iPhone 6: A Brief Summary of Apple's Newest Technology
Following the steadily growing hype for th
e new iPhone 6, CEO Tim Cook put all rumors to rest at their Cupertino event today. Apple revealed not one, but two iPhones, boasting significantly larger screens to compete with Android smartphones. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are expected to hit stores on September 19th, and response has already been overwhelming.
Both iPhones will come in Apple’s standard gold, space gray and silver, and instead of the straight edged look of the iPhone generations 4 and 5, have curved sides and the thinnest body of iPhones to date. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus appeals to all the “phablet” users with its 5.5 inch screen. Pricing for the iPhone 6 16 GB starts at $199 with a two-year contract and $299 for the iPhone 6 Plus 16 GB.
With the new iPhones also comes the unveiling of the awaited iOS 8, which also includes some features that will be useful with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ large screen. First up, "reachability”allows the user to reach the top of the screen without having to reach across the screen by double touching the Touch ID. Next, there will be more content available in Messages, including face images of the recipient. Another new feature, the iSight camera, focuses automatically and continuously when taking photos and videos. And now for the first time, the user has the ability to view the home screen horizontally. The iOS 8 will be available for free to download on September 17th.
However, the most interesting capability coming with the new iPhone is called Apple Pay. Though NFC technology has been around for some time, many retailers have not used it due to consumer wariness and lack of education. Now, Apple has used this technology to create Apple Pay, a payment method that condenses the payment process to your iPhone and a single thumbprint. It comes standard on all models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and removes the need for a physical credit card.
The user need only take a picture of their credit card, verify it, and then all purchases can be made using the iPhone and completed using the thumbprint reader in lieu of a signature. No data on purchases is stored, and the retailer where the purchase is made does not even receive a credit card number, only the one-time payment number for that transaction. Purchases can be viewed in Passbook, and it works with credit cards from American Express, Visa and MasterCard. Apple already has clearance with several large retailers such as Macy’s, Walgreens, Sephora and Target and expects that Apple Pay will become a universal payment method.
The iPhone 6 will be available for preorder on September 12th. To commemorate this, Apple in connection with U2 have allowed their new album to be downloaded for free from iTunes until mid-October.
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