Apple Watch Announced, Available Early 2015

Apple Watch Series

Today Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the first new product segment for Apple since he came CEO. The new Apple wearable is simply called the Apple Watch. Cook teased the Watch as being highly customizable and including an “intimate way to connect and communicate.” It is a comprehensive fitness and health device, that includes multiple sensors for tracking your health and allows installation of apps to further customize your experience. The Apple Watch will not be available until early 2015, but will include 2 different sizes and 3 different collections. The starting price for the standard Apple Watch will be $349.

Cook noted in his presentation that Apple was faced with the challenge of creating a user interface that fit the form factor of a watch. He stated that for every new breakthrough device created, Apple has needed to create a new intuitive interface. Rather than trying to shrink the iPhone interface down to the size of a watch face, Apple created a digital crown for the Apple Watch to help provide a simple and elegant navigation method for accessing information. Not only does this make it easy to interact with data on screen, it allows you to do so without needing to block the screen with your fingers. It is designed to be used for all your activities all day.

Apple Watch

The actual watch is a rectangle with several different finishes and multiple bands with different finishes and colors available. The bands are easily removed and interchangeable. It has a touchscreen in addition to the digital crown. Your daily activities are recorded through the Apple Watch and fitness goals are provided for you. Apps will be available, and you can dictate messages without taking your phone out of your pocket or purse. Many different watch faces come standard, but you are able to personalize how they appear and the information available.  Charging is done through an Apple proprietary MagSafe wireless inductive charger.

The Apple Watch will initially consist of 3 watch lines to meet the specific needs of different types of people. The functionality will remain the same, but the finishes will vary. The watch lines include Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport Edition, and Apple Watch Edition. The Apple Watch will work with an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, or iPhone 6

More to come……

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Announced, Available September 19, 2014

New iphone 6Today Apple CEO Tim introduced two new models of the iPhone, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to Cook this is the “biggest advancement in history of the iPhone”. These are both Retina Display with 1334 x 750 resolution in the 4.7” iPhone 6, and 1920 x 1080 on the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus. These are the thinnest iPhone’s yet, with the iPhone 6 coming in at 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1 mm (these compares to 7.6 mm of the iPhone 5s). The display promises a broader angle of view with improved polarizer so it is easier to view.

Apple is using the additional resolution of the iPhone 6 plus to add an expanded view in apps like eMail, Messages, and Calendar. For example, the additional size of the plus allows you to see your list of messages in your email inbox while also reading the message (similar to the iPad). In Messages, Apple has used the additional space to show pictures of your contacts next to the messages.

Even the home screen of the iPhone 6 Plus has a horizontal mode. Unlike the iPad, your persistent launcher stays on the side of the screen, but changes the orientation of the App icons. If you cannot reach the top of the display, you can double-click the home button and the display slides down to half-height so you can reach the top buttons. The power button has been moved to the side of the device so that it can also still be reached in one hand use.

Although both new models of the iPhone use different resolutions, existing apps will simply scale up to fill your screen. Apple promises that the new A8 processor is 25% faster than last year’s A7 for computing and 50% faster for graphics. The updated graphics processing allows users to play game-console like games on their mobile device.

In addition to being a bigger and faster device, both iPhone 6 models promise improved battery life. The iPhone 6 will give you 14 hours of talk time, 10 days of stand-by, or 11 hours of video. The iPhone 6 Plus gives you 14 hours of video, 24 hours of talk-time, and 16 days of standby. Definitely, this device should last well over a day in normal use.

The M8 co-processer now does an even better job of measuring your motion. In addition to running, it can now tell if you are cycling, and calculate your distance and elevation. Air pressure is measured with a built-in barometer, and these advances can even be used in third-party apps.

LTE now supports more bands, and Voice over LTE has been added. WiFi has been updated to 802.11ac and WiFi calling is supported. The camera has been updated, but the resolution remains at 8MP. Although the resolution has not increased, Apple has made improvements to all aspects of the camera that promises to give even better images, and to focus and allow taking pictures faster than before. The front-facing camera has also been updated and promises better facial recognition and “killer selfies”.

The iPhone 6 will be available for $199 for the 16 GB model, $299 for the 64 GB and $399 for the 128 GB. The iPhone 6 Plus will be $299 for the base model with 16 GB storage, and $399 for the 64 GB and $499 for the 128 GB version. The iPhone 5s will remain available for $99 with 8 GB storage and the 8 GB 5c will be available free. These are all 2 year contract prices. Pre-orders will begin on Friday September 12, 2014 and the both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available on September 19, 2014.

More to come…

wpid-Photo-20140705215142.jpgThis post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.

Last Minute Apple iPhone/iWatch Event Predictions

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In just a few hours Apple will announce this year’s iteration of the iPhone. Whether it will be iPhone 6, just the New iPhone, or some other name, it is still not known, but it is looking very likely we will see a 5.5 inch and 4.7 inch screen model for the first time. It is also expected that we will at least see a preview of Apple’s new wearable device, the predicted iWatch, even though it probably won’t go on sale until next year. Beyond that, I would not be surprised to see new iPods and maybe even the next generation of the iPad. Unfortunately, new Macs are not expected at this event, but could possibly come next month.

Perhaps more important than the new devices will be the release of iOS 8. Although I have been running a beta of iOS 8 for some time, the true power of this update will not be seen until 3rd parties begin to release iOS 8 apps. iOS 8 introduces new features like app extensions that will allow app creators to offer exciting new opportunities to enhance other apps on your iPhone or iPad. So far Apple has talked about the ability to use image editing when viewing photos, and password manager apps that will be able to interact with other apps to offer more security, but I’m more excited about apps that will dream up unique new ways to interact with one another and enhance your experience. The way Apple has introduced the ability to customize your experience with new keyboards and app extensions is probably the most exciting change in the operating system since the app store was introduced.

I will update the site with the new announcements later today and with my initial thoughts, but for any Apple fanboy, this afternoon should be a very exciting time. Luckily the event will be steamed live from Apple at 1:00 pm EST, so you can follow along by visiting http://www.apple.com/live/.

UPDATE (September 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm): Please see the iPlugDelaware Coverage of today’s Apple Announcements: Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus; Apple Announces Apple Pay; Apple Announces Apple Watch.

Apple iPhone Event Scheduled for Tuesday September 9, 2014

iOS 8Last week, Apple sent out invitations to members of the press for a special event scheduled for September 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm eastern standard time. As usual, Apple was cryptic in the invitation, and simply stated the date, and ‘Wish we could say more.” It is expected that Apple will reveal new versions of the iPhone at next week’s event, and also unveil the final version of iOS 8 that has been in beta testing over the summer. Since the invitation was sent, there has been speculation that Apple may also unveil a wearable device (iWatch?) and a new mobile wallet system (with American Express, Mastercard and Visa all linked as partners).

Based on parts released in the wild, it is now expected that Apple will at least announce a 4.7″ and 5.5″ version of the iPhone. It is not known what these devices will be called, especially since they are both expected to carry high-end components (iPhone 6 and iPhone 6xl?). If the rumors hold true, it will be the first time that Apple releases two flagship models at the same time (last year’s introduction of the 5c at the same time as the 5s, was based on the prior generation iPhone 5 components).

No matter what is being introduced, the event is going to be bigger than most recent Apple announcements. It will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, which notably has a much larger capacity than the normal venues used by Apple. In addition to the larger auditorium, Apple is also constructing a large structure adjacent to the Flint Center that spans near three stories. The Flint Center is also where Steve Jobs initially announced the original Mac 30 years ago.

Although none of us at iPlug Delaware were considered important enough to Apple to be sent invitations to the event, we will definitely update the site with new information as it is announced. If the past is any predictor for the future, it is likely that any newly announced iPhones could be available for purchase as soon as 10 days after the event. Stay tuned….

Update (September 9, 2014): Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus AnnouncedApple Pay Announced; Apple Watch Announced. More coverage to come.