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Apple watch, Apple Pay and iPhone 6 devices officially announced

Apple has unveiled its latest gadgets, which include new smartphones and a smartwatch.

The innovative electronics giant finally put rumors of it possibly announcing its very first smartwatch to rest on Tuesday, September 9 when it officially revealed its Apple Watch to an eager audience that filled the Flint Center in California and to millions of digital viewers around the world.

The new watch from Apple will be available in three styles.

There will be the standard Apple Watch, the 18k gold Watch Edition and the Watch Sport, which has been designed to be extra durable and light. The device will also have two different face sizes (1.5 inches and 1.65 inches). The two different sizes make Apple’s smartwatch unique from what is currently available on the market, as it allows consumers to choose a watch face that will be better suited to their wrist size.

In addition, consumers can choose from a variety of watch straps that differ in color and texture, which helps to make the watch even more customizable. However, beyond its aesthetic aspects and appeal, the wearable device features what the company calls a “digital crown”. This is a small dial on the side of the watch through which much of the interaction with the smartwatch occurs.

The digital crown enables the user to control certain functions on the screen so that they are not blocking their view of the display as they interact with the watch. For instance, users can use this feature to zoom in and out of a map.

Among other features, the watch also has fitness and health tracking capabilities.Apple Watch announced

In addition to the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled.

The two new iPhones are larger (iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen and iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen) and faster than Apple’s previous models and will have longer battery life. The camera has been improved, and users will be able to enjoy a horizontal view of the home screen. The iPhone 6 Plus screen resolution will be the sharpest of any iPhone previously released with 401 pixels per inch instead of 326.

Other features of the phones include the barometer, a new sensor that approximates not only how far a user has run or walked, but also how many stairs they’ve climbed. In addition, both phones will be equipped with Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system.

The new iPhones are set to begin shipping in the U.S. on September 19. The starting price for the iPhone 6 is $199 (for 16 GB with a two year contract). Prices go up from there with the iPhone 6 Plus costing $100 extra on top of the iPhone 6 prices.

The Apple Watch is compatible with the new iPhones, as well as the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c. The starting price for the watch is $349.00 and will be made available for purchase in early 2015.

iWatch development team may now include 2 former Nike Fuelband experts

This hiring only adds a larger amount of certainty that Apple is indeed pouring itself into wearable tech.

The latest technology news with regards to the iWatch is now crossing over with the announcement that Nike made earlier this year that it would be downsizing its Fuelband team as it changed its focus from having been on hardware toward software, instead.

This caused many to believe that the Fuelband would soon be finished, but it opened up an opportunity for Apple.

At the same time that nobody seems to know whether or not Nike will be moving ahead with its own wearable technology, Apple appears to be snatching up the former members of the Fuelband team and many are justifiably assuming that those individuals are being added to the experts working on the so called iWatch. The latest in hiring in this field has included two of the execs that had been a part of the efforts for the fitness band, and who are likely now placing their focus on the first smartwatch from the iPhone maker.

The two new members to the assumed iWatch team include Jon Gale and Ryan Bailey formerly of Nike Fuelband.

iWatch -  mobile technologyThese two experts in mobile technology is only helping to add more fuel to the very powerful fire regarding rumors of a smartwatch that the industry believes will be released by Apple as early as October of this year. As is the policy of that electronics company, no official announcements or confirmations have been made regarding the device, as they never speak to any future developments until the official unveiling.

That said, the types of announcements that Apple has made, in combination with the patents that have been purchased and the type of hiring that they have done has made it so that there is little doubt left that some form of device in the wearables category is on its way.

Gale had been a Senior Firmware Engineer on the Nike team and has now been hired by Apple as a Sensing Systems Engineer. Bailey was at Nike as a Senior Test and Validation Engineer but is now a Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple. Both are presumably working on the iWatch.