iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: what you need to know — Macworld has a good overview, TUAW explains about how many more pixels they have, the Mac Observer has a hands on to help you choose, AppleInsider explains how the bigger phones have been designed to be used one-handed, and has also created a printable iPhone 6 pre-order picker can help you choose the right size model.
Apple Watch users will need to recharge nightly — Apple is still working to improve uptime before launch. But Apple expects people to charge it nightly, suggesting the battery life will offer about one day of operation. Macworld has three Apple Watch features that will make you think differently about smartwatches, and also has a What you need to know, plus 5 things the Apple Watch can do, and 5 things it can’t.
And the Apple Watch isn’t waterproof. All the Apple Watch promotional videos are now viewable online. There’s more on battery life plus the important fact (for me anyway) that Apple Watch does support left-handed use. Apple didn’t offer specifics, but it appears as if left-handed use will be supported via a setting.
Parody Apple Watch vid — A parody video at YouTube details Apple’s ‘Pleasantly Plump Little Electronic Watch‘.
Apple to collect swipe fees from banks for Apple Pay transactions – report — [No real surprise but] Apple’s new Apple Pay system has the potential to become a huge revenue driver, as the iPhone maker has reportedly reached agreements with its partner banks to take a cut of the revenue earned from so-called “swipe fees” when consumers make purchases through the platform.
Philips announces Fidelo M2L, the first-ever Apple Lightning headphones with 24-bit DAC audio — The first-ever Lightning-connected headphones for iOS devices are coming from Philips, offering 24-bit digital to analog conversion thanks to the use of Apple’s proprietary connector. [Sound quality promises to be excellent over Lightning.]
picTrove free — picTrove Pro 1.8.14 (US$9.99, iOS Universal) is free this weekend (Sat 12 – Sun 13 September) to promote the launch of TraversienT Inc’s new app picTrove 2 Pro ($4.99, iOS Universal).