September 9, 2014 Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the center-stage of Flint Center in Cupertino, CA. It is the same stage where Steve launched the first Mac 30 years earlier and once again, Apple comes here to launch their new iPhones and their much-hyped Smart-Wearable.
On Tuesday, Apple introduced iPhone6, iPhone6 plus, long-awaited Apple Watch and a mobile payment system as a part of their marketing blitz. Apple Marketing Chief Philip Schiller kept people waiting until 1PM EST at Flint Center and finally unveiled 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus followed by Apple Watch.
iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus
Finally, from the air or rumors came out the super-slim and the first Apple phablet iPhone6 with a larger-than-4.5-inch screen & 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. And the pricing starts at $199 for iPhone6, while iPhone 6 Plus pricing starts at $299.
At present, the two iPhones will launch in eight countries on September 19. Preorders begin on September 12 in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.
|Country||Price with Versions||Available Carriers|
|US||16GB version @ $199 | 64GB for $299 | 128GB for $399||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, and US Cellular|
|UK||£539 for the 16GB model; £619 for the 64GB model; £699 for the 128GB versions||O2, Vodafone, EE, Three, GiffGaff, Virgin, and TalkMobile|
|Australia||AU$869 for 16GB model; AU$999 for 64GB; AU$1,129 for 128GB versions||Telstra, Optus, Vodafone|
iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus is not only going to satisfy the current iPhone users needs, but would be a great hub for the iPhone application developers to savor the stepped improvements in the new models.
iPhone 5S, iPhone4 are dwarf to these latest models (iPhone6 and iPhone6 Plus) that measures 4.7 and 5.5 inches and the thinnest to date measuring 6.9 and 7.1mm. It has a thinner display made of slightly curved glasses that seamlessly merge with the body to highlight their Retina HD display. Both the phones include antenna bands on the back with rear lens, has pill shaped volume buttons like iPad Air and shifted to the right side of the device. Wafer-like metal design and curved lines makes it look more like the iPod Touch models. (The Verge said, “iPhone 6 feels like a “hybrid of the iPhone and iPod touch”)
The new iPhones are available in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, and their capacities range from 16, 64, and 128 GB.
Retina HD Display
Rumors suggested about the use of a Sapphire display, but turned invalid instead they used “ion-strengthened” glass with improved polarizer, photo aligned IPS liquid crystal display, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating for better viewing experience. (Engadget marks saying that despite resolution difference between the iPhone6 and iPhone6 plus their displays looked identical.)
- 1.iPhone6 has “2x” resolution of 1334 x 740 (326 ppi)
- 2.iPhone 6 Plus has “3x” resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi)
- 3.Both the iPhones offer higher contrast, better brightness and improved white balance
- 4.Display Zoom and landscape View to get a close view of the apps available only in iPhone6 Plus
|Audio||Up to 50 hrs||Up to 80 hrs|
|HD Video||Up to 11 hrs||Up to 14 hrs|
|LTE Browsing||Up to 10 hrs||Up to 12 hrs|
|Standby||Up to 10 days||Up to 16 days|
|Wi-Fi Browsing||Up to 11 hrs||Up to 12 hrs|
|3G Browsing||Up to 10 hrs||Up to 12 hrs|
|3G Talk||Up to 14 hrs||Up to 24 hrs|
A8 Chip and M8 Motion Co-Processor
Both the iPhones comes with a 64-bit A8 processor built on an advanced 20-nanometer process. The chip is smaller than A7 in iPhone 5s and affords 25% faster CPU performance. A8 taking full advantage of Metal allows developers to create console-type games supporting detailed graphics and visual effects. Besides their new M8 motion co-processor that is new to iPhone6 help measure data from an accelerometer, compass, and a gyroscope.
iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus sport an 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera with improved picture quality. As Apple moves one-step ahead with their every generation of iPhones, the latest release too has some exciting features –
- 1. Apple puts on a new feature “Focus Pixel” designed to speed up auto-focusing while improved auto image stabilization compensates motion blur and hand shakiness
- 2. Improved control over exposure and face detection abilities
- 3. Improved Panorama feature that supports high-resolution photos of up to 43 megapixels
- 4. Now you can capture 1080p HD video at 60fps
- 5. Introduced 240fps slo-mo mode, and time-lapse video
- 6. Improved front-facing FaceTime HD cameras with a sensor and f/2.2 aperture to help capturing low-light photos
They offer faster LTE with support for LTE Advanced networks that supports a speed of around 150 Mbps, besides 20 LTE bands for better connectivity when traveling. Moreover, these two iPhones are the first of Apple’s iOS device to offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi support establishing 3 times faster speed The devices also support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to make higher-quality phone calls over LTE. VoLTE would work with users like Verizon and carriers such as T-Mobile who have pledged support.
Apple Pay and NFC
NFC, or near-field communication one of the short-range communications protocol to the phone and build an entire mobile payment system around it. Apple Pay works with a Passbook app on your phone helping you to buy items/services with a single touch on your iPhone. This feature will not allow the merchant to see your credit card details and saves time with the use of camera to add new credit card details to Passbook. Apple Pay backed by six major banks starting with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. You can use the service of more than 220,000 merchants Macy’s, McDonald’s, Walgreens and Duane Reed drug stores and Whole Foods. As soon as Apple releases API developers will stream on-board.
Like iPhone5s, Apple continues to offer Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint-based security system, but with iOS8, it becomes even more powerful. Touch ID is an integral part of Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments, designed to allow users pay for purchases done in retail stores with their fingerprints.
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