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Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman

Apple iPhone 6, Apple Watch: What's Missing

Apple did many things right with its new iPhone and Watch hardware, but left a few key technologies out of the mix.

Apple on Tuesday introduced the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Apple Watch -- three important new pieces of mobile hardware. As the rumors suggested, the new iPhones are bigger than previous models, while the Apple Watch offers a new take on what wearables can do, including mobile payments.

Nothing is perfect, and neither are Apple's latest gadgets. Here's a list of things Apple failed to include this time around. (Admittedly, these are extremely nit-picky items. Apple hit the nail on the head in nearly every respect.)

Sapphire screens -- Apple was widely expected to use sapphire to protect the displays of its new iPhones. The company made no mention of sapphire during its keynote, and sapphire is not listed on the official specs page published by Apple. The lens cover, however, is made of sapphire.

High-megapixel cameras -- Interestingly, Apple stuck to an 8-megapixel sensor for both new iPhones. It has a new sensor, new five-element lens, and a wider aperture, but Apple has decided to sit out the race to offer more megapixels. The user-facing camera, or "FaceTime Camera" in Apple parlance, rates a disappointing 1.2 megapixels. Many competing device offer 5- or 8-megapixel user-facing cameras.

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Eric is a freelance writer for InformationWeek specializing in mobile technologies. View Full Bio

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