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Apple’s change to its juggernaut smartphone is here, and it’s not just a number change with a fingerprint sensor. This time, the iPhone includes a bigger screen, faster processor, and a new design. Is this Apple’s best yet, and can it take on the ever growing competition from the likes of Sony, Samsung, HTC, and LG?
Ready for a new phone? Of course you are, and if you’ve been itching for a bigger, brighter iPhone, your time is at hand.
The next stage of the iPhone 6 is ready to be touch, held, prodded, and spoken to, with a larger display, new design, and more features than you can shake an iStick at.
The first thing you’ll notice about the model is the screen, which has jumped from a 4 inch display running 1136×640 to a 4.7 inch screen with the resolution of 1334×750. With this screen size and resolution employed, the pixel count measures the same as the previous model, with 326 pixels per inch in the iPhone 6.
Apple is protecting its display with a highly strengthened glass, too, so while it probably won’t survive a large quantity of drops, it should survive one or two (depending on how it fell), as well as the odd scratch here and there.
Underneath this screen is a new set of components, with a 64-bit processor controlling things here, the new A8 chip an update on last year’s A7, working alongside 1GB RAM and either 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage. A new motion coprocessor is also here to track movements and store them, found in the M8 coprocessor.
Connection options are fairly normal, with 4G LTE updated to Category 4 4G, capable of achieving up to 150Mbps download speeds on supported networks, and 100Mbps for regular Category 3 networks. WiFi has also been updated, with 802.11ac supported finally, though older networks on 802.11a/b/g/n will also work here.
Bluetooth 4.0 is also included here, as is Near-Field Communication, the latter of these very new to Apple. Assisted GPS and GLONASS support is also included.
Over on the camera side of things, the 8 megapixel rear camera from the iPhone 5S has seen an upgrade, but not in the available megapixels, with the same 8 megapixels helped with an f/2.2 aperture, improved capture controls for light changing, five-element lens, “Focus Pixels” autofocus technology, and a lens cover made of Sapphire crystal which we’re told is very, very hard to scratch or break.
Video is also possible from this rear camera, with Full HD movies shot at 60fps, while a slow motion mode has also been added offering 120 and 240fps modes, as well as a time lapse video mode.
The front camera is still one of Apple’s “FaceTime” cameras, sporting the same 1.2 megapixels from last time, once again with f/2.2 aperture.
All of this sits in a body made from aluminium, with a design reminiscent of the previous iPod Touch.
As is the case with other Apple phones, buttons have been included, but moved around, with volume buttons on the left edge below the mute/vibrate switch, the power button now on the right edge, and the home button up front and at the bottom including the fingerprint sensor known as “Touch ID.”