There was a lot of buzz on the Internet on Tuesday.
Apple, the company that makes high-tech products like smart phones, tablets and iPods, introduced something completely new: a “smart watch.”
It looks like a sleek watch but it does a lot more than a normal watch. Apple is calling the Apple Watch a “wearable computer” because it has a screen, like a computer or smart phone, and connects to the Internet.
Like a computer, people can use it to communicate. It can also be used to monitor the wearer’s heart rate and keep track of how many steps they take in the day. And, it tells the time.
The Apple Watch can only be used with an Apple iPhone (model 5 or 6).
Millions of people around the world watched and listened in as the company unveiled the new, exciting technology.
Apple also launched two new phones: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. The new iPhones have bigger screens than the company’s old phones. They are also thinner and have some new features.
The screen on the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches (14 centimetres), compared with the current iPhone 5 which has a 4-inch (10-centimetre) screen. The iPhone 6 comes in three colours: silver, gold and grey.
At the launch of the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, the popular rock band U2 introduced their new album, Songs of Innocence. Apple is letting its customers download the album for free until Oct. 13 through the iTunes store online.
By Jonathan Tilly
Apple has a web page where people can compare iPhones to see what the differences are: https://www.apple.com/ca/iphone/compare/ .
Make a list of your own comparing two household items.
Reading Prompt: Extending Understanding
TKN has covered several stories about Apple and its technologies. Read one of our archived articles by typing apple in the search bar and record how the articles are both similar and different.
Extend understanding of texts by con- necting the ideas in them to their own knowledge and experience, to other famil- iar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).
Extend understanding of texts by con- necting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).
Extend understanding of texts, including increasingly complex or difficult texts, by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).
Language Feature: Onomatopoeia
Buzz is a word that gets its meaning from the sound it makes. Buzzzzzz!
That’s known as onomatopoeia (on-oh-mat-oh-pee-yah).
Other examples of onomatopoeia are bang, plop and splash.
What other words sound like their thing or action?
After you’ve thought of as many as you can, check out this website (Yourdictionary.com) for more examples: