Apple are all a buzz with the new iPhone 6 !
Yes it’s the day that all technology fans have been waiting for, the day that Apple announced the launch of it’s latest members of the iPhone family, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The event took place at the Flint Centre for Performing Arts (the venue used to launch the original Mac computer and iPhone 5) at around 10am California time (6pm UK time) and whilst we weren’t one of the lucky few at the event, we did manage to catch the live stream so we can tell you all about the new product launches !
Introducing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone is a product that has ultimately changed our lives and today marked an important day in Apple’s history, the announcement of the biggest advancements in iPhone technology to date. They will be bringing out two new models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus which will come in two sizes. The iPhone 6 measuring 4.7” and the iPhone 6 Plus measuring 5.5”. The extra screen size has allowed for a new landscape mode that facilitates a bigger keyboard and extra functionality for apps like Messenger.
However there is a lot more to the new iPhone models than the larger displays. Apple CEO Time Cook has described the new models as ‘without a doubt the best iPhones we’ve ever done.’
Brand new look
One of the most notable features of the new models is their new sleek look. Instead of having distinctive corners they have a rounded, seamless service. The two new models are also the thinnest phones Apple has ever made. The iPhone 6 is just 6.9mm thick and the iPhone 6 Plus 7.1 mm.
Brand new Retina HD display
Both iPhones will feature Apple’s brand new Retina HD display – the best display in the industry. The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 with 326 pixels per inch and the iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 401 pixels per inch.
The new Apple iPhone 6
84 times faster than original iPhone
The graphics on the iPhone 6 are a whopping 84 times faster than the original iPhone and the new devices also benefit from a processor performance that is 50 times faster than the original devices. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be powered by the Apple-designed A8 Chip which has up to 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics.
Better battery life
During the even Phil Schiller came on to talk about battery life – something that is of interest to the majority of smartphone users! According to Schiller, Apple have improved the battery life using ‘every metric’ over the iPhone 5S and have also put the extra space in the iPhone 6 to good use by installing a bigger battery.
The iPhone 6 has a battery life of fifty hours of audio and eleven hours of video. The 6 Plus has a battery life of eighty hours of audio and fourteen hours of video.
8MP iSight Camera
The new camera on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has a sensor feature called Focus Pixels, which is designed to speed up the auto focus. The cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will also be able to take 43 megapixel panoramic photos, using the iPhone’s A8 processor to achieve advanced face detection. The 6 Plus will also come with a new optical image stabilisation system to help you take sharp photos; great for if you have shaky hands or are photographing in low light conditions.
iOS 8, Apple Pay and the Apple Watch
It’s not just two new iPhones that were announced at the event, but also the launch of iOS 8. The new system supports the following devices: iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display and will be available to download free from 17th September 2014.
If that wasn’t enough, Apple also announced the launch of Apple Pay (a technology designed to replace the wallet) and the much anticipated Apple Watch (or as everyone seems to be calling it the iWatch). Apple Pay will be launching in the US sometime this year, but there is currently no word on when it will be launched in the UK.
The Apple Watch has a completely customisable watch face and a dial on the side known as ‘the crown,’ which will allow you to perform tasks on the Apple Watch without obstructing the screen with your finger. Like the new iPhones, the Apple Watch is also integrated with Siri.
Back to the iPhone 6…
The new iPhone 6 will be available in the same colours as the 5S (gold, silver and space grey) with three storage variants: 16, 64 and 128GB. Prices will start at $199 for an iPhone 6 on a two year contract. The 6 Plus will start at $299. The iPhone 6 will be available for pre-ordering from 12th September 2014 and will be officially launched in stores on 19th September 2014.