Last week in Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, bringing us all a little closer to the techno-sci-fi world that used to be the stuff of novels and super-spy movies.
The smart-watch is one of the most innovative communication devices on the market. It is perfect for those moments when you need to be hands-free. The Apple Watch, Apple’s first foray into this futuristic market, doubles as a fitness device, has extremely accurate timing to within 50 milliseconds, and is a beautifully designed personal internet/communication device, as described by Apple’s CEO, Tom Cook. The interface differs from the iPhone, in that it uses a “digital crown” for scrolling and zooming in on text. It features a touch-screen face and has been designed in two sizes: one for men and one for women. Of course, there is no room on the smartwatch for a keyboard, so you must speak into the Apple Watch, and what you say will be transcribed. I see visions of Mr. Smart now. Who knew that those all TV spy-shows would one day become the normality of our existence?
The new iPhone 6 is designed with a pixel-rich, 1334×750 resolution black and gold, 4.7-inch screen (or the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5 inch screen), featuring the next generation of retina displays—Retina HD. It has an A8, 64-bit processor and is running on the new iOS8 software. The iPhone 6 includes also an 8 megapixel camera, with cutting edge photography technology—Focus Pixels—which dramatically speeds up the process of autofocusing on your favorite subjects, and also takes out those blurs from your shaking hands.
Apple’s new mobile software, iOS8, comes with increased password protection, blocking out even Apple employees from getting inside your mobile device. This new, super-level of security was announced on Apple’s website in a letter from Tom Cook, stressing Apple’s commitment to ensuring absolute privacy and security for its millions of customers. The new security feature will be a bit of a headache for law enforcement officials, who typically demand of Apple to enter a customer’s mobile device in order to copy personal data for evidence in court proceedings.
The iPhone 6 eclipsed all expectations in pre-orders and so far the reviews are positive. It became available in stores on the 19th.