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Standing in Line for iPhone 6 and Apple Watch

Apple’s back.

Tim Cook may not equal Steve Jobs in the cool charisma department but the products he and his team announced today have put Apple firmly back as the world’s most innovative and influential technology driver.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have everything I could ask for in a smartphone. I’m willing to stand in line (again) to get my hands on them.

iphone-6The base iPhone 6 model comes with a 4.7 inch and the 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch-screen, way bigger than current models. The iPhone 6 screen has over 1 million pixels, while the iPhone 6 Plus has over 2 million pixels, which translates into a display that will be stunning in clarity

With faster processors, a new camera with near pro DSLR capabilities, a special chip that will allow truly secure credit and debit card transactions through a new service called Apple Pay, longer battery time, clearer phone connections and faster Wi-Fi and I’m thinking I would not like to be a Samsung executive or Android developer.

While bits and pieces of all of the new Apple stuff is available in different degrees in some Android and smartphone configurations, no one has them bundled and integrated as well as what we’ll see in the new super-sized iPhones.

And that Apple Watch, linked to the iPhone and Apple Pay and loaded with a slew of health and fitness applications made for both the new phones and the watch, promises to be as useful as it is stunning in appearance.

New iPhone pre-ordering starts Friday Sept. 12 with the first models delivered on the 19th.

The biggest disappointment from the today’s unveiling had to do with launch of the Apple Watch. It won’t be available until early 2015.




Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.