The iPhone 6 will launch later this year via Apple’s online and retail stores, in addition to all major carriers. And yes, it looks like the iPhone’s screen has grown once again.
The new iPhone–or iPhones, rather–will come in two new, bigger screen sizes. The iPhone 6 bumps up to the rumored 4.7 inches, while the Plus will have a walloping 5.5-inch screen. Additionally, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will scale down to only 6.8mm and 7.1mm thin, respectively. The iPhone 5S, in comparison was 7.6mm.
In a lot of ways, the iPhone 6 Plus really is the bridge between Apple’s smartphones and the iPad tablet. For instance, the Plus will work with a horizontal home screen. And thanks to the increased screen real estate, there’s more room for little touches like user pictures on the Messages app.
The iPhone 6 line will also include a new Apple chipset, the A8. According to Apple, the A8 is 25 percent faster than the A7, with a 50 percent boost in graphics performance. But will the battery life improve? Based on what Apple presented this morning, it would appear the battery is more or less on par with the iPhone 5S. But hey, that’s still 24 hours of talk time on 3G (supposedly).
The LTE functionality of the iPhone 6 and Plus have received a considerable boost. The devices now support up to 20 LTE bands, which Apple claims is more than any other smartphone in the world. Wi-Fi has also moved to 802.11ac in the devices, so you can expect “up to 3 times faster” Wi-Fi signals on compatible networks.
The new, protruding camera is 8MP with “True Tone” flash and a f/2.2 aperture. According to Apple’s Phil Schiller, the camera’s new sensor allows for auto-focus that works twice as fast, thanks to “phase detection.” While the iPhone 6 will include digital image stabilization, the iPhone 6 Plus will utilize optical image stabilization, which should make those shaky action shots come out way better.
And more than just still photos, the iPhone 6 can now shoot 1080p video at either 30fps or 60fps, while Slo-Mo functionality moves to an impressive 240fps. The faster auto-focus for still photos–that faster “phase detection” tech–also transfers over to video on the iPhone 6. Perhaps most impressive, this could mean no more constant tapping of the screen to refocus during longer video shots.