Today was a big day for the big tech giant located in Cupertino, California.

Apple announced plans to release an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay.

The two new iPhones will go on sale September 19th but can be pre-ordered as soon as September 12th. Apple Watch will not go on sale until 2015 and will cost $350.00. Both iPhones will ship with iOS 8 which will include Apple’s newest application: Apple Pay.

Both iPhone’s bring with them many changes. First off: the size. The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7″ screen while the 6 Plus will have a 5.5″ screen – both increasing from the original 4″ screen on the 5S. This was expected as Apple has to compete with Samsung’s popular “phablet” category of Galaxy phones. Both iPhone’s are also thinner now measuring in at 6.9mm and 7.1mm thick. The iPhone 6 will go on sale for $200 while the 6 Plus will cost $300.

Apple Pay is Apple’s attempt to compete with Google Wallet. The integration with iTunes and influence of Apple may finally be what it takes to see NFC technology take off. NFC, or Near-Field Communication is a form of wireless communication that allows the flow of data between two devices within close proximity of one another. Using a combination of security features ranging from the fingerprint scanner to hidden credit card information, Apple Pay is both a safe and convenient way to pay.

So you may be wondering what else is new in iOS 8. Well, there are a lot of new features:

  • Spotlight is better
  • Notifications are better
  • QuickType makes predictive suggestions
  • 3rd-party keyboards are now supported
  • HealthKit
  • New Camera features
  • New iMessage features

Apple Watch is also on the way. As usual, Apple will require that Apple Watch users own an iPhone. It will only be compatible with the iPhone 5 and later. The smartwatch will be capable of doing standard functions like messaging, GPS, phone calls, playing music, and well, telling you the time. The smartwatch will also be capable of supporting a few more unusual things like drawing small doodles, measuring and displaying your heartbeat, and charging via a mag-safe inductive charging dock.

What do you think of the new products?

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