Apple has officially revealed the new iPhone. Two models are available, the 4.7″ version and the 5.5″ which is called iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple is also going back to the roots of the iPhone by bringing back the round design.
Steve Jobs would have deemed both models unusable due to the large screen size but Apple has been losing market share to larger devices so this step could not be avoided. To make it easier to use and navigate on such a big screen, Apple has introduced what they call “Reachability”. A double click on the home button reduces the size of open window to half the size of the display, making it easy to press any buttons with your thumb.
Specifications and Features
First of all, the iPhone 6 series is of course based on iOS 8 which will also be available for download for previous models on September 17th, two days before the iPhone 6 goes on sale.
The iPhone 6 has the same resolution as the iPhone 5S while the iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution on par with most other flagship devices from Samsung, LG and HTC – 1,080 x 1,920.
Both models are based on the new Apple A8 processor. Due to the architecture, the A8 gives both new devices better battery life than the iPhone 5S.
The camera is actually disappointing. While Apple talked a lot about the sensor being upgraded and the FPS have doubled to 240 compared to the iPhone 5S, a 8 MP rear and 1.2 MP front camera just isn’t good enough for a high-end device. The Samsung Galaxy S5 for example comes in at 16 MP, the Sony Xperia Z2 even offers 20.7 MP.
Unlike previously rumored, the iPhone 6 does not come with a sapphire display. Apple simply says it is “ion-strengthened”.
The design though is just stunning and as you can see from the detailed flagship comparison below, the iPhone 6 is the thinnest high-end smartphone available on the market.
Apple also announced “Apple Pay”. Google has introduced this in the past as well but it seems that Apple still has the power to move a market. They have gotten the six biggest banks and all major credit card companies on board alread0y and also announced a number of merchant partners including McDonalds, Starbucks, Disney, Subway, Target and many more.
Price and Availability
When the iPhone 6 series goes on sale on September 19th, here is what the pricing will look like
High-End Smartphone Comparison
|Apple iPhone 6||Apple iPhone 6 Plus||Samsung Galaxy S5||LG G3||HTC One M8||Sony Xperia Z2||Moto X 2. Gen.|
|OS||iOS 8||iOS 8||Android 4.4||Android 4.4||Android 4.4|
|Display||4.7″ 750 x 1,334||5.5″ 1,080 x 1,920||5.1″ 1,080 x 1,920||5.5″ 1,440 x 2,560||5″ 1,080 x 1,920||5.2″ 1,080 x 1,920||5.2″ 1,080 x 1,920|
|Processor||Apple A8||Apple A8||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.46 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz|
|Storage||16 / 64 / 128 GB||16 / 64 / 128 GB||16 / 32 GB +microSD||16 / 32 GB +microSD||16 GB +microSD||16 GB +microSD||16 / 32 GB|
|RAM||NIA||NIA||2 GB||2 GB||2 GB||3 GB||2 GB|
|Camera Rear||8 MP||8 MP||16 MP||13 MP||4 MP||20.7 MP||13 MP|
|Camera Front||1.2 MP||1.2 MP||2.1 MP||2.1 MP||2.1 MP||2.2 MP||2 MP|
|LTE||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s||↓150 ↑50 Mbit/s|
|Battery||NIA||NIA||2,800 mAh||3,000 mAh||2,600 mAh||3,200 mAh||2,300 mAh|
|Weight||129 g||172 g||145 g||149 g||160 g||158 g||144 g|
|Size||67 x 138.1 x 6.90 mm||77.8 x 158.1 x 7.1 mm||72.5 x 142 x 8.10 mm||74.6 x 146.3 x 9.10 mm||70.6 x 146.4 x 9.35 mm||73.3 x 146.8 x 8.20||72.4 x 140.8 x 9.9 mm|