Apple's Sep. 9th announcements

I. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Pre-orders for the new phones start this Friday, or they can be purchased from the Apple Store on Sep 19th. Features:

  • Bigger screen (iPhone 6 is a 4.7” screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus is a 5.5” screen)
  • Faster performance
  • Better quality camera with quicker auto-focus

My buying advice is always simple with phones: If you like your current phone, don’t buy a new one.

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II. Apple Pay

Apple is seeking to replace your wallet with something called “Apple Pay.” A new Apple device is required for users, but on the retail side of things, Apple Pay already integrates into existing point of sale equipment. Transactions occur just by touching your device to the retailer’s payment pad.

Credit card information is stored only on your device and is accessed only by your fingerprint or passcode. This means that neither Apple nor the retailer ever see your credit card or personal information. Because of this, Apple argues that Apple Pay is even more secure than traditional credit cards. (The whole Target credit card fiasco from last summer wouldn’t have been possible for users of Apple Pay.) 

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III. Apple Watch

After two years of rumors, Apple finally unveiled the new wearable device: Apple Watch. It will be available early 2015 for around $349, which probably means March-ish. In addition to giving you quick access to things like Siri and notifications, Apple Watch is a cutting edge fitness tracker. I’ll spare you the details of what all it can do, but here are a few highlights:

  • Track your motion activity (i.e. standing, sitting, walking, etc)
  • Voice message your friends like Dick Tracey
  • Tell the time (go figure, right?)
  • Interact with Siri
  • Features Apple Pay

The Apple Watch is dependent on having an iPhone and will worth with the iPhone 5 or newer.

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We hope this quick summary is helpful!

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.