Do you find your iPad too big but your iPhone too small? Well, today is your lucky day. Apple unveiled two new phones today, and the Big Announcement is the iPhone 6 Plus—a 5.5 inch phone that falls somewhere between a tablet and a smartphone, but is thinner than either of them. Right now, some tech junkies are calling it a "phablet" but let's hope that lazy portmanteau doesn't stick.
It's a big upgrade, but the size isn't the new phone's only or even biggest innovation. It's sleeker, faster and comes equipped with a better camera and more memory. It also represents Apple's first serious venture into replacing your wallet. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus come equipped with Apple Pay, which will function as a digital credit card and will allow you to make payments to everywhere from McDonalds to Starbucks to Uber. Not that you'll have a ton of money in your account after shelling out for the iPhone 6 Plus, but it's still a big deal. Discuss
Even without the star power of Veronica Mars or Zach Braff, a portable drink cooler has become the most successful Kickstarter campaign of all time. The Coolest cooler—which is essentially an ordinary cooler equipped with a waterproof stereo, USB charger and blender—recently closed with an epic $13,285,226 in pledges. Ironically, when the product’s creator first launched a campaign with an unfinished prototype design, it failed to hit the $125,000 goal. He told CBS News, "I learned that I needed to be further along in the design of the product to really showcase my vision … I also learned that it's not best to launch a cooler when it's cold out." Cheers, cooler creator dude ... Discuss
The Google X lab has posted a first look at their new drone delivery system that (they told Wired) hope will, “open up entirely new approaches to moving things around—including options that are faster, cheaper, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than the way we do things today.” So, just so we’re clear, the purpose of this new technology is going to make sending small items slightly easier, not to hasten the take over of humanity by soulless machines bent of global domination. Good to know ... Discuss
Some Apple analysts are predicting that the highly-anticipated iWatch—as well as the iPhone 6—could be releasing very soon. A writer for the tech site Re/code suggested that the release could be as soon as Sept. 9, and others, including Morgan Stanley, think the release will either be this fall or winter in order to be ready for the holiday shopping season. In the meantime, a slightly larger version of the iPad will just have to hold you over until the new Apple product is officially announced. But don't be surprised if we get a first look at the iWatch sooner rather than later ... Discuss
Apple may be getting ready to launch the next big thing. No, literally, rumor has it, they’re about to release an iPad that is several inches bigger than the current iPads. Bloomberg News has spoken to “people with knowledge of the matter” and is reporting that “the new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally,” compared to the 9.7 inch display of the standard sized iPads. Who needs new, innovative products when you can just re-release old ones at a slightly larger size? The larger iPads are expected to be available sometime in “early 2015” ... Discuss