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Apple unveils iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 09 Sep 2014 16:41 User comments (6)

Apple unveils iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus As expected, Apple has shown off two new iPhone models, claiming they are the biggest advancement in the iPhone line so far.
Information leaked about the new iPhones turned out to be largely correct. As rumored, Apple introduced two new iPhone models - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch retina HD displays, respectively. The 4.7-inch display touts a 1334 x 750 resolution (38 percent more viewing space than an iPhone 5s) and the 5.5-inch display boasts a full hd, 1920 x 1080 resolution (88 percent more viewing area than an iPhone 5s).

Both run iOS 8 powered by Apple's second generation 64-bit "Destkop-class" A8 chip. Both also include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

The new iPhones also support high quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling if supported by the carrier and support 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.

The iSight camera has gotten a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus. 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 stabilization and time-lapse video. iPhone 6 Plus users also benefit from new image stabilization features.



Both iPhone 6 models also support Apple Pay, which was introduced by Apple today. Prior to the event, Apple had been reportedly working on a feature that would extend single touch payments beyond iTunes. It allows you to pay for physical goods and services by simply holding the device near a contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. You don't need to unlock the phone, or launch an app.

Apple Pay also makes it possible to make one touch purchases within apps on the device, without requiring that you re-enter credit card details or even shipping information. Your sensitive information is stored inside the "Secure Element" chip in each phone, encrypted of course.

Apple Pay will be available as a free update in October, though for contactless NFC payments you appear to require a new Apple Watch for older iPhone models.

All in all, not much was revealed about the new iPhones that wasn't already known or guessed. Even the rumor that Apple would introduce a 128GB internal storage option turned out to be true, but it's costly.

Both models will launched in he US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19 (pre-orders from Friday 12), both available in Gold, Silver or Space Gray.

The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB (priced based on 2-year contract in U.S.).

The iPhone 6 Plus will cost $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB (priced based on 2-year contract in U.S.).

Additionally, Apple is also cutting the price of an iPhone 5s down to $99 for a 16GB model, and $149 for a 32GB model. The iPhone 5c will be available for free if you qualify with your carrier for it, from September 17.

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6 user comments

19.9.2014 19:20

Quote:
The 4.7-inch display touts a 1334 x 750 resolution
This made me laugh. Presumably if Apple had stuck 1080x1920 on the 4.7" iPhone, you could fit in the all-important 6th row of icons and thereby lose a "new", "unique" selling point for the pricier iPhone 6 Plus. I am looking forward to seeing them in the flesh, though, particularly the 6 Plus.

And I'm sure the camera is great.

All in all though, nothing to write home about as per all iPhone keynotes of late.


210.9.2014 16:10

Originally posted by Ripper:
Quote:
The 4.7-inch display touts a 1334 x 750 resolution
This made me laugh. Presumably if Apple had stuck 1080x1920 on the 4.7" iPhone, you could fit in the all-important 6th row of icons and thereby lose a "new", "unique" selling point for the pricier iPhone 6 Plus. I am looking forward to seeing them in the flesh, though, particularly the 6 Plus.

And I'm sure the camera is great.

All in all though, nothing to write home about as per all iPhone keynotes of late.
The only thing that annoys me is having to develop for more screen sizes now.

312.9.2014 8:41

They didn't really address the battery life issue neither and that is a major problem with the iPhone.

412.9.2014 9:40

Originally posted by lindtech:
They didn't really address the battery life issue neither and that is a major problem with the iPhone.
Agreed! We could live with a 2 mm thicker phone if it meant larger battery.

512.9.2014 23:40

Not a lot of excitement for the hackPhone6 compared to past releases of the hackPhone...lol

614.9.2014 10:52

I agree Rip. The res is lackluster but the camera will be great.

Apple Pay.. hmmfph. In Oz we are already really familiar with Visa payWave at the checkout. It's ubiquitous. Literally all you do is just flash your Credit Card at the terminal. Takes all of two seconds.



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