In a move that has all current iPhone users feeling a little unsettled, Apple has finally announced the details of the next generation iPhones. Yes, they are larger. Yes, “They.” The two new devices, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus herald the brand’s complete departure from their stance on screen sizes.
The two iOS 8 phones run basically the same spec, save for two different screen sizes: 4.7 and 5.5 inches. The 6 has a PPI of 326, and the Plus comes in at 401PPI and full-HD resolution. IT comes with a new 8MP wide-angle lens, with better noise reduction, and twice the auto-focus speed, plus up to 240FPS slow-motion video recording.
The iPhone 6 comes in at 6.9mm, with the 6 Plus measuring in at a very slightly thicker 7.1mm. Both are slimmer than the 5s’ 7.6mm, which was an achievement in itself. Both phones are now more rounded than the 5s’ squared-off exterior, and both have the power button moved off to one edge, facilitating single-handed use.
It also gives you Apple Pay functionality (credit cards? Those are so 2013), though that highly-secure, hardware-based functionality probably won’t be available to us here in the sunny Philippines for the foreseeable future. Both phones will, of course, offer LTE connectivity, on top of all the usual wireless options, plus wireless ac for those who have the compatible routers.
Battery life has also been improved, with up to 12 hours of constant browsing on the larger of the two new devices, and up to 16 days of standby time.
Availability of both devices will start in the US on the 19th of September. The iPhone 6 will have a price tag of USD200 and the 6 plus will be USD 300, both with three-year carrier contracts. There’s no word as to pricing here at home, though, so feel free to speculate.