With less than a week left for Apple’s September 9 event, in which the company is expected to unveil two new, larger iPhones, and the iWatch, more concrete information about both the products are seeping out. According to NYT, the iWatch will sport a flexible display which will be protected by Sapphire glass, a material which is more durable and scratch resistant than Corning Gorilla Glass that most smartphones use to safeguard the screen.
The iWatch houses a variety of sensors, which will be used to track users’ heartbeat, and footsteps among other vital signs. The company has reportedly put a lot of effort into the sensors to capture the data more accurately than any competing device. People familiar with the new product called the iWatch as Apple’s most ambitious project to date.
The report also claims the iWatch will come with a NFC chip, which would be used to make mobile payments. Apple has reportedly partnered with American Express, MasterCard, and Visa to support the payment system. The iWatch is also said to work with Apple’s recently announced feature called Handoff that allows users to work across – pushing content back and forth – between Apple devices.
The report also claims that iWatch will use wireless charging to get power. A recent report suggested that the iWatch will come in two different variants, one with a 1.3-inch screen and the other with a 1.5-inch display. Both will have a 512MB RAM and 8GB internal storage. The report, although doesn’t confirm the screen size, but corroborates on iWatch having two different models.
The report also claims that the iPhone 6 will come with a feature called ‘one-handed mode’ which will allow users to type and use apps using just one hand despite the bigger display. Users will get an option to enable or disable this feature, which sounds very similar to the one-handed mode Samsung had introduced a couple of years ago and is now quite common in Android smartphones with big displays. The story also corroborates on iPhones having slightly rounded, softer edges, much like iPads.
Wearable is the newest product category in Apple’s product portfolio since iPad, which the company launched in 2010. This is also Tim Cook’s chance to prove that Apple can still innovate in post-Jobs era. At the Code conference earlier this year, Apple SVP Eddy Cue teased the arrival of a new product in the fall, which according to him is the best he had seen in the 25-years of his work at Apple.
The company is holding an event on September 9 at the Flint Center in Cupertino. The event will be live-streamed on the Apple website for its devices.