Apple introduces watches and iPhones

Some initial observations of the Watch

A new iPhone is always expected and yes it delivered the iPhone 6 and a larger size iPhone Plus. But of more interest is the introduction of the Apple Watch, referred to in writing as  Watch, which seems to be a departure from its usual naming style of iProducts. 


An example of one type of style of the Apple Watch, 42mm Stainless Steel Case with BlackStainless Steel Link Bracelet. image: apple.com

This name change may be because of the wide variety of interchangeable bands and ‘collections’ (Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition) on offer for the Apple Watch with two different sizes at 42mm and 38mm. 

It is unclear exactly how dependent the Apple Watch is on the iPhone 5 but it does seem to rely on it for advanced functionality via WiFi. 

The back of the Watch uses IR sensors to detect heart rate as Apple notes  it has a “ sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes to detect your heart rate. Apple Watch uses this sensor, along with an accelerometer and the GPS and Wi‑Fi in your iPhone” 

It seems a bit unfortunate that it doesn’t have a built in GPS at this stage. 

So far there is no real indication of pricing for the Watch collections but it appears to be in the range of $350, it seems likely to vary considerably depending on the strap and collection choice.  They are not due to be released until sometime in 2015, so it is a fair wait for most people. 

The battery charge is not certain but the wireless charging is not as simple as may have been possible but it still uses inductive magnetic clamp on the back of the watch. 

Exactly how responsive the Watch is hard to tell at this stage. Also readability may be an issue in bright sunlight. Also it is not clear how waterproof the Apple Watch is. 

It is certainly likely some aspects are going to change but it is interesting to see how this is presented so far.

Briefly the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Some key features of the iPhone 6 and 6 plus include:

  • NFC(near field communications) which links to Apple Pay (pay)
  • Brighter screens, full HD 1080 resolution larger 
  • 4.7-inch display on the iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334x750 and 5.5-inch 1920x1080
  • Faster processors
  • Improved battery life especially on Wifi Browsing
  • Improved camera with optical image stabilisation


The styling of the back of the iPhone 6 image: apple.com

Further references/reading:

Over view of the Watch tech
http://www.apple.com/au/watch/technology/

Ives (Designer) Talks about the Watch
http://www.apple.com/au/watch/films/#film-design

Some initial hands on impressions 
http://www.macrumors.com/2014/09/09/hands-on-impressions-apple-watch/

SMH Things you need to know 
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/iphone-6-iphone-6-plus-and-apple-watch-the-6-things-you-need-to-know-20140909-10eq09.html




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