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Apple’s live feed might have been absolute dogs**t but thankfully Tim Cook didn’t waste any time (probably on account of ALL the leaks) in getting down to the main event: the iPhone 6. As predicted, there are two handsets (the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) and both feature larger displays, tons of design changes and masses of new hardware.
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”
iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Display
The iPhone 6 will feature a 4.7in 1334 x 750 IPS display, while its larger stable mate with use a 5.5in 1920 x 1080 pixel panel.Apple calls its new iPhone screens Retina HD and reckons the iPhone 6 Plus delivers 185% more pixels than 2013’s iPhone 5s. Meanwhile the iPhone 6 delivers an impressive 38% uplift over its predecessor.
iPhone 6 Design
The iPhone 6 looks exactly like the leaks you’ve already seen, so in this regard there’s no really big surprises – just confirmation about certain aspects of the handsets’ attributes. Both models are constructed from an anodised aluminium chassis, meaning they won’t rust, and feature a stainless steel Apple logo on the back, but no light up LED, sadly. The glass on the front of both the devices curves around to the edges (again, something we’ve already seen in the leaks) and both handsets are incredibly thin at just 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple hasn’t revealed any additional dimension or weight information, however, although both models are A LOT thinner than 2013’s iPhone 5s (7.6mm).
iPhone 6 Key Specs
Once again the leaks were pretty spot on… the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will feature Apple’s brand new A8 chipset, which is a 20nm setup that Apple says delivers a 20% performance boost to processing power and around 50% in the graphics department.
The M7 coprocessor has been updated and is now called the M8 coprocessor. It’s now A LOT smarter and can, for example, tell the difference between when you’re cycling and running and it can also calculate distance and elevation, as well as air pressure (in case you do a lot of climbing).
Apple didn’t talk about memory (nothing new there), but it did confirm higher storage models; Apple now does iPhones with 128GB of storage, but there’s no 32GB option anymore (just 16GB, 64GB and 128GB). Lord knows how that will affect pricing.
The LTE aboard both iPhones is now A LOT better. There are 20 LTE bands, which is insane. And it does “carrier aggregation” too, just like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805. It also does LTE advanced, with speeds up to 150Mbps. VoLTE also made the cut too, and if that wasn’t enough Apple went on to claim the Wi-Fi inside the iPhone 6 is THREE times faster than the iPhone 5s’ capabilities. The iPhone 6 will also support Wi-Fi Calling on EE in the UK.
iPhone 6 Camera
- iPhone 6: 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash and Digital Image Stabilisation
- iPhone 6 Plus: 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash and Optical Image Stabilisation
“The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus,” said Apple, “making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilisation technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion.High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilisation and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 per cent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.”
TouchID & Apple Pay
The iPhone 6 (both models) will feature NFC chips that will be used for mobile payments (via TouchID) inside Apple’s new mobile payment solution, Apple Pay.
American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are all confirmed launch partners.
How Apple Pay works is simple: you tap your phone on an NFC terminal and confirm the payment using TouchID. There’s also a Secure Element that encrypts all of your details (more on this later). The only issue at present is that Apple Pay is US-exclusive, although the company says it is working on bringing the technology overseas.
Apple said a large amount of US shops including Staples, Subway and McDonalds are already setup to take Apple Payments. Ditto for Apple Stores.
“With the launch of the iPhone 6 and its payment capability, Apple has once again sent out a challenge to the industry – and this time it has the payments market in its sights. This sector, already undergoing massive evolution as Internet and mobile payments take hold and new providers target perceived opportunities, will be revolutionised if Apple’s mobile wallet grabs the public attention,” said Anthony Duffy, Director, Retail Banking, Fujitsu UK & Ireland.