Last night, millions of people worldwide tuned in to find out just what Apple would be announcing at its latest keynote event. Amid the - admittedly slightly ironic - onslaught of technical difficulties that hit the event, rumours of bigger iPhones and watches turned out to be true, among other things.
Here's our round-up of the highlights.
Apple's "most personal device ever", featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface, introduces a specially designed and engineered Digital Crown that enables users to scroll, zoom and navigate. Apple Watch will enable you to communicate in new ways right from your wrist by sending and receiving messages, answering calls to your iPhone and, with Digital Touch, sending something as personal as your own heartbeat. Apple Watch also introduces comprehensive health and fitness apps, and is available in three distinct collections—Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition.
iPhone 6/6 Plus
Two new models of iPhone were announced, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays respectively. With a dramatically thin and seamless design, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus deliver a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use. Both phones include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.
Working with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay is designed to allow users a convenient and card-free way to pay. Using a groundbreaking NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and the security and convenience of Touch ID, Apple Pay will allow anonymous transactions to take place simply by using a single touch. Apple Pay will also work with the newly announced Apple Watch, extending Apple Pay to over 200 million owners of iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s worldwide.
The biggest release since the launch of the App Store, iOS 8 will be available starting Wednesday, September 17 to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users as a free software update. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.
At the keynote event, Apple, Universal Music Group and rock band U2 announced the release of the band's new album “Songs of Innocence,” which Apple is gifting to iTunes Store customers around the world, making it the largest album release ever with over half a billion copies distributed. The album is free for iTunes Store account holders in 119 countries and is available exclusively on iTunes for the next five weeks.