2014

Apple Releases The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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The wait is finally over. Apple has officially revealed its new flagship… iPhones? Yes, for the first time in iPhone history, Apple has released 2 iPhone versions – the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch screen and the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen.

The display on the iPhone 6 comes in at 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch, while the iPhone 6 Plus includes full 1080p HD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 401 pixels per inch.

Obviously the star of the show was the 5.5-inch 1080p Retina Display HD model. According to Apple’s Phil Schiller, the iPhone 6 Plus is SRGB-accurate, has an ultrathin backlight, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystals, an improved polarizer, and ion-strengthened glass. More importantly, the screen runs at 1080p.

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When it comes to design there’s no noticeable differences ( except the size ) between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. Both iPhones are dramatically thinner while compared to the previous iPhones. The iPhone 6 Plus comes in at 7.1mm thick, while the iPhone 6 comes at only 6.9mm thick.

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Both phones come with a snappy new 64bit A8 chipset that, Apple claims, is 50% more energy efficient than the A7 and about 25% more powerful to boot. The new iPhones also come with a new M8 coprocessor which should keep even better track of your activity levels.

iPhone 6 now supports Voice over LTE

The new iPhones come with improved wireless tech and sensors. You’ll find 802.11ac WiFi and 150 Mbps LTE data; you can also make voice calls over both LTE and WiFi if your network supports either technology. The new M8 coprocessor can not only estimate distances all on its own, but also track air pressure to gauge your elevation (much like a few existing smartphones from Samsung and others). There’s a next-gen gyroscope, too, so fitness apps and games should deliver more accurate results. And yes, there’s short-range NFC built in to let you make secure mobile payments at retail stores using Apple Pay.

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The new iPhones comes with an 8MP iSight camera and an f/2.2 aperture lens paired with the same True Tone flash as in the 5s ( however, Apple dropped the pill shaped design and now the flash is round ). That’s a bit dissapointing but the improvements come in form of phase detecting autofocus ( similar tech can be found in DSLRs ), improved face detection, a new Best Shot mode and on the iPhone 6 plus comes with optical image stabilization. You can take high-dynamic range (HDR) photos in a single shot, record regular-speed 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second, and capture slow-motion clips at 240 frames per second instead of the previous 120. If you’re fond of panoramas, you can stitch together pictures to create a whopping 43-megapixel image.

The curious thing about the new iPhones is that Apple has ditched the 32GB model completely and added a 128GB model.

The 6 will cost $199, $299, and $399 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively with your usual two-year contract.

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The 6 Plus will cost $299, $399, and $499 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively with your usual two-year contract.

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Preorders start on September 12 and it’ll start shipping in “several countries” on the 19th