it’s an annual tradition in the tech world that takes up all the headlines: the day Apple announces the new iPhone. The hype for this year’s keynote was even bigger than usual because of the anticipated bigger-screen devices Apple was expected to announce. Those expectations were met, with the introduction of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. The company also announced its first entry into the wearables market, the Apple Watch.
The Cupertino, Calif.-based company finally embraced what most Android manufacturers have embraced over the past several years: that consumers want bigger screens on their phones, or “phablets,” as they’re sometimes called. So the bigger screens are the big deal on the new phones. Both versions of the iPhone 6 feature a new 64-bit A8 processor, 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera (though only the Plus has optical image stabilization on the rear camera), and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Full specs for both models (along with the other iPhone models currently available) can be found here.
Apple is playing catch-up to Android phones with the bigger screens, but that’s not the only area where Apple is finally adding things that Android phones have had for years. Other features that fit into that category are NFC payments, which the company is calling Apple Pay — and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) capability.
Both the iPhone 6 models will be available in silver, gold and space gray beginning September 19 at all the major U.S. carriers, starting at $199 for the 16GB iPhone 6 and starting at $299 for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus. Unlike with previous models, there is no 32GB model; the larger storage capacities for the iPhone 6 models are 64GB and 128GB.
Then there’s the Apple Watch, the company’s answer to Motorola’s moto 360 and Android Wear devices from other manufacturers, like Samsung and LG. The Apple Watch, which is expected to be released in early 2015, features all of the basic functions you would expect from a smartwatch, including notifications for text messages, emails and phone calls, but also includes features that Apple says allows the watch to be used as an all-day fitness tracker. The Apple Watch comes in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, both of which feature a sapphire crystal and 316L stainless steel case. Because of the typical “Apple tax,” the Apple Watch starts at $349, $100-150 more than comparable Android Wear watches.