"What Apple announced and what matters"
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What Apple announced and what matters
Hi I'm Tim Stevens, CNET Editor at Large, I just walked out of the Apple event where we saw a lot of new products.
And Apple definitely delivered on a lot of promises that they've been making for the past year or so.
Biggest of the new unveilings would be the new Apple iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus, two different sizes for the first time of a new device.
The 5.5 inch.
They're definitely targeting the more professional user, and the tablet user.
We've seen a lot of Android devices getting bigger and bigger, and Apple's following suit finally, which is great.
Also, thinner devices, with more battery life, will make them very popular, I think.
People have been waiting to upgrade their phones.
I think we'll see a lot of people making upgrades.
The question will be whether they go for the 6 or the 6 Plus.
6+ is gonna be a $100 more but a bigger display.
And much more battery life too.
So I definitely think that we'll see people going for that choice over the 6.
We'll see about inventory and how much Apple can provide in store when they release on September 19th.
Of course, there was also the Apple Watch.
We were expecting it to be called iWatch.
It's called Apple Watch instead.
But it still looks like a great device.
That was the product that we really didn't see a lot leaked about before the event and what we did see today looked very good.
In terms of functionality, it's not all that much different in what we've seen before from other smart watch manufacturers.
But the interface is very clean, very polished and we've also got some nice tactual controls on the side as well.
There's a crown that you can use to scroll through menus and use as a home button as well which makes it a lot easier to use than trying to use a tiny little touch screen where your fingers blocking everything that your trying to do.
Unfortunately the Apple Watch will not be releasing until some time early next year, and it is going to be on the more expensive side.
Starting at $349 and then going way up from there.
Apple actually showed an 18 carat gold version that we presume is going to be quite a bit more expensive than the interim model, but they've got partnerships with Nike, with FitBit, and with other companies as well that will make it a very popular choice, we think, when it releases.
Early next year The other big announcement was Apple Pay, which is basically their solution for getting rid of your credit cards, some time in the future.
The new iPhones and the Apple Watch will also have NFC in it, wireless communications that will allow you to make secure payments through your device [INAUDIBLE] And basically, you load your credit card into your phone, at that point you can use your credit card just by tapping it at a point-of-sale terminal at a retailer.
Now, obviously, not all retailers support this right now.
Apple did go through a long list like Whole Foods, Bloomingdale's, and things like that.
But we've got a long time before every retailer everywhere supports this
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