Its been over 7 years since the release of the first iPhone, and what a journey it has been! The iPhone and its subsequent iterations have made the smartphone a commodity item. Mobile devices have transformed how we live, work, and interact. Just this year global access to the internet via mobile devices surpassed that of desktops. Mobile sales continue to skyrocket and more people are shopping with mobile devices than ever before . . . all thanks to the initial iPhone.
Last month we saw another epic release by Apple– this one of the new iPhone 6. There was plenty of fanfare and hype, which apparently was well justified. Apple sold a record-setting 10 million iPhone 6s during the first weekend they were available, and the company reported sales of 39.3 million total iPhones in the 3rd quarter of 2014, ending September 30.
There are all kinds of new features packed into this latest device; most notably, it comes with a bigger screen and is loaded with iOS8. In case you haven’t gotten onboard yet with the iPhone6, we wanted to give a brief rundown of the biggest changes you can expect.
Price & Availability: iPhone 6 has 3 contract options, starting at $199 with 16GB of memory, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128GB. For $100 more, there are 3 variations of the larger iPhone 6 Plus: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB. If you want to be contract free for the iPhone then it’s 16GB at $649, 64GB available for $749 and $849 for the 128GB model.
Size & Appearance: The iPhone 6 is the largest iPhone yet, with a 4.7-inch screen (measured diagonally), which is notably bigger than the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen. The larger iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen. The new iPhones are also thinner than the iPhone 5, with a depth of 6.9mm for the iPhone 6, and 7.1 mm for the iPhone 6 Plus. That compares to 7.6mm on the iPhone 5 and 5s, and 8.9mm on the 5c.
Retina HD Display: The 6 is the first iPhone to feature a Retina HD display, which is known for its superior, high-definition clarity.
New & Improved iOS: iOS 8 is the biggest operating system release yet and comes with a host of new features for users and developers alike, including health and fitness apps and an all-new photos app, as well as new ways to use iCloud and Touch ID.
iPhone 6 is faster: Both versions of the new iPhone come with Apple’s new A8 processor, which is a 64-bit system on a chip (SoC) designed by Apple. The company claims that A8 has 25% more CPU performance and 50% more graphics performance while drawing only 50% of the power compared to its predecessor, the Apple A7.
Even better camera: While the iPhone 6 camera resolution is still 8 megapixels, it uses improved technology to give pictures a better quality look. According to Apple, “we added features to the 8MP iSight camera like a new sensor with Focus Pixels, improved face detection, and exposure control.”
Apple Pay & Touch ID: Apple Pay is a mobile payment service that lets certain Apple mobile devices make payments on the go by wirelessly communicating with point of sale systems using a near field communication (NFC) antenna. This service is sure to revolutionize payments by avoiding the need for credit/debit magnetic stripe transactions. Instead, the user just holds their iPhone near the contactless reader with their finger on Touch ID. The service is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch.