Apple Inc. unveiled on Tuesday a smartwatch, two larger-screen iPhones and a mobile payment system, creating new buzz in the technology industry and drumming up consumer excitement.
The wearable device, called Apple Watch, marks the company’s first new product in more than four years, the Wall Street Journal noted. It will come in two sizes and three versions, and will be available in early 2015.
The watch works through a connection to Apple’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which were also unveiled Tuesday, as well as the older iPhone 5, 5c and 5s. The cheapest version will cost US$349.
At the launch event at Cupertino, California, Apple chief executive Tim Cook called the watch the most-personal device Apple has created. The device combines health and fitness tracking with communications.
As for the new iPhones, they will have 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, larger than the current four-inch screen models. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on sale on Sept. 19.
The new phones come with many hardware improvements, including a sharper display, better battery life and improved camera performance.
At the event Tuesday, Apple also unveiled a new digital-payments service that will allow consumers to make purchases using their phones or watches.
‘Apple Pay’ is expected to speed up the checkout process, make credit-card payments more secure and, ultimately, replace physical wallets. The service uses a technology known as near-field communication (NFC) that works by transmitting a radio signal between the device and a receiver.
“Apple Pay will forever change the way we buy,” Cook said.
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