Apple finally takes the veil off the highly anticipated new iPhone in Flint Center, Cupertino. The iPhone rumours as usual, have been mostly spot-on since Tim Cook took over as Apple’s CEO and it’s no different this time round. “The biggest advancements in iPhone history” said Tim Cook, Apple released 2 new models for its flagship smartphone, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. We take a look at some of the key features that embodies this milestone device.
The biggest, thinnest iPhones ever
The new iPhone comes in an anodised aluminium unibody that seems to blend seamlessly with the glass display. Not just eye candy, Apple managed to shave off an impressive 0.7 mm off the iPhone 5s and made the iPhone 6 an anorexic 6.9 mm and iPhone 6 Plus, 7.1 mm thin. One other noticeable change in the new iPhones is the relocation of its on/off button. To have a slimmer profile and to still make very much usable using one hand, the button is now positioned at the right side of the phone instead of being on the top.
Retina HD Display
As usual, Apple managed to pack more more pixels into both the new iPhones. We’d say what they managed to cram onto the iPhone 6 Plus was pretty impressive. Other than increasing the pixels to almost three times that of the iPhone 5s, it also offered an 88 percent increase in viewing area, better contrast and dual-domain pixels technology for more accurate colours at wider viewing angles.
A8 chip and M8 coprocessor
Both phones will feature the new A8 chip, a chip that contains 2 billion transistors to deliver faster computing and graphical performance and is 50 percent more energy efficiency than the A7 chip mounted on the iPhone 5s. That means to say, even with the monstrous 5.5-inch screen, you can yak for an entire day (24 hours) on the iPhone 6 Plus and 14 hours on the iPhone 6.
Combined with the M8 motion coprocessor, the new iPhones can also measure your steps, distance and elevation changes. So if you are climbing a flight of stairs, a hill, driving or even doing some plain walking, the phone knows.
The improved iSight camera kept the 8-megapixels resolution but gets a new sensor and a larger f/2.2 aperture. Jutting slightly out of the aluminium unibody, the new sensor features Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, and for the iPhone 6 Plus, it will also come with optical image stabilisation technology for shaky hands and shooting in low light. The new iSight camera also captures HD video on at faster frame rates of up to 60fps as well as 240fps for slow-motion videos. We can’t wait to get our hands on the new iPhone 6 and work on some time-lapse videos.
The new operating system will be released on September 17 and pre-loaded onto the new iPhone models. Some notable features include QuickType, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive. Of the lot, we are curious to see how the QuickType technology performs. Based on your past conversations and writing style, the technology suggests words or phrases you are most likely to use next so that you can write your messages and emails faster. And oh, it adjusts accordingly to who you are writing to too. More formal for bosses and informal for friends.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver and space grey, and will be sold in Singapore for S$988 for the 16GB model, S$1,148 64GB model and if you are like us– always deleting apps and images to free up storage, for the first time, a new 128GB model is now available for S$1,288. iPhone 6 Plus retails at S$1,148 for the 16GB model and S$1,448 for the highest end 128GB model. You can buy them starting this Friday, 12 September 2014 at Apple Online Store or local telcos SingTel, StarHub, M1, and Apple authorised resellers.
All in all, although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus weren’t all that revolutionary, we think that Apple did make a great product even better, refining what matters most to users while sending a strong message to detractors that they are very much still in the game for smartphone dominance. But that’s not the only thing announced at the Keynote. Apple also unveiled the long-awaited smartwatch to all that’s present at Cupertino. Check out our take on the new Apple Watch.