Sherman: You want to capture the Kraken and have him fight for you. He looks like Godzilla with a big glowing crystal wart on his back.
The new iPhones, despite bigger screens, have battery life about the same (or, in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus), better battery life than the old iPhones. 80 hours of music listening... that's enough to play the "Lord of the Rings" soundtrack twice in a row.
Schiller: "But equal or better better life than iPhone 5. iPhone 6 Plus even better."
Schiller: "Also a new motion coprocessor, the M8. Really important for fitness apps. It can tell if you're cycling, walking, running. And it can now estimate distance."
The iPhone has a BAROMETER built in, for measuring altitude through air pressure. Jeez. Does Weather.com know about this?
Schiller: "And for the first time, it gives you credit for elevation as well, like stairs. There's a new sensor... a barometer."
Schiller is back. "So, larger display, thinner design, better performance..."
Schiller: "Nike is working on a new version of the running app."
Schiller: "And more. New wireless capability. LTE up to 150 Mbps, using technology called carrier aggregation."
Works with over 200 LTE carriers.
Schiller: And there's a new technology in the 6, called Voice over LTE, for clearer sounding voice
Schiller: 3x faster WiFi, too. And now you can make calls over WiFi. And when you move from wireless network to cellular, the call will seamlessly hand off.
Schiller: "There are great new cameras."
New 8MP camera, True Tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels (big - good).
The new iPhones have WiFi calling. Over at T-Mobile, they're popping champagne.
Schiller: New Focus Pixels in the camera: For phase-detection autofocus. Like in DSLRs. "And the iPhone has it. The phones can focus twice as fast."
Schiller: Now showing some pretty gorgeous photos taken "without retouching."
Holy cow. Phase-detection focusing in the iPhone 6 cameras, just like SLRs have. That should mean much faster, sharper focusing.
Photo of a girl on a horse. Horse looks like it really likes the iPhone 6.
Schiller identifies the monarch butterfly as a female. Man knows his butterflies.
By the way, in case you're wondering who's on stage it's Phil Schiller. He's the senior VP of worldwide marketing at Apple. He’s been an exec at the company since Steve Jobs returned in 1997 and is always prominently featured in Apple presentations. Calm and composed onstage, Schiller is usually called upon to present new goodies, like the iPhone or iPad.
Schiller: New signal processor in the A8 chip. Also, advance "blink and smile detection," so if you take a burst, it can pick the best.
I note that all of these gorgeous sample iPhone 6 photos are taken outdoors in glorious light. Can't wait to see how it does on Halloween night.
And now the first major difference between the iPhone 6 and 6 plus: The 6 has digital image stabilization, but the 6 PLUS has OPTICAL image stabilization, which is better.
COME ON. Optical image stabilization? What's next in the iPhone camera--interchangeable lenses?
OK, Apple just showed a nighttime photo. I withdraw my snarky remark about bright light.
Schiller: Now on to video recording. Yes, HD at 1080p, now at 60 frames a second (was 30 on the 5). And now up to 240 frames a second slo mo.
The video demo he's showing of some acrobatic jump-roper is AMAZING
And also, "cinematic video stabilization."
Also time-lapse video, in iOS 8