Apple's iPhone 6, Watch revealed: roundup

Apple announced on Tuesday, after months of speculation, the latest iPhone. Here's what you need to know, as well as a roundup of ZDNet and CNET's coverage.
Written by Zack Whittaker, Contributor
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Apple on Tuesday revealed to the world its latest creations: the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus), and its long-awaited wearable, dubbed Apple Watch. 

Sure, there were leaks. But nothing was proven until the day. Still, in case you missed any of it — despite the majority of the leaks proving true — Apple still had a few surprises up its sleeve. 

The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for 16GB, while the iPhone 6 Plus costs $299 for 16GB, both up to 128GB, on a two-year contract, in gold, silver, and space gray colors.

Pre-orders start on September 12 and Apple will begin shipping the devices September 19. 

Think that's all you need to know? There's a lot to digest in the hour-long media event. Here's a roundup of what you need to know, from ZDNet and sister-sites CNET and CBS News:

Apple announces iPhone 6: Better specs, new features, larger screen sizes

ZDNet: As Apple did with last year's smartphone offering, it's sticking with two new iPhones. From specs to features, screen size, and its release date, here's what you need to know.

Where do new iPhones fit? Sizes of Apple's devices compared to popular rivals

ZDNet Editors: While we count down the hours to our first look at Apple's 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones, here's a quick look at how these new models stack up to popular Android and Windows devices.

iPhone 6 phablet optimism overdone: Will the masses really go for 5.5 inch screen?

Larry Dignan, ZDNet: Research firms have been hit with phablet euphoria, but it's unclear whether the masses — beyond tech nerds, business travelers and bookworms — are going to go for large-screen smartphones including the iPhone 6. Pockets aren't keeping up with screen sizes.

Apple to developers: Your apps will scale on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus screens

Larry Dignan, ZDNet: Developers won't have to hurry to update their apps for the larger iPhones, but if they want to take advantage of new features they'll have to get to work.

What's right (and wrong) with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet: Apple dumped a lot of information on us today related to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Let's break it down and take a closer look at Apple's new flagship product. 

What it'll cost you to get a no-contract Apple iPhone 6

Rick Broida, CNET News: Don't want another two-year noose? You can get a contract-free GSM version of the new iPhone — for a price.

When and where to buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Dan Graziano, CNET Reviews: Everything you need to know about buying Apple's new iPhones. 

Apple prices iPhone 6 Plus for maximum damage vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Larry Dignan, ZDNet: Starting at $299 with a two-year contract, the iPhone 6 Plus may have just boxed in Samsung's ability to charge a premium for its latest Galaxy Note phablets.

First look at Apple's iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus smartphones (images)

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet: Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are new and improved, with a thinner design, better camera and faster processor. 

What we didn't get from Apple's iPhone 6 event

David Carnoy, CNET News: Apple announced a pair of new iPhones and an Apple Watch, but here's a quick look at what we didn't hear from Apple today.

Apple unveils 'breakthrough' Watch wearable, aimed at fitness market

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet: Apple finally unveiled what we've all been waiting for: a wearable designed with fitness in mind.

Apple unveils Apple Pay, its long-awaited entrance into mobile payments

Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet: The iPhone and iPod maker finally made the leap into the mobile payments space with the launch of Apple Pay, an NFC-based contactless payment system.

Apple Watch: A look at the hits and misses

Larry Dignan, ZDNet: Apple CEO Tim Cook called the Apple Watch the 'most personal device Apple has ever created.' Here's a look at the positives and negatives for Apple's latest category killer, which starts at $349. 

Apple Watch: First look at Apple's new wearable device (images)

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet: Apple brought more to the table this year than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the form of a fitness-tracking watch.

Apple Watch pairs up with Apple Pay mobile payment service

Donna Tam and Shara Tibken, CNET News: The company encourages consumers to use its mobile payments service by making it available on its highly-anticipated wearable.

Does iOS 8 make sense as a smart home platform?

Ry Crist, CNET News: Apple's new iOS is built to control the connected home. How does it stack up against other would-be smart home platforms?

Apple iOS 8: What's new and impressive (pictures)

Brian Bennett, CNET Reviews: iOS 8 will ship on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starting September 19.

Apple's iPhone 6, Apple Watch rollout: Winners and losers

Larry Dignan, ZDNet: Apple delivered what it had to on the product roadmap front, froze the smartwatch market, punched Samsung and set up its ecosystem for new frontiers. Here's a look at the fallout. 

With new smartwatch, Apple buys itself some time

Shara Tibken, CNET News: It won't deliver the Apple Watch to consumers until next year. So who's going to now rush out to buy a wearable from the likes of LG, Motorola or Samsung?

Apple Watch takes the Digital Crown

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet: While it would have been tempting for Apple to just hit the iPhone with a shrink-ray and compress it down to wrist proportions, it instead decided to come up with some very novel solutions to some very fundamental problems.

Apple Watch: Three hurdles to overcome

James Kendrick, ZDNet: The new wearable from Apple looks nice, but like the competition there are hurdles that must be overcome to see it take off. 

What's right (and wrong) with Apple Watch

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, ZDNet: While the Apple Watch won't go on sale until early 2015, we got a huge amount of information dumped on us, and ahead of getting our hands on a working Apple Watch, we can start to work out way through this information and come to some conclusions.

If Apple can't stream an iPhone 6 event, is there really an enterprise story?

Jason Perlow, ZDNet: Only a week after a public relations fiasco involving high-profile iCloud account breaches, Cupertino fails to reliably stream their iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event. This begs the question: can Apple be trusted to do anything enterprise-grade at all?

Did Apple deliver? First impressions of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch 

CBS News: After months of anticipation and hype, CNET's Tim Stevens looks at whether Apple lived up to expectations

Apple slashes iCloud pricing, adds new 1TB tier

Liam Tung, ZDNet: As promised in June, Apple has dramatically cut its cloud storage prices - but rivals are still undercutting it.

Why there is no sapphire glass to be seen in Apple's iPhone 6

Charlie Osborne, ZDNet: Sapphire glass has showcased in Apple's Watch, but why wasn't the scratch and break-resistant material used in the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?

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