At its big press event today, Apple unveiled the long-anticipated iPhone 6 as well as a bigger iPhone – the iPhone 6 Plus. CEO Tim Cook called the news the “biggest advancement in the history of the iPhone”. I feel like he’s said that before.
They have Retina HD displays with “ion-strengthened” glass. Display sizes are 4.7″ and 5.5″. Pixels come in at 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080. The 6 Plus has a whopping 185% more pixels than the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 6 has a thickness of 6.8mm. The 6 Plus has a thickness of 7.1mm. For comparison the 5S was 7.6mm.
The power button is on the side now.
Apps can be customized for different screen sizes, and the device makes use of a new gesture called reachability. It has a new Apple A8 chip, which is64-bit. It has 2 billion transistors on a 20-nanometer process. The chip is 13% smaller than the A7. The CPU is up to 25% faster. According to the company, it’s 50% faster on graphics.
They showed off some games, which displayed some impressive graphics.
Apple says the iPhone 6 battery life can get 24 hours of 3G talk time, and that the 6 can get 14 hours. LTE is also greatly improved as is Wi-Fi, which they says is 3x faster.
There’s an 8MP iSight camera, True Tone flash, 1.5micron pixels, and f/2.2 aperture. Panoramic shots can be up to 43 megapixels.
The 6 has digital image stabilization, while the Plus has optical image stabilization. Video can be recorded at 1080p at 30 or 60fps. Slow motion video can be captured at 120 fps or 240 fps. “Cinematic” video stabilization is also included.
It has improved face detection and is apparently better for selfies.
Pricing starts at $199 for the iPhone 6 at16GB . It’s $299 at 64GB and $399 for 128GB. The Plus is $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64, and $499 for 128GB. These are with a two-year contract.
The 5S is now $99 for 8GB, and the 5C is now free.
The new devices ship on September 19th in the U.S. Pre-orders are available on the 12th.
Here’s what everybody is saying about the new iPhones:
Apple unveiled iOS 8 at its developer conference in June. More on that here. According to the company there are 1.3 million apps available.
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