iPhone 6

Apple Watch, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Announced, No iPad Air 2

Apple today announced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, but the company did not unveil a new iPad model like some iOS fans had hoped they would.

Tim Cook and company finally unveiled the long awaited "iWatch," which is officially being called the "Apple Watch". The new wearable device is equipped with a sapphire display, four sensors, a "Digital Crown" physical button and it will be offered in three different collections: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition. The different collections will offer three different finishes, aluminum, stainless steel, 18-karat gold, and six different band choices at launch. The bands feature their own unique connecting mechanism, which means users will be stuck using only the six Apple-approved choices.

Apple Watch

Cook made it clear that the Apple Watch is not a miniature iPhone that straps to your wrist, but it does require an iPhone 5 or later to work. It also features WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and it ships with stock third-party and Apple apps. The Apple Watch will be available early 2015 starting at $349.

Apple Confirms September 9th Media Event

Apple has sent out invitations for an unnamed media event scheduled for September 9, 2014. The invites read, "We wish we could say more," but lack the usual clues hinting at what the event is being held for, however one major clue may be the location. The event is being held at 10am Pacific Time at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino. Apple fans will recognize this as the same venue where the original Mac was unveiled in 1984.

iPhone 6 Invite

The fact that Apple is not holding its yearly September keynote at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco suggests that the company is preparing announce a new product we've never seen before. It is safe to assume that product will be Apple's long rumored iWatch. The Flint Center can also accommodate 2,400 people, compared to the Yerba Buena which can only house between 700-800.

Top Apple Stories of the Week: Rumors Point to September 9th iPhone 6 Announcement

Here are this week's top Apple related stories and rumors. Be sure to check out our weekly App Store recap for the latest app, game and jailbreak tweak news and releases. This week also features a list of the most useful Fantasy Football apps available on the App Store.

iWatch Release Date

Apple will announce its next-generation iPhone on September 9th, according to a report filed by re/code. The iPhone 6 is expected to feature an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, faster Wi-Fi and LTE capabilities, NFC technology and a more powerful A8 processor. Rumors also suggest that Apple will unveil a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch version of its new handset at the event.

Apple Rumor Roundup: 12-inch MacBook Air, iPad Air 2 and Two iPhone 6 Models

It is that time of year again when all eyes are on Apple's next-generation products, and rumors of iWatches and larger iPhones are running rampant. Several reliable and hit-or-miss sources have confirmed that Apple plans to release a slew of new products later this year. Here's a quick look at those rumors.

MacBook Air

MacBook Air - Production of a 12-inch MacBook Air will begin in Q3 of 2013, according to the Digitimes. Upstream supply chain sources say Apple is releasing a 12-inch model because "its 11-inch model has a screen size similar to its iPad' and increasing sales of Apple's tablet "are impacting MacBook demand". Apple believes a 12-inch MacBook Air would create a boundary between its 9-inch tablet lineup, and MacBook Air products. The new MacBook will feature some internal redesigns but it will resemble its predecessors externally .

Analyst Predicts 12-inch iPad and 5.7-inch iPhone for 2014

Analyst David Hsieh has released a report on Apple's upcoming 2014 products based on his supply chain research. Hsieh believes "Apple is planning to revamp nearly all of the displays in its products over the next year." This includes a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2,732 × 2,048 resolution, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.7-inch iPhone with a 1,920 x 1,080 display. Hsieh also said Apple will release an iWatch, a new Retina MacBook Air, and an Apple-branded TV sometime next year.

iPad 6

Hsieh notes that "rapid developments in technology and manufacturing of LCD and OLED displays" has made it easier for Apple's competitors to challenge the Cupertino company.

"Apple is no longer able to offer unique features in its displays as a long-term differentiator. Mobile device brands are adopting the latest displays with large sizes, high resolution, wide color gamut and low color shift wide viewing angle, and low power consumption, supplied by many panel makers not 'bounded by Apple. Introduction of the iPhone 5S and 5C was the latest example that Apple has been slow in adopting the latest display technologies.

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