As predicted, Apple unveiled their new flagship phone, the iPhone 6 alongside the iPhone 6 Plus. Let’s take a look at what’s new and a brief look at how the phones stack up.
iPhone 6 – What’s new?
The iPhone 6 features a larger screen than ever before at 4.7″ and the iPhone 6 Plus sports a 5.5″ screen. Every release has been accompanied by a prediction on the phone having a 5+ inch screen and Apple have finally delivered. Until I get my hands on one, I won’t know if it’s too big but for me the iPhone 5 introduced what I felt was the perfect form factor so it will be great to see how this fits in your hands.
The screens curve around to meet the aluminium shell although the screen is not edge to edge. The pixel count is higher and the number of apps you can fit onto one screen greater than ever before.
The introduction of Touch ID and the M7 processor last year was just the first step, you now have NFC built in and partnerships with a number of retailers beginning in October in the US and then rolling out internationally. The Apple Watch will talk to the Healthkit app and that will allow apps to tap into the data.
Reality of the Apple iPhone 6 vs the rumours
The most popular rumours consisted of the Apple iPhone 6 featuring larger screens made of sapphire crystal at 4.7″ and 5.5″. The phone should also feature LTE Advanced and a new processor in the form of the A8. A recessed Apple logo is a minor detail, but was an interesting rumour as you would think there would be a manufacturing cost involved for this.
So what came true?
- 4.7″ screen & 5.5 screen
- A8 processor, M8 processor
- LTE Advanced (150Mbps)
- Curved design
- Protruding camera
The iPhone 6 is a compelling purchase but with two different screen sizes, the decision is harder now. For me, the iPhone 5 had the perfect form factor and I’ve never really been a fan of large Android phones that need 2 hands to operate. Apples take on the situation is bound to be interesting and hopefully helps to make the larger screens a winning formula.
As John Gruber noted, some people will want a bigger device for the better battery life alone. Yes, a larger seen needs more power, but if it’s off or being used for a call then that will be a huge factor. He also notes that Apple will be moving away completely from the one size fits all game.