Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL – news) has lifted the lid on bigger iPhone 6 models, with screen sizes of up to 5.5 inches, and also unveiled its first watch.
Powered by the A8 processor, the new phones are a significant upgrade from the outgoing flagship, the iPhone 5S, which has a 4-inch screen.
The watch – called simply Apple Watch – is customisable in “millions” of ways and comes in different colours.
The company says it is a health and fitness device which has many of the same features as a smartphone – but crucially needs an accompanying iPhone to work.
It uses GPS and Wi-Fi to track the wearer’s distance for example, and a user can also tap the screen and another Watch wearer will feel the vibration.
The watch will start at $349 (£216), and comes out early next year.
Among the features of the two new iPhones are a better sensor and autofocus for the camera, a barometer, and a landscape mode.
A HD FaceTime camera also promises improved face detection for “killer selfies”.
A new payment process called Apple Pay was also announced – its uses fingerprint ID for security and stores payment information on a NFC chip.
Apple claims the feature is more secure than keeping cards in a wallet.
Chatter about the handsets’ vital statistics had been circulating for months on technology websites and blogs, and many were proved right as Apple boss Tim Cook stepped on stage for the big reveal.
The phones go on sale in the US and eight other countries on September 19. Pricing is still to be announced.
Apple had been under pressure to make a bigger iPhone after rivals outgunned it in the size stakes with handsets like Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8.
“Apple has finally learnt (from) Samsung that bigger is better,” said Ashley Michael Pearson on the Sky News Facebook page.
“Apple idiots will camp on the streets for weeks,” said Scott Howieson, referring to the fervour shown by the company’s so-called ‘fanboys’.
Others were more complimentary: “Love iPhones, can’t wait for my upgrade,” wrote Mairead Hobbert.
Nathan Mass added: “Apple offers devices with an unbeatable premium build quality and for that reason alone, I will always be an Apple fan!”
Apple is not the first tech giant to launch a watch product – Samsung brought out its Gear smartwatch in September 2013.
Google (Xetra: A0B7FY – news) has also plunged headfirst into the trend for wearable technology with its Glass product.
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Source : Sky News