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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.

  • 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
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:21:07 PM
    Sherman: Vain Glory players play a unique hero. Petal can plant seeds that sprout
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:21:32 PM
    Sherman: Vain Glory brings this world class competitive gaming to iOS
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:22:02 PM
    The basic gameplay mode is to destroy a giant crystal in the opposing team's base, like aggro CTF.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:22:07 PM
    Sherman is going over some aspects of the game
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:22:14 PM
    Uh oh, he's unleashed a kraken.
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:22:34 PM
    Apparently you can recruit the kraken and he'll help you destroy your opponent's crystal.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:22:41 PM
    Some context about Apple's position in mobile - The iPhone's worldwide smartphone market share has plummeted from a peak of 23 percent in fourth quarter of 2011 to 12 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to market researcher IDC. That puts it in second place behind Samsung, and Android vendors altogether captured 85 percent of the market in the period.
  • Carrie Mihalcik 9/9/2014 5:22:48 PM
    Apple supersizes the iPhone, joins the big-screen era at last
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:22:50 PM
    Still, Apple’s shipments continue to rise, with the company’s volume increasing 13 percent to 35.2 million units in the quarter ended in June
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:22:51 PM
    Still no Liam Neeson sighting, but we'll keep our eyes peeled.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:23:16 PM
    Launching bigger iPhones could have significant implications for the mobile industry. In a market where phone designs and operating systems have become standardized, larger screens were one way for Android devices to stand out against the iPhone.
  • Lynn La 9/9/2014 5:23:18 PM
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:23:22 PM
    The graphics look quite good, but not quite revolutionary. Pretty typical MMO fare.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:23:27 PM
    Samsung claimed during the patent-infringement trials against Apple that one of the main reasons people buy Samsung devices is for their bigger screens. If that's no longer a differentiator, Samsung's sales could suffer. Now that Apple has bigger devices, Android makers such as Samsung and LG won't have as much of an advantage.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:23:34 PM
    Shipments of phablets, typically defined as smartphones with screen sizes between 5.5 and 6.99 inches, will surpass portable PC shipments this year and tablet shipments next year, International Data Corp. said in early September.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:23:39 PM
    This year, electronics vendors will ship about 175 million phablets, IDC said, passing the 170 million laptops expected to ship during the same period. Next year, phablet shipments will top 318 million units, surpassing the 233 million tablets forecast to ship in 2015.
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:23:46 PM
    Should be a fun game, though. We'll need to see more.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:23:51 PM
    While phablets remain a small percentage of the overall smartphone sector, Apple's larger screen iPhones should give the category a boost, IDC added. Phablets should grow to 32 percent of the smartphone market in 2018 from 14 percent this year, the firm said.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:23:54 PM
    Schiller is back up
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:24:11 PM
    Schiller: Battery life impact now
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:24:14 PM
    Phil makes a good point that the phone filling a 35-foot screen with good graphics is impressive.
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:24:18 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:24:30 PM
    Schiller: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has just-as-good or better battery life than iPhone 5S
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:24:38 PM
    Up to 24 hours of 3G talk on the iPhone 6 Plus from 10 before. The iPhone 6 is 14 hours. That's no slouch.
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:24:41 PM
  • Lynn La 9/9/2014 5:24:42 PM
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:24:54 PM
    Schiller: iPhone 6 11 hours of video watching, wifi browsing. iPhone 6 Plus, 14 hours of HD video playback
  • Tim Stevens 9/9/2014 5:24:56 PM
    So the Plus will be the one you want if you really need all-day phone usage -- if you have the pockets to suit.
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:25:03 PM
    Schiller: New motion coprocessor called M8
  • Shara Tibken 9/9/2014 5:25:24 PM
    Schiller: Useful for fitness applications. Can tell when cycling, running, walking, has new ability to estimate distance
  • James Martin 9/9/2014 5:25:27 PM
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