iPhone 6 - Price in US, Features, Specs, Review
The iPhone 6 is the latest smartphone from Apple and one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2014. Discussed below are some of the salient features of this amazing device.
Apple has done away with the right-angled corners frame and gone back to the original half-curved edge design of the first iPhone. The back is all metal and the glass pane bends around the phone’s edges. As per Apple, the design of the iPhone 6 is seamless and continuous wherein the ion-strengthened cover glass meets with the anodized aluminum rear casing in a texturally unbroken manner.
At 0.27 inches, the iPhone 6 is one of the thinnest iPhones till date. It is 2.64 inches wide, 5.44 inches tall, and weighs about 129g. The power buttons have been moved to the side from the top. The phone can thus be easily powered off and on using just one hand.The iPhone 6 will be available in silver, gold, and space grey colors.
The iPhone 6 comes with a 4.7 inch screen with Retina HD display, a resolution of 1334 by 750 pixels, and an incredible 326 PPI. The contrast ratio has been increased considerably to 1400:1. The screen also comes with broader viewing angles. Apple has stated that older apps will work just fine with the new higher resolution.
Before the launch of the iPhone 6, it was rumored that the screen will be equipped with a water resistant, shatterproof sapphire display. However, this is not the case.
The iPhone 6 comes with a 2nd generation 64-bit A8 chip loaded with nearly 2 billion transistors. This will offer 50 percent faster graphics and 25 percent more processing power. Apple has touted the iPhone 6 to be one of the fastest phablets/smartphones in the world. It will run on iOS 8.
The iPhone 6 is capable of allowing up to 150 Mbps, support over 200 LTE carriers across the world as well as 20 bands. It also supports ‘VoLTE’ or ‘Voice over LTE.’ This means that if your LTE carrier supports the feature, then the data connection will not deteriorate during a voice connection. Users can also expect better voice audio quality.
The iPhone 6 will be able in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions. The 32 GB version has been done away with.
The iPhone 6 comes with a non-removable Li-Po 1,810 mAh battery with significantly improved battery times. Users can expect 60 hours of audio time, 11 hours of video time, up to 14 hours of talk time over 3G, 5 to 6 hours when browsing over LTE,Wi-Fi, and 3G, and 10 days of standby time.
The iSight and FaceTime cameras on the iPhone 6 come with wonderful improvements. Just like the iPhone 5s, the iSight camera is still 1080p, 8MP along with ƒ/2.2 aperture and 1.5µ pixels. However, the camera on the iPhone 6 is also equipped with a new sensor that allows ‘focus pixels,’ an autofocus improving feature seen in top-notch DSLR cameras.
As per Apple spokespeople, noise reduction and local tone mapping have been enhanced; autofocus is continuous and a lot faster; videos can be shot at 30 to 60 frames a second; and slo-mo videos can be shot at 120 to 240 frames a second.Other features of the camera include video stabilizing to overcome the effects of a shaky camera; panorama shots at an incredible 43 pixels; and more efficient face identification, including smiling and blinking, from both close-up and far away.
The 1.2 MP, 720 p FaceTime camera has also been upgraded. It now boasts of a bigger ƒ/2.2 aperture and a new sensor. It supports automatic high dynamic range in the video mode and allows 10 selfie photos per second via the ‘burst’ mode.
Other major features
The iPhone 6 has many new features such as 802.11ac support, an option for Wi-Fi calling during poor call network, a barometer, an M8 motion co-processor, and Apple Pay.
Apple Pay is a new simple and secure pay-with-your-phone service available in the iPhone 6. It uses the NFC antennas of iPhone 6 along with a Passbook, and a Touch-ID fingerprint sensor to make payments. All that users need to do is walk over to a cashwrap at any store, hold the iPhone next to a sensor, and finger the Touch-ID button to authorize the transaction.
Apple Pay will be backed by MasterCard, American Express, and Visa at the time of the launch. Others like the Bank of America, Citibank, Well Fargo, Capital One, and Chase will offer it access to eighty percent of the US market. At the time of launch, Apple Pay will be supported by 22,000 retailers and others like Staples, Whole Foods, Subway, Starbucks, Macy’s, Groupon, Bloomingdales, and McDonalds, etc. Third party apps may also provide the option of processing external payments via use of Apple Pay. Apple maintains that Apple Pay will make the need for plastic credit cards, checks, and cash nearly obsolete.
Online pre-orders for the iPhone 6 will be available from September 12, while it will be ready to ship from September 19.
On a 2 year contract, the 16GB iPhone 6 will cost $199. Customers need to shell out $299 for the 64GB and $399 for 128GB versions. Off-contract pricing has not been announced as yet.