This afternoon’s Apple press event saw the main event of the conference—the iPhone 6—announced. The newest generation of the iconic smartphone will come in two models; the standard iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus. Both models boast larger screens than previous iPhones and will hit shelves next Friday.
The iPhone 6 comes in with a 4.7 inch display while the iPhone 6 Plus will boast a 5.5 inch screen which will feature Retina HD resolution. In the 4.7 inch screen model, Retina HD will showcase 1334×750 pixels and the Plus will deliver 1920×1080 pixels.
The general design will be similar to Apple’s tablets and feature rounded edges. The iPhone 6 comes in at 6.9 mm in thickness while the Plus is 7.1 mm. A minor design change includes the power button being moved to the side of the phone. Both phones come in gold, silver, and space gray colors.
Both models of the iPhone 6 will have the all new front facing camera called iSight. Also new is a senor called “Focus Pixels” which allows for faster autofocus and improved noise reduction. On the video front, Apple has worked on things and the two iPhone 6 models will be able to record 1080p at 30-60 frames per second. The two phones splinter off when it comes to the front camera with the iPhone 6 having digital image stabilization and the iPhone 6 Plus having optical image stabilization.
Most of the features have been for the iSight camera whereas the significant feature for the FaceTime HD camera—located on the back—will be able to capture a great amount of light (Apple mentioned 80 percent more light). FaceTime HD will also have some iSight features such as Burst Mode and HDR video.
The iPhone 6 will come with an A8 processor. The new processor doubles as a 64 bit processor and is 25 percent faster than its predecessor the A7. It is also smaller, can work around overheating issues and run longer without slowing down. For fitness fanatics, the iPhone 6 also comes with an M8 processor which can handle complicated tasks such as telling the difference between what kind of distance based activity (running, cycling, or moving up stairs) a user is doing.
THE BATTERY LIFE
At the base feature for a phone, the iPhone 6 comes in at 14 hours of talk time and the iPhone 6 Plus at up to 24 hours. Using the internet via 3G or LTE will drain the battery quite a bit as will viewing video to roughly 10 and 11 hours respectively for the iPhone 6. With the iPhone 6 Plus it’s 12 and 14 hours.
Speaking of LTE, Apple claims that the iPhone 6 has 20 LTE bands—more than any smartphone out—and can support speeds of up to 150Mbps. On top of that, Wi-Fi will be three times faster.
The reported on mobile payment system will be called Apple Pay (as iPay was probably considered a little too much). Apple Pay will store credit cards or debit cards in the Passbook app and simply hold their iPhone 6 displaying the card to the card reader. That’s given that the store has a reader that can be used and not the swipe reader. Apple Pay is only available for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Both models will run on iOS 8. The new OS will also be available for Apple devices dating back to iPhone 4S on September 17th, prior to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release.
THE PRICE AND RELEASE
At the lower end of the price scale is the 16GB iPhone 6 which will be $199. Both the 64GB iPhone 6 and the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus will be $299 while the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus and the 128GB iPhone 6 will be $399. The 128GB iPhone 6 Plus will run for $499. All prices are for the phones on contract through Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile. The iPhone 6 will also be available on the Apple Store and other big market retailers. The phones hit the shelves Friday, September 19th in the U.S.
With the impending launch of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5S will take a price dip to $99 on a two year contract. The iPhone 5C will be offered for free on a two year contract, but will get knocked from 16GB to 8GB.
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