Long gone are the days when the creator of Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs, once said that Android phones with 4-inch screen and larger look like skateboards. Apple too had to give a deep thought about the 3.5-inch screen they used back then, and later the iPhone was made larger but the company never went above the 4-inch size of screen in the closed environment and small portfolio of Apple iPhones. Now, the scenario is changing and Apple has for the first time, put a proper strong contender in the game of smartphones where Android OS was quite clearly ruling (given the fact that it is an OS many brands use) and here comes the Apple iPhone 6.
[quote align=’right’]“These iPhones obviously have bigger displays, but more importantly, they’re amazing products in every single way.” – Tim Cook
[/quote]For the first time last year, Apple had chosen to announce two devices at the same time. It was the iPhone 5s and 5c, but there was no much to say because the iPhone 5c was the previous iPhone 5 with colored panels and little improvements, while the iPhone 5s was the actual flagship successor with most of the new and latest stuff. Apple has kept to its tradition, and there are two smartphones announced this year too – the Apple iPhone 6 & the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Two different screen sizes, and the iPhone 6 is no different from what was leaked in the recent days.
How many times have he heard the similar lines from the heads of Apple – “Today, we are pleased to announce the biggest advancement in iPhone.” – Tim Cook. But the company never fails to impress in one or the other way. There is a huge change in the screen size, and Apple’s new iPhone measures 4.7-inch while the iPhone 6 Plus (which was leaked with several names such as iPhone Air, iPhone Pro) measures 5.5-inch with the screen size. There are Retina HD displays on the new iPhone, and these displays come with sRGB wide color gamut.
As Apple continues the trend, both the phones announced in this event are going to be powered by Apple’s own Apple A8 chipset, which is said to have 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics. Along with the chipset, there is the The M8 coprocessor that continuously measures motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. And no surprises there, both the phones, i.e. Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are going to come with the iOS 8 operating system.
iPhone 6 Camera
The Apple iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor. Apart from this, the A8 chip in the device has a dedicated image signal processor made by Apple. This signal processor helps in taking good photos in low light, and also stabilized captures taken using shaky hands.
More camera features include:
- Face detection
- Burst mode: which detects the smiles and blinks and then recommends the best picture in the group shots
- Optical image stabilization: Helpful in both movements and in low light
- Slo-mo video: 120 fps or 240 fps
- Apple-designed video encoder
- Time-lapse videos
- Burst selfies – 10 photos per second using the FaceTime camera
- HDR photos
The FaceTime HD camera comes with a new sensor and this has a larger ƒ/2.2 aperture making pictures brighter by allowing over 80% more light.
What is Focus Pixels Technology?
Focus Pixels technology is added this time in the sensor, and it is something seen in the professional DSLR cameras. The Focus Pixels determine the focus direction and how far to move the lens for the captures. Apple has improved even the software side for the capturing and it fastens the autofocus, next-generation local tone mapping, and advanced noise reduction
Apple iPhone 6
iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch. The larger screen means the thickness reduces, and thus the iPhone 6 is brought down to the thickness of 6.9mm.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with 401 pixels per inch. This is not much thicker than the iPhone 6, as the Plus has a thickness of 7.1mm. The large screen of 5.5-inch makes it possible for the users to view the content in landscape mode, and there is a special landscape mode for the home screen of iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Pricing
There are three storage options going to be available for iPhone 6:
- iPhone 6 16GB: $199
- iPhone 6 64GB: $299
- iPhone 6 128GB: $399
There are three storage options going to be available for iPhone 6 Plus:
- iPhone 6 Plus 16GB: $299
- iPhone 6 Plus 64GB: $399
- iPhone 6 Plus 128GB: $499
Off-contract prices of iPhone 6:
- iPhone 6 16GB: $649
- iPhone 6 64GB: $749
- iPhone 6 128GB: $849
Off-contract prices of iPhone 6 Plus:
- iPhone 6 16GB: $749
- iPhone 6 64GB: $849
- iPhone 6 128GB: $949
The pre-order starts on September 12th, and the devices would start shipping on September 19th 2014.