iPhone 6: Everything you need to know

WITH the recent reveal of the official specifications for the new iPhone 6, I take a look at what you need to know about this phone to understand why it is being hailed the biggest advancement yet in the iPhone series. Additionally, I’ll be comparing the two models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

iphone_6_release_dateAt the launch event in California, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple is quoted to saying: “Today, we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone”.

Taking a view from the key areas shown below, I shall identify what upgrades and benefits this phone has to the previous generation and hopefully answer that important question: Is it worth the money to upgrade? Also, we’ll hopefully identify what Tim Cook is on about with his “biggest advancement” statement.

Firstly, let’s take a look at the display of the phones. The iPhone is getting bigger, with an HD Retina display of 4.7″ on the normal model, while the Plus has a whopping 5.5″ display (that’s bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S5 at 5.1″). In my mind, I’m quite happy with the size of the current iPhone I own (iPhone 4S) at 3.5″. However I do understand that the current trend of having a bigger phone is on the up, and it’s nice that Apple are offering two distinct sizes here. The resolution of the phone has also improved, with the standard model being 1334 x 750 and the Plus model being 1920 x 1080.

Secondly, the shape of the phones will be thinner and have curved edges, as well as being lighter than models we have seen previously. It’s also reported that the Plus model will be offered in space grey, gold and silver.

Thirdly, the camera. The camera is still only 8 megapixels, which is disappointing. However, the phone does have a built in sensor and better focussing abilities in the form of the new iSight camera. The video producing power has also improved, with features including 1080p HD at 60 fps. It will also have digital image stabilisation tech on the iPhone 6 and optical image stabilisation on the iPhone 6 Plus. These new features are definitely something for photographers to be excited about.

Fourthly, the power of the phone has been improved with the new A8 chip and 64-bit desktop-class architecture (25% faster than the iPhone 5s), enabling a 50% improvement in graphics performance. This will undoubtedly be needed to power that larger display, however Apple also boasts longer batter life for this new generation. We also have iOS 8 upcoming, which has been described as the ‘world’s most advanced mobile operating system’. The Plus model particularly seems to have longer battery life, with a staggering extra 3 hours of 3G compared to the standard iPhone 6 model

Fifthly, the Wi-Fi capabilities have been optimised in both speed and connectivity. Apple claims that when connected to Wi-Fi, you can achieve up to 3 times faster connection with the new iPhone 6.

Finally, we need to consider the cost of this phone. The standard iPhone 6 will be around the cost of the previous iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 Plus will be round an extra £80-100 on top of this. You can see the the official Apple UK pricing below, while monthly payment plans from networks are likely to vary.

16GB 64GB 128GB
iPhone 6 £539 (£449.17 ex VAT) £619 (£515.83 ex VAT) £699 (£582.50 ex VAT)
iPhone 6 Plus £619 (£515.83 ex VAT) £699 (£582.50 ex VAT) £789 (£657.50 ex VAT)

To summarise, the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be a lot faster, having the performance qualities to run full HD gaming and apps. The camera, albeit still 8 megapixels has been souped-up with some great new features, making it still one of the best phone cameras out there. With an enhanced display and lighter feel, there is no doubt that this will be one of the most sought after products this autumn.

iPhone 6 UK release date is the 19th of September.