Apple Unveils New iPhones and 'Apple Pay' Mobile Payments System

Apple Unveils New iPhones and 'Apple Pay' Mobile Payments System


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At one of the most anticipated launch events in recent memory, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled two new versions of the iPhone 6, the latest edition of the company's signature device. 

According to the Verge, multiple reports over the past several months suggest Apple was planning on launching two completely new and different versions of the iPhone 6: one at 4.7 inches and another at 5.5 inches. This makes total sense, considering that smartphone screens have been getting bigger and bigger over the past decade. 

And the Verge was right: Cook unveiled the iPhone 6 and the oversized iPhone 6 Plus. Here they are:


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Here are some details for the new iPhones, per Apple's Phil Schiller: 

 - Both iPhone 6 mondels come with "Retina HD" displays, meaning they're ultra-sharp.
 - The two phones measure 4.7" and 5.5", respectively. 
 - The 6 Plus has 185% more pixels than the 5S.


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 - The iPhone 6 is 6.8mm thin and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thin. That's compared to 7.6 on the 5S. BuzzFeed notes that this makes these new editions the thinest phones ever:

 
Other goodies to expect: There are faces in the messaging app! And landscape view! Just like an iPad!


Some final details: Schiller says the new phones will have a 20% faster CPU, 50% faster graphics, and a brand spaking new Apple A8 64-bit chip. Oh yeah, and there are 1.3 million apps available.

A new addition: Wi-Fi calling! Schiller says Apple is working with "a lot of carriers around the world," namely At&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, to allowe users to make calls using wireless networks. The Wi-Fi is 802.11ac, which is apparently "good and fast Wi-Fi," according the Verge. 

There's also slo-mo video. SLO-MO VIDEO! The cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can shoot video at 1080p at 30 or 60 frames per second (fps), which is fast. Slo-Mo can do 240fps, which is also fast. 


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The most exciting part of the whole presentation, however, has little to do with the gadgets themselves but the software: Apple is releasing a brand new mobile payments service called Apply Pay: 

It's a fairly elegant system, says Apple CEO Tim Cook: Simply hold your iPhone up to a credit-card reader with your thumb on the fingerprint reader. Then again, there's a big problem:


The verdict? Apple's new iPhone is new and an iPhone. It looks like a fantastic piece of technology.

The iPhone 6 will start at $199 on a 2-year contract, and the iPhone 6 Plus will start at $299. Both ship on Sept. 19 with pre-orders.