The big breaking news coming out of the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) event in Cupertino, California is that the consumer electronics giant has finally unveiled the iPhone 6. This huge mobile product has been anticipated for many months, and as was widely expected Apple consumers can now feast their eyes on it for the first time.
Two iPhone 6 models
As ValueWalk has reported for some time, the iPhone 6 will come in two different models. This had been widely anticipated by the analyst community, but no-one had quite guessed the names of the two devices. The standard iPhone 6 is to be accompanied for the first time by the iPhone 6 Plus.
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As one would expect from Apple, a huge amount of effort has gone into the design of this new iPhone. Both models of the iPhone 6 are characterized by curved edges and rounded corners, which would seem to be a direct response to Samsung. Generally, the new unified design has received a favorable reaction thus far. Apple has indicated that the rear of the device is constructive from anodized aluminium, and it noticeably features a stainless steel Apple emblem.
Display size and resolution
The iPhone 6 Plus will be the larger of the two devices, with its 5.5-inch display and more pixel-dense 1920 x 1080 resolution. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display and 1334 x 750 pixel resolution. Apple considers both other devices to be ‘Retina HD’, and that the two models represent a new iPhone generation.
Apple has also ensured that the two devices are extremely slim and thus mobile. The iPhone 6 is a mere 6.9mm in depth, well the iPhone 6 Plus is only marginally thicker at a still sleek 7.1mm. This means that both devices are significantly slimmer than the 7.6mm iPhone 5s. The most noticeable physical evolution in the iPhone 6 is the placement of the power button on the side of the device. Apple has perhaps been influenced by Android devices in this regard.
In terms of processing power, the iPhone 6 will be extremely well endowed. Driven by a new A8 processor, the iPhone 6 has a 64-bit architecture which features 2 billion transistors and up to 25 percent faster CPU performance. Graphical performance will be 50 percent better as well, meaning that the iPhone 6 will run considerably faster and be less prone to stuttering and lag than previous models.
During its California presentation, Apple showcased how various apps operated on the two different devices. By tilting the device sideways, users will experience an altered user interface, which is akin to the feature in Apple’s iPad tablets.
Aside from this innovation, both models of the iPhone 6 also feature a new gesture called ‘reachability’. This effectively pulls the entire iPhone 5 screen down into the bottom half, leaving the top half open to select buttons and links that would usually be inaccessible.
Other details include the fact that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will also support Voice Over LTE technology, enabling it clearer phone calls over Wi-Fi connections. Both iPhone 6 models also feature an 8-megapixel iSight camera, with improved autofocus functionality.
ValueWalk will have more reports on the iPhone 6 today as more information becomes available.