Apple has officially announced the two new models, iPhone 6 with 4.7 inch display and iPhone 6 plus with 5.5 inch Retina HD displays, both of which are available in gold, silver, and space gray. Both the phones are bigger than its predecessors.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the new models are the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone. The iPhone 6 features 1334 X 750 pixels while the iPhone 6 Plus Phablet sports full 1920 X 1080 panel and a pixel density of 401 ppi.
Both models are slimmer than their predecessors. The iPhone 6 is 6.9 millimeters thick and the 6 Plus is just 7.1 millimeters thick. The new iPhones will run iOS 8 out of the box and it will come as an update on September 17 on supported devices. Both phones are powered by a 20nm Apple A8 64-bit processor that is 25% smaller than the A7 but 13% faster. The A8’s GPU is dramatically improved as well, making 3D gaming smoother and more complex than ever before. The chipset comes with a new M8 the second-gen custom motion co-processor, which can distinguish between running and cycling, and also track elevation.
The iPhone 6 Plus comes with a few extra software features, such as in landscape mode, the mail or contacts or calendar app will show two panes with expanded content on one side, similar to the iPads, while the keyboard gets some new buttons when used in landscape mode. There are probably some tweaks to help with single-handed typing, too.
Both phones have the same battery life or even better than the iPhone 5S. the front of the iPhone 6 Plus features what Apple calls ‘ion-strengthened glass’ but there was no word about sapphire crystal display that did the round in the rumor mill.
The 2 models show an interesting new technology: WiFi Calling. On T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK, you can make cellular calls over WiFi.
The camera in both the phones is still rated at 8-megapixel, but it’s a new, fancy “next-generation iSight sensor.” It can focus twice as faster as Apple’s earlier cameras, a new True Tone flash, an f2.2 aperture and enhanced macro and landscape shooting.
Of note, the iPhone 6 includes digital image stabilization while the iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s first ever device with optical image stabilization.
The 16 GB iPhone 6 will hit the shelves for $199 on-contract, while the 64GB and 128GB versions will be available for $299 and $399. Each comparable iPhone 6 Plus model will cost an additional $100.