I feel like a kid in front of a candy store.
The rumors about Apple’s big product announcement were correct.
There is a new iPhone and an all-new AppleWatch, but the details are absolutely amazing to this geeky gal.
Here are some of my favorite new features and capabilities with Apple’s new products.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Two models that are bigger and thinner than the recent iPhone 5s, which had a 4-inch diagonal display. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches and the 6 Plus is 5.5 inches. There are a lot of technical advancements which improve speed, battery life and image resolution, but the new built-in camera sounds especially promising.
They can be preordered beginning September 12 and begin shipping September 19.
Apple’s new operating system will work on the new iPhone 6’s, iPhone 5’s, iPhone 4s and iPad 2 and newer. It introduces the ability to send voice messages as text messages (goodbye voice mail!), family sharing for iTunes purchases, enhanced iCloud and photo sharing, and a new health app that keeps your health information at your fingertips.
iOS 8 will be available for downloading September 17.
This is my second favorite announcement and Apple’s solution to carrying a wallet full of credit cards.
It will change how we pay for items in stores and online.
The way it works is that when you are ready to check out at a store, you will wave your compatible Apple device in front of an electronic reader, securely touch your device and you’re done!
No more digging out credit cards, signing slips, losing cards, reactivating cards, etc. It is truly amazing and touted as extremely secure.
Apple will not be keeping your credit card information. They will be linking you directly to your bank, and will not be collecting data about you, what you bought, what you paid or where you bought it.
They already have agreements with the major credit cards, banks, Macy’s, Staples, Subway, Walgreens, McDonald’s, Whole Foods and more.
ApplePay will work with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and my favorite new product announcement – the AppleWatch.
It is not a small phone attached to your wrist.
It’s a beautiful combination of personal technology, style and taste.
Yes, it can do many iPhone-type tasks like phone calls, text or voice messaging, email and calendar functions, which is kind of nice to not have to pull out your phone all the time.
A new technology called Digital Touch will alert you with a tap to the wrist for all kinds of notifications. The health activity monitoring tracks calories burned, exercise goals and even how much you are standing versus sitting.
The AppleWatch face will come in two sizes for small or large arms with six different metal finishes and a multitude of interchangeable watchbands.
It is scheduled for release in early 2015.
To see pictures and videos of these new products, spend some time clicking around at apple.com.
It’s a testament to technology that delights.