Here are Top 14 things to know about new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
1>These are the biggest, thinnest iPhones ever
The phone comes in two models, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.
The original iPhone in 2007 had a screen that was 3.5 inches, measured diagonally. Apple maintained that size for several years — the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4S were all the same size and shape. In 2012, Apple released the iPhone 5, which had the same width but was a bit taller, bringing the phone’s screen up to 4 inches. The iPhone 5S was the same size as the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 6 represents the biggest screen size boost in iPhone history. The larger size means more pixels for apps to work with. The iPhone 5 line had a 640 by 1136 screen resolution. The new phones boost that to 750 by 1334 and 1080 by 1920, respectively.
At the same time, these are going to be the thinnest iPhones ever: they’ll be 6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively, compared to 7.6mm for the iPhone 5S.
2>Battery life on the new iPhones is equal or better to the old models.
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.
3>Apple is playing catch-up to the Android world
While Apple stayed the same size, other screens were growing. Right now, one of the best-selling Android smartphones is Samsung’s Galaxy S5. It has a 5.1-inch screen with a 1080 by 1920 resolution.
The S5 has an even larger cousin, the Galaxy Note, with a 5.7-inch display at the same 1080 by 1920 resolution. These devices that straddle the line between phones and tablets have been dubbed “phablets” by the tech press.
And, while these might be the biggest iPhones ever, they’re still smaller than the largest Android phones. And the smaller iPhone 6 still has fewer pixels than leading Android competitors.
Apple is aping the Android world in another way: as phones have gotten bigger, some Android device makers have moved the power button from the top of the phone to the right-hand side. Apple is doing the same thing with the Iphone 6.
4>The new phones have barometers to sense elevation.
The iPhone 6 has an air pressure sensor to tell you how high up you are. That will help it better record your fitness activity in that running a mile uphill will be adjusted to count more than running 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.
5>Apple says these are the most powerful and power-efficient iPhone yet
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use a brand new, Apple-designed processor called the A8. According to Apple, it has 2 billion transistors, which makes it 25 percent faster for ordinary computing tasks and 50 percent faster for graphics.
At the same time, Apple says, the new phones will provide slightly better battery life. Wifi browsing time has been increased from 10 hours for the iPhone 5s to 11 hours for the iPhone 6 (and 12 hours on the 6 Plus). Things have improved even more dramatically for talking: Apple says you can talk on the phone for 14 hours on the iPhone 6 and a whopping 24 hours with the iPhone 6 Plus, compared to just 10 hours for the previous iPhone.
6>They’ll cost about the same as the old ones did
The iPhone 6 will cost $199 for a low-end model with 16 GB of storage. That increases to $299 for a 64 GB model and $399 for a 128 GB model. (All of these prices are with a wireless contract.)
If you want the larger size of the iPhone 6 Plus, you’ll have to pay $100 extra: it’s $299 for a 16 GB model, going up to $499 for the 128 GB model.
As per its usual practice, Apple is going to continue selling old models at a reduce price. The iPhone 5S will sell for $99, while an iPhone 5C will be free with contract.
7>Landscape view is improved.
Landscape views on the new phones will now be compatible for Mail, Weather and even the Home screen. A second pane will appear in landscape for some apps, like Mail. Keyboards on landscape will also be modified to make typing easier: additional characters will be placed on the sides of the traditional keyboard so users don’t have to tap an extra button to access them.
8>The iPhone 6 will run iOS 8, a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system
Back in June, at Apple’s annual World Wide Developer Conference, the company unveiled iOS 8, the latest version of the software that runs on iPhones and iPads. It will be released on September 17, in time to be pre-loaded on the new iPhones. The update has several major features:
Seamless integration of Mac and iPhone: Our digital lives are increasingly fragmented across multiple devices. We might be using the PC in the den one minute and an iPad in the kitchen the next. iOS 8 allows applications to “hand off” interactions from one device to another as users move from device to device.
Better onscreen keyboards: A new technology called QuickType attempts to guess which word the user will type next and allow her to select it with one tap. iOS 8 also supports third-party keyboards.
Storage in the cloud: In the past, Apple’s iCloud has allowed consumers to synchronize their music, calendars, and other personal data between their Macs, iPhones, and other devices. But now Apple is competing directly with Google Drive and Dropbox by introducing iCloud Drive, a service that will allow users to save any kind of file on one machine and have it automatically synchronize on their other devices.
9>A reachability function will allow you to continue to use the iPhone 6 with one hand.
A double tap of the Home button will make the top of the screen roll down, so people with shorter thumbs or smaller hands can still use the iPhone with only one hand. Double tap the Home button again, and the iPhone 6 returns to its normal configuration.
10>The iPhone 6 offers faster and more versatile networking capabilities
There are two ways that iPhones communicate with the broader world wirelessly. One is wifi, the short-range networking standard that allows us to communicate with our home or business networks. The other is using longer-range cellular networks.
Over time, we’ve seen several major improvements to the iPhone’s networking capabilities. For example, the iPhone 3G was called that because it was the first iPhone to support faster 3G networks. More recently, iPhone have upgraded to still faster 4G-networking standards, sometimes called LTE.
The iPhone 6 and its larger sibling make a couple of significant improvements over the networking capabilities of previous Apple smartphones. First, it supports more frequencies than previous iPhones — 20 different frequency bands in all. That will allow it to operate in more countries. Second, it uses a technique called carrier aggregation to allow it to utilize multiple frequency bands at the same time, which Apple says can lead to speeds of up to 150 Mbps, 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5S.
The wifi also got a significant upgrade. The iPhone 6 supports the latest wifi standard, known as 802.11ac, which offers speeds up to three times faster than the wifi chips on the iPhone 5S. The new iPhones will also have the capability to automatically re-route phone calls over a wifi network if cellular service quality is poor.
11>Apple Pay, a mobile payment system on the new iPhones, is trying to replace wallets.
In Apple’s first push into the payments game, 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. Credit cards from participating companies—Visa, Mastercard and American Express—can be linked to your phone’s Passbook. Several merchants, like Disney, Chipotle and Seamless, have signed on with more to come.
On the security front, your card information is encrypted, 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.
12>The phones’ cameras are the most advanced iPhone cameras yet.
The iPhone 6 has an eight megapixel iSight camera, a 1.5µ pixel sensor and a ƒ/2.2 aperture lens. “That’s a nerdy way of saying, we’ve made the iSight camera a lot better,” according to Apple.
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.
13>They’re on sale Sept. 19.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan on September 19. You can pre-order them starting Sept. 12. If you can’t wait, you can download iOS 8—the iPhone 6’s new operating system—for free on Sept. 17.