The 4.7in iPhone 6 and 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus have been announced. Click to see the new features and how much you'll pay.
As expected, Apple launched the iPhone 6 and larger iPhone 6 Plus at a special event hosted in Cupertino, California. The biggest surprise of the event, however, was the inclusion of the company’s first wearable device, the Apple Watch.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
The new iPhones are bigger than previous Apple smartphones, with the new iPhone 6 boasting a 4.7in display and the iPhone 6 Plus sporting a phablet-like 5.5in screen. The new iPhones are also slimmer than the previous 7.6mm-thick model, with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus being only 6.6mm and 7.1mm thick respectively.
The iPhone 6 has a 1,334 x 740 pixel screen, which gives it a 326ppi resolution (the same as the iPhone 5s); the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen is made up of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, which translates to a resolution of 401ppi, and is being described by Apple as Retina HD quality.
An iPhone update usually brings with it a boost to the core specs of the smartphone, and this year is no different. Under the hood of both new smartphones is the A8 chip with second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture.
Apple claims this chip delivers 50x faster performance than the original iPhone, with graphics performance being 84x better than the 2007 device too. The A8 chip, along with Metal - a new graphics technology - has led to improved battery performance from the smartphones as detailed in the image below.
The camera in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has also been upgraded, with autofocus now operating at twice the speed. Video has been boosted, too, with technology allowing for slow-mo to be recorded at up to 240fps at 1080p; the video camera now also features optical image stabilisation, which will compensate for any involuntary hand-shake while recording. Finally, Apple has given a nod to the power of the selfie, by improving its front-facing FaceTime HD camera. The new features include a larger sensor that lets in 80% more light as well as an increased aperture measurement of f/2.2.
The most impressive new feature in the iPhone 6-class smartphones is the ability to use the devices for making contactless payments. Apple uses a combination of the new on-board NFC, Touch ID (fingerprint sensor), Passbook and its new Secure Element software to create a feature that it has named Apple Pay. Initially, Apple Pay will work only in the US.
Last but not least, the new iPhones support high-quality voicecalls over LTE networks (VoLTE), plus Apple has also enabled iPhone 6 users to make calls over a Wi-Fi network too.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus price in Australia
The iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space grey, with prices starting at $869 for 16GB, $999 for the 64GB and $1129for the 128GB devices.
The 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus is available in the same colours and storage options with the following prices: $999 (16GB), $1129 (64GB) and $1249 (128GB).
The devices can be pre-ordered from 12 September with the shipping date confirmed as 19 September for all major markets, including Australia.