After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPhone 6 during its special event today at Flint Center, Cupertino, California.
The device comes with a 1334 x 750 pixels display with “Ion strengthened” glass and Apple’s calling the new displays Retina HD. The larger 4.7-inch display has 35% more pixels than earlier generations of the iPhone. An increase in resolution isn’t the only improvement in display tech, Apple also says that the new screens provide a broader angle of view.
The iPhone 6 measures just 6.8mm thin compared to the iPhone 5s’ 7.6mm thickness and comes with a new rounded edge design.
To ensure that it’s still easy to use the iPhone 6’s larger display with one hand, Apple’s adding a new “Reachability mode” that slides down the entire screen, so you can easily reach the buttons at the top. This mode can be activated by double touching the home button.
Another change Apple’s made to the iPhone 6 in view of one-handed use is the relocation of the power button: It’s now on the side rather than the top, making it easier to reach.
The iPhone 6 comes with a 64-bit A8 chip with a 20nm process. The chip boasts of an improvement of 25% in CPU and 50% in GPU performance. The A8 chip also comes with the newer generation M8 motion coprocessor that can tell when you’re cycling, running and can also calculate elevation. The elevation is measures by a new barometer sensor that can calculate the pressure difference between two points.
The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a new iSight camera. It has the same 8 megapixel count as earlier iPhone generations, but comes with a next-generation sensor that can do faster autofocus, and face-detection. The iPhone 6 comes with digital image stabilisation, but its larger counterpart, the iPhone 6 Plus comes with Optical Image stabilisation.
The cameras can now shoot slo-mo videos at 240 fps, promising even better slow motion videos. The font-facing camera is even better now, with an all-new sensor that can capture 81% more light.
The iPhone 6 can play up to 50 hours of audio, 11 hours of video. You can surf on Wi-Fi for up to 11 hours, on LTE/3G for 10 hours. It has a 3G talk time of 14 hours and a standby time of 10 days. The battery life is longer than the iPhone 5s, as Apple’s been able to add a higher capacity battery with all the additional space.
The iPhone 6 supports up to 20LTE bands, which Apple claims is the most any phone supports. It also supports VoLTE, or voice over LTE that can carry your voice over LTE networks.
As rumored, the iPhone 6 comes with an NFC chip, that powers Apple’s new mobile payments solution called the Apple Pay.
Pricing & Availability
The iPhone 6 will cost $199, $299 and $399 respectively for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models with a contract. The devices ship September 19th, and preorders start this Friday, September 12.
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