Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Thomas Jung0
The release of Apple’s new iPhone 6
There was much speculation in numerous media outlets concerning the new features of Apple’s latest iPhones, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both versions will have a Retina HD Display for better graphics, whereas the new A8 processor and M8 coprocessor take care of a consistently high level of performance. There are also some benefits of iOS 8: iMassage, Keyboard, a Health-App which is supported by several fitness apps and a new Notification Center.
iPhone 6 appearance and new innovations
It seems that the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display screen, 0.7-inches superior to its iPhone 5S predecessor. This increase in screen size matches many of Apple’s main competitor, rectifying a key concern of many Apple users. It has soft, curved edges, and is significantly thinner than past iPhones.
One major flaw in previous iPhone designs has been the ease at which their screens scratch and can smash, at great cost. Now however, Apple has made a move to combat this through the introduction of Sapphire glass screens, which is repellent to scratches and shattering. Other new features are:
- Voice over LTE
- Wi-Fi connection three times faster than before
- 8MP iSight camera with True Tone flash, 1.5 µ pixels, f/2.2 aperture
- cinematic video stabilization
- Apple Pay with NFC, Touch ID and Secure Element as a new hardware components
iPhone 6 released in conjunction with new ‘Phablet’
Similarly to the joint release of the iPhone 5S and 5C, the iPhone 6 will have a ‘partner’ device which will be known as the iPhone 6 ‘Phablet’. The device is essentially identical to the iPhone 6, except its size. Its 5.5 inch screen cements Apple’s place amongst its Android rivals. This is a clever marketing ploy by Apple, enabling them to market the iPhone 6 at a lower price than the current iPhone 5S on release, making the iPhone 6 ‘Phablet’ more expensive, aimed at a wealthier target market. This is a step up from creating the iPhone 5C as a ‘cheap’ alternative to the iPhone 5S.
- Battery life, though slightly improved, has not been significantly increased- 1,800-1,900 mAh for the 4.7-inch version and 2,500 mAh for the 5.5-inch Phablet.
- Whilst iPhone 6 will be cheaper than the iPhone 5S, there will be no ‘affordable’ alternative.
- Some critics claim that the iPhone 6 looks similar to certain HTC phones.