The long anticipation is finally over for the announcement of the Apple iPhone 6 smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage of the Flint Center on Tuesday (Sept. 9), in Cupertino, California to take the wraps off its latest flagship phone with a wearable in tow. The trio of new devices includes the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch (previously referred to as the iWatch).
We currently live in a time where it’s not uncommon for rumors and leaks to surface online ahead of a new tech device’s official launch. The plethora of information outing the iPhone 6’s specs and features were pretty much spot on. Despite the reveal not being much of a surprise, we now have official confirmation of what’s new with the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is bigger than previous iPhones and there are two versions, the 4.7-inch display iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch display iPhone 6 Plus.The Retina HD display iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 with a pixel density of 326ppi. Its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and pixel density of 401ppi on its Retina HD display.
To date, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the largest and thinnest iPhones that Apple has ever released. The first iPhone released back in 2007 featured a screen that was a mere 3.5-inches diagonal. When the iPhone 5 landed in 2012, the flagship saw a display size increase to 4.0-inches. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c followed in 2013, also sporting 4.0-inch displays. Compact screens keep the aforementioned phones’ measurements just below a 5.0-inch height. The 4.7-inch display iPhone 6 stands at a height of 5.4-inches, likely to be barely noticeable when upgrading from the iPhone 5s or 5c. Transitioning to the 6.2-inch height of the iPhone 6 Plus may take some getting used to. To remain competitive with other smartphone makers who have long adopted larger displays, Apple now offers a phablet of its own with the iPhone 6 Plus.
Besides a larger screen and curvy new design, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus each house a 64-bit A8 processor and M8 motion processor. The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are powered by the 64-bit A7 and M7 motion processor. Other than the new Timer Mode feature on each iPhone 6 device, the 8MP built-in iSight cameras are identical to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Where smaller is better, the aperture of the 1.2MP FaceTime front camera on the new iPhones were reduced to f/2.2. The lower f-number means that more light will reach the image sensor. Users should notice an improvement in selfie image quality over the aperture of f/2.4 found on the front cameras of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrives with Apple’s latest iOS 8 software pre-installed. It brings along with it the ability to switch the screen from portrait to landscape mode by tilting the device. iOS 8 will be available as a free update for existing Apple devices on September 17. Eligible for the iOS 8 update are the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Mini, iPad Mini with Retina Display and the fifth-generation iPod touch. As 9to5mac reports, the iPhone 4 no longer receives support from Apple so it will not receive the iOS 8 update or any future upgrades.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both have NFC connectivity and Touch ID as the rumors and leaks suggested. Apple Pay, a new mobile wallet feature will use these two features to authenticate payments. Similar to Google Wallet and Softcard (formerly known as Isis Wallet), Apple Pay lets you check out fast and easy with just one tap. All of your credit card information is stored in Apple Pay. “There’s no need to fill out lengthy account forms. Card details are kept private and won’t be shared with the online merchant,” Apple said on its official live blog. Apple Pay will be available as a free update for iOS 8 in October for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5.
With a heavy emphasis on health and fitness, the Apple Watch helps you track your diet and exercise using the HealthKit app. Along with the iPhone 6 and other compatible iOS 8 idevices, you can monitor your heart rate, calories burned, blood sugar and cholesterol data. The Apple Watch will arrive in early 2015 and retail for $349.
Beginning September 19, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available for purchase in the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Pre-orders open up on Friday, September 12.
The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for the 16GB model with a 2-year contract from the carrier of your choice. The 64GB and 128GB models, are priced at $299 and $399, respectively. The iPhone 6 Plus is set at a starting price point of $299 for the 16GB, with a 2-year contract.The larger storage capacity models of 64GB and 128GB cost $399 and $499, respectively. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are offered in three different flavors, including gold, silver and space gray.