Playing catch up?
It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android.
After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores.
But the new iPhones are a big deal for one simple reason: Only Apple has the advantage of building both the hardware and the software, so iPhones are easier to use and more dependable.
There are many flavors of Android out there, and some phones won't run the latest apps or work with accessories such as smartwatches.
In addition, many leading apps come to the iPhone first or have features exclusive to iPhones.
The iPhone 5, 5s and 5c have screens measuring 4 inches diagonally. The iPhone 6 boosts that to 4.7 inches, while the iPhone 6 Plus is at 5.5 inches. Yet the new phones are thinner than the smaller models.
Text: Anick Jesdanun, AP
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