Apple may have its fans and haters in equal measure, but its iPhone 6 event last night was still arguably the biggest industry event of the year, and Tim Cook immediately kicked off proceedings by announcing the much anticipated iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 is the 4.7 inch variant of new Apple iPhone, and comes in slightly cheaper than its bigger brother at £539 for the 16GB version and £700 for the 128GB version off contract.
In terms of hardware specs, the iPhone 6 has stayed fairly consistent with the rumours we’ve seen over the past few months. The phone is powered by the second generation 64 bit A8 processor, which is built using the 20nm production process. This means that as well as adding around 25% more CPU and 50% more GPU power, its also much more power efficient than its predecessor. Design-wise, there’s the Ion-strengthened curved glass that’s been a named feature since early leaks, and the chassis is made from anodised aluminium with the Apple logo in stainless steel, with an incredibly slim 6.9 mm thick body.
In terms of display, whilst the bigger iPhone 6 Plus has finally moved up to full HD resolution, the iPhone 6 is an LCD with “Retina HD” which translates as 750 x 1334 pixels, or 326 ppi pixel density. Until developers update their apps to support the new resolution, they ilk be scaled using a desktop-class scaler and should “just work” according to Tim Cook.
The 8MP iSight camera returns once again, but Apple claim minor tweaks have been added to improve the overall experience; it now features phase detection autofocus and sits behind an f/2.2 aperture. Video resolution remains at 1080p but the iPhone 6 now supports 60 FPS at this resolution, and can also shoot slo-mo video at 120FPS and 240FPS on lower resolutions.
So how will the iPhone 6’s battery life measure up when compared to its predecessor? According to Apple, the model will match or better the 5s, and will bring 14 hours of talk time. As well as GSM calling, the iPhone 6 will support Voice over LTV (VoLTE) calling and Wi-Fi calling on EE in the UK and T-Mobile in the USA. The phone’s M8 co-processor succeeds the older M7 and is paired with a barometer that accurately tracks elevation and can even count how many steps you’ve taken in a given time. Pre-orders for the model start this Friday, September 12th, and phones ship on the 19th.