It’s a very pretty display, and yes, it’s now larger.
For the iPhone 6, we’ve almost gone up a whole inch from its iPhone 5S brother, jumping from 4 inches all the way to 4.7 inches, which is a pretty severe difference when all things are considered. To help you deal with this screen size, Apple has built in two display modes: standard and zoom.
Standard will deliver smaller icons, smaller text, and is generally made for people who have no problem with eyesight, even adding an extra row of icons on the menus with the space saved.
If you do have a bit of an issue, zoom will raise the size, rendering the screen at the iPhone 5S resolution of 1136×640 and making for larger icons and bigger text sizes.
Regardless of what mode you choose, the screen will be very clear, though not as sharp as what is offered by other smartphones out there, with the iPhone 6 continuing the “Retina” resolution set out by Apple years ago, and keeping the pixel count at 326 pixels per inch.
Technically, the iPhone 6 runs at a resolution of 1334×750, an unusual resolution that is made for this specific purpose, and lets Apple get in there just barely with the statement of calling this a “high definition” screen, with the new label “Retina HD.”
Even though there’s a high definition screen at play, it isn’t quite as high end as the competition, with 326ppi less than the other flagship 4.7 to 5.2 inch screens. That said, your eyes aren’t likely to notice the difference, especially since they’re the bottleneck in this whole thing.
Moving over to phone performance, and while it’s hard to compare benchmarks, you won’t be dissatisfied here either.
While we’re yet to see anything truly take advantage of the new A8 processor and the M8 motion chip working alongside it, the games and apps we tested on the iPhone 6 all performed very well with few moments of lag.
WiFi worked well for the most part on our 802.11ac networks, as did 4G LTE, which provided speeds of between 30 and 80Mbps on the Telstra network within Sydney’s CBD. Higher speeds are likely possible on Category 4 LTE networks, which at this point should include Vodafone in Australia.
Voice over LTE is also supported on the phone, but not running in Australia, not yet anyway, with telcos expected to see it launch locally next year. At least you know the iPhone 6 is future-proofed for one thing.
iOS 8, Siri, and Touch ID
With the release of the iPhone 6 comes a new operating system: iOS 8.