Everything Apple announced at its event on September 9th

The live stream was choppy, but Apple nevertheless set sail a boatload of new offerings today at its 2014 keynote event.

Here’s everything the giant from Cupertino announced, in one handy list — from the new iPhones and the iWatch to the “Apple Pay” payments service.

The iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

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Apple launched two new smartphones today, an elegantly designed iPhone 6 with a larger 4.7-inch screen and a “phablet” phone with a 5.5-inch screen.

Tim Cook called the launch “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.” 

The “Apple Watch”

iWatch Press ImageApple unveiled its long-awaited smartwatch today, the Apple Watch, to a standing ovation from the press.

The device has a flat screen and a “digital crown” twisting control that lets you easily scroll through different functions. It runs apps, takes dictation, and interacts with your iPhone. Read the full story here.

Apple’s digital wallet service: “Apple Pay”

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Apple announced Apple Pay, which the company called “an entirely new payment process.”

Apple’s new payments service will challenge carrier-backed ISIS — soon to be renamed “Softcard” — and Google Wallet, both of which have failed to strike a chord with consumers. 

The new A8 processor

The new iPhone 6 has an A8 processor that promises to deliver high-end 3D graphics for games without draining your battery life. It combines graphics and a processor on a single chip.

iOS 8 is coming on September 17

Get ready to update your iPhone. Apple announced that iOS 8 will be available for download on September 17.

There are now 1.3M apps in the App Store

Apple announced that there are now 1.3 million apps in its App Store. This figure is up from stats released in June, when Apple revealed that there were 1.2 million iOS apps published to date. 

U2’s new album

Every iTunes customer in all 119 markets across the world will receive a free copy of legendary band U2’s latest album.

Apple kills the iPod Classic

Apple quietly removed the aging device from its online store after the keynote today. It’s the end of an era.

Stay tuned for more as we go hands-on with the newly announced iDevices.

Blowfish12@2014 Author: Sudharsun. P. R.


iPhone 6 on sale in Chine


China’s largest mobile carrier is now accepting orders for the iPhone 6 ahead of the model’s official launch, according to China Daily. The new phone will be available from China Mobile Beijing.  China Mobile is the largest mobile phone operator by subscribers, with 760 million of them. (That’s equivalent to more than double the population of the U.S.)

The site has already received over 33,000 orders for the new devices since Tuesday evening.

China Mobile appears to have also inadvertently confirmed rumors that Apple will release two versions of iPhone 6, in different sizes. The China Mobile Beijing site is giving users the choice between a 4.7- and a 5.5-inch iPhone 6. However, the site has not released accompanying images or provided a release date.

In the past, China Mobile has offered online reservations for unannounced Apple devices —  it did a similar thing with the iPhone 5S last year. Apple’s media event is next Tuesday, when the company is expected to officially unveil iPhone 6.

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Cheaper iPhone is iPod, Tim Cook

Tim Cook is pretty happy with Apple’s first quarter numbers for 2013, saying that “no technology company has ever reported results like these.” And with record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly profit of $13.1 billion, you can understand why.

But yesterday is less interesting to investors than tomorrow, which is why Apple’s stock price is down, and one of the analysts on the call asked the Apple chief exec about market share and cheaper iPhones. That’s been a big concern lately, as most of the growth in mobile phones is in markets like Asia and Africa, which are much more price-sensitive than the U.S. or Europe.

“The most important thing for Apple is to make products that impact people’s lives,” Cook answered. “We don’t seek revenue for revenue’s sake.”

Those would not have been comforting words to investors who are looking for Apple to expand its market share by offering products that appear to a wider range of customers. But Cook did offer a ray of hope.

“We’ve had a great track record on iPod of offering different products at different price points,” Cook added.

That might be a hint that Apple will offer iPhones at differing price points, beyond the current strategy of offering old models at reduced rates. The iPod, of course, is available in the top-of-the-line iPod Touch, the still-existing Classic, and the cheap Nano and cheaper Shuffle.

But don’t hope for too much. Then Cook added, for emphasis:

“But our top priority is making a great product that enriches people’s lives.”

Blowfish12@2012 blowfish12.tk Author: Sudharsun. P. R.