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Apple September 9 event

Join CNET for live coverage of Apple's September 9 media event in Cupertino. Among the new products widely expected to be announced: the iPhone 6, and -- possibly -- a wearable product.

  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:14:26 PM
    Schiller: Want phones to not only feel great but easy to use. Last year had new sideswipe gesture
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:14:46 PM
    Schiller: If you're in Safari, looking at a website you can move backwards and forwards by swiping from the side of the display
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:14:53 PM
    Phil is saying that the subtle curve in the edge of the display is ideal for the new bezel gestures, where you start off to the side of the glass and bring it in.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:15:13 PM
    Schiller: We've also added a brand new geature for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It's called Reachability. If you double touch the TouchID button, the whole display slides down so you can reach anything at the top
  • Lynn La 9/9/2014 5:15:16 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:15:27 PM
    That is how Apple dealt with the issue of being able to operate these giant phones with one hand
  • Lynn La 9/9/2014 5:15:34 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:15:35 PM
    That's a huge focus for Jobs, Cook, and the whole design team
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:15:38 PM
    Worried about your thumb not reaching? The double-touch on the TouchID button may help by sliding content down. We'll see how comfortable that is in the real world.
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:15:45 PM
    "We all love our apps" -- some more than others.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:15:49 PM
    Schiller: What about all that great software you already have. Apple Store has over 1.3 million applications
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:15:58 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:16:15 PM
    Schiller: Xcode - automatic layouts, easier to make software scale. But what about apps that haven't been updated yet. Well here's what happens. They just work
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:16:33 PM
    Schiller is showing us the CNN app and what it looks like before it was updated for the bigger screen
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:16:37 PM
    Schiller: It all just works.
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:16:41 PM
    Apps will scale appropriately across devices. Phil says there's a "Desktop-class scaler" in there. We're guessing app devs will want to update their assets, though.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:16:53 PM
    Schiller: If a developer wants to take advatnage of special apps, can create even more increidble apps with more density of content.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:17:02 PM
    Schiller: CNN is creating new horizontal view etc.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:17:24 PM
    Schiller: That doesn't come close to telling the story why these are the best phones ever made
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:17:27 PM
    Schiller: Apple A8 chip
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:17:39 PM
    I'm looking forward to seeing what other apps get similarly updated to offer new functionality for the extra resolution. Perhaps we should talk to our devs...
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:17:41 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:17:55 PM
    Schiller: 2nd gen 64 bit chip. 2 billion transistors, up from 1B in the A7. Built on 28 nanometer process, or billionths of a meter.
  • Lynn La 9/9/2014 5:18:05 PM
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:18:13 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:18:14 PM
    ST NOTE - most mobile chips already are 28 nanometer, including those from Qulacomm, etc. Intel is at 14 nanometers with its PC chips
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:18:22 PM
    Phil's running through the benchmark-free specs as usual, 25% faster CPU, 50% faster graphics.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:18:22 PM
    Schiller: Up to 84X faster GPU performance
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:18:45 PM
    Schiller: Extra goal with A8 - 50% more energy efficent than A7 chip. Allows to sustain performance over longer period of time
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:19:03 PM
    Schiller: Talking up sustained performance. Able to keep performance levels high when needed
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:19:21 PM
    Schiller: Just this summer we launched Metal, a new graphics library for our developers
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:19:22 PM
    Phil's talking about heat constraints being a big issue for smartphones. He specifically mentions gaming, but I think more people will see an advantage with GPS navigation. That certainly makes my phone get toasty...
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:19:42 PM
    The A7 chip last year was the first 64 bit chip for mobile
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:19:47 PM
    Such chips enable faster apps that can juggle large amounts of data more efficiently than the 32-bit processors common in smartphones and tablets today. However, most mobile operating systems and apps don't currently support 64-bit. Some chip companies have started to produce 64-bit processors to be ready when the operating systems catch up, but others are still working on their chips.
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:19:52 PM
    Phil's telling us about Metal again, the new GPU layer that gives more power and direct access to game developers than OpenGL.
  • Carrie Mihalcik 9/9/2014 5:20:04 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:20:06 PM
    Schiller: Games on metal from EA, Disney, Rovio, UbiSoft, Zynga, etc
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:20:10 PM
    Some game dev have apparently had a chance to play with A8, so it's time to get a demo!
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:20:11 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:20:21 PM
    Stephan Sherman from Super Evil Megacorp is going to give us a demo.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:20:25 PM
    Schiller: introducing Stephan Sherman, chief creative officer of Super Evil Megacorp (best name ever)
  • Lynn La 9/9/2014 5:20:44 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:20:51 PM
    Sherman: Today I am thrilled to debut for you Vain Glory. New game
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:20:57 PM
    A battle arena game that uses touch? Let's see how this looks..
  • Carrie Mihalcik 9/9/2014 5:21:01 PM
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