The much awaited new iPhones have finally been launched and they seem to be sporting most of the features that have already been speculated before. The event from today is taking place in Cupertino’s Flint Center, which is a venue that Apple hasn’t used for an announcement in over 15 years, but it’s the same place where both the original Mac in 1984 and the first iMac in 1998 have debuted.
Both new iPhones feature “Retina HD” displays, with the iPhone 6 coming in at 4.7 inches and a 1334×750 resolution, while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in at 5.5 inches and a 1920×1080 resolution. Previous iPhone models had flat edges, but with the new ones, the glass on the front of the displays now curves into the body.
According to Apple, these are “the thinnest phones they’ve ever made”, at 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus. The smartphones are powered by Apple’s new A8 processor, which should be at least 25% faster than the A7 by processing power, and 50% faster in the graphic rendering field.
Also, as expected, it seems that the battery life has been improved drastically. The iPhone 6’s battery should now be able to offer 14 hours of 3G talk, 50 hours of audio, 11 of video and 10 standby days. With the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s slightly better – 24 hours of 3G talk, 80 hours of audio, 14 of video and 16 standby days.
The iPhone 6, as well as the iPhone 6 Plus, come with 802.11ac WiFi support, which is said to be able to offer a maximum transfer speed of 1 Gbps. There’s also a new M8 coprocessor which is said to keep better track of your activity levels. Let’s hope that developers also start creating more apps to make use of it, because it hasn’t quite gotten the needed traction in almost a year since it was announced.
The iPhone 6 Plus comes with an 8-megapixel iSight camera and an f/2.2 aperture lens paired with the same True Tone flash as in the 5s. It also comes with phase detecting autofocus, improved face detection and a new Best Shot mode. Plus owners also get optical image stabilization, and 1080p video can be shot at either 30 or 60 frames per second. Also, slow motion video is now even slower – 140 frames per second.
Pricing and availability
The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for the 16 GB model, with pre-orders starting on September 12th and shipping on the 19th. So, this is 10 days from the launch event. I was expecting pre-orders to start this weekend, so it seems that the rumors linked to production hurdles aren’t apparently true. The increase in panel and battery size hasn’t proved to pose troubles to the makers, but will most likely affect Apple’s competition.
As expected, prices start at $199 for the 4.7-inch 16 GB entry level, with $100 more for 64Gb and 128GB, which means $299 for 64GB and $399 for the 128 GB one. The final public version of iOS 8 lands on Sept 17th, obviously, in order to make sure it comes out of the box.
iPhone 6 tech specs and features
- 4.7-inch display with Retina HD resolution (1334 x 750 pixels), 326 pixels per inch and a wider angle of view
- Te glass on the new display is “ion strengthened“
- 6.9mm thin- the thinnest device Apple has ever made
- New A8 processor, which is 25 percent faster than the A7
- 50 percent faster graphics chip, 13 percent smaller than the A7
- Tthe M8 motion co-processor, a second-generation version of the M7 –
- 14 hours of talk time, a 40 percent increase over the iPhone 5s; web browsing time over 3G and LTE is still rated at 10 hours, and video playback time is 11 hours
- LTE advanced, with speeds up to 150Mbps
- 8 megapixel resolution like in the 5S with an all-new sensor with even larger pixels than before; paired with an f/2.2 aperture lens and dual-LED flash
- Digital image stabilization
- Can shoot 1080p video at either 30 or 60 frames per second, and the slow motion feature now supports 120 or 240 frames per second
iPhone 6 Plus tech specs and features
- 5.5-inch display with Retina HD resolution (1920×1080)
- 7.1 millimeters thin
- Optical image stabilization
- Will allow apps to show more information than on smaller-sized iPhone screens