of the new iPhones are pictured, being demonstrated by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of Apple's worldwide marketing
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, curved edges and will be available in dark black and gold, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and 185 per cent more pixels than the 5S
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, curved edges and will be available in dark black and gold, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and 185 per cent more pixels than the 5S

Users will now be able to double-tap the home button and the whole display will slide down, making it easier to reach the top buttons.

Speaking of buttons, Apple has also moved the power button to the side of both devices, so it's easier to reach. 
The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm, the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick. This graph compares the thickness of the new devices to the iPhone 5S, which was 7.6mm on the 5S
The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm, the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick. This graph compares the thickness of the new devices to the iPhone 5S, which was 7.6mm on the 5S

Inside the devices is the new Apple A8 64-bit chip. It has 2 billion transistors and is 13 per cent smaller than the A7.

The 8MP camera has true-tone flash and its camera iSight sensor will focus pixels, and it also has autofocus that's twice as fast as the last generation.

Both devices will also launch on Apple's next-generation software, iOS 8, which features a new messaging app that lets you quickly send voice notes.
The 8MP camera has true-tone flash. The camera iSight sensor will focus pixels, and it has autofocus that's twice as fast as the last generation. The front-facing camera has also been updated for selfies
The 8MP camera has true-tone flash. The camera iSight sensor will focus pixels, and it has autofocus that's twice as fast as the last generation. The front-facing camera has also been updated for selfies
Both devices have Retina HD displays and they have a new interface, that when held horizontally, produces a two-pane display (pictured). This is similar to the iPad mini
Both devices have Retina HD displays and they have a new interface, that when held horizontally, produces a two-pane display (pictured). This is similar to the iPad mini
This makes the processing unit 20 per cent faster, and 50 per cent faster graphics. 
There is also a host of new sensors, including the M8 'motion coprocessor, which will be useful for fitness apps.

M8 can tell the difference between cycling and running, for example, and it can also calculate distance and elevation.

It does this with a barometer, which uses air pressure to measure relative elevation. 
Both devices will also launch on Apple's next-generation software, iOS 8, which features a new messaging app that lets you quickly send little voice notes (pictured)
Both devices will also launch on Apple's next-generation software, iOS 8, which features a new messaging app that lets you quickly send little voice notes (pictured)
Inside the devices (iPhone 6 pictured left and iPhone 6 Plus pictured right) is the new Apple A8 64-bit chip. It has 2 billion transistors and is 13 per cent smaller than the A7. This makes the processing unit 20 per cent faster, and graphics 50 per cent faster
Inside the devices (iPhone 6 pictured left and iPhone 6 Plus pictured right) is the new Apple A8 64-bit chip. It has 2 billion transistors and is 13 per cent smaller than the A7. This makes the processing unit 20 per cent faster, and graphics 50 per cent faster

APPLE WATCH - HANDS ON - IT'S WORTH THE PRICE! 

The first thing that strikes you when you see the Apple Watch in pictures is that it looks a little chunky.

However, slip it on your wrist, and it’s a revelation - very, very light and unobtrusive.
The curved design really does help hide the body of the watch, and Apple’s very minimalist design almost makes it appear to disappear when you put it on.

While some of the watch faces shown were a little garish, we found that with a relatively plain leather strap and a classic watch face, nobody will give you a second glance while wearing one - until, of course, a notification or email comes in.

Even in the early prototype we were able to try, the quality of manufacturing absolutely shines through. This isn’t a gadget, it’s a piece of jewellery.

The sapphire glass is stunning, and feels great to the touch, while the dial at the side has a really solid feel to it.

The addition of Apple Pay is also a huge selling point for keen shoppers - being able to simply tap your watch to pay is potentially one of the phone’s killer feature.

The fitness functions are all a big step forward, particularly the use of heart rate monitoring - while for every day use, the maps app seems like a winner.

While the messaging functions seem a little gimmicky, they are a nice touch and an indicator that you can write 'real' apps for the Apple Watch.

However, the key to its success - and something Apple didn’t really reveal today, will be battery life.
If Apple can get the watch to last a full day of heavy use, then it’s onto a winner - even with an eye watering $349 price tag. 

IPHONE 6 IN ACTION - IT'S SHOCKINGLY BIG - AND ALL HAIL APPLE PAY

Web browsing is great on the iPhone 6's big screen
Web browsing is great on the iPhone 6's big screen

Apple’s new iPhone 6 plus is big - really big. When you see it lying on a table, it dwarfs even its smaller 4.7inch brother with its 5.5inch screen.

The first time you pick it up, it’s slightly off-putting - but the rounded edges really do make a difference. 

It’s surprisingly light as well, and just about possible to hold comfortably in one hand.

Once you’ve got over the initial shock, and learnt how to use the one handed mode (tap twice on the home button, and everything moves to the bottom of the screen so you can get to it easily), then one thing stands out - the screen.

The quality is superb, with bright, sharp colours, that make even the current screen on the iPhone look lackluster.

After a few minutes, you forget about the vast size, and just start wondering you lived with such a small screen for so long.

However, the one feature that really makes the handset really stand out, and the one that will really change your daily life, is Apple Pay.

We were able to try it out, and it really is as simple as Apple says - simply put your fingerprint on the sensor and tap it against a reader.

With the number of retailers Apple has already signed up, this could be the real killer app of the iPhone 6, and more importantly for Apple, a key reason to upgrade.

It’s a shame Apple couldn’t boost the battery life more, but given the increased screen size and features, its a trade-off most users will be happy to take. 
SOURCE: Mail Online


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