At long last, Apple has pulled the wraps off its latest generation of products at the Flint Centre in Cupertino, California, where the original Mac was revealed 30 years ago. We’re here on the ground reporting on all the action, starting with the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 times two
Following the Android driven trend of larger mobile phone displays, Apple has released two new models, both of which are larger, and thinner, than previous iPhones.
There’s a 4.7 inch model, called the iPhone 6, and a larger 5.5 inch ‘phablet’ sized unit called the iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6’s larger screens mean that more pixels can be crammed into each. New resolutions are 1334 x 750 (326 ppi) for the iPhone 6, and full HD 1920 x 1080 (over 400ppi) for the iPhone 6 Plus.
This new size gels nicely with existing apps because it’s easy for them to ‘scale up’ to the new, more detailed screen resolutions.
From the screens we’ve seen, the scaling looks very sharp.
While many were expecting to see an ultra-hard sapphire screen coating, Apple has gone with an ion-hardened glass, and an IPS screen.
Both phones have adopted a similar design style to the iPad Air, with rounded and tapered edges, sleek, uninterrupted lines, pill-shaped volume buttons and thick antenna bands.
Also new is an embossed Apple logo, and the power button has been moved to the right-hand side of the device making it easier to reach with your thumb.
Dimensions are 138mm long x 66mm wide for the iPhone 6, and 158mm x 78mm for the 5.5 inch model. Overall, the new models are thinner than the 7.6mm of the iPhone 5, with the 6 being 6.9mm and the 6 Plus measuring 7.1mm.
Weight-wise, the iPhone 6 weighs 129 grams, with its bigger brother weighting in at 172 grams.
New and improved
Other notable improvements include a faster and more efficient A8 processor, a new camera with optical image stabilisation, improved fingerprint sensor, faster wireless communication options, larger batteries, and new support for NFC contact-less payments.