It’s been a long time coming, but Apple has finally launched the iPhone 6. In fact, they have launched two phones: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. In response to market demand for phones with larger screens or “phablets”, which manufacturers such as Samsung and Sony have driven, Apple has had to offer a large-format version of its latest phone.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, with the iPhone 6 Plus featuring a screen size of 5.5 inches. The smaller iPhone 6 breaks away from the 4-inch screen of models past and into larger territory, though at 4.7 inches, is still smallish by today’s standards. Many users will welcome the choice of size, as people often find that phones with a really large screen can be somewhat cumbersome to use.
The iPhone 6 has a new Retina display, dubbed “Retina HD”, retaining its 326ppi pixel density with a 1,334×750-pixel resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has a higher pixel density on its 1080p HD display.
The iPhone’s 8-megapixel camera has not had a pixel boost, but it does receive a refresh thanks to a new sensor. According to Apple, the new camera can focus much faster, colours look more lifelike when the flash is engaged, and the imaging chip has better ways to sharpen images and reduce noise. HDR is now automatically, as well so image quality should be very good indeed. The camera also has a panorama mode which can capture up to 43 megapixels in its five-element lens.
The iPhone 6’s A8 processor is the second 64-bit chipset that Apple has made, and it boasts 50 percent faster graphics and a 25 percent faster CPU, which should make the phone more power-efficient. For fitness fanatics, the iPhone 6 also has new sensors which assist the phone with running apps for tracking distance, speed, elevation, etc.
Battery life looks to be improved too and the iPhone 6 should last up to 10 hours over 3G and 4G networks, and up to 11 hours on Wi‑Fi and video. The phone also offers Wi-Fi calling and Voice over LTE (aka VoLTE).
Support for the Wi-Fi 802.11 ac standard means you’re looking at Wi-Fi speeds three times faster than those in the iPhone 5S. After resisting NFC, or near-field communication, Apple has added this functionality and has built an entire mobile payment system around it, with partners galore already waiting in the wings. The system is called Apple Pay.
The phone is also slim, at 0.27-inches, or 6.9-millimeters thick and comes in three colours: gold, silver, and space grey.