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Johann Dowa

Quick Summary: Apple Keynote (Apple Watch, iPhone 6, Apple Pay)


Here’s a quick summary for those developers who weren’t able to watch Apple’s Keynote (replay will be here). This was the first really significant keynote in a while thanks to Apple’s introduction of Apple Pay, and the iWatch.

iPhone 6 introduction:

iPhone 6 will come in two models, the iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus with 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens
CPU Speed has increased (approximately 25%)
Some impressive demos were shown using Apple’s Metal graphics API
The motion coprocessor has been upgraded and now includes a barometer and the capability of measuring elevation
The camera has been advanced and can now capture 240fps video
Apple Pay has been added, and users will be able to enter basically all their payment data (credit cards etc.) right in the phone with many major vendors already supporting the technology
Apple Pay powered by NFC
iPhone 6 Plus $299-$499 and iPhone 6 $199-$399
Release date September 15th

Quick Apple Watch summary:

Nice simple styling with many different styling options for watch bands, and coloring
The ability to control zooming/scrolling etc. using a crown on the side of the watch (no silly pinch to zoom needed like some other “smart” watches)
Screen that can not only sense touch, but pressure
Yes, 3rd party apps are supported
WatchKit introduced for easily sending alerts from iPhone apps
Nice features for fitness with the built-in gyroscope and heart monitor
iPhone required (6, 6Plus, 5, 5s, or 5c)
Starting price $349, 3 models the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Watch Edition
Release date Early 2015

And that’s it!

Early opinions seem to be that the new Apple Pay payment system looks like it could be the new digital payment standard, but the watch is priced a bit too high (remember though that’s what they said about the iPhone).


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