After months and months of rumors, supposed leaks and renderings the iPhone 6 is here! Apple is releasing two iPhone models this time, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. As you can guess the iPhone 6 is the normal-size model at 4.7-inches and the iPhone 6 Plus is the larger model at 5.5-inches. Both models are pretty much the same, but we will be going over the differences between the two and all of the information you need to know about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Apple has moved away from the more boxy look of the iPhone 5s which had flat sides. The iPhone 6 models have a more rounded design and carry over the pill-shaped volume buttons that were introduced on the iPad Air last year. Both models will carry-over the most important feature of the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID sensor. We had heard many rumors about a Sapphire glass screen, but all we heard from Apple is “ion-strengthened”, not sure what the means exactly. The glass on the device curves around the edges to the back.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are thinner than the iPhone 5s.
The rest of the device is made of an anodized aluminum casing. Apple has moved the screen lock button to the left side of the device so it is easier to access. Like the iPhone 5s the new iPhone 6 models well be available in silver, gold and space gray colors.
Apple A8 Processor & M8 Motion Coprocessor
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus will be powered by Apple’s brand new A8 processor. The A8 processor has over 2 billion transistors and is 13 percent smaller, 25 percent faster, and 50 percent more efficient and faster graphics than the Apple A7 that is in the iPhone 5s. Rumors suggest that the A8 processors is a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The processor will focus more on being efficient than raw processor speed.
Apple has introduced a new generation M8 motion coprocessor that is able to tell when you are walking, cycling and running. It can also measure distance and elevation even if you were to go up a flight of stairs. This will be pretty awesome for fitness apps.
Apple iPhone 6 models will have an 8-megapixel iSight camera with new Focus Pixels technology, True Tone flash and a f/2.2 aperture. Focus Pixels technology will help the camera focus twice as fast and comes with next-generation tone mapping and noise reduction. With the help of the improved image signal sensor in the A8 chip you will have better face detection which means better focus. The camera will also feature digital image stabilization.
When it comes to taking videos the camera can shoot 1080p video at 30 or 60 FPS. If you want to shoot slo-mo video it can be done at 120 FPS or 240 FPS. Apple has also added in a cinematic video stabilization, continuous autofocus, and a time-lapse video feature.
Both the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will feature 20 different LTE bands and has support for LTE Advanced for speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Both phone’s WiFi has also been upgraded to 802.11ac, which is 3 times faster than the previous generation. WiFi calling will be supported, although currently T-Mobile will be the only carrier to support it (to start) in the US.
Apple Pay and NFC
With the iPhone 6 Apple has announce a new payment system called Apple Pay. Apple Pay is powered by near-field communication (NFC) and has SecureElement, which is a piece of hardware that that will encrypt your financial information. So when you make a transaction it will generate a one-time transaction number and none of your financial information will be shared with the merchant. You store all of your credit / debit cards in the Passbook app and when you go to use a card at checkout using Apple Pay your identity is confirmed by Touch ID at the point of sale.
No only will you be able to use Apple Pay at retail locations such as restaurants and stores, but Apple Pay is going to be integrated into apps as well. Uber and OpenTable were just a couple of the apps mentioned. If you happen to lose your iPhone or someone steals it you can disable Apple Pay on that device using Find My iPhone.