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iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch may make these 5 things irrelevant

James A. Martin | Sept. 11, 2014
As I watched Apple's big unveiling of its new iPhones, Apple Pay, and Watch on Tuesday, I just had to start writing up an "endangered" list. My relationship with the following apps, devices and other stuff could come to an end once I get my hands on an iPhone 6 Plus and Watch. However, there is one gadget that no iOS device will likely topple in terms of my affections.

5. Most third-party camera apps.  Apple's upcoming iOS 8 (due Sept. 17), coupled with the iPhone 6's camera improvements, could make me less dependent on some third-party photo apps. Example: I've used the GorillaCam iOS app a lot for its rapid-fire burst and time-lapse modes — two features that are built-in to Apple's Camera app in iOS 8. (Burst mode is already available on the iPhone 5s, but older devices will get it with iOS 8.) The iOS 8 Photos app also delivers some image enhancement tools that were previously available only in third-party apps.

One Thing That's Safe — For Now.  Though I suspect the iPhone 6 Plus will make an ideal e-reader in many situations, I'm hanging onto my Kindle Paperwhite. Its screen is much more legible in bright sunlight than any iPhone or iPad screen, making the Paperwhite ideal for afternoons in the park or at the beach.


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