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Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus: big on price and on features

October 23, 2014 by Omar Sohail

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cater to the user in screen size, aesthetics, multitasking performance and best of all; wireless connectivity performance

On the 9th of September, 2014’s most highly anticipated smartphone of the year was to be unveiled, courtesy of Apple and its diligent employees. The Cupertino tech behemoth revealed not one but two devices; the first one being called the iPhone 6 (the 4.7 inch screen smartphone) and its bigger brother, the iPhone 6 Plus (the 5.5 inch screen smartphone). Both devices are loaded with tons of goodies that will a multitasker’s and VoIP calling aficionados’ dream come true.

Features and specifications

Without getting into too many unnecessary details, the basic specifications of both devices have been detailed below:

 

 

Display and Pixel per inch (PPI)

Form Factor

iPhone 6

1444 x 750

6.9 mm

iPhone 6 Plus

1920 x 1080

7.1 mm

 

Apple’s previous flagship phone, the iPhone 5s, is thicker than both devices (7.6 mm)

Processor

While most people contemplated that the A7 processor would not be able to duke it out with the other Android giants released during the same time as the iPhone 5s, Apple debunked all the negatives rumors thanks to the benchmark results which shows the iPhone 5s trumping devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 in a number of tests. This shows that you don’t need a powerful quad core processor to display the computing prowess of your device because the operating system also plays a huge role in that department. For the iPhone 5s, it only took a dual core 64 bit processor to thwart those false allegations.

Now, both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are equipped with a more powerful successor of the A7 processor, the A8 processor; which also happens to be a dual core 64 bit processor and has a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and possesses up to 50 times the performance over its predecessor (the iPhone 6’s GPU, the PowerVR GX6650 possesses 84 times the graphics rendering power). Alongside the A8 processor, there is also a secondary processor running called the M8. The M8 will be responsible for handling the less demanding tasks so that the A8 processor can focus its full attention on the more taxing applications, which includes VoIP calling sessions, video playback and of course gaming apps. In addition to this, the M8 processor is also there to continuously measure motion data and perform other tasks without having an adverse effect on the battery life, which is a welcome sight for all future iPhone 6 users who plan to use the device for making free international calls for an extended longer period of time. It is designed for fitness activities, and can figure out elevation, such as the flight of stairs.

Improved wireless connectivity performance

Compared to the previous flagship, both iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus have been equipped with faster wireless networking components that will make calls over the internet, smoother than silk. Given below is a summarized details of all the wireless connectivity paraphernalia included in the two devices.

 

 

Wireless adapter type

LTE modem type (speed in Mbps)

iPhone 5s

802.11 a/b/n

Cat 3 (100 Mbps)

iPhone 6

802.11 a/b/n/ac

Cat 4 (150 Mbps)

iPhone 6 Plus

802.11 a/b/n/ac

Cat 4 (150 Mbps)

 

An improved wireless standard and better performing LTE modem summarizes the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus delivering impressive performance when you’re connected to a wireless hotspot (assuming that hotspot’s wireless adapter type is also 802.11 ac) or when you are using LTE connectivity. Smooth web browsing, improved streaming and VoIP calling performance are some of the perks headed your way should you plan to put these devices as your ‘to buy next’ item.

Battery life

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ battery details are provided below according to the details released by the company.

 

Task

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus

Audio Playback

50 hours

80 hours

Wireless network connection

11 hours

12 hours

4G network

10 hours

12 hours

 

The battery backup time when the user is connected to a wireless or 4G network is downright impressive. The user will have nearly half a day to use for the continuous use of VoIP calling for the battery to be depleted.

Other details

Majority of specifications have been retained by Apple. The company has retained has the amount of RAM (1 GB for both devices) and the amount of megapixels on the front camera (8 MP). This is because Apple’s superior iOS operating system does not require additional RAM to function fluidly. As for the camera; the reason why Apple has retained the total amount of megapixels is because megapixel count for a camera is not the only factor that decides image and video quality. The new and improved sensor combined with the True Tone flash (a feature that allows the change of color depending on surrounding lighting, resulting in greater noise reduction) results in improved  The auto-focus is twice as fast as before, and panoramic photos now go up to 43 megapixels in size. Apple's NFC chip will also allow users to pay for low-priced products from their device.

Price

Apple is notoriously known its ludicrously priced products. Pre-orders for the products have already started, with the pricing details provided below. Keep in mind that all prices given are on-contract prices and the contract period will last for 2 years.

 

 

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus

16 GB

$199

$299

64 GB

$299

$399

128 GB

$399

$499

 

As for the off-contract price, the iPhone 6 comes with a starting price of $649 while the 6 Plus will have a price tag of $749. While these devices might be termed as ridiculously overpriced for the average consumer, the extra performance, in terms of multitasking as well as VoIP calling is surely worth the stack of green in your wallet. 

 

 

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