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Apple launches iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
MUMBAI: Apple officially announced the launch of its iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch in US and other launch countries.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning 19 September, and customers can pre-order both models beginning from 12 September.
The two models have similar features with the only difference being that the iPhone 6 is 4.7 inch while the 6 Plus will be 5.5 inch.
Both will have a 12 MP camera, 16GB storage, 8MP rear camera and will operate on the IOS 8.0. Both the handsets come with rounded edges and a frame thinner than earlier models, as well as higher-resolution displays. They will have WiFi calling facility, mobile payment features and are the thinnest iPhones ever made which support long-term evolution (LTE) and voice over LTE across 200 carriers (three of those in China).
Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller, speaking in Cupertino, California, said the new iPhones were “simply stunning” with polarized glass displays and bodies that are “thinner than ever before.”
“These are the best phones ever made,” Schiller said. He added that the devices would be available in at least 115 countries by the end of the year. Apple will cut the price of existing iPhone 5s and 5c with this launch.
In US, the iPhone 6 will come for $199 (bundled services with a two-year contract with the carriers), while the iPhone 6 Plus will cost $299 (with the same carrier contract terms). The prices in India will be much higher because it is a retail market and does not support carrier contracts.
The company also entered the wearable segment by launching the Apple Watch, priced at $349. Apple CEO Tim Cook said this was the most personal device Apple had created. Also launched was Apple Pay, a payment service to combine hardware, software and services.
The Apple Watch is the company’s first original product since the introduction of the iPad in 2010. The Watch will come in three versions – the Apple Watch Sport in polished or black stainless steel, the standard Apple Watch in grey or silver anodized aluminium, and the luxury Watch Edition, available in rose or yellow 18 carat gold developed to be up to twice as hard as standard gold. Each model will be available in two sizes 38 mm and 42 mm.
The device aims to change the way people communicate by sending and receiving messages, answering calls made to their iPhone and sharing personalised health information.
Users can navigate the interface using a traditional looking side-winder, called a Digital Crown, instead of Apple’s favoured pinch-to-display technology made famous by the iPhone. Rotating the Crown allows the wearer to zoom in and out, as well as scroll and navigate. It will also serve as a form of home button, and point of activation for digital assistant Siri.
Siri can be used to dictate longer messages into text or to be sent as a voice message, alongside searching for film listings and more.The Watch’s Taptic Engine will enable the wearer to be guided while running the Maps app through a series of gentle vibrations, removing the need to look at the screen. The Watches will come with interchangeable straps made of viton (synthetic rubber), quilted or plain leather, or metal mesh or links.