Apple: The Next Generation

Logan Lovell and Chaz Marshall Conway

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Apple plans on releasing a new wave of products in 2014 and 2015, including the iPhone 6, iOS 8, and the new Apple iWatch, as well as Apple Pay, an electronic payment system.

Apple iPhone 6

Today’s the day, at least for those iPhone fans who where not part of the four million who preordered the latest edition to the line of smartphones. Apple is releasing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to be sold to the public, so you better act fast and get yourself one as soon as possible because I am sure the shelves will not be stocked for very long.

This edition of the iPhone looks a little different. The glass has a new seamless style where it wraps around the edge of the phone. This makes it feel like the metal and the glass are one continuous surface without any separation. This is simply to make the phone more comfortable to hold.

iphone models

But what makes the hardware substantially different? The new A8 chip is 50 percent more energy efficient than the previous one. The graphic processor is 84x faster, and the computer processor is 50x faster. So the phone not only got faster, but more efficient. The phone also has a 64-bit desktop class architecture and a M8 motion processor.

The screen is retina HD. The quality of HD depends on which model you buy. The iPhone 6 only has a 1334×750 resolution with a 4.7 inch screen, as opposed to the 1920×1080 resolution and 5.5 inch screen of the iPhone 6 Plus.

There is a new sensor  for the camera with Focus Pixels that speed up autofocus. This allows you to take 1080p pictures in the matter of seconds. The face detection has also been improved along with exposure control.

I am intrigued to see what this technology is capable of offering. This phone is basically a tool that you can use for anything in your daily life from playing Candy Crush to talking to Siri. It has surpassed the title of cell phone in my opinion. It has now become something more than that..

Apple iWatch

The Apple iWatch is, in essence, an extension of the iPhone. Connecting with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and even 5, 5c, and 5s, the iWatch uses several systems from your phone, including GPS and WiFi. These systems are used for tracking how far someone’s walked for the fitness app, allow Google Maps access, and other things.

The basic overview of the iWatch is as follows-

1. The Digital Crown

The Crown is the control of the watch- it is the zoom and the home button. It allows for precision controlling for setting time and changing faces, aside from swiping from side to side.

2. Not Just a Time-Teller

The Apple Watch can be customized to show extra “tidbits” of information- meetings, weather forecasts, the calendar, your map location, as well as showing real-time notifications for appointments, traffic, mail, and calls.

3. “Familiar” Interface

The iWatch has a similar interface as the other new Apple products, primarily because it also runs off of a similar, if not the same, operating system as iOS 8. It also has a swiping navigation, allowing someone to navigate “neighborhoods” of apps easier, and also runs with the Crown, which acts as the zoom in and out, allowing the user to easily navigate all the apps they may/may not have.

4. Pairing With Devices

The iWatch relies on the iPhone for many features- GPS, syncing, messaging, and calling capabilities. The iWatch pairs with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but also is comparable with the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c.

Other features can be found: 1 2 3

iOS 8

Apple released the companies most recent software update – iOS 8 –this Wednesday, just a week after being introduced at the “Big Event” last Tuesday . There are many new perks to this version of iOS. These features vary every aspect of your Apple products, making a more fluid experience.

Touch ID was first released with the iPhone 5s. Users were able to put their fingers on the home button to unlock their phones easily without a passcode, and make purchases on iTunes. Now they will be able to use touch ID with all other apps. This makes passwords irrelevant.

New keyboard technology was also added. The keyboard now applies a new contextually appropriate process. This means that there should be way less auto-correct errors. This also means that the words that you are given by auto-correct should be somewhat related to the context of your message.

There are also new features in the messages. You can instantly send pictures and videos of course, but now you can send location and voice instantly.

Spotlight is also being added to the operating system. Spotlight is basically a search bar, but it does more. Instead of just searching in one area, like your phone, or the internet, it uses all apps and the internet to give you a more concise, and relevant answer. This is something that I feel will be extremely helpful on a daily basis.

I think that this new version of iOS will definitely have superiority over any other phones operating system.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is an electronic payment system that acts as a digital wallet that other companies (Google, AT&T, PayPal, Square, etc.) started, and Apple is now “jumping on the bandwagon,” so to speak. It adds in a “Touch ID” that acts as a passcode for information, as well as allowing the use of “Find My iPhone,” for the case that the phone gets lost, where it can be set in “Lost Mode” and makes the funds stored on it inaccessible, or allowing the owner to wipe the information from the phone remotely. In addition, Apple Pay “doesn’t store the details of your transactions so they can’t be tied back to you. Your most recent purchases are kept in Passbook for your convenience, but that’s as far as it goes.” Some payments can also be made with one touch in-app, allowing for easier transactions.

So far, participating places for Apple Pay include:

Banks:

American Express
Bank of America
Capital One
Chase
Citi
Wells Fargo

Stores:

Among the 220,000 stores, some of the ones now accepting Apple Pay are:

The Apple Store
Babies”R”Us
Macy’s
McDonald’s
Petco
Staples
Subway
Toys”R”Us
Walgreens
Whole Foods

Apps:

Including, but not limited to (For one-touch purchases):

The Apple Store
Groupon
The Disney Store
Starbucks
Target

Additional Apple Pay Information can be found here.

Apple Pay is not going to be available until October, and also works on the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or the iWatch.