With the Apple iPhone 6 having just been revealed, we take the new fangled gadget through its paces. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPhone 6, including features, specs and cost.
We believe that an informed decision is the best kind of decision, so you really should know the ins and outs of the new iPhone 6 before you decide that it’s worth the upgrade. The decision is up to you, the information, it’s all right here:
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iPhone 6 Specifications
For the tech savvies who have been gripping onto the armrests of their seats until their knuckles turn white in anticipation for this release, here’s a quick overview of what the new iPhone 6 has to offer:
|Body dimensions||138.1mm x 67mm|
|Display||Retina HD is 1334 x 750 with a resolution of 326ppi. Full sRGB colour standard.|
|Retina HD Display||4.7” (11.94cm)|
|Camera||1080p HD at 60fps, slow motion at 240fps and time-lapse video mode. The iSight camera also has a new sensor with Focus Pixels, which sports an aperture of f/ 2.2, pixels of 1.5µ, and an 8-megapixel rear camera.|
|Speed||4G LTE download speeds. It also supports LTE coverage for 20 bands.|
|Operating system||iOS 8|
iPhone 6 features: explained
So, what does all this mean? Well, being the latest offering of the iPhone, Apple have been touting this as their best phone to date. It’s not only big, it’s ‘bigger than bigger’, with a larger Retina HD screen, though by no means thicker than its previous efforts. It’s hugely powerful, with a new A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor, and did we mention the increased battery life?
It’s also pretty schmick in the design department (if you can’t already tell from the looks of this bad boy), with a seamless streamlined profile of glass and metal. As for the buttons? They’ve had a little bit of a rearrange, too (in the best possible way), with an elongated volume button (for all those moments when you’ve accidentally pulled up the volume only to have it scream at you when it rings leaving you fumbling to shut it up), and a right hand side power button for easier access.
Let’s delve further, shall we?
The design of the iPhone 6
Apple has put a lot of thought into the design of their new baby to ensure that it’s as large but as thin as it can possibly be. They’ve achieved this by condensing technologies without depriving them of their quality or power. Chips and batteries are more compact, and an advanced Multi-Touch display enables the screen to remain thin but purposeful.
The buttons have been intuitively placed (e.g. an elongated volume button and a more conveniently placed sleep/wake button) so usability is at its peak. And, the cover glass literally curves around the sides to meet the anodised aluminium to that all you feel is a smooth, seamless bond with no gaps to ruffle your sensory experience with your bit of tech.
What you can expect from the Retina HD displays?
Crisp and pristine images, hands down. The new display means higher-resolution imagery, higher contrast for sharper, richer pictures, dual-domain pixels for increase colour accuracy, wider viewing angles to increase the ease of sharing and viewing without that annoying glare or colour skew, and an improved polariser so you can stop trying to shade your phone or tilt it in the right direction to see the screen when the sun is out and shining.
The functionality of the iPhone 6
Apple created the iPhone 6 and its operating system, the iOS 8, together, with a dedicated purpose to optimise the software to enhance the iPhone’s design. Apple has implemented the iOS swipe gestures to enable more seamless functionality with one hand. New ways of interacting with the phone have also been implemented, including the ability to double-touch the Home button to enable the screen to move closer to your thumb and by navigating through in internet browsers and emails with left and right swipes (backwards/forwards through the browser).
The security of the iPhone 6
The future is here. The iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) comes equipped with Apple Pay, a fingerprint detection software that allows you to access all your phone data with the push of your thumb. You'll be able to make purchases without your card, simply by holding your finger on the Touch ID while holding your phone near a contactless reader. At this point in time, this feature has only been announced for availability in the US. Here’s hoping it’ll make its way to Australia soon enough, too.
The power behind the iPhone 6
Power and efficiency go hand in hand with the iPhone 6, which uses an A8 chip that’s built on second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, meaning that you’ll notice the speed of your CPU and graphic performance from the get go. Test it out with graphics-intensive game of video clips yourself, if you don’t believe the power and image quality that this chip can sustain. It’s also 50% more energy efficient than its predecessor, the A7 chip, so you can play those games and videos that much longer.
That’s not the most impressive feature, either. The iPhone 6 features an M8 motion coprocessor, which utilises a new barometer and intuitive accelerometer, compass/GPS and gyroscope sensors to measure your physical activity and environment (steps, distance, changes in elevation) for use with those all-important fitness apps. By implementing the M8, Apple has come up with a novel way to alleviate the strain these activities and programs would normally place on the A8 chip, therefore improving performance and increasing battery life.
The battery life of the iPhone 6
One of our biggest iPhone hates is the life of the battery, so naturally Apple have addressed this issue with the iPhone 6. At its best, it can play audio for up to 50 hours, HD video for up to 11 hours, allow for AG LTE or 3G browsing for up to 10 hours, allow you to chat on 3G for up to 14 hours (blah blah blah), and remain on standby for up to 250 hours (10 days). Not that you could possible leave it on standby for that long when there’s so much you can do with this thing!
The iSight camera behind the iPhone 6
Built around the A8 chip, this is Apple’s most innovative camera to date, featuring a specially designed video encoder and image signal processor. One of the most impressive features for snap happy fans is the new Focus Pixels, which provides better face detection, continuous autofocus, and noise reduction, all giving you clearer, more defined, and better quality images.
Here are a couple of specs for both amateurs and professionals: 1.5-micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, 9-megapixel resolution, and the option to capture 1080p HD at 60 fps or 240-fps slow motion. This all works to increase the definition of your images, compensating for light, speed and exposure. All you need do is ‘click’.
Now, let’s not forget about videos. Thanks to the iSight camera, you can shoot 1080p HD video at 60 fps for more dynamic recording, while new video recording features will enable you to product time-lapse (up to 30 hours) and slow-mo videos with extreme focus and stabilisation.
We know what you’re thinking: What about that front facing camera and FaceTime? Yup, Apple’s done some tweaking and improvements in this department as well, converting it from a normal FaceTime camera to a FaceTime HD camera, and integrating new sensor tech to capture 81% more light. Face detection has also been given some love with the improved ability to pick up blinking and smiling to help, yes, produce BETTER SELFIES. Oh. Dear.
What else impressed us?
Can’t say we’re not immensely impressed already with all the intuitiveness that Apple has put into the iPhone 6, but they’ve also got a pretty nifty Display Zoom going for them, which lets you see your apps and content in more full view (now that’s a good way of making the most of your screen space). They’ve also implemented this new tech called Metal, which will increase the gameplay experience with crisper and more realistic imagery.
And then, our favourite little addition: the USB with reversible plug. Yaha, so it works WHICHEVER WAY YOU PLUG IT IN. Now that’s a total win.
When is the iPhone 6 released?The iPhone 6 is released in Australia on September 19 with pre-orders beginning September 12.
How much does the iPhone 6 cost?The price tag is stated to be AUD$869 for the 16GB model, $999 for the 64GB and $1129 for the 128GB.
What carriers will the iPhone 6 be available through? It will be available through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, among other carriers.
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