Apple has launched two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, in September of 2014. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple’s new Apple Pay payment system.
The some, the attraction of the masses to Apple devices is almost unfathomable. The iPhone has never been one of the most powerful handsets in the world, nor the smallest / largest, and yet seven years later it has retained (and grown) its unshakeable following.
However, in the last 18 months, the death knells have started quietly sounding, ringing in the distance as the best Android phones – once only a rival on spec or price – became genuine challengers and then out-and-out better handsets.
The big new feature of the iPhone 6 is its screen size. It’s jumped from a paltry 4-inch to a more contemporary 4.7-inch. It’s still some way behind the rest of the competition though. The more recent Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 manage to pack bigger screens in bodies not much larger than the iPhone. The fact of the matter is we’ve all become a lot more used to larger screen phones. Our hands have adapted and we value what we can do with a larger screen size over pocketablity.
Apple finally gave the iPhone a much-needed rethink, and the result is a product that is more like its competition than ever before, but also stands out just as well, if not better, in a seriously overcrowded market. The big talking point is its screen size – months of leaks told us nearly everything we needed to know long before the actual launch happened – but there’s also plenty more to explore. As always, Apple has managed to deliver more power, better aesthetics, improved cameras, and all-new software.
These Apple-designed silicone cases fit snugly over the volume buttons, Sleep/Wake button, and curves of iPhone 6 without adding bulk. The soft microfiber lining on the inside helps protect your iPhone. And on the outside, the silky, soft-touch finish of the silicone exterior feels great in your hand.
Apple has spruced up the resolution in the iPhone 6 going from 1136×640 on the iPhone 5s to 1334×750 on the iPhone 6, but the pixel density is the same at 326ppi as the screen is now larger. It looks fantastic nevertheless and images and text look very sharp. Apple has included some not-so-obvious changes to the display – it’s now less reflective under bright light, has a shatter-proof glass and an oleophobic coating to minimize fingerprints.
The iPhone 6’s camera is among the best we’ve seen on a smartphone. Not only is it really fast at capturing photos, but it’s also accurate with colors and come out crisp and detailed, especially in bright outdoors.
Yet, despite those qualms, the iPhone 6 is so accomplished that to not give it some sort of acknowledgement would be churlish. The Apple iPhone 6 is a superb all-round handset, and at least as good as anything on the market right now – if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed.