Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus today as it finally walked on the footsteps of countless other OEMs and gave into the demand for bigger and larger smartphones. Muted was the reasoning that smartphones have to be one hand operational friendly as Apple finally decided to follow the herd with the two new smartphones.
The iPhone 6 sports a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 1334×750, while the iPhone Plus will come with a 5.5 inch display with what Apple is calling the Retina HD panel with 1920×1080 P resolution. Both the devices are immensely powerful and will run the new Apple A8 chipset which is a 64 bit SoC and has an M8 co-processor. M8 carrying on with its previous capabilities of motion sensing will also be now able to pressure sense, as it has a barometer built in. This would help iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to measure the distances as well as pressure gradients.
The cameras on board are of the same Mega Pixel count as the iPhone 5s, though the new sensors enable what Apple is calling Focus Pixel, which basically means quicker focus as well as video recording in both 120 and 240 FPS. The sensor on paper has an f/2.2 aperture and the pixel size is 1.5 microns. The dual LED flash light too has been modified into a circular flash. Apple claims all these changes will help in taking sharper, richer and clearer pictures, especially in low light. Both the devices do have OIS on board.
The two new iPhones also have NFC on board for enabling them to participate in Apple Pay, which is the new payment system that Apple introduced. You can simply scan your card, whose details will be stored in passbook, all encrypted, and then you can make payments at one of the 220,000 locations where wireless payments are accepted. Apps such as Uber and Groupon also have Apple Pay enabled, so you can book a ride now without having to make an account, and complete the transaction in just one click.
Apple also announced that iOS 8 will be available starting September 17th for everyone across the globe for free. The Apple India page has already revealed that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come to India on September 26th, making India one of the first countries to get the device. The pricing of the iPhones have not been revealed yet for India, but most of the experts believe that the pricing would be same as that of the iPhone 5s when it was released unlocked, so you are looking at around Rs 53,500 for the basic 16 GB unit.
Not just the iPhone, Apple also announced the Apple Watch the event. The watch as expected runs in conjunction with the iPhone, though you can use the Apple Watch with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c too and not just the new ones. The watch has a specially designed OS for the smaller Sapphire clad display. There are three input methods, pressure sensitivity, touch input and a crown, which is basically a mechanical to digital convertor located on the side of the watch resembling the good old lever for adjusting the watch needles. Pressing the crown once takes you to the home layout and pressing it for longer activates Siri. The watch has its own App store and fitness tracking mechanisms via sapphire crystals at the bottom. You can track not just the steps, but also your heartbeat and pulse using the watch.
The Apple watch does everything that you expect from a smartwatch, from showing you the notifications from your most used apps, to the ability to switch music controls, to turn by turn navigation. The Apple Watch also has an intuitive messaging app where you can either dictate or send a voice note or simply use emojis, drawings or your heart beat to communicate with friends. There are several typefaces included, with added customisations to the same. The watch will be available in three editions, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition with six strap choices in three sizes each. The Apple Watch will go on sale early next year and will start retailing at $349.
Edit: The date since the writing of the post has been moved to October 17th