Apple's iPhone 6 Announcement: Everything You Need To Know
Starting at 1 p.m. ET/ 10 a.m. PT, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take the stage in Cupertino, CA for the company's next big announcement, which everyone expects will be the iPhone 6 -- in two sizes -- and the recently kind-of confirmed iWatch.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Apple kicked off their presentation with the news everyone was expecting: new iPhones. The early word of two different sizes were right on the money. The new phone will hit the market in two iterations, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches respectively.
The design has also gotten a bit of an overhaul. The flat edges that the iPhone 4 introduced have been replaced by a curve, much like the most recent iPad update.
Apple has also made a few updates to accommodate the much larger screen of the iPhone 6 Plus. The home screen on that version will rotate to landscape, a first for an iPhone. The keyboard has also been expanded for landscape viewing. There's also a new functionality added to the home button called Reachability that will move the screen down for people with shorter thumbs.
As was suggested by the updates to iOS 8, the iPhone 6 models have new features that are sure to appeal to health nuts out there. Not only is there an barometer included into the phone to measure elevation for climbing stairs, mountains, etc., but it can tell when you're running or riding a bike and measure that distance for you to help keep track of workouts.
The camera also got a major overhaul, with big updates to the auto focus and video features. The new iPhones will capture video at 1080p and a four different shutter speeds: 30, 60, 120 and 240 fps. That means your slow motion options have expanded.
Also, there are burst selfies. The front camera can take 20 selfies at rapid speed. Annoy your friends with that, as you will.
The three colors from the iPhone 5S (black, silver and champagne) will carry over.
iPhone 6: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB.
iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB.
The new phones will be available for pre-order on September 12 and ship on September 19.
Another expected announcement based on recent Apple acquisition finally came to fruition today with Apple Pay, a new way to pay with just a press of your TouchID, essentially eliminating credit cards.
The concept is designed so that you'll be able to hold your iPhone to a NFC scanner and simply press the TouchID. Your credit card information is kept secure through encryption and stored in your Passbook app. Adding a credit card is as simple as snapping a picture of your plastic.
For everyone worried about phone theft and what that might mean for Apple Pay, Find My iPhone now has the ability to stop all payments from your phone.
Apple dusted off Steve Jobs' patented "one more thing" to officially announce the long-rumored Apple Watch. (Not the iWatch.)
First off, the thing tells time, and it does it well. The Apple Watch is accurate within 50 milliseconds.
For everyone worried about wearing a computer on your wrist, there will be a ton of different bands available, ranging from leather to metal and magnetic-snapped plastic. There are six bands in total, and they can be switched by simply sliding them sideways.
Again hitting Apple's recurring theme of health, the Apple Watch allows you to measure and share heart rate. There's also a gyroscope to further measure movement. People wearing the watch can navigate through its apps using a combination of a touch face and a rotating dial.
Taking a cue from the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch will also come in two sizes, each having their corresponding band size. From there, you also choose among three models: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport (which has a stronger case), and Apple Watch Edition, made from 18k gold.
There are a whole host of features that make the watch convenient, without getting in the way. The device is Siri-enabled, and notifications are subtle and only pop up on the face once you move your wrist to look.
The Apple Watch requires an iPhone to work, so sorry to all of the Android users who think this is cool. The watch is compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus.
The Apple Watch starts at $349 and will be available early next year.
Stay here for updates throughout the presentation and a rundown of everything Apple announces.