Apple Announces its First Phablets in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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September always brings with it a number of notable smartphone announcements which ultimately define the smartphone industry, the iPhone being one of them.

Last year, we got the iPhone 5S and the 5C, the former of which brought among several notable features including Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a 64-bit processor. But it was still somewhat felt that it came at a wrong time, especially when the industry was shifting towards larger displays.

Well that has been rectified this time, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus having 4.7” and 5.5” displays respectively. But that’s not all. Just how special this event is can be understood by the fact that this event has taken place at the Flint Center in Cupertino, the very location where Apple announced its very first bubbly iMac, the product which defined what Apple is today. It is also the first time the company is itself live-blogging its event.

Design and Display

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The iPhone has always been applauded for its excellent industrial design and the new models are no exception. The design has been revamped, with the phone decidedly curvier and thinner. This has been done to make it more seamless. It’s also thin, with the smaller and larger models having a 6.9mm and 7.1mm waistline respectively.

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The displays are bigger but the resolution is also higher. Retina Display HD, as it is now called comes with 1,334 x 750 resolution and 1080p resolution in the two models. It is an sRGB-accurate, ultrathin backlit, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystal, improved polarizer, ion-strengthened glass.

Internals

The new iPhones come with an all new A8 processor, which is a bit smaller in size than before. The main thing however is power, and this one is 25 percent more powerful than before, and 50 percent more power efficient. Coupled with it is a new M8 motion processor which can now better detect your steps and elevation and depression.

The A8 can also provide great amount of power for comparatively longer periods of time before missing a beat.

As a result of all this, the new iPhone will manage to churn out up to 11 hours worth video playback, 14 hours of 3G talk time and 10 days of standby in the smaller model. On the bigger one, the figures are even better.

The new iPhones also come in the long-missed 128 GB flavour, other than the commonplace 16 and 64 GB versions.

Cameras

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The cameras on the new iPhones are still the 8 megapixel lenses which we’re used to, but wait before you thrash them. The ‘iSight’ cameras come with the same True Tone Flash of last year, as well as f/2.2 aperture but also a new sensor. You also get phase-detecting autofocus, a new Best Shot mode and better phase detection.

Panoramas can be snapped in up to 43 megapixels, and are assisted by a new-generation gyroscope. A little perk for the iPhone 6 Plus owners will be the inclusion of optical image stabilization.

Videos of 1080p resolution can be captured in either 30 or 60 fps, while the slo-mos in up to 240 fps, up from the “measly” 120 fps on the last model. The front camera brings 81 percent more light, burst selfie mode and better face detection. Will selfies ever be the same again?

Connectivity

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The new iPhones support LTE connectivity of up to 150 MBPS, as well as Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Remember, last year Apple made fun of near field communication? Ironically, the new iPhones come with that too, to assist the user in managing their payments via Apple Pay.

Apple Pay

This is a new system of payments which will be introduced via iOS 8, on the iPhones as old as 5. Tim Cook lamented how the credit cards were medieval and insecure and talked highly of this system. What the fuss is all about then?

It works after you’ve added an existing card to your iTunes account or a new one through the iSight camera. It can then be used in any of the 220,000 verified stores, where you pay by placing your finger on the Touch ID. Done. Visa, MasterCard and American Express have all joined the boat, let’s hope this system will get more common than its rather unsuccessful rivals.

Most importantly, none of this info gets to Apple so your privacy will remain intact.

Operating System

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The new iPhones come with iOS 8 pre-installed. The new OS comes with its own arsenal of features but we’ll focus here on the ones pertaining to these iPhones.

There is this new two-panned landscape mode, which essentially turns the larger phone into sort of a small iPad (above). The other big feature is the one-handed mode, which is activated through the home button. That’s inline with Apple’s usual philosophy of preference of single-handed usage.

The new keyboard comes with Quicktype, which is Swype-like typing. The Health app is updated, while the Notification Center brings in yet more functionality. The new update will be available on the 17th of September.

Pricing and Availability

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The new iPhones will be available on the 19th of September. Worldwide release will follow later. On contract, the 16, 64 and 128 GB iPhone 6 will cost $199, $299 and $399 respectively. (For the 6 Plus, add $100 to each of those slots.)

Off contract, the usual pricing schemes will follow, namely around $699 for the entry-level iPhone 6. The phones will be available in Gold, Silver and Space Grey.

The iPhone 6 marks the high point for Apple. It goes on to show that Apple still hasn’t lost its charm and marketing prowess. As with the company’s products, the opinions will highly oscillate but with 1.3 million apps, you can’t possibly disagree that Apple has the strongest amalgam of apps, games and other entertainment services. Sales figures, like I said last year, will always have the last word but until they arrive, you can commend Apple for a job well done (or at least it looks like so).


  • Mohsin Mustufa

    No noticable change in H/W,except NFC
    But awesome move when it comes to Display

    • Stone

      LOL whats awesome about 720p in this day n age? Companies have moved on to 1080p and 2k or even 4k in some cases. Apart from the amazing design and perhaps the camera, this phone is not at par with the competition…..

      • Muhammad Ali

        I second your opinion. even chiness makers are doing much better even less than half price like Huawei, Gionee, OPPO, Lenovo, ZTE and Xiomi

      • Gordon

        Well, you can’t compare iOS and android devices in terms of specs bro. iOS is much more profound for working with low specs too.

        • Ehsan

          Wait for Android L Bro, it will be able to work on even very low specs.

      • QasRoX

        you do know that no matter what you do your eyes can’t see those 2k or 4k pixels. Even a 1080p is unnoticeable unless you put the phone really really close to your eyes

        • Ehsan

          What about a 4K recorded video on an LG Ultra HD 80 inch LED TV?

          • QasRoX

            are you talking about 4k recording or 4k display? clear your own mind before asking

            • QasRoX

              anyway a 4k display on a mobile device doesn’t make sense because the human eye can’t see that many pixels.
              4k recording isn’t feasible because
              A) videos will take up much more storage on the phone (about 4x more)
              B) recording 4k will drain your battery
              C)4k means maxed out GPU. Apple uses the extra GPU power to stabilize the video and improve focus and exposures. A better use of the GPU, rather than plain dumb 4k you get a crisp, stable, color correct 1080p video

      • Stone

        Relax boys. Let me tell you why I said what I said. Apple was all about bog clunky phones look stupid and are not worth it. Two years later…..BOOM, they put out 2 big screen phones.

        Apple is the one who started this retina display crap in the first place and now that others have moved beyond them, they r lacking and will come up with more pixels soon enough.

        As for not being able to view beyond a certain resolution, try putting a 720p phone along with a 1080p phone and see the difference. Images aren’t about individual pixels but the display as a whole.

        As for comparison of specs, I’m just saying they are late to the party on everything from the processor to the GPU to the sensors and image stabilization. You cannot compare them per say but Iphone is a smart phone and off course comparable to any other device in the market for what it offers.

        • Hyder

          So late to the party that even landscape mode and limited widget application is being boasted as an upgrade, Just LOL at apple.

          Have to admit that apple kick started this smartphone revolution but they have now been over ran by the competition big time.

          While true that the iherd will flock at the stores and they would sell like hot cakes, but it says it all when you look at their design, which once elegant and definitive, is no more a head turner, gosh those thick bezels are so 2012.

          • PeeDroid MiNi L420

            LOL, Says The QMobile User!!

        • QasRoX

          Apple’s procesor and GPU have always been top notch. clock speed speed isnt even half the story. I suggest you check the A7 (last years processor) and see how it compares to other phones. You’ll get a good idea

    • Ammar

      Yeah except for a new display, improved camera, NFC and a new A8 chipset this is basically the same phone as before.

  • Amir

    No matter what we say, it will be sold like hot cakes!

    • kokab

      i dont think so bro

      • Gordon

        Why not, its happening since the first iPhone, sales are increasing year over year on each launch you can find that information on google or Wikipedia too..

    • Zohaib Ali

      True!!!

  • Stone

    Did my second comment just got blocked by propak so they could copy the pricing? :)

  • Azi

    Nice, finally display to big kea..

  • Muhammad Ali

    still Can’t beat with LG G3

  • Muhammad Musa Raza

    android will hate but still it will break all sales records so spare comments war :p

  • Imran khan

    Go apple Go
    Go apple Go

  • AndroidUser

    The Truth

    • PeeDroid MiNi L420

      LMAO,
      Still Millions Of People Gonna Buy iPhones…

    • QasRoX

      real Fingerprint authentication (not the crap samsung puts in its phones), 64-bit processor, true tone flash, HDR on video, 240fps video, device mirrored backup and above all an OS that’s smooth, does not lag, and receives timely updates. All the stuff that droid fags don’t have and won’t be getting anytime soon

    • QasRoX

      And correct yourself first, what your calling “wireless” charging is not wireless its inductive, there’s a hell of a difference. IR is an inferior technology don’t expect Apple to go backwards. There’s a better technology for that ever heard of Bluetooth LE?

  • Mubashar Saleem

    @Azeem ullah Hassan Iphone 6 is not phablet. 6 plus is.

  • kokab

    just one gb ram? r u kidding me apple

    • Gordon

      Its iOS :)

      • Hyder

        A Gb of ram is enough when the whole OS is just a “menu”.

        • Gordon

          Too much hate is not going to change the fact that Apple has an Appstore too.

      • kokab

        Still not impressive. Apple is going down n down !!!!

  • ameerhamza

    Correct the prices

  • welcome to 2012 apple :P !!

  • Gordon

    Interesting, how much people hate apple.. but Apple has their business tactics set, each time they beat marketing analysis. It is okay if you are using a product that does not relate to Apple.. This has nothing to do with their business logic.

    • Stone

      I think you actively translate criticism for hate towards Apple. It’s simply a fact that in an ultra competitive market, products get compared and criticized. You may not agree with the reasoning or the criticism but that does not make it wrong from the other person’s point of view. In my observation the amount of Apple haters is directly proportional to the amount of isheep and vice versa.

  • Farrukh Khan

    Apple people are so stupid i guess. Rest of the world is going for for display liike full 1080p or QHD and they are stuck in 720’s and 1 gb ram 8mp camera. i dont know why people like apple infact they are holding back the technology lolx nothing new same old shit and cost way much
    NO to apple

    • PeeDroid MiNi L420

      You Stupid Fudge,
      You Have Never Used iPhone In Your Life, Go Check The Benchmarks.
      Its 100% Better Than Your Hign End Android Phone.

      • Farrukh Khan

        Go and learn some manner and them step up in some forum. What kind of person would like to talk people like you don not understands other person’s opinion.

        iphone ki hemayat aisay kar rahay ho jaisay tery bap ne banaya hay. people dont like it I dnt like it Do you have problem with that???

  • Abdul Haseeb

    1.22 MP Front Camera, are we living in stone age ?

    • Arsalan Shah

      Q Mobile and Huawei are offering 5MP cam in less than 25k PKR lol

  • Eli Ehsan

    Its small mercies like “One Hand operations” that firms like Samdung & other Android cheap bins conveniently ignore & yet boast “DESIGNED FOR HUMANS” blah blah stereotype. Once again Apple proves that its the sole genius of this planet earth. Peried…
    *comment posted via Lumia 1320* :P

  • A bigger iPhone , I think Many of Android Users gonna shift to iPhone . Many of those just holding back bcz of smaller screen .

  • Waleed

    iPhone 6 is nice, but iOS 8 is cooler ! Finally out of beta, its really awesome on my iPhone 5 ! Will be patient for iPhone 6 to get hands-On , as i can’t buy it yet :(