After months of of speculations, and what not. Its finally here! Apple’s CEO Tim Cook took the stage and finally announced the much awaited iPhone 6.
As expected, Apple has went with a bigger screen this time around. With competitors moving on to bigger screen sizes, it was about time for Apple to follow suit. Although they have maintained 4-inch as the ideal screen size for one-handed use, Apple finally went ahead with a larger display of 4.7-inch in the iPhone 6. Though, even with a bigger display, Apple has not sacrificed the aesthetics that makes the iPhone unique. The all-new design is quite similar to the iPad Mini, with the protruding camera and such. Apple went ahead with a full metal rear with an anodized aluminum back, giving up the glass strips on top and bottom. At 6.9mm thin it will be adequately easy to use. Without a doubt, the iPhone 6 is the most beautiful handset we’ve seen to date from Apple. Surpassing the previous design, which many thought was the best.
The 4.7-inch display is an IPS LCD with ‘Retina HD’, which translates to 1134×750 resolution and 348ppi. Making the iPhone 6’s display a quite modest update over its predecessor. Although note quite earth shattering, considering the world has moved on to 2K displays on smartphones. Hopes were high for Apple to couple the iPhone 6 to pack a full-HD 1080p display. Regardless, at 1134×750, the current display will fare quite alright considering Apple’s track record with display’s. The handset’s display is protected by “Ion-strengthened glass”, which is curved around the edges for a more seamless experience when swiping.
Despite the new larger display, iOS apps will work fine thanks to a desktop-class scaler, until devs update their apps to support the new resolution and size.
On the specs front, the iPhone 6 packs Apple’s A8 SoC, which offers up to 25% increase in CPU performance, and 50% in GPU performance. The A8 SoC is built around the 20nm manufacturing process, making it 13% smaller than the A7 SoC. Apple’s new ‘sustained performance’ mode in the iPhone 6 ensures that phone does not get hot while performing multiple heavy tasks. Its music to ears for users who avidly play games on their iPhones. The M8 co-processor will succeed the M7, and also include a barometer. The M8 takes things a notch, it can accurately track changes in elevation and can even count the steps you’ve taken.
On the back is the same iSight 8MP camera, though with a bigger sensor. The f/2.2 aperture lens and true-tone flash (which is now round, btw) ensures an overall better photography experience, even in low-light conditions. The camera now features digital stabilization, faster auto-focus mode and better face-detection. It can take videos at 1080p at 60FPS, up from 720p @ 60fps. Slo-mo video is also present, and is so much better this time around, with the iPhone 6 able to capture Slo-mo at 240fps. That’s twice as fast as the iPhone 5S, or slower depending how you look at it. To sweeten the pot even more, the camera can shoot panoramas up to 43MP. The front-facing Facetime HD camera has also been updated, and also features f/2.2 aperture and lets in 81% more light than before.
The iPhone 6 is well equipped in the connectivity front, with the inclusion of Wi-Fi 802.11ac (for three times faster Wi-Fi speeds), Bluetooth, LTE and NFC. That’s right, NFC is finally here and it utilizes Apple’s ‘Apple Pay’ service’. The iPhone 6 also features VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) and Wi-Fi calling (for T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK).
Last but not the least, the battery numbers have been upgraded on the iPhone 6. The iPhone 5S and 5C were often criticized for their lack-luster battery timings, although it has reciveed a nominal upgrade this time around to keep everyone happy. The iPhone 6 boasts up to 50 hours of playback in the audio department and 11 hours in the video department. Apple is touting the battery to last 11 hours on Wi-Fi, 10 hours on LTE and 10 hours on 3G. Talktime on 3G is touted to be 14 hours, while the iPhone 6 features 10 days of standby.
The iPhone 6 will be priced at $199, $299, and $399 on contract for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions in the U.S respectively. The unlocked iPhone 6 will set you back for €700 (£539 in UK), through €800 (£619) all the way up to €900 (£700), depending on whether you choose the 16GB, 64GB, or the 128GB version. As you might have noticed, there is no 32GB versions this time around. It is replaced by the 128GB version.
The iPhone 6 will be available in three colors – Space Gray, Gold and White. In addition to that, Apple has also announced official Silicone cases for the iPhone 6 in a plethora of colors. Pre-orders start on September 12, while the phones will ship on the 19th.