We've seen a lot of Apple devices, but Apple's announcement Tuesday actually had us wondering which is the more exciting product: the new 4.7" iPhone 6, the 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus, or the Apple Watch?
Apple's normal behavior of releasing a new flagship phone powered by a new Apple processor is exactly what Teardown.com expected to see with the iPhone 6 models and A8 processor. The rumors have been mounting for some time now Apple would finally include NFC as well. This one turns out to be true too, but it was delivered Apple's way -- requiring their fingerprint TouchID and a built in Secure Element chip which resides on the new iPhones to make all NFC transactions. Market indicators lead us to believe that NXP’s PN547 has the NFC design win. TechInsights has already procured the chip and have started a detailed analysis.
Also noteworthy -- both phones will work using VoLTE, a new way of using 4G LTE networks to make voice calls over the internet. Currently, Verizon looks to be ahead of competitors Sprint and AT&T for delivery of VoLTE networks in the US. If VoLTE is too much to digest, the iPhone 6 will also allow for voice calling over WiFi, an expansion on their iMessage text application which alternates between a cellular network and a WiFi network depending on signal strength.
Amazon Fire Phone vs. Apple iPhone 5S. Source: Teardown.com
Teardown.com will posts its quick turn analysis of the iPhone 6 Plus on Sept. 19, 2014. The other benefit to Apple finally releasing a 5.5" phablet phone is we can now compare it to its No. 1 rival product -- the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Until the iPhone 6 arrives, Apple's current flagship phone is still officially the iPhone 5S, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo declared lesser than the Fire Phone. We will compare those two devices in advance of iPhone 6.
Apple's event was one of the longest events seen in quite a while, running almost two full hours, but it was well worth the watch...literally. The Apple Watch will also have a Sapphire Glass display covering a flexible, retina display, touch interactions, a control knob, NFC, a speaker, haptic sensors, heart rate monitor, gyroscope, accelerometer, inductive charging using Apple's Magsafe, and can be housed in a variety of propriety strap designs to fit the user's needs or mood. Unfortunately, there was no actual release date for the Apple Watch, just an “early next year", but when it does hit the stores, it will compete with the new LG Watch R, the Moto 360, and Apple's largest rival, the Samsung Gear Live S.
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