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Apple Announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus


Apple announced the biggest change in the iPhone lineup, with the launch of its new-generation iPhone 6 (4.7-inch )and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus (5.5-inch). In addition to a significant design change from its predecessors, the two introduce a few really big innovations.

To begin with, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 features an HD+ 1334 x 750 pixel display with 326 ppi of density; and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus tops that with full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), and 401 ppi. The iPhone 6 ends up just 6.9 mm thick despite its curvy metal unibody construction, while the iPhone 6 Plus isn’t much thicker, at 7.1 mm.


Thanks to its firm 16:9 aspect-ratio, the iPhone 6 Plus gets a new landscape UI that takes advantage of the higher pixel-density, letting you multitask across multiple UI elements (think coasting-through sidebar laden email clients iPad style.) The Home screen itself flips into a landscape, but in a way that’s unlike the iPad. The dock sticks to the width of the screen, while the icons take a tilt.



Under the hood, the two run Apple’s updated A8 64-bit SoC, which offers up to 25% higher CPU and 50% higher GPU performance figures, to keep up with the bigger specs. That’s 50x the CPU performance of the original iPhone, and 84x its GPU horsepower! Apple claims that the added metal will help the two phones run games at higher resolutions than even the next-generation gaming consoles. At the heart of Apple’s big mobile gaming surge is Metal, a 3D graphics API.

Like with the iPhone 5S, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with a sensor-driving co-processor, the Apple M8. This chip is tied to even more sensors. It comes with a barometer to measure air-pressure, and relative elevation, a more advanced 3D gyro, an accelerometer, a compass, and heart-rate. That’s right, taking a cue from Samsung with its pioneering S-Health app, Apple launched the Health app, which combines data from all its sensors, to track your activity relative to your environment.

The iPhone 6 duo feature an updated communications processor, supporting more LTE bands than any other smartphones, for better roaming. It hence supports over 200 4G LTE carriers around the world. The iPhone 6 also introduces support for voice-over-LTE (VoLTE), which in our opinion is just legalized VOIP, in which the carrier gets a cut. VoLTE lets you talk over high-quality encoded audio, in conditions where the cell carrier quality is low (and somehow doesn’t affect cellular data bandwidth).

The iPhone 6 comes with an 8-megapixel iSight camera with an f/2.2 aperture, a new sensor, and new optics, that step up image quality. The camera offers Focus Pixels, special parts of the sensor that have higher sensitivity; something that’s been found only on professional DSLRs. It also introduces OIS (image stabilization) and the ability to detect faces that are near and far. The sensor also offers a burst-mode, with the app recommending a best picture taking into account smiles, blinks, and wait for it…duckfaces! There’s also continuous autofocus, and high-dynamic range (HDR).

With video, the iPhone 6 can shoot full-HD, and at frame-rates as high as 120 FPS and 240 FPS (lower resolution), letting you take slo-mos. The video component is backed by a codec Apple innovated, and cinematic video stabilization. The front camera’s resolution hasn’t changed, it still films at HD (1280 x 720), but comes with a larger f/2.2 aperture that lets in over 80% more light.

The other big change is iOS 8. Apple’s next-generation mobile OS, is predictably claimed by its makers to be the world’s most advanced. Its features broadly sketch out as messaging with voice and map coordinates in any message (that converts to a usable map within the messages app); a new predictive on-screen keyboard; the new Health app, as detailed before; a new notifications system that lets apps send in richly detailed notifications; TouchID, which will soon become more powerful, with the ability to use as a payment processor; and landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Original accessories include Apple-designed silicone cases for the iPhone 6, and leather ones for the iPhone 6 Plus.


The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for the 16 GB variant, and is priced at $299 for the 64 GB one, and $399 for the 128 GB one. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, starts at $299 for 16 GB, $399 for 64 GB, and $499 for the 128 GB variant. All prices are carrier-contracted, of course. Color trims are unchanged from the iPhone 5S, champagne gold, space gray, and silver. You’ll be able to pre-order the iPhone 6 on September 12. iOS 8 will be given out as a free software update to all iOS devices iPhone 4S and upwards, on the 18th of September.

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