As expected, Apple announced two new iPhones and a smartwatch at its big event in Cupertino yesterday.
As soon as the event began, around 6pm GMT, the internet became inundated with blow by blow accounts of everything that was being said at the event, shortly followed by hands on reviews and comparisons with rival products.
Here at Gadget Stylist we love a new gadget, or three, as much as the next tech geek, and have pored through all the coverage for the past few hours. However, conscious of the fact that most people have much better things to do with their time than do the same, we’ve summarised the main features of the latest crop of Apples for you.
For starters, here’s the lowdown on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus…
The first thing to notice about the iPhone 6 is its new design, with curved glass edges. Although not vastly different to previous incarnations (it’s not hugely dissimilar to the original iPhone!), at only 6.9mm thin (0.7mm less than the iPhone 5S) it’s slimmer and looks sleeker.
At 4.7 inches, the screen is slightly larger than the previous models and has what Apple describes as a “Retina HD” display, which has a resolution of 1,134 x 750 or 289 ppi (pixels per inch). While the much rumoured sapphire glass doesn’t feature this time, the phone’s front glass is described as being “ion strengthened”.
Inside, the iPhone 6 features the new Apple A8 processor, which although still 64 bit, is faster and more efficient than its predecessor. There’s also an M8 motion coprocessor with a new barometer sensor that measures both distance travelled and elevation, for enhanced fitness apps.
The phone also has a better camera with improved focusing technology to take faster and sharper pictures. It also has increased battery life and Apple claims it will manage 11 hours of continuous video playback.
One of the most exciting new features to grace to iPhone 6 is the long awaited Apple Pay that will allow you to pay for goods using your phone, thanks to its inbuilt NFC antenna and the added security of Touch ID.
iPhone 6 Plus
The iPhone 6 Plus has a whopping 5.5 inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 (401ppi) resolution display. It may be large but it’s only fractionally thicker than the iPhone 6 at 7.1mm.
To make the plus-sized phone easier to navigate, the iPhone 6 Plus has a feature called “reachability” where a double tap of the home button moves apps and content to the bottom half of the screen to make it easier to use with one hand.
The camera in the iPhone 6 Plus also has optical stabilisation to eliminate camera shake, but otherwise specs are pretty similar to the iPhone 6.
Both phones are available in space grey, white and gold, and in 16, 64 and 128 GB variants.
What do you think of the new iPhones?