Ok so there were still a few surprises left for the iPhone 6 release, but it mostly included quite a lot of features that we already knew about.
As expected, two separate handsets have been released: a 4.7 and a 5.5.
Instead of the rumoured sapphire glass screen, Tim Cook has instead decided to use ion strength glass (a slight anticlimax) for the device's retina HD 1334 x 750 display, providing 326 pixels per inch and a wider angle of view. As well as growing a few inches, the iPhone 6 has also lost a few pounds, measuring in at 6.9mm and 7.1mm thick, respectively - the thinnest Apple devices yet.
But we all know it’s what's inside that counts, right?
There's a new Apple designed 64-bit A8 chip, with 2 billion transistors and built using a 20nm process. The upgrade will apparently include 25% faster CPU performance and up to 50% faster graphics; 84 times faster than the original iPhone (although you would expect technology to improve slightly since 2007...). The A8 processor will be augmented with an M8 motion co-processor (just like HTC did with the One) which means that it can continuously monitor incoming motion data from the phone's accelerometer, gyroscope and compass. The new processors are apparently better at performing over long periods of time, as others slow down due to heat etc, and the new M8 is also able to distinguish between different sports like running and cycling, as well as working out elevation such as how many flights of stairs you can climb. The addition of the barometer, NFC payment capabilities and voice over LTE calling means that the iPhone is now a up to date as any other decent smartphone on the market right now. The iPhone 6 will offer 14 hours of talk time - 40% more than the iPhone 5s, but web browsing over 3G is still rated at 10 hours. Wifi has been majorly improved however, and is now apparently three times faster than in the 5S, supporting 802.11ac networks. Wifi calling will also be supported on T-Mobile in the US, and EE in the UK.
Apple appears to have joined up with many different brands in its keynote revelations, in terms of both its Apple Pay and its coverage of more than 20 different LTE brands - more than any other smartphone, apparently. Next generation network technologies like VoLTE and carrier aggregation are also supported.
But it seems the camera has been slightly forgotten about, still sporting the same old 8 megapixel number from, well, 2 generations ago (that's the 4S, in case you need reminding as it was so long ago). However, the camera has been given a f/2.2 aperture lens and dual-LED flash, as well as an all-new sensor and even larger pixels than before. While the iPhone 6 uses digital image stabilisation, its slightly-bigger twin brother boasts optical stabilizaton.
Apparently the camera has a new autofocus system which uses pixels on the image sensor for an even faster focus - twice as fast as the 5S in fact. Face, blink and smile detection has also been improved with advanced processing algorithms to improve detail, contrast and sharpness in photos. Panoramic pictures can now be up to 43 megapixels in size, meaning that HDR photos can be taken in just one shot, an image quality is equal to that of an SLR. And video capabilities have been improved, too, shooting 1080p video at either 30 or 60 frames per second (fps), or 120 or 240 fps in slow motion mode. Selfies will be a lot more complementary with 81% more light, a new sensor and f/2.2 aperture all on the front-facing camera.
One of the most exciting features that the new iPhone 6 is its NFC chip, which means simple and contactless transactions are now possible at participating places.
The iPhone 6 will launch on ios8 and will come in either silver, gold or space grey. Available on September 19th, pre-orders will begin on the 12th. $199 on-contract for a 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB or a 128GB versions for $399, expected to be available in 115 countries by the end of the year.
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