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Apple has unveiled the next generation of iPhone – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Let's trawl through the information that we have – information that people will be using to make a purchase decision soon – and take a closer look at Apple's new flagship product.
Apple's been under some pressure from manufacturers such as Samsung to come out with an iPhone with a bigger display. Well, now we have just that. As rumored, the display sizes have been bumped up to 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches, but the screen resolutions have been given a dramatic bump up.
On top of being bigger, the displays are also better, with a higher pixel density, higher contrast, better brightness, and full sRGB color standard compatibility.
People have been screaming for better battery life, and it seems that Apple has been listening. Although we're going to have to wait for these new handsets to enter the real world to see what these numbers mean when faced with real world usage.
What's the point of all that extra screen real estate if you can't make proper use of it? Well, now for the first time the iPhone is optimized for landscape usage.
Not only will this be a hit for people consuming content, but it also offers more space for content creation.
The iPhone 6 graphics chip is now 84 times faster than the first-gen iPhone, and about 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
CPU power is up a massive 50 times compared to the original iPhone and about 50 percent faster than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.
The iPhone camera got better, with an improved sensor and optics system, and the iPhone 6 Plus getting active image stabilization.
Video recording is now possible at 1080p at 60 frames per second, and the slo-mo camera can hit 240 frames-per-second.
Because Apple has chosen to go with NFC as its payment mechanism, not only has it given Google a leg up – Android has been kitted out with NFC for some time – but it also means that no other iPhones can play in the Apple Pay ecosystem.
This ramp-up that will be linked to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales could seriously slow down how fast Apple Pay takes off and how quickly users embrace it.
Also, making is a US-only feature will give it less traction against the existing NFC offering, possibly allowing Google a chance to get in there and embed further.
If you prefer the older 4-inch iPhone form-factor then you're stick with the older hardware. This could be a problem for people who haven't embraced the large handset fad, and might make some people hold off from upgrading.
Despite a lot of rumors about a sapphire cover for the display, it seems we are stuck with glass. Ion-strengthened glass, but still glass.