I hate the phrase “unless you’re living under a rock” with a passion…but, in this case, it’s a pretty apt definition of where you must reside if you haven’t heard about the announcements Apple made today.
Yes, it’s now officially no longer just rumor: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (basically the larger version of the former) were unveiled today in a
rather messy somewhat technically-disorganized live streamed event. Along with the new phones, the company also revealed their foray into wearables, appropriately named the Apple Watch (but more on that later; it won’t be available for purchase until next year).
All of the relevant details on the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus are recapped here for your viewing convenience.
Going with the tagline “bigger than bigger”, the new iPhone 6 models are just that. The lower-price iPhone 6 will come with a “Retina HD” screen measuring 4.7″ (.7″ larger than previous models). The iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s “phablet” entry, has the same Retina HD display, and comes in at 5.5″. The 6 boasts a resolution of 1334×750, while the 6 Plus clocks in at 1920×1080 (equivalent to full-HD).
While larger in screen size, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are also the thinnest models Apple has produced to-date (6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively).
Both phones will get upgraded cameras– 8 MP for the rear and a 2.1 MP front-facing “selfie” cam. The 6 Plus will also come with a unique optical image stabilization feature to help with shaky hands.
Both will also be powered by Apple’s new A8 chip, which the company touts as 50 times faster than the original iPhone (though, what does that really say?).
Also new: Apple is ditching 8GB and 32GB models, in favor of 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB options only. Silver, Gold, and Space Grey are the three color options.
Apple today discussed plans to support Voice Over LTE (VoLTE), which enables users to have “crisp and clear” conversations, and “faster” LTE in general over the iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 models with both support 802.11ac WiFi technology, which the company touts as “up to 3x faster” than before.
Like the iPhone 5S, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will come equipped with Touch ID, enabling not only fingerprint-based logins, but allowing users to bypass passwords on iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store as well (something I hope more companies adopt in the future).
Apple’s first platform for mobile payments, dubbed ApplePay, will debut in October, and will be exclusive to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. With the debut of NFC technology (something Android users have had for some time), ApplePay will allow users with Mastercard, Visa, or Amex cards to store these on their device, which will generate unique, one-time passcodes to provide to opted-in merchants (which Apple expects to top 200,000 before the product’s release) to authorize payment. This unique method of payment will not pass credit card info to merchants, or to Apple, which the company hopes will decrease the likelihood of fraud. Apple will also allow developers to incorporate ApplePay into their apps, which will enable one-touch payments via Touch ID.
Preorders begin this Friday, September 12th, though an exact time has yet to be revealed. If you prefer the lines, the Apple Store will have the new iPhones in-stock beginning a week later, on September 19th.
For the iPhone 6, prices will start at $199, and increase by $100 for each larger size. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299, and once again increases in $100 increments. Both pricing options require contracts; however, T-Mobile will have a contract-less model starting at $749.
Need any additional information on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus (what else is there?!)? Apple has a page for you to compare the new and previous iPhone models, which can be found here.