Time Out was front row at this evening’s big Apple event in Cupertino. When Tim Cook strolled casually on stage, he had a surprise up his sleeve. No, literally.
The Apple Watch, as we must learn to call it, is a cool smartwatch that the company hopes will be a game-changer. Other manufacturers have delivered geeky gizmos that are tech first, fashion second. The Apple Watch is the other way round. Don’t be fooled by the pictures that can make it look so-so – try it on and it feels sumptuously appealing.
Here it is looking slick!
It’s light and elegant, especially if you team it with one of the more deluxe straps. It measures heartbeats, gives you directions and tells you messages have arrived, assuming you have a phone to hand.
It only works with an iPhone, but happily there were two of those announced tonight. As anticipated, the iPhone 6 is bigger and thinner than the iPhone 5s. It feels sensationally lightweight and the screen looks as good as ever, though here it’s a 4.7-inch display. Not big enough? The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and is surprisingly manageable in the hand, not least because it’s only 7.1mm thick. The curved front and back to both phones feel great in the hand.
Here’s just how thin they are:
And a few other techy details:
The new phones will run on iOS 8, (which can be downloaded for free from September 17 and will also work on iPhone 4s through to 5s).
They will still use an 8MP iSight camera but with a new sensor which Apple claims is ‘a lot better’.
It has an improved landscape view as shown below:
Want to get your mitts on one? Both phones are out on September 19 available in gold, silver and space grey!
In the UK, the iPhone 6 will be available for a suggested retail price of £539 (16GB), £619 (64GB) or a new 128GB model for £699.
iPhone 6 Plus will be available for a suggested retail price of £619 (16GB), £699 (64GB) and £789 (128GB).
Meanwhile, the Apple Watch is due out next year.
By David Phelan