Among various product launches slated for release by Apple in 2014, the iPhone 6 was one of the most anticipated releases.
This impressive smartphone made its debut in the market, in September, along with the iPhone 6 Plus that is considered to be the big brother of iPhone 6. While both smartphones share many similar interesting features; there are a few differences as well. Like most other releases by Apple, the two phones encompass a smooth anodized aluminum and steel casing and incorporate the Retina HD display. They also feature Touch ID, a fingerprint identity sensor that is incorporated in the Home button of both the iPhone models. This Touch ID can also be used to make your payments for purchases that you make at physical stores.
The article below aims at giving Apple lovers some appealing features of these smartphones.
Overall Dimensions and Design
The iPhone 6 is bigger than its predecessor models while the iPhone 6 Plus is even bigger. Although the iPhone 6 is larger and wider, it is also surprisingly thinner than the earlier iPhone models. While iPhone 6 is just 6.9 mm thick, the iPhone 6 Plus is just marginally a little thicker with a depth of 7.1 mm. Nevertheless, this has also resulted in the smartphones being fairly light weight, which makes them less bulky when held in the hand. However, owing to an overall bigger size than the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly heavier. The edges of both the smartphones are curved and their buttons have been moved to the right of the phone for easier access. This makes the smartphones look a lot more like the iPad.
Screen Display and Resolution
The diagonal screen size also gets bigger with the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus that match with many Android based smartphones. While the iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus makes it even better with a 5.5-inch screen. This size is undoubtedly much more than the standard 3.5 inch size of most of the iPhone models. Each of the smartphones produces 16 million colors and depicts a LED backlit capacitive widescreen with multi-touch display and IPS technology. The iPhone 6 comprises a pixel resolution of 1334×750 and pixel density of 326ppi while the pixel resolution and the pixel density of the iPhone 6 Plus stand at 1920×1080 and 401ppi respectively. Interestingly, the iPhone 6 has a higher typical contrast ratio than the iPhone 6 Plus.
Some similarities in the displays of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include dual-domain pixel that help in producing wider viewing angles, the ability to display multiple characters and languages at the same time and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on the front screen.
The f/2.2 aperture cameras of both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are exactly the same. While there is no difference to the 8-megapixel count of the iSight camera from the previous iPhone models, their sensors have some key disparities. For instance, the sensors feature huge pixels with an interesting phase detection autofocus feature to produce much better shots. With the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, you can take better panorama shots, thanks to the increased 43-megapixel size. The cameras can record both standard 1080p videos at 30/60fps and super-slow-motion videos at 120/240fps. The autofocus feature also responds very fast. The FaceTime camera in the smartphones has also undergone considerable enhancement, which results in rendering sharper images. One noteworthy feature of the cameras in the latest iPhones is that they incorporate true tone flash and can be used to take still photos and also record videos simultaneously. Some other common features of both the smartphones comprise hybrid IR filter, auto image stabilization, photo geo tagging, exposure control, enhanced face detection, auto HDR for photos, burst mode, tap to focus and five-element lens. In addition, the iPhone 6 Plus is equipped with optical image stabilization, a feature that is totally lacking in the iPhone 6 and the earlier iPhone models. This feature helps in clicking stable photographs, especially when lighting conditions are poor.
In contrast to the traditional black colored iPhone, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offer three color variations. They are available in silver, space gray and gold color options.
Processor and Chipset
Apple makes use of its latest processor and chipset for the iPhone 6 smartphones. Both of them utilize a powerful A8 chipset that portrays 64-bit architecture for faster performance. This is easily noticeable, especially when playing games. They also make use of M8, Apple’s most recent motion coprocessor. Apart from measuring data using a compass, a gyroscope and an accelerometer; the M8 motion coprocessor also measures data using a barometer. This barometer measurement of data is a new feature introduced in the iPhone 6.
Memory and Operating System
The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus come preloaded with 1GB RAM and three variants of internal memory options comprising 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. The smartphones do not provide scope for memory enhancement using memory cards.
Another noteworthy aspect of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus smartphones is that they function on the iOS 8, Apple’s latest operating system.
This is a new concept introduced by Apple in both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus models. With Apple Pay, you do not have to worry about having to carry your card or wallet with you. Also, the hassles of having to swipe your card and wait for the payment to be processed are eliminated. Apple Pay introduces inbuilt distinct security features and contactless payment technology in the iPhones. You can also be assured of making your transactions private, since debit or credit cards containing your details such as name, security code or card number are never revealed. Moreover, it is very easy to set up Apple Pay on your iPhone.
Like all other earlier iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus feature built-in rechargeable large lithium ion batteries. The battery can be charged using the power adapter provided with the smartphones or through a USB port connected to a computer. The main difference in the battery from the previous iPhone versions is the extended battery life. The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus offer 14 and 24 hours of talk time on 3G, 10 and 16 days of standby time, 11 and 14 hours of video playback and 50 and 80 hours of audio playback respectively.
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