You wait a year for an iPhone and then 2 come along at the same time. Yes, tonight saw the launch of not one, but 2 new iPhones – the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.
As predicted, both sport bigger screens than the 4 inches of the iPhone 5S – 4.7 inches for the iPhone 6 and a Galaxy Note rivaling 5.5 inches for the iPhone 6 Plus. They’re not only bigger than the predecessors but slimmer too.
Is the extra size going to be a problem for iPhone users who’ve got used to smaller screens? Apple, as ever, have thought of that. With the Reachability functionality built into iOS 8, a simple double touch of the home button will move the entire screen closer to your thumb. In addition, the power/lock key has been moved from the top of the handset to the right hand side, making it easier to hit when holding the phone in one hand.
One thing’s sure – both handsets are going to feel and look great in your hand. The squared off design that’s been with us since the iPhone 4 has been replaced with rounded edges and the polished cover glass curves which blend seamlessly into the anodised aluminium enclosure are simply mouthwatering. You can see from the image below how great it looks.
But it’s not all about size – there’s the small matter of screen resolution. The iPhone 6 offers 1334 x 750 at a pixel density of 326ppi (the same as the iPhone 5S) whereas the iPhone 6 Plus offers a Full HD 1920 x 1080 display a 401ppi. In short, although the iPhone 6’s screen is great, the iPhone 6 Plus’s is awesome – it’s going to be amazing for gaming (more on that below).
There’s also a significant upgrade in terms of the chip powering Apple’s new smartphones. The A8 processor is up to 25% faster in terms of processing power than it’s predecessor with 50% faster graphics (another boon, on top of that amazing resolution, for gamers). It’s also more efficient too, meaning more use between charges.
Camera wise, there’s a significant upgrade on the 5S too. The iSight camera still offers 8MP but now comes with ‘focus pixels’ – a technology usually found in digital SLRs which leads to faster focusing. In addition, the 6 Plus comes with Optical Image Stabilisation, which compensates for movement that may lead to blurry images. The video camera has also been upgraded, with the Slo-mo video mode being boosted to give you the option to record in either 120 fps or 240 fps, a ability to shoot time lapse video and a cinematic video stabilisation to keep your videos steady (even when you’re not!)
Additional features include a new barometer in the motion processor (so you can get credit for climbing the stairs in whatever fitness app you’re using) and for the first time, NFC, to eventually enable those who want to ditch their wallet and credit cards to make payments with their phone (although Apple’s payment software, Apple Pay, is only available in the US at present.)
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come in gold, silver and space grey and will be available in the UK from 19th September. We’ll have details on pricing soon but in the meantime you can pre-register for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus here.