Apple Unveils Big-Screened iPhone and All-New Smartwatch

Apple’s new iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus. (Screenshot/Apple)
Apple’s new iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus. (Screenshot/Apple)

Apple launched its next generation iPhone, and its brand new smartwatch, at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California.

First up, is the next-generation iPhone which comes in two sizes. The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone is called the iPhone 6, and the larger 5.5-inch iPhone is called iPhone 6 Plus. The smartphones feature Apple’s new, powerful 64-bit A8 processor and will run the new iOS 8 software.

The company has been facing much criticism from both users and the industry about the small size of its smartphone displays which are considered miniscule when compared to the flagship offerings from other manufacturers, such as Samsung.

Apple’s also unveiled its first series of smartwatches: the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport, and the golden Apple Watch Edition.

The unveiled wristwear includes usability features not seen in Android and other smartwatches. The screen is not only touch sensitive, but also detects different levels of pressure. The crown — the small knob used for winding mechanical watches — is used to zoom the screen image when necessary.

At the end of the special press event, Apple announced that the band U2  will release its new album “Songs of Innocence” free to all users of Apple’s iTunes music service.

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