Apple made a big announcement this week about the release of two new phones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both models will be released later this month and they are going to be bigger and better!
What is New?
SCREEN SIZE: The first major difference with the new models is the size of the screen. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches diagonally and 6.9 mm wide. The iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches diagonally and a bit thicker at 7.1 mm. Both phones have rounded edges making them easier to hold.
CAMERA: Both models have a better camera then the previous iPhones. The iPhone 6 has enough pixels to make it better than a 720p HD display. The iPhone 6 Plus has a full 1080p HD display making it as sharp as some high definition laptops. The iPhone 6 has an eight megapixel iSight camera, a 1.5µ pixel sensor and a ƒ/2.2 aperture lens.
There’s an all-new feature called Focus Pixels that’ll help the iPhone cameras focus faster and better than ever. This means better video, and slow motion functions, too. You can even take “burst selfies,” with the iPhone 6 able to take up to 10 photos per second.
MOBILE PAYMENT SYSTEM: Apple Pay, the name of the new payment system, comes standard on the new iPhones. Apple Pay is Apple’s technological replacement for the traditional wallet or checkbook.
The iPhone 6 is equipped with Apple Pay and a Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna that allows you to tap your phone against a sensor to make payments to various stores and restaurants. Several merchants, like Disney, Chipotle and Seamless, have already agreed to carry the required sensors.
Also you can link your credit cards from companies like Visa, Mastercard and American Express to your phone’s Passbook which stores the numbers safely and allows you to purchase things on line or set up regular payments to bill collectors.
Is it safe? Apple encrypts your card information and each transaction has a one-time payment number. So if you lose your phone, you can simply cancel its payments as opposed to the card itself. Apple also emphasized that neither the retailer nor Apple will know what you purchased, where you purchased it, or how much you paid.
Apple Pay will be available in the U.S. on Oct. 24.
LONGER BATTERY LIFE: The iPhone 6’s battery life is roughly comparable to that of the iPhone 5: it features 10 more hours of audio, and four more hours of 3G talk. Both have standby battery lives of 10 days.
The iPhone 6 Plus, however, offers the best battery life of any iPhone to date. It has 80 hours of audio and 24 hours of 3G talk, and its standby battery life is 16 days.
HEALTH APP (with Elevation Sensors): The iPhone 6 has a sensor to tell you how high up you are when you are exercising or walking. That will help it better record your fitness activity in that walking a mile uphill will be adjusted to count more than walking a mile on flat ground. This fitness data can be stored, accessed and analyzed in the iPhone’s new built-in Health app, a hub to record your health data and link third-party apps that also track your movements.
FASTER: With 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the iPhone 6’s Wi-Fi speeds are up to three times faster than those of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 6 also has faster LTE than the iPhone 5s, and it can make use of more frequency ranges than other iPhones, making for better roaming capabilities.
COST: With two-year contracts, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start at $199 and $299, respectively. We recommend the 64gb or 128gb phones. With all this capability, you’ll want the extra space and it’s not that much more.
COLORS: Both models come in gold, silver and space gray.
HOW DO I GET ONE? If you can’t wait to buy them in the store after September 19th, you can pre-order either phone starting Sept. 12 by going on the Apple.com website. Deal Alert – through the end of September, Verizon is offering a trade-in deal to help offset the cost of new phones.