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10 key issues on Apple's new devices

16 Sep 2014  | Thomas Claburn

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A8 processor

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will make great mobile gaming devices due to the new A8 processor in the phones and to game makers' adoption of the Metal API in iOS 8. Keep an eye out for Super Evil Megacorp's Vainglory, coming this fall.


Sensor chip

Both iPhone 6 models include a new sensor, a barometer, which will allow activity tracking apps to measure changes in altitude. Weather apps should benefit, too.

Apple Pay

You will pay with Apple Pay

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support Near Field Communication (NFC) payments, through a process Apple is calling Apple Pay. Apple Pay is the first move in a long game to dominate payments made through mobile devices.

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