Apple has just unveiled its most amazing smartphones ever, the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen, at today’s “Wish we could say more” media event held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino.
As hinted by all the leaks in recent months, the handsets sport stunning next generation “Retina Display HD” displays with a completely redesigned chassis that takes design cues from the latest iPod touch and the iPad Air. Both feature an A8 processor, next generation iSight and FaceTime HD cameras, more powerful battery, LTE, Wi-Fi and much more. Let’s take an in-depth look at what the latest iPhone iteration has to offer.
Design & Display:
The iPhone 6 with 4.7” screen is merely 6.8mm thin, while the iPhone 6 Plus with 5.5” diagonal display is 7.1mm in thickness, as compared to 7.6mm on the iPhone 5s. The devices feature next generation Retina Display HD, which are sRGB-accurate, feature ultrathin backlight, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystal, improved polariser and ion-strengthened glass.
Both handsets feature the good old home button at the bottom with Touch ID. The power button has been moved to the right side, while volume rockers are on the left.
Landscape Springboard and Reachability:
The springboard is also presented in landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus, similar to the iPad. Apple notes that If you double-touch the Touch ID button, everything moves down to the lower half of the screen. Then you tap again and it’ll move right back to the full-screen mode, a process called “reachability”.
Apple says that the Apps that aren’t updated for the iPhone 6 “just work,” as they are scaled up using a “desktop-class scaler”, as Phil Schiller calls it.
A8 Processor and Improved Battery:
Both the iPhones pack Apple’s new generation A8 chip, with 2 billion transistors and 64-bit support. As expected, it’s a 20nm process. The chip is 13% smaller than A7 and boasts 25% faster performance than its predecessor. The new M8 motion coprocessor can estimate distance and also measure elevation changes, such as stairs. The devices also feature a new sensor — the barometer, which measures relative elevation from air pressure.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pack superior performing batteries than previous generation iPhones as shown in the graphic below.
Faster LTE with VoLTE Support & 802.11ac Wi-Fi:
The LTE support has also been improved on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There are 20 LTE bands with “carrier aggregation” to maximize speed. The phones also supports VoLTE, which is Voice over LTE. Apple says it makes your calls sound better, “We’re working with a lot of carriers around the world.” There is also faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi with support for Wi-Fi calling.
8MP iSight Camera with f/2.2 Aperture, Image Stabilization:
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with an amazing 8-megapixels next generation iSight camera with an improved sensor, a true-tone flash and 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture. The iPhone 6 has “digital” image stabilization, while the 6 Plus has optical image stabilization. Both the cameras can do video at 1080p at 30 or 60fps, while Slo-Mo can do a whopping 240fps.
The FaceTime HD camera is also completely new with a brand new sensor and f/2.2 aperture for improved lighting.
Pricing, Pre-Orders & Availability:
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will come in black, silver and gold colours, and will begin shipping on September 19th in the US and Canada with pre-orders starting on Friday. The phones will launch in 115 countries by the end of this year.
The iPhone 6 pricing starts at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB on a two year contract in the US. Similarly, the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64 and $499 for 128GB on a two year term.