The two new smartphones are significantly larger than their predecessor, with 4.7 and 5.5 inches displays.
Both take on new “ion-strengthened” Retina HD screens with resolutions of 1334×750, 326ppi for the iPhone 6 and 1920×1080, 401ppi for the iPhone 6 Plus.
They feature an anodized aluminum unibody and an ultra thin design, the iPhone 6 measuring 6.9 mm and the iPhone 6 Plus coming in at 7.1 mm against 7.6 for the iPhone 5S.
The larger displays will offer new advantages. On the Messages application for example users can see pictures of contacts on the left or view messages on the left side and emails on the right.
In order to enhance one-handed use, a new feature called “reachability” was added so that users can double-press the home button to make the content slide to the lower part of the screen for better access.
The design of the smartphone is faithful to what we have seen in several leaks with rounded corners and the power button repositioned on the right side.
In terms of configuration, the iPhone 6 units will be equipped with A8 chip with 2 billion transistors and 64-bit support to provide up to 25% faster CPU performance and up to 50% more graphics power compared to the iPhone 5S.
Despite the larger screens, the autonomy of the new iPhones is also set to be significantly better than its predecessors thanks to the 1810 mAh battery.
According to Apple, we are entitled to 50 hours audio, 11 hours video, 11 hours wifi browsing, 10 hours LTE browsing on the iPhone 6, and 80 hours audio, 14 hours video, 12 hours wifi browsing and 12 hours LTE browsing on the iPhone 6 Plus.
The camera is the same on the two models (8MP iSight camera, True Tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, 2.2 aperture, improved autofocus, new sensor), but the iPhone 6 Plus benefits from optical image stabilization unlike the smaller version.Apple
Better face, smile and blink detection are featured, macro photos have also been improved and the panorama mode has been upped to 43 megapixels.Apple
The devices record videos at 1080p at 30fps and 60fps, and slo-mo at 120fps or 240fps.
They are also equipped with an improved FaceTime camera capable of HDR photo and video, and burst mode for selfies, as well as a new sensor that brings 81 % more light.
With NFC among the smartphone’s newest features, payments will be secured via the Touch ID through a system called Apple Pay that will be available in the USA in October.
Compatible with the 4G class 4, the iPhone 6 will support VoLTE – voice over LTE which allows clearer phone calls over Wi-Fi connections.
The Wi-Fi improves with the addition of an 802.11ac chip, three times faster than the previous generation and with speeds of up to 433 Mbps.
Also, the new iPhones sport a new M8 motion processor that can measure elevation, such as tracking stair climbing, thanks to an inbuilt barometer.
The new HealthKit app will take advantage of the M8’s capabilities, helping to monitor the user’ heart rate, weight and blood pressure among others.
Cost wise, the iPhone 6 is priced at $199 (16 GB), $299 (64 GB) and $399 (128 GB) with a two-year contract, while iPhone 6 Plus costs $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB) and $499 (128GB).
Pre-orders start this Friday, September 12, and the smartphones will begin shipping on September 19.