The new iPhone is here in the form of the iPhone 6. As usual, iPhone fans will adore it and iPhone haters will not. It is a reaction that has become as predictable as the changing of the seasons. But for everyone else deciding whether or not to buy one, it is helpful to know a little about the product first.
Here we take a look at some of the specs of the new iPhone 6, what they mean and if it is the right phone for you.
The first thing to note is the change in form of the new phone. While it is substantially slimmer than the iPhone 5S (6.9mm compared to 7.6mm) the body is much larger, accommodating a 4.7” screen where the 5S had only a 4” screen. All of this is housed in a 138mm x 67mm case weighing 129g.
So while the screen is substantially larger the body itself is just 8.4mm wider than the 5S. This means that it should not be any more difficult to hold or use with one hand.
In terms of design the metal trim from the 5S has returned but this time the front and back edges are more rounded. Some might see this as making the new iPhone less distinct compared to its competitors where a rounded edge is an almost generic design feature. It does however make the larger form easier to hold .
Clearly Apple still understand their audience as the 8MP camera has been upgraded with a superior lens and faster autofocus. If Instagram shares or photography in general are important to you this could make a big difference. The front facing camera has also been improved resulting in better video calls as well as clearer “selfies”.
As ever, iPhone 6 owners will not need to worry about user experience. Apple design their software around their hardware and vice versa. This means that even if processors don’t match up to those found in higher end Samsung devices the end product operates just as smoothly and seamlessly as its rivals.
The iPhone 6 Plus finally brings an Apple offering for those of us who can never get enough screen in their lives. This larger variant is designed to compete against the likes of the Samsung Note. It has a pocket stretching 5.5” display with 1920×1080 resolution (the standard iPhone 6 resolution is 1334×750). The larger form (158.1mm x 77.8mm x 7.1mm) also allows for a larger battery giving the iPhone 6 Plus a longer charge than the standard iPhone 6 despite its larger screen.
Overall, Apple appear to have continued their tradition of producing high quality, efficient and desirable phones. The iPhone 6 is not a revolution in smart phones by any means and in many ways it follows the lead of other manufacturers. However, Apple’s approach has always been to take features that have been proven by other brands and apply their own special gloss. With the iPhone 6 they appear to have done this successfully once again.