Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 12th, although I passed up that opportunity and decided that I would wait in line on launch day instead. After all, two years ago, I was able to get an iPhone 5 on launch day from my local Apple Store in just an hour.
With the iPhone 6 being released, we wanted to put both iPhone 6 models head to head and throw in the iPhone 5s for good measure. So we tested the boot up speed, network, opening stock applications, graphically demanding game loading times, and Geekbench scores. Let’s dive in.
The team at iFixit, a website that is best known for providing in-depth hardware teardowns of various products, was on hand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch in Melbourne, Australia. The team quickly posted a detailed iPhone 6 Plus teardown, and it has now followed up with an iPhone 6 teardown as well.
Apple made a number of improvements to the 8-megapixel iSight camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, including an option of recording slow-motion video at 240 frames per second. The results are simply fantastic, and we’ve shared a demonstration video of slow-mo wine pouring ahead that you should watch.
One of the nice things about the previous generation iPhones was that they were great for one-handed use.
When Apple launched the iPhone 5 with a taller 4-inch display, it acknowledged that the need for extra screen real estate, was genuine, but the only thing prevented them from moving towards that was one-handed navigation.
While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available in the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan and a number of other countries as of this weekend, the smartphones have yet to make their debut in China due to regulatory approval delays. The result is a lucrative black market in which gold iPhone 6 units are selling for as much as $3,600 in the world’s most populous country.