iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Just like tech experts were expecting, the new iPhone devices are bigger than their predecessors. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display (17.5% bigger that on the iPhone 5s), while the iPhone 6 Plus screen comes in at a phablet-sized 5.5 inches.
Both are Retina HD displays, but you can expect a sharper picture from the Plus, which boasts 401ppi as opposed to 326ppi resolution. Otherwise, the screens are pretty similar.
Larger screens of course demand a larger body, so Apple fans will have to get used to stretching their fingers a little further. At 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm and 129g, the iPhone 6 is 16% bigger (volume-wise) and 15% heavier than its predecessor. The iPhone 6 Plus measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm and weighs 172g.
This means that the devices are harder to fit in your pocket, and more difficult to navigate one-handed, but this is a trade-off for screens and other technology that should enhance the overall user experience.
The iPhone 6 offers a maximum of 250 hours standby time, the same as the iPhone 5s, but the battery is a little more efficient when the device is in use. However, despite having a more power-hungry display, the iPhone 6 Plus has a far superior battery than the iPhone 6. As well as delivering up to 384 hours standby, it provides 24 hours talk time as opposed to 14, 80 hours of audio playback versus 50, and other improvements.
Both the new iPhone devices come in Silver, Gold and Space Grey. The 16GB, 64GB and 128GB options are priced at £539, £619 and £699 respectively for the iPhone 6, and £619, £699 and £789 for the same iPhone 6 Plus models.
The new iPhone devices come pre-loaded with iOS 8, the new operating system that will also be available to download on iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s from September 17th. One of the most highly anticipated new features is the Health app, which brings your health and fitness data to one easy-to-use interface.
Apple has also introduced Family Sharing, which allows households to share iTunes purchases, calendars, photo albums and more. It even makes use of the location feature that allows you to keep tabs on everyone’s whereabouts.
Time-lapse videos, enhanced photo editing tools and interactive notifications are also amongst the new additions. For more information, see the Apple website.
Again, industry commentators hit the nail on the head by anticipating that Apple would release a smart watch. The Apple Watch is a wearable device that will be released in 2015, which pairs up with an iPhone 5 or beyond. Coupling trendy designs with a specially designed OS, it’s a practical and stylish accessory.
The touchscreen Retina display gives access to the weather forecast, maps, calendar – and of course, the time. You can make quick calls thanks to a built-in microphone and speaker, or send an email. There’s also a built-in heart-rate monitor that works with the GPS and Accelerometer to give handy fitness stats.
There are three ranges, which results in a huge variety of designs (see below). US customers will see a starting price of $349 (£216).
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