Apple’s event finally came today, taking place at the Clint Center, where Jobs unveiled the Mac many years ago. Tim Cook was present on stage to deliver the keynote, together with his usual guests and he debuted the iPhone 6 in two flavours, the basic one and the phablet. We’ll cover the basic iPhone 6 in this piece.
We’re dealing with a 4.7 inch smartphone with “ion strengthened glass”, that has been curved around the edges and this one is an LCD with Retina HD, that’s basically 750 x 1334 pixels. In case the resolution bothers you, know that apps will work just fine thanks to a desktop-style scaler. It will only be needed till the devs update their apps to support the new resolution. This handset comes with the brand new 64 bit Apple A8 dual core processor, built on the 20 nm process and physically smaller than its predecessor.
At the back of the phone rests an 8 megapixel iSight camera, with 1.5 micron pixels, F/2.2 aperture and digital stabilization, while the iPhone 6 Plus gets the OIS. The cam does panoramas up to 43 MP and the video resolution is 1080p while filming, but you can do it at 60 FPS or 30 FPS. There’s also slow motion video at 240 FPS or 120 FPS. The device’s chassis is made of anodized aluminum with a stainless steel Apple logo and the whole thing measures just 6.9 mm in thickness.
The battery life promised here is around 11 hours for video playback and 14 hours of talk time. On the connectivity side, we’ve got VoLTE, WiFi with a speed that’s three times higher than the one of the predecessor and WiFi calling, too. There’s an M8 coprocessor inside, coupled with a barometer and NFC for wireless payments. The iPhone 6 is priced at $199 for the 16 GB unit, $299 for the 64 GB one and $399 for the 128 GB model, all of them on contract.
Preorders debut on September 12th and the shipment date is September 19th.