You probably live under a rock if you still have no idea that Apple today unveiled not 1, but 2 iPhones—the Apple iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Now if you’re wondering what’s new with the iPhone, what has changed and what can you expect with the Cupertino Tech-giant’s new flagship devices, then we suggest that you read through this article.
When Steve Jobs released the first Generation iPhone back in 2007, the device boasted a 3.5 inch display—a size bigger than most phones back then. But throughout the years, as smartphone competition got tighter than ever, we now see flagship smartphones with screens as big as 5.7 inches found on the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Apple has been widely criticized for sticking with a now small-ish 4 inch screen with the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S last year, but now the company is taking a breakthrough from what seems to be its comfort zone as they announce a bigger set of iPhones.
Flaunting a 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches of screen estates respectively, a lot of people are surely rejoicing with bigger iPhones this year with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. As much as both phones got bigger, they both even went thinner too, compared against its predecessor, the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 is just 6.9 mm thin, while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus comes in with a still thin 7.1 mm body—0.5 mm thinner than the iPhone 5S.
Upfront, both phones look exactly like the iPhone 5S. Aside from the size, you’ll see the difference between this year’s iPhones and previous year’s when to you take a look at the sides and the back parts of the phones. Apple decided to make the volume rocker keys on both the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus flatter and thinner. They also strategically moved the Power button from the top of the phone to the right side. And just hours after the announcement, a lot of people are already saying that Apple took hints from Android devices, especially from the Samsung Galaxy S line on the power button placement. But I must say, it is rather an imperative for Apple to give users an easier way of reaching the button when operating the device with just one hand.
Apple now claims that the display on the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus are now Retina HD, with the iPhone 6 sporting a screen resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi) while the bigger iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi) Full HD screen.
Camera wise, a lot may be disappointed though that Apple chose to stick with an 8 megapixel camera—just like what is found on the now 4 year old iPhone 4S. On a personal note, unless you’re into shooting magazine ads or you’re really into professional photography with your iPhone, an 8 megapixel camera on a phone is pretty much adequate–at the end of the day, it’s about the clarity and quality of the photo, not the really huge image size. But in an Apple fashion, the camera module found on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus got a few spec bumps—it comes with the same1.5µ pixels found on the iPhone 5S, but with a feature called Focus Pixels to make colors even more crisp and accurate, as well as to make auto focus even faster. Then there’s an improved 1080p video recording now at up to 60 fps, 240 fps Slo-Mo videos, HDR video, HDR capable FaceTime Cameras, Selfie Burst mode, Timer mode and Time Lapse. Apple is pushing it even further by adding an Optical Image Stabilization feature for the iPhone 6 Plus.
As for connectivity, both iPhones now comes with an improved Wifi Antennas of 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, as well as VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and WiFi Calling support. What this means is that you can make cellular calls even if you’re in an area with a bad reception, as long as you are connected to a WiFi network. But, both phones only utilizes LTE Cat 3, instead of the latest LTE Cat 6 found on LG’s G3.
The new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus is powered by Apples own A8 Chip—a 64-bit desktop class architecture that is claimed to be over 25% faster than the A7 and 50% more efficient, giving both iPhones even longer battery lives. The A8 chip is complemented by the M8 coprocessor that let the phone not only measure the distance you’ve made with the phone, but also the elevation, thanks to it’s Barometer. There’s also a next generation gyroscope, so fitness apps and games can deliver a more accurate results.
There’s also the inclusion of NFC. This certainly isn’t new, but it is a first for any Apple device—a need for the implementation of Apple’s very own mobile payment system, the newly announced Apple Pay.
Of course, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus gets released with the upcoming iOS 8 and is set to hit the shelves September 19 in the US, and is coming to other countries within the year. So expect to see the new set of iPhones in the next weeks or months in the Philippines.
As for the pricing, refer to the image below. (And yes, Apple killed the 32 GB variant on this release for some reason, but giving everyone a huge 128 GB option)
Finally, refer to our detailed current iPhone models comparison below.
Judging by the spec sheet, both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus will perform pretty much better in all aspects compared to the iPhone 5S, much so if you compare it with the iPhone 5C, with the bigger screen, a better screen resolution and an all new and faster chipset. The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus could have been even more better if Apple pushed the envelope a little further by adding a little extra something, like what they did with the Touch ID on the iPhone 5S. But this is what Apple does best and we just all have to sit back and see how the newly announced iPhones fare with the current competition in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the LG G3.
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