Apple Unveils iPhone 6

iPhone 6
Apple’s new iPhone 6 has arrived as the company unveiled its newest products at a Cupertino, CA event. CEO Tim Cook calls it, “…without a doubt the best iPhones we’ve ever done.” Along with the iPhone, Apple unveiled a smartwatch and a new mobile payment platform.

Not only has Apple released the new iPhone 6, but it will be available in two different sizes, a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model. Both models are substantially larger than the older iPhone 4-inch models. Both of these smartphones are now comparable with chief rival Samsung’s 5-inch phone.

The new screen for the iPhone 6 features Retina HD resolution with 326 pixels per inch. It had been rumored that it would feature a new, sapphire screen, but today’s release featured an “ion strengthened” glass with rounded sides that meet up with an aluminum base. It’s thickness measured 6.9 mm. The power button has been moved to the side for easy access. Its design is similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini.

Apple has developed a new A8 processor that includes 2 billion transistors. The faster chip will increase CPU performance by 25 percent and speedup graphics by 50 percent. This processor is 84 times faster than the older ones. Most notably, power efficiency is up 50 percent.

An M8 motion co-processor was also unveiled. It increases the new A8 processor’s level of sophistication, allowing the system to distinguish between running and cycling. Designed with fitness in mind, it includes a barometer and can measure distance and altitude. Nike is planning to take advantage of these features in future apps. These new features have enabled Apple to match other smartphones currently on the market.

With speeds to 150 Mbps, the new iPhone supports advanced LTE networks. Apple claims that the 20 LTE bands it supports are more than any smartphone currently on the market. The Wi-Fi included in the iPhone 6 is three times faster than older models, and now supports 802.11ac networks.

The camera still has only eight megapixels of resolution, like its predecessors, but Apple claims it uses new sensors that feature larger pixels. It also maintains a f/2.2 aperture lens. While the iPhone utilizes a digital image stabilization system, an optical stabilization system is used in the iPhone 6 plus. Using a new autofocus system it provides a faster focusing ability. In addition, an advanced processing algorithm will improve image sharpness and detail. Its built-in camera can take HDR images in one shot and shoot panoramas up to 43 megapixels. Improved video ability can shoot at 1080p up to 60 frames per second. The aforementioned f/2.2 sensor allows for greater flexibility when shooting in low light conditions.

Available in grey, gold and silver, the new iPhones will be in stores beginning September 19, 2014. Its contractual cost will be $199 for the 16GB model. The 64GB and 128GB models will cost $299 and $399 respectively. The 5.5-inch model will cost $100 more than its smaller cousin on all levels. The new phones will be available worldwide by the end of this year.

With its unveiling of the new iPhone 6, Apple hopes to close the gap with its competitors regarding screen size and power consumption. It is not clear whether it still utilizes a proprietary USB connector or includes an HDMI connector like Samsung. To stimulate sales on existing inventory, Apple will discount iPhone 5 products by $100.

By Hans Benes

Sources:

ABC News
CNN Money
The Verge

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