Earlier today Apple finally made it official. Yes there will be not one, but two new iPhones and as many of us expected the long awaited iWatch. You have to wonder if the iPhone 6 Plus with it’s 5.5″ display will actually compete with the iPad mini for sales.
Apple has overhauled the squared off design which has been with us since the iPhone 4, with the iPhone 6 sporting a more rounded, slimmer body.
In fact it’s just 6.9mm thin, making it one of the thinnest smartphones of the market, and rumors about a protruding rear camera lens are also true.
The power/lock key has been moved from the top of the handset to the right hand side, making it easier to hit during one handed use. On the left hand side you get the separated volume keys below a mute toggle switch.
Sizes & Display
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch 1334 x 750 new “Retina HD” with a pixel density of 326ppi – that’s the same density as the iPhone 5S.
It also pales in comparison to the iPhone 6 Plus, with a full HD, 1920 x 1080 5.5-inch screen with a 401ppi display.
Apple has stuck with the 8MP rear camera on the iPhone 6, but it’s not the same as the one you’ll find on the iPhone 5S.
A new wide angle lens, true tone flash, f/2.2 aperture, greater noise reduction and a 2 x faster autofocus provide even better images.
There’s also a new Apple-design image signal processor built into the A8 chip to improve the way the iPhone 6 handles images.
The front facing FaceTime camera has also been given some love. It’s actually a FaceTime HD camera now, with a f/2.2 aperture, and a new sensor which allows in up to 81% more light. There’s also HDR FaceTime video support, ensuring you’re perfectly lit.
Apple’s latest platform offering, iOS 8, was announced at its WWDC developers conference earlier this year and it’s on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 starts at $199 for the 16GB model, then it’s $299 for 32GB and $399 for 64GB of internal storage. There’s no 128GB of storage – that’s only available on the iPhone 6 Plus. No pricing news on the iPhone 6 Plus just yet but you can bet it will be very expensive.
Pre-orders open on September 12.
The iWatch Stole the Show
The iWatch was announced after the iPhone6 and as you could expect, “the crowd went crazy”.
The iWatch will be available in multiple colors and will feature a side dial, called the “Digital Crown,” that works very much like the wheel many are familiar to on the iPod. Turning the dial will allow the iWatch to zoom while pushing it will take you to the home screen.
The screen of the iWatch will also feature a flexible retina display.
When entering the wearables market for the first time, Apple will be looking to take advantage of an already established consumer base, and making a product that those outside the base can flock to as well.
The device runs apps, acts as a health and fitness tracker and communicates with the iPhone.
The Apple Watch is controlled by what Apple calls a “digital crown” – a dial on its side that allows content on its screen to be magnified or otherwise changed, and also be pressed inwards to act as a home button.
The display is a touchscreen that can detect the difference between a light tap and heavier pressure from the user’s fingers. In addition, the device runs Siri – Apple’s voice-controlled “personal assistant”.
It offers a variety of different watchfaces, can alert the user to notifications, act as a heart rate monitor and show maps.
Although it will definitely take time to get used to and appreciate the functionality, it looks like Apple has put its best foot forward with the iWatch. All of the functionality is there, and the design is something that says Apple, but also does not look overly geekl and out of place as smart watches often tend to.