The New iPhones Just Got BIGGER


Johnathan Thompson

Last week, Apple wrapped up its annual iPhone announcement by adding three new products to its line. CEO Tim Cook and other executives took the stage to introduce the world to the newly design iPhone 6 and bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus. Towards the end of the event, Cook told the audience that there was one more thing. In that moment, the highly anticipated Apple Watch was introduced.

The two new iPhones that were announced both had significant differences to its predecessors the iPhone 5 and 5s. One notable difference was its size. The last generation of iPhones had a 4 in. display. Now the 6 has a 4.7 in. screen and the 6 plus has a massive 5.5 in. screen. The width of the phones made a difference as well, both only 6.9mm and 7.1mm.

New features of the phone include an update Retina display now called Retina HD Display. It now makes pictures and other images clearer and crisp. Touch ID is still built into the home button. Users have a new way to pay for items at available store. Apple Pay is Apple’s new payment system that allows iPhone users to hold up their phones to a reader that connects to your different cards to pay for various items. This feature will not be available until October.

With the 6 Plus, Apple took advantage of the new size by adding landscape viewing on the homepage, as well as other built-in apps such as mail. It is exactly how people would view other apps if they were on an iPad.

The new product that Apple announced was the new Apple Watch. The Apple watch is the tech giant’s answer to the Galaxy Gear and other smart watches. The engineers created a whole new user interface with the Apple Watch. Different apps are circular and cover up the screen, and twisting the crown on the side can control some of the apps.  It was noted during the event that one must have an iPhone 5, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus in order to use the product.

The Apple Watch has interchangeable bands and has been created and separated into three collections made by Apple. The Apple Watch, features a stainless steel body. The Apple Watch Sport that is made of aluminum and features 5 band variants of bright colors. Finally, the high-end collection is the Apple Watch Edition. Those with an eye for high-end fashion can choose between 18-karat gold or 18-karat rose gold. To put into perspective how much luxury this is, Rolex uses 18-karat gold for their watches.

Overall, it was an information-packed day at the product announcements for Apple fans. Potential customers can pick up their iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with a silver, space gray, or gold color with 16, 64, or 128GB of memory. iPhone 6 starts at the normal price of $199 and can go up to $399 with contracts. The 6 Plus starts at $299 and can reach $499 with contracts. New iPhones will be available on contract from the three carries AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and contract free on T-Mobile all of which will be released on September 19. Consumers will have to wait on Apple Watch because it won’t go on sale until next year. Apple’s pricing for the smart watch starts at $349.