Apple launched two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, in September of 2014. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple’s Apple Pay payment system.
Other new features in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus included Wi-Fi calling support, faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
|Model:||Apple iPhone 6|
|Display Size:||4.7 inch|
|Front camera:||1.2 MP|
|Back camera:||8.0 MP|
In More Detail
Measuring in at 4.7 and 5.5-inches, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus dwarf earlier iPhone models, but at the same time, the two phones became Apple’s thinnest yet, measuring in at 6.9 and 7.1mm, respectively. For comparison’s sake, the iPhone 5s was 7.6mm thick.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display with a “2x” resolution of 1334 x 740 (326 ppi) while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch “3x” resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi). Both phones are said to offer higher contrast, better brightness, and improved white balance.
While both models include the same 64-bit A8 chip and the same general design, there are several differences between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus also has three major differentiating factors: optical image stabilization for the camera, and a longer battery life, and an iPad-style landscape mode that displays more content on the screen
Though the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, both phones got some major camera improvements in form of sensor upgrades, improved tone mapping, better noise reduction, and new “Focus Pixel” technology, which improves the phone’s ability to select autofocus points. For videos, there’s a new 240fps slo-mo option, along with support for shooting in 1080p at 60fps. The front-facing camera was also upgraded, with an f/2.2 aperture that lets in more light and new burst mode capabilities.
Design wise, the phones more closely resemble the iPad and the iPod touch than the iPhone 5s. Both models have soft, rounded corners and a curved glass screen that melds smoothly into the thin metal body of the device. The volume buttons on the left side of the device are pill-shaped, and the power button is located on the right side of the device for easier one-handed use.
To further make its devices easier to use one-handed, Apple added in a double tap (not press) home button gesture called “Reachability,” which moves items from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen for quick access.
The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus take advantage of dual domain pixels, which improves viewing angles. AnandTech has given an in-depth overview of dual domain pixels, explaining that the technology alludes to the fact that the electrodes in the pixels are not all aligned. Instead, the pixels are “skewed when viewed from the perspective of the lines defined by the rectangular edges of the display,” allowing them to compensate for uneven lighting.
The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus continued to sport an 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera, but the addition of several new features result in vastly improved picture quality. Continuing to offer improved camera capabilities has always been a priority for Apple, with the company even opting to include a protruding lens design to avoid making image quality sacrifices for the sake of the thin design of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
The first major new feature, “Focus Pixels,” was designed to speed up autofocusing by providing the sensor with more information about an image, while improved auto image stabilization compensates for slight amounts of motion blur and hand shakiness. Focus Pixels vastly speed up autofocusing times and improve autofocusing in low light situations, as demonstrated in a review of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras.
Like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continued to offer Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint-based security system. Touch ID is used in place of a passcode on the iPhone, making it quicker to unlock the device and secure sensitive data within apps.
Touch ID is also an integral part of Apple’s Apple Pay mobile payments initiative, as is the Near Field Communication (NFC) antenna built into every iPhone 6. Apple Pay is designed to allow users to pay for purchases at thousands of retail stores with just a fingerprint.
The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both offer improved battery life, but due to the larger size of iPhone 6 Plus, it is able to accommodate a larger battery. The iPhone 6 has an 1,810 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a battery capacity of 2,915 mAh.