The iPhone 6 is packed with brand-new features. Here’s a guide to all the new and exciting things you can do with the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, including Apple Pay, Handoff, and Apple Watch integration.
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1. Apple Watch Integration
The Apple Watch has been designed to work with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPhone 5S. There are two sizes, three finishes, and multiple bands. The Apple Watch will start at $349.
Supported apps featured during the keynote include a Pinterest app, a BMW app that lets you find your car, an MLB app for checking scores, and a Nike fitness app. The watch can be used to make payments through Apple Pay, or to unlock your hotel room door at select hotels.
2. Apple Pay
The picture above shows an Apple Watch using Apple Pay. Apple Pay will also be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US as a free update to iOS 8 this October. Unfortunately, the update won’t be available right on release day. Apple Pay works with Visa, American Express, and MasterCard. You will be able to pay for meals at restaurants, along with purchases at many other retailers.
3. Horizontal Mode
Go hands on with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the video above from the Verge.
Before the iPhone 6 was launched, there were rumors that the phone would have a one-handed mode. What Apple actually introduced is arguably better: a horizontal mode on the iPhone 6 Plus that lets you have a two-window experience when the phone is held in landscape orientation.
Go hands-on with Handoff in the video above.
Handoff is a great feature in iOS 8 that lets you start a task on your iPhone, and finish it on your computer. For example, if you are walking in to your office while composing an email on your iPhone, iOS 8 will notice that you are approaching your desk, and let you have the option to finish that email on your desktop computer.
While there aren’t a ton of CarPlay-enabled cars on the road yet, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be able to sync their phone with select cars from major car manufacturers. You might have to wait a while, however. TUAW notes that Mercedes, Volvo and Honda have delayed their CarPlay plans, though Hyundai is still on track for a release later this year. You can learn more about CarPlay’s features in this article, or check out the gallery below to see what a CarPlay car looks like on the inside.
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