Apple Introduces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Today, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The highly anticipated introduction was held at a venue typically reserved for very significant product unveilings (like the iMac) and featured CEO Tim Cook himself. According to Cook, Apple is “launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone” with these new devices.
So, what exactly are these great new iPhones? Let’s take a look:
Versions: Two iPhones were revealed - the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
Looks: The new iPhones are bigger than ever. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches diagonally, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches. Both phones are made out of anodized aluminum and feature a sleek, continuous design. The glass front curves around the sides of the phone, creating a smoother, oval look. The new phones are also significantly thinner. The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm and the 6 Plus is a little bigger at 7.1mm, but both are much smaller than the iPhone 5’s 7.6mm.
Display: Both new phones have more than one billion pixels with a retina HD display. And with a full sRGB wide color gamut, Apple boasts that these are the best displays in the industry. The iPhone 6 Plus also allows users to tilt their phone and use it in landscape mode.
Power: The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are both powered by the Apple-designed A8 chip with 2 billion transistors. This means that processor performance is up to 50% faster than the original iPhone, and the iPhone’s engine will deliver up to a 25% faster CPU. In layman’s terms, that means your older phones will feel slow in comparison.
Camera: The new iPhones feature an 8MP iSight camera complete with True Tone flash, a new sensor, and a 2.2 aperture. This is a significant improvement from the iPhone 5s. The updated camera also has focus pixels, a technology previously only found in professional DSLR cameras. Both phones feature faster auto focusing, advanced local tone mapping, and noise reduction.
Video: Apple has also updated the video capabilities with a new Apple-designed video encoder and optical image stabilization. Both phones can shoot 1080p video at 30 or 60 frames per second for videos, while slo-mo mode can shoot at 120 or 240 frames per second.
Other: The iPhone comes with a new health app, giving you a detailed look at your health and fitness. The app even includes a barometer to measure your elevation from air pressure. The new phones also come with iOS8.
Cost: iPhone 6: $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB), $399 (128GB)
iPhone 6 Plus: $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB), $499 (128GB)