We have anxiously awaited the release of Apple’s latest flagship phone for months now, ever since the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C, it seems like. The announcement was only hyped up additionally after the Worldwide Developer’s Conference, when Apple discussed some benchmark modifications and improvements in their mobile operating system, iOS. The time finally came this past week, when Apple showed off the newest two additions to the iPhone family: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. In this article, I will briefly go over some of the technical specifications of the two, and discuss the potential impact on the smartphone market.
First off, the most noticeable difference between the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, and the previous editions of the iPhone is undoubtedly the increase in the screen size. While Apple has remained on the smaller size in terms of size (The iPhone 5S has a 4-inch display), there has been an increase in pressure from companies like Samsung, which feature phones in excess of 5.5 inches. Apple has definitely felt the pressure, and the newest iPhones will release in 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens. Another thing that is key about these displays is the extent to which Apple prides them. These screens are not average by any means, but they feature Apple’s retina HD Display, which pretty much means the overall quality of the displays are increased tremendously. The iPhone 6 Plus, for example, has nearly 200% more pixels than the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus definitely makes use of the size, as there are now many two-panel design (Think the messages app on the iPad, with its split-view design) applications for the 5.5 inch behemoth.
For those of you who are concerned about the size of the phone, Apple has included a feature called reachability, on both of the phones. Merely double tapping the Touch ID/home button will now slide the entire display downward, allowing your stubby thumbs to reach content at the top. Also to combat any potential size issues, the power button has been moved to the side of the phone, preventing users from not being able to reach the top of the phone with one hand. These features may seem small, but play an integral role in the usability of the phone.
The next big feature that users will notice with these phones is the processing speed. Apple has traditionally increased the quality of the processor with each subsequent release of their phone, and this year is no different. Apple will feature their A8 processor in these two phones, with the CPU and GPU performance increasing tremendously. For those of you who are not incredibly tech-saavy, this just means your phone will blaze through any task you set forth for it. However, an even bigger increase in quality came in the graphics for the phones. Digest this for a second: the iPhone 6 plus will use a larger resolution than next-generation gaming consoles. This is possible through the use of Metal, a feature developers will use to greatly improve the quality of gameplay on these phones.
Also, as with every new iPhone, there has been a significant upgrade to the camera. After the updates to last year’s camera, I personally was unsure of how they could perfect a seemingly perfect facet of their flagship phone. However, Apple has raised the bar tremendously yet again. Now featuring 1.5-micron pixels and ƒ/2.2 aperture, with a feature called Focus Pixels, this camera is absolutely stunning. While is doesn’t boast the 40+ megapixels as other phones may, the overall quality of the image still reigns superior. The camera is also equipped with a 240-fps slo-mo feature, allowing gorgeous slow-motion videos, and 60-fps 1080p video. With additional features such as time-lapse. burst shot, and continuous autofocus, there is very little this camera will not do. The picture below, for example, was taken with the phone.
With all of these features playing together, paired with the power of technologies like iOS 8, Samsung has yet another battle to fight with Apple. While I must admit some phones on the Galaxy line are simply astounding, they will have a hard time converting Apple fans. Especially for those of us who already own apple products like a Macbook Pro, iMac, or
Apple TV, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the optimal choices if you happen to be in the market for a new phone. The perks are unparalleled. Overall, the iPhone 6 raised the bar yet again, and I have yet to even cover my favorite new feature included with the phone: Apple Pay. I will be covering that sole feature in detail in my next article. Stay tuned.