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Marc Madnick

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14 MacDirectory DePartMent APPLE BITES By HEATHEr CASPI apple Watch still under Development While geeks the world over are drooling since the product's unveiling, the Apple Watch is not yet a finalized product, sources say. The device is expected to require nightly charging, and while that is on par with the other touchscreen smart watches on the market, Apple isn't satisfied, reports Apple Insider. "Battery life for the Apple Watch remains somewhat up in the air because the product isn't yet finalized and ready for launch," the source says. It remains to be seen what Apple might yet improve before the product is actually released sometime in early 2015. Then the question will be whether the smartwatch, no matter how impressive, will remain a niche product or become a mainstream phenomenon like the smartphone. It just may be the next thing you didn't know you needed but soon won't be able to live without. iPhone 6: Is Bigger really Better? That may be the controversial question. But the updates do make the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus "the best iPhones we've ever made," as Tim Cook touted at their unveiling. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus dwarf previous iPhone models, but at the same time, they are the thinnest yet. A benefit of size: while both phones are said to offer longer battery life, the size of the 6 Plus allows for an even larger battery. Reviewers suggest that although the new iPhones are big, they are easier to hold than expected because of their rounded edges, according to Macrumors. Also popular is Apple's solution to make sure the device remains usable with one hand—a feature called "Reachability." A double tap on the Touch ID home button moves anything from the screen to the bottom, in thumb's reach, for easy access. apple Pay concept not so new Users will be able to make a purchase in seconds by touching their iPhone 6 or Apple Watch to a scanner at participating retail stores and confirming with a PIN or a tap of their fingerprint. While it may indeed be a revolutionary new system that will replace physical credit cards, similar technology is already in place. Apple Pay uses essentially the same chip-and-PIN technology that Europe and Canada have implemented in their credit cards, according to Rob Sadowski, Director of Technology Solutions for security company RSA, in comments to USA Today. Those cards already utilize a computer chip rather than a magnetic strip, like Apple Pay. Apple Pay should still one-up the security of any credit card, however, because you never have to hand it over, and even if it gets lost or stolen, thieves should not be able to access your account information.

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