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Apple iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus: Everything we expected with a dash of disappointment

In a nutshell, every major announcement just made by Apple a while back proves that they’re just playing ‘catch up’ with the others.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2014, 09.25 AM IST
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In a nutshell, every major announcement just made by Apple a while back proves that they’re just playing ‘catch up’ with the others.
In a nutshell, every major announcement just made by Apple a while back proves that they’re just playing ‘catch up’ with the others.
Even though I couldn’t make it to the Flint Center for the iPhone 6 launch, I was fairly excited to sit down and catch the official Apple launch event live stream. On a Windows laptop, using Firefox and Chrome.

The big countdown timer finally ended and I was greeted by this – “Sorry, your browser doesn’t support our live video stream.” A tiny footnote informed me that the stream would only work on the Safari browser and only on a Mac or iOS device. I grabbed my iPad a minute later only to find that the live stream itself had crashed. Clearly, this hints at the arrogance that Apple has so readily assimilated over the years.

So yes, the rumours were right. We’ve now seen the new iPhones and a brand new wearable – the Apple Watch. Although, I can’t help but feel disappointed. In a nutshell, every major announcement just made by Apple a while back proves that they’re just playing ‘catch up’ with the others.

Larger screen phones, one of them with a full HD display, an all-metal unibody design with plastic strips for the antennas, contactless payment using NFC and a rectangular smartwatch with a touchscreen – sound familiar? Maybe all the companies that have released similar devices over the past couple of years need to gang up and sue Apple!

I don’t have to go through all the specifications again – they’re all available on the Apple website already. But there is an immediate question - will the increased number of screen sizes and different resolutions create a problem for developers?

Counting the two new phones, the older phones (iPhone 4S, 5C/5S) and the two different iPad sizes (each with regular and ‘retina’ resolutions) – that makes a total of 8 devices running iOS. This remains to be seen, but the device fragmentation is another not-so-nice way in which Apple is catching up.

Wading through all the hoopla, I have to admit that the Apple Watch will probably kickstart a lot of interest in wearable. A lot of development and innovation has gone into the Apple Watch and they truly have thought of things that no one else has before. Things like the premium materials (even real gold), multiple sensors, extensive customisation, special vibration feedback and map directions are all new.

But it all boils down to this – the Apple Watch is the carrot – to get you to buy an iPhone if you don’t already have one, and to get you to upgrade to one of the newer phones if you have the older 4 or 4S. The Apple Watch will only work with certain newer devices from their own stable. Now where have I heard that before?

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