The new iPhones are here — yes there are two, and one is bigger than the other. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch and the 6 Plus sports 5.5-inch Retina HD display, at 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, respectively. Also, the 6 Plus sports a landscape mode on the homescreen, a la iPad. Now sporting curved edges and a design akin to that of the iPad Air and iPad Mini, the new iPhones are the best work that Apple says they’ve done so far.
As to aesthetic: the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thin, the thinnest ever, and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thin. Both have Apple’s latest 64-bit processor, the Apple A8, which is 25% improved with speeds and 50% faster GPU performance. The M8 motion coprocessor provides motion processing and also is being used for the fitness apps.
Improved battery life for both the 6 and 6 Plus, along with VoLTE, which is of course known as Voice over LTE, which improves the call quality (of course), along with WiFi calling over T-Mobile and other networks that support the technology over 802.11ac.
An NFC chip exists in the 6 and 6 Plus to allow for mobile payments, much like the Google Wallet Android phones — but Cupertino is branding its solution as Apple Pay. It gives a one-tap solution to pay for items or, all of which will also interact with the Passbook app. It’s also a PayPal-killing app, which allows for the payment of things online. Oh, and iOS 8 launches the 17th, for those of you keeping track.
As for the new cameras: both new iPhones sport an 8MP camera, true-tone flash. 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture. By utilizing “focus pixels”, the iSight cameras use phased focus to improve clarity and lighting. Panoramas are now also increased to 43 megapixels. The differences in cameras begin to appear in the 6 Plus, however: optical image stabilization is present, while on the smaller 6, “digital” optical stabilization. 1080p at 30 or 60fps, or 240fps for slow-motion shots.
The iPhone 6 will be priced at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. The 6 Plus will start at $299 and will go up $100 for every increment in storage — both are priced on a new 2 year contract.
Pre-orders begin this Friday the 12th, with availability in 114 countries by the end of the year.