First, the design, and this is an area most readers will know Apple is brilliant at. With that in mind, the iPhone 6 continues Apple’s dominance of simple designs that work. There are some bugs with it, and we’ll get to them later, but for the most part, this is the Keep It Simple philosophy in all its excellent.
It’s also an evolution of another Apple product, with the company choosing the iPod Touch as the next canvas for the iPhone and utilising that design in the process.
More than the last generation of the iPhone and more than the iPad Air, the iPhone 6 looks and feels like the iPod Touch.
Like Apple’s phone-less iPhone, it’s slim, soft, and solid, with a metal body, 6.9mm thickness, 129 gram weight, and not much of a dent in your pants when you push the handset into your pockets.
If you ever held the iPod Touch and said “wouldn’t it be nice if this had a phone inside,” that’s more or less what you’re getting in the iPhone 6.
Apple’s attention to detail is here in the materials used, too, with aluminium and a very solid mineral strengthened glass relied upon in its construction. We’re not quite sure what type of resistant glass it is — Apple wouldn’t say — but we’re hazarding a guess that it’s Gorilla Glass 4 or something equally durable, and the curved edges on the side help complete the look, with a glass that bends to meet the solid aluminium frame and chassis, not just meeting with it at the corners as previous iPhones have.
Every other detail, though, is here as you’d expect it, with perfect circles of the speakers at the bottom and at the top where the ear goes, two screws holding the Lightning dock in place, and a microphone sitting just to the right of the 3.5mm jack.
In typical Apple style, everything is drilled perfectly, and there isn’t an errant edge or jaggy at all. As per usual, this is Apple’s industrial design brilliance and perfection at its best.
The back isn’t all metal, mind you, with some plastic around the top and bottom, but it’s a minor shift, and doesn’t stop you from focusing on the simplicity of the iPhone 6 design.
By now, you’ve probably heard the buttons are in a slightly different position, and that’s part and parcel of the handset being bigger. Like what Samsung does with the Galaxy S series, you’ll find the power button on right edge and volume buttons on the left, and if you hold your phone comfortably with your digits gripping each side, you’ll likely find them easily.
So with that in mind, let’s switch the phone on.
Just like so many phones, the iPhone’s screen comes to life with an immense amount of colour and brightness.
We’ll go into detail about the screen shortly, but for the most part, you won’t be disappointed: it’s bright, vibrant, crisp, and viewable from every angle. To that last part, we’re told Apple does this with “dual-domain pixels,” but all you really need to know is that even if you’re viewing at extreme angles, you’ll see colours almost exactly as they’re meant to be seen.