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“The next chapter in Apple’s story,” says Tim Cook, smiling as he took the stage to announce the two highly anticipated devices of the year. Since he took over the reins from late Steve Jobs as chief executive in 2011, Wall Street analysts and investors have waited for the day when Apple products would finally have Tim’s ethos all over it. And now, finally, Apple fans have witnessed an entirely new product under his leadership, a smartwatch, the Apple Watch. “It’s worth the wait,” Cook said. “Apple Watch is the most personal device Apple has ever created.”
The Apple Watch will be available early next year with prices starting at $349 and could go more for much higher editions. The only fail here, several people tweeted is that you need an iPhone to connect to the Apple Watch. “This has got Tim’s fingerprints all over it. He’s clearly the one who guided and directed this,” said Tim Bajarin, a tech analyst who was at Tuesday’s Apple event. “I think a little bit of Steve is still in there, but this is basically now Tim’s project, and he’ll be judged on its success.” Apple’s fanfare on Tuesday at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts was a magnificent event that featured redesigned OS, refined smartphones and tablets and a closing act by U2, the Irish band. Cook, at the event revealed that Apple had been considering the Apple Watch for years, along with larger iPhones. “We didn’t make the first mp3, smartphone or tablet. But you can say we made the first modern mp3, smartphone and tablet,” he says. “And I think now we’re making the first modern smartwatch. So I think that from that point of view, history is repeating itself. When people look at the Apple Watch, it’s kind of hard to buy anything else. It all of a sudden defines the category.”
Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus features larger screen than its predecessors, which are quite similar to its rivals devices. “It’s an incredible opportunity for us to switch people from Android to iOS. So yes, this is epic. It is epic,” he says. The smartphones will be available for pre-order on September 12 and will be going on sale on September 19. The iPhone 6 which is the thinnest ever will be available in gold, silver and space gray, with prices starting at $199 for a 16GB model, $299 for a 64GB model and running up to $399 for 128GB with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6 Plus will be available in gold, silver and space gray too, with prices starting at $299 for 16GB model, $399 for 64GB model and $499 for 128GB with a two-year contract. Industry Leaders Magazine puts together some of the most up to date specifications for the two newly launched iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone 6 Specifications: Dimensions: 138.1 x 76.0 x 6.9mm Processor: A8 64 bit (2billion transistors) 50x faster than original iPhone Display: 4.7″ Retins HD Display with 1334 x 750 resolution Pixels Per Inch : 326 Camera: isight Camera – 8MP, True Tone Flash, Phase Detection autofocus, Panorama Photographs, optical image stabilizing technology Video Camera: 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slow motion, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video Battery Life: 50Hrs of Audio and 11 hrs of Video Connectivity: 150 Mbps (Network). NFC (Near Field Communication) for “Apple Pay”. Wi-Fi: 802.11 AC (3x faster than 5s), and Wi-Fi Calling OS: IOS 8 Storage: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions available. Weight: 129g Sensors: Barometer, three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor. iPhone 6 Plus Specifications: Dimensions: 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm Processor: A8 64 bit (2billion transistors) 50x faster than original iPhone Display: 5.5″ Retina HD Display with 1920 x 1080 resolution Pixels Per Inch : 401 Camera: isight Camera – 8MP True Tone Flash, Phase Detection autofocus, optical image stabilizing technology Video Camera: 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slow motion, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video Battery Life: 80 Hours Audio, 14 Hours Video Connectivity : 150Mbps (Network). NFC (Near Field Communication) for “Apple Pay”. Wi-Fi: 802.11 AC (3x faster than 5s), and Wi-Fi Calling OS: IOS 8 Storage: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions available. Weight: 172 g Sensors: Barometer, three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, ambient light sensor.
“Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType™ keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive,” Apple reveals on its website. “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.” Apple – Introducing iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Video Apple – Introducing Apple Watch Video