iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Putting an end to months of rumors, speculation and analysis, Apple today finally showed off its eighth-generation iPhone smartphone with a higher-resolution 4.7 and 5.5-inch screens, improved cameras, new sensors, a dedicated NFC chip for mobile payments and more.

In announcing the new phones, which Apple named the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, to the crowd of technology journalists, fashion media editors, analysts and investors Tuesday morning at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said the device will come in two sizes.

He also played a teaser video showing off its design, which looks just like in leaks.

“I hope you’ll agree, they’re the best phones you’ve ever seen,” Cook said.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, then took the stage to talk specifics. Here’s our recap of the most important things you should know about the new iPhones.

All-new A8 processor

The phones run Apple’s in-house designed 64-bit A8 processor built on the 20-nanometer process technology. It has two billion transistors and provides up to 20 percent faster CPU performance and 50 precent faster graphics. More on the A8 in this post.

iPhone 6 faster graphics

The new M8 processor

Apple’s second-generation motion coprocessor, also in-house designed, continuously measures motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass without waking up the main A8 processor.

But unlike its predecessor, the M8 can also tell the difference between cycling and running calculate elevation thanks to the iPhone’s new barometric sensor and measure distances travelled.

M8

The barometer is great for fitness apps because your iPhone can now “tell if you’re going up molehills, mountains, and everything in between,” according to Apple. Nike is already working on a new Nike+ app, which will take advantage of the barometric sensor to track elevation. More on the M8 in this post.

Retina HD screen

The phones feature what Apple is calling the Retina HD displays, “a new generation” of mobile display technology. It’s “ion strengthened” to make it stronger and still uses sRGB-active LCD technology.

As per the rumors, Apple is providing the new iPhone in two screen sizes: a 4.7-inch variant called the iPhone 6 and a bigger iPhone 6 Plus outfitted with a 5.5-inch panel.

iPhone 6 Retina HD

The iPhone 6 has screen resolution of 1,334-by-750 pixels and the iPhone 6 Plus has a full HD 1,920-by-1,080 pixel resolution screen — that’s 185 percent more pixels than the iPhone 5s’s 1,136-by-640 display.

Both screens have a “broader” viewing angle and tap a number of technologies to make the display assembly thinner, such as ultrathin backlight, photo-aligned IPS, an improved polarizer and ion-strenthened glass (no word on sapphire).

Cameras

Both front and rear cameras have seen hardware and software improvements across the board. Although the (protruding) back shooter is still eight megapixels, it uses a wider ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1.5µ pixels and an improved sensor for sharper-looking photograps.

iPhone 6 iSight camera

There’s also this thing called Focus Pixels, basically a technology previously found only in professional DSLR cameras which on the iPhone 6 does twice as fast as the last generation.

Lastly, whereas the iPhone 6 has digital image stabilization, its more powerful counterpart features optical image stabilization, another feature found on DSLR cameras which physically moves the optics in order to compensate for the shakiness during filming or taking images. When you record video, the iPhone 6 can now continuously adjust autofocus.

iPhone 6 Voice over LTE

The Slow-Mo videos on the iPhone 6 are now captured at 240 frames per second, twice as fast than on the iPhone 5s. The front-facing camera has seen upgrades as well for taking “those killer selfies” and “burst selfies”.

Oh, and Panoramas can be up to 43 megapixels now. More on the improved cameras in this post.

The new landscape view for iPhone 6 Plus

Given the iPhone 6 Plus’s massive 5.5-inch display, Apple figured it should make best use of the available canvas. Introducing a brand new landscape view for the iPhone 6 Plus, a software feature which lets you see even more content.

iPhone 6 landscape view 2

It works with built-in apps like Messages, Weather and more and there’s even a special landscape mode for the Home screen!

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More on this handy new landscape mode and “reachability” features in this post.

Design

All the rumors and leaks were true, this is the most leaked iPhone yet. Borrowing some cues from the iPhone 5s and harkening back to the days of the original iPhone, the iPhone 6 has a seamlessly-designed Unibody chassis that features smoothly rounded edges with the Apple logo embedded on the back.

The iPhone 6 is just 6.8mm thin while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 7.1mm in depth. By comparison, the iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thin.

iPhone 6 continuous design

The glass front curves gently around the sides.

“From the glass front,” Schiller said, adding that the phone features “anodizes aluminum back” with a “stainless steel Apple.”

The power button has been relocated to the right side of the device for easier one-handed operation. The volume keys and the mute switch are still on the left. All hardware keys are nearly flush with the chassis which, combined with the screen’s rounded edges, creates a perfectly seamless appearance while allowing for a better grip during manipulation.

Connectivity

The iPhone 6 supports over 200 LTE carriers around the world, including all three in China. The iPhone 6’s LTE is faster than that on the iPhone 5s and it also has “more LTE bands than any other smartphone” for better roaming.

Wi-Fi calling is supported in iOS 8 and by the iPhone 6. The handset also supports Voice over LTE, allowing for wide-band audio for voice for crisp and clear phone calls.

Mobile payments

The new iPhones support Apple-branded mobile payments service called the Apple Pay. Apple Pay takes advantage of the iTunes billing system and your credit card on file. This feature requires NFC so it’s only supported on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which have an NFC chip.

Apple Pay in action

The service doesn’t store your credit card numbers, nor does it transfer them to the merchant, and it doesn’t log what you buy or how much you pay for it. It simply creates a complex number for your card, and uses a one-time code for when you make payments.

Apple Pay benefits 2

NFC, or Near-Field Communication, uses short-range radio connectivity to allow the device to establish a secure link with a payment terminal in the close proximity, usually no more than a few centimeters. More on Apple Pay in this post.

Pricing and availability

Both new iPhones go on sale in the United States on Friday, September 19. Pre-orders will start this Friday. Curiously enough, Apple killed the 32-gigabyte model while introducing a 128GB tier.

The 4.7-inch model starts at $199 while the bigger 5.5-inch model carries a $100 premium, running you $299 for the entry-level with sixteen gigabytes of storage.

iPhone 6 pricing

Summing up, the iPhone 6 will set you back $199/$299/$399 for the 16/64/128GB models. The iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $299/$399/$499 for models with 16/64/128 gigabytes of storage, respectively.

iPhone 6 Plus price

These are subsidized prices so a qualifying two-year contract with a wireless provider is required. More on the iPhone 6’s availability and pricing in this article.

By the way, the iPhone 5s has been slashed to $99 while the 8GB iPhone 5c is now “free,” both after a two-year contract.

So, what do you think about the new iPhones?

Will you be getting it, and which one?

  • David Gitman

    the chinese is back ffff

  • vergilvsdant

    the stream is fixed!!!

  • Sunny

    Hahaha
    Woooow
    The iphone 6 plus caught up to Android 1080p lmao
    Even the normal iPhone 6 has just 720p hahaha
    Nothing new android had all these NFC and all XD

    • Donovan

      Fanboys will break you in 3…2…1… xD

  • Donovan

    why did the stream go back to the battery bit? I’ve seen this…

  • highNiggaPie

    Is the camera protruding I can’t look at anything right now

    • Donovan

      on the 6 it is, on the 6 Plus not

      • highNiggaPie

        Such BS thanks yall

    • Domodo

      It is….what an absolute joke

  • Edgard Ade

    #FAIL

    Need a lot more of these..
    Jokes

  • diggitydang

    OMG, worst Keynote EVER… streaming sucks, chinese lady can’t stop talking Chinese… really disappointed…

  • aw81

    Damn, was hoping the six would stay the same size as the five and the six plus would be the phablet.
    I hate large phones…

  • vergilvsdant

    access denied!!!!

  • Danial

    so disappointing im out wtf is this? 8MP camera? resolution increase from 640 to 750? are f*ckin kidding me? just waiting for for the prices , but im sure that one will be disappointing as well

    • Danial

      ok im done with apple. $200 for 16gb :)))

  • Fevostone

    What a joke the streaming is LOL lets just hope the phones work better LOL

  • Donovan

    got kicked out and now i get “Access Denied”. I guess they don’t want my money.

  • Kurt

    Anyone else feel bad for Apple? Bragging about the 720p and 1080p display and the 1080p videos. Come on so late to the game. No QHD no 4K videos? At least dont brag about how great it is

    • Danial

      still $200 for 16gb model

    • n0ahcruz3

      I know right?! Wtf?! And 1gb ram?! Smh

  • jilex

    definitely i’ll just get another ipad and be switching back to android

  • Martin

    LOL all these people complaining. Keep in mind that there are a lot of other people trying to access the stream and are slowing down the whole website. Wait a bit. The new iPhone is awesome and no one else is going to care about what you don’t like.

  • Donovan

    that iPhone 6 commercial sucked. Like the iPhone 6 does.

    • diggitydang

      I might agree if I could effin watch the damned thing… feeeeeeeck….

  • Edgard Ade

    wait 299 per month????????????????

  • Scott Curry

    If anyone’s interested, they have fixed the translator issue on the live stream…

  • Edgard Ade

    i’m done with this B.S

  • Donovan

    ONE MORE THING

  • mav3rick

    Streaming is a sad joke, keeps looping at the beginning of the stream, presentation is lame with same words repeated multiple times: bigger screens, more pixels, better colors… OK GOT IT! New world payment system but the locked down video available only on their devices cannot be streamed…

  • Tom C

    Dos it still beat 500 pixels

  • leart

    Beautiful, it looks like I have to buy a new iphone this year

  • Beck Hoefling

    iPad micro

  • Amazing 🙂

  • Rowan09

    So since I always buy the 32GB I’ll now get 2x more space for the same price.

    • Rak S

      Me too 🙂

  • n0ahcruz3

    Disappointed in some areas.. :/ 1gb ram are u kidding me. Same battery life as 5s? Better? How so? Same camera mp? Still offering 16gb bs. Not liking the the overall design. Hmmm oh well i’ll wait for 6S.

    • Rak S

      No Sapphire display either!

  • LeePattison

    The iPhone 5s just looks better than the iPhone 6 the back looks awful.

  • Rak S

    So after all that, no Saphire display!?!? A bit of a joke, really!

  • iPhone5s&sgs3

    Waterproof?! Infrared?!
    Epic fail

  • blastingbigairs

    God I wish I would have saved all those comments from the idiots who doubted Apple would make a 5.5″ model. Suckas!!!!!!!!

  • Soto

    Not bad, but I would give up my HTC Desire 816 for it.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I dont agree with u cook! These are not the best phone ive seen!.. Skipped 5, 5s i guess i’ll skip this one aswell.

  • Gary Traffanstedt

    I know the front is supposed to the strongest yet for an iPhone. Does that mean we finally don’t need cases, or is it not yet THAT strong? I’ve gotten to the point I’d really like to not have a case but I’ve dropped an iPhone and had it shatter so…

  • utsav koju

    apple is failing or falling behind 🙂

  • Unicorn Drank

    Why would they remove the 32GB and leave the 16GB, that was a stupid move. Again my point is proven that a 32GB as a standard can be achieved. On other note the 128GB is sweet!

    • Stefano

      It was a move to make people but the 64 or 128. If there was no 16 and entry level was a 32, the vast majority would go for the deal breaker and fork up $199 for a 32gb. Genius on apples end, shittastic for us

  • Siddharth Desai

    Not impressed

  • Mohammed

    1 gb of ram for a 5.5 inch phone??????

  • IFAIL 6

  • thomas

    I miss the black option that was available for the iphone 5

  • Rayan Saeed

    There is a mistake in second paragraph of Design. Please correct it, the thinness should be 6.9mm instead of 6.8mm.
    Great Work you are doing BTW

  • maverickmax

    every bit of this..sticking out camera …huge screen and side power button.a Chinese manufacturer would do(already has been done)..i was hoping rumours would stay rumours .guess not…