Today Apple CEO Tim introduced two new models of the iPhone, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to Cook this is the “biggest advancement in history of the iPhone”. These are both Retina Display with 1334 x 750 resolution in the 4.7” iPhone 6, and 1920 x 1080 on the 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus. These are the thinnest iPhone’s yet, with the iPhone 6 coming in at 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1 mm (these compares to 7.6 mm of the iPhone 5s). The display promises a broader angle of view with improved polarizer so it is easier to view.
Apple is using the additional resolution of the iPhone 6 plus to add an expanded view in apps like eMail, Messages, and Calendar. For example, the additional size of the plus allows you to see your list of messages in your email inbox while also reading the message (similar to the iPad). In Messages, Apple has used the additional space to show pictures of your contacts next to the messages.
Even the home screen of the iPhone 6 Plus has a horizontal mode. Unlike the iPad, your persistent launcher stays on the side of the screen, but changes the orientation of the App icons. If you cannot reach the top of the display, you can double-click the home button and the display slides down to half-height so you can reach the top buttons. The power button has been moved to the side of the device so that it can also still be reached in one hand use.
Although both new models of the iPhone use different resolutions, existing apps will simply scale up to fill your screen. Apple promises that the new A8 processor is 25% faster than last year’s A7 for computing and 50% faster for graphics. The updated graphics processing allows users to play game-console like games on their mobile device.
In addition to being a bigger and faster device, both iPhone 6 models promise improved battery life. The iPhone 6 will give you 14 hours of talk time, 10 days of stand-by, or 11 hours of video. The iPhone 6 Plus gives you 14 hours of video, 24 hours of talk-time, and 16 days of standby. Definitely, this device should last well over a day in normal use.
The M8 co-processer now does an even better job of measuring your motion. In addition to running, it can now tell if you are cycling, and calculate your distance and elevation. Air pressure is measured with a built-in barometer, and these advances can even be used in third-party apps.
LTE now supports more bands, and Voice over LTE has been added. WiFi has been updated to 802.11ac and WiFi calling is supported. The camera has been updated, but the resolution remains at 8MP. Although the resolution has not increased, Apple has made improvements to all aspects of the camera that promises to give even better images, and to focus and allow taking pictures faster than before. The front-facing camera has also been updated and promises better facial recognition and “killer selfies”.
The iPhone 6 will be available for $199 for the 16 GB model, $299 for the 64 GB and $399 for the 128 GB. The iPhone 6 Plus will be $299 for the base model with 16 GB storage, and $399 for the 64 GB and $499 for the 128 GB version. The iPhone 5s will remain available for $99 with 8 GB storage and the 8 GB 5c will be available free. These are all 2 year contract prices. Pre-orders will begin on Friday September 12, 2014 and the both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available on September 19, 2014.
More to come…
This post was written by Steven Butler. Steven is a full-time Delaware attorney that limits his practice to Social Security Disability. Along with being a contributor for iPlugDelaware, he is a partner at Linarducci & Butler, PA.