A 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 display means more room for apps to breathe, and Apple has indeed given the iPhone 6 Plus more space for apps, with a two-pane inbox view for the Messages and Email apps, among other things. A new homescreen layout now supports landscape views, putting the main shortcut bar on the right.
This morning Apple revealed the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the chip that’ll be bringing them intelligence. You’ll find the Apple A8 Chip inside both of these machines - that’ll be 64-big second-generation processing power. That’ll be brought to you on a super tiny 20-nanometer process, too.
Apple kicked off its event today, getting right into the details with the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and its bigger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, confirming months of leaks and pairing them with some official images and details. Amidst the hardware talk comes information about the apps, with Apple's Schiller saying there are 1.3 million available, and they'll all work with the larger iPhone 6 model.
It's time - the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, are official. This morning Tim Cook took the stage at Apple’s special event to greet the audience with a thank you - "those words mean a great deal to us." Summoning the past with a mention of how they launched the iMac in the Flint Center - the same place we’re sitting now - we get the sense that this event is important.
This morning its become apparent that Apple is hosting more than a few top-level recording artists at their big event this afternoon. The first and possibly most important of these is Dr. Dre - Apple employee. He’ll be joined by no less than Gwen Stefani - complete with a white iPhone and white Beats headphones in tow.
We’re all signed up and ready to roll at Apple’s event center this morning before the big event. We’ll spare you the pleasantries and get this one out of the way right this minute - if you want to follow along, hit up our Apple portal for up to the minute coverage. Below we’ve got the commentary.
Here’s something different: it seems Apple is working on a real motivating factor to have merchants sign on for their mobile payment platform. It’s believed Apple is working on a rewards program for users who use their payment processing system, which could utilize NFC.
Jawbone is expected to open up its platform to the movement sensors in devices other than its own UP24 fitness band, with new apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Android Wear expected over the next month. The move, which could be announced as early as tomorrow we're told, will see Jawbone's fitness platform pull in data from smartphones and wearables - including Pebble - along with seamlessly integrating with Apple's HealthKit, so that data gathered by the iWatch should also be supported.
There has been a lot of talk about the iPhone 6 in its 4.7-inch form factor, but little spilled about the larger-than-life iPhone. A 5.5-inch screen is said to make an appearance alongside the 4.7-inch version, but what will it be called? Is it just the same specs in a larger shell? New reports tell us a bit of what we want to know.