The anticipation and the speculation can now desist. Now begins the evaluation followed by possible adulation. What I am trying to say is that the iPhone 6, two of them in fact have finally been unveiled at a press conference at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters in California. We now have all the details about the most highly anticipated smartphone of the year. Allow Mobile Geeks to reveal all.
Firstly, there will be two devices, an iPhone 6 and a larger iPhone 6 Plus. Both will start to ship on September 19, with pre-orders being taken from September 12th. The new iOS 8 that will debut on the devices will be officially launched on September 17th.
Two Models: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Today Apple in fact launched two phones, the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 will have a 4.7 inch 1334 x 750 resolution display, while the larger iPhone 6 Plus will have 5.5 inch screen with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution.
The design of both devices is quite different from previous designs, with gently rounded edges compared with the squarer, chiseled edges of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 devices uses anodized aluminum and the stainless steel frame to keep it as rigid and durable as possible.
Both devices are thinner than previous generations at 6.9mm for the iPhone 6, and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus. The 4.7 inch iPhone 6 is in fact the thinnest device the company has ever made.
The technology driving the two new iPhone 6 devices are touting new display technologies that essentially make a new breed of Retina display. From the ultra-thin back-light, the new Retina features ion-strengthened glass an improved polariser, a liquid crystal display and an ultrathin backlight.
In terms of pixels per inch, the iPhone 6 is 326 PPI while the larger iPhone 6 Plus has a 400 PPI. The iOS 8 UI has apparently been tweaked to better take advantage of these pixel-per-inch figures. The display look awesome, but let’s be honest. We knew they would, right? It is a little surprising however not to see QHD take a bow.
The new Apple iPhone 6 models are powered once again by the company’s in-house developed processor platform updated from the A7 we saw in the iPhone 5, to the A8 processor, a dual-core 1.4 GHz chip that is manufactured with an advanced 22nm process.
As expected, both iPhone 6 models will be 64-bit compatible, and feature an improved processor that offers twice as many transistors, 2 billion of them, which actually raise the CPU performance by 25% with up to 50% better graphics performance. This was underlined during the keynote by Stephan Sherman and a his multi-player 3D gaming demo.
The new iPhone 6 devices, as you would expect support the latest b/g/n and ac grade WiFi standards. But the cool thing is that you can now enjoy WiFi based phone calls that will connect for voice calls over WiFI where possible.
Both new iPhone 6 devices will support 150mbps LTE Cat 4, but unfortunately not 300mbps Cat 6. LTE support includes ore than 20 different bands which makes it good for global release.
The iPhone 6 has a new and updated camera arrays. On terms of the rear facing camera you will be getting an 8MP shooter with a auto-focus and Dual LED flash. One new feature is the phase detection auto-focus for really fast and accurate auto-focusing. There is also advanced noise reduction for low light conditions.
And then there’s OIS – optical image stabilization on the iPhone 6 Plus (but apparently not on the iPhone 6 which willrely on software stabilization). The 8MP sensor uses larger 1.5 micron pixels while the aperture size is f/2.2 which should help the sensor get plenty of light. The 2.1MP front facing, or FaceTime camera has had a facelift, now sporting HD video streaming.
In terms of video recording the iPhone 6 will be capable of shooting 1080p at 30fps and slow motion video at 120fps or even 240fps, which is actually pretty incredible.
Finally we come to pricing which is always a bit mis-leading with a US-centric launch, as all prices are actually what people in the US will pay to their carrier, for essentially a subsidized device tied to a contract.
The prices that have emerged today are that the base configuration models, i.e. with smaller integrated flash memory. The iPhone 6 will be $199 while the iPhone 6 Plus will be $299, both with a 2 year contract.