Apple unveils 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus

Apple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.

Packed with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay™, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger.¹ Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType™ keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive℠.

“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”

Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus
Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus

 
For the first time iPhone is available in two new sizes: iPhone 6 features a stunning 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 1334 x 750 resolution, providing 38 percent more viewing area than iPhone 5s, while iPhone 6 Plus features an even bigger 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, providing 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels than iPhone 5s. The Retina HD displays offer advanced technologies including higher contrast for deeper blacks and dual-domain pixels for more accurate colors at wider viewing angles.

With second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the all-new A8 chip offers faster performance and is more energy efficient, delivering higher sustained performance with great battery life. With Metal™, a new graphics technology in iOS 8, developers can take performance of the A8 chip even further to bring console-class 3D games to iPhone. The A8 chip also includes a new, powerful Apple-designed image signal processor that enables advanced camera and video features.

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation. The M8 motion coprocessor can continuously measure your motion data, even when the device is asleep, saving battery life for fitness apps that use the sensors all day. With iOS 8, motion data from M8 appears in the Health app so you can see how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, or how far you’ve walked or run. Developers can use CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M8 and HealthKit to create apps that help you take better care of your health and fitness.

Apple Pay on iPhone 6
Apple Pay on iPhone 6
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID™; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.

The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.

With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling.² With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.³

The new iPhones come with iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, delivering a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience and new features including QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive. With more than 4,000 new APIs, iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users also have access to the revolutionary App Store, which offers more than 1.3 million apps to iPhone, iPad® and iPod touch® users in 155 countries around the world.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract.⁴ iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract.⁴ Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.

Apple-designed leather cases will be available in black, soft pink, olive brown, midnight blue and (RED) for $45 (US) for iPhone 6 and $49 (US) for iPhone 6 Plus and silicone cases in black, blue, pink, green, white and (RED) for a suggested retail price of $35 (US) for iPhone 6 and $39 (US) for iPhone 6 Plus through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPhone 5s will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $99 (US) for the 16GB model and $149 (US) for the 32GB model, and an iPhone 5c 8GB model will be available for free.⁴ iOS 8 will be available as a free software update starting on Wednesday, September 17. Some features may not be available on all products. Apple Pay will be available to US customers as a free software update to iOS 8 this October.

¹ Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US as a free update to iOS 8 this October.

² LTE, VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are available through select carriers. Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks, check with your carrier for details.

³ Based on theoretical speeds, actual speeds may vary.

⁴ For qualified customers only. Check with your carrier for details.

Source: Apple Inc.

46 Comments

  1. I’m not sold on the watch even though its impressive. why? cause you have to also carry around with you an iPhone. if I already have an iPhone in my pocket, i’d rather just pull that out of my pocket. not sure it would be necessary to use a watch too

      1. their market is automatically limited on the watch…first you have to have an iPhone, second you have to have an iPhone that can run the latest iOS, thirdly you have to convince those select customers to spend $349 on a relatively redundant device that is tethered to a device that is already purchased.

    1. another thing i like about the iPhone, is it does so much it takes the place of other devices so you don’t need to carry other stuff on you. the watch just add another device on my person.

      1. time will tell,but botvinnik makes a good point. you want to pay another $349 for a device that works with a nearby iPhone that is telling you all the same info?

        it also starts at $349, which tells me that is the smaller one for ladies. larger size will probably start at $399

  2. I love Apple. I really do. But I would respect them more if the moved to either Canada or Europe. I can’t support a company that is based in a country whose flag symbolizes the blood shed when the colonists came over and took over the native land in 1492. Until Apple makes these drastic changes, I’d have to buy foreign…and it have to be either Blackberry, Nokia, or Sony.

    1. Heir to the throne, eh? Would that be the throne of the country who’s colonists you’re whining about?
      Because the flag of the US isn’t that of the country where the colonists originated from.
      I suggest you start taking a few history lessons.
      And Nokia now belong to Microsoft, who are, ta da! an American company.
      Sony? I suggest you take a look at Japanese atrocities in China, and her treatment of POW’s during the Second World War.
      My father survived being a POW in Changi, the most notorious prison on the Far East; a great many men didn’t.
      Try growing up and stop being a fucking idiot.

      1. ¡Bah! Don’t pay attention to him. I suppose he goes naked and on bare feet by the street, eating what he sows in his back yard since every nation has committed its crimes while the whole humanity grows towards perfection and every product has its nationality. I’d be a real idiot not to drive a BMW just because the Nazis or not to drink a Corona just because the Mexican drug cartels.

    2. OK I’ll fucking bite. Canada was created by the same people who came over and started taking over North America. Mostly the Brits, French, and Spaniards. Ask the Native Americans in Canada the great deal they got. They will be more than happy to tell you how they are still treated. Microsoft now owns the cell phone part of Nokia, so back to that bloody flag for phones. Japan, read some history. The Chinese, Koreans, and Filipinos would love to tell you how they were killed and raped by the Japanese in WWII. Every world power has blood on their hands. We also have done the world a lot of good. The fact that you can bitch about this country on the internet proves that the US has given the world a lot. Even with all the shit we did to the Native Americans, and it was some bad shit, they are a lot better off than the people in Tibet under China today. BTW I’m a left leaning gay man. Not a God, guns, and guts guy. I am very proud to have served MY country in the Navy and would do it again. I very strongly believe in right to free speech that you exercise. However find out some truth before you speak. I find it funny that you did not mention South Korea. They have a lot of blood on their hands too. However historically they have been ran over, or used as a pawn by almost every other world power.

  3. Why would you want to have the hassle of dragging a phone out of a pocket, getting it the right way round and waking it up to tell the time when you have something on your wrist that’s already on, and the right way around?
    I keep hearing this argument, and it’s a stupid one; using a phone to replace a watch is just making life more difficult, plus if it’s dark, all you’re doing is advertising to everyone that you have an expensive and desirable object in your hand, just begging to be stolen.
    Or doing it in a cinema or theatre; guaranteed to piss people off every time you have a bright light glowing in your hand.
    You’re effectively going back to having a fob watch on a chain; an encumbrance that the wristwatch was developed to remove.

    1. Agreed. Moreover, I reckon that your phone battery life will improve dramatically once you stop awakening those big bright-battery-draining iPhone displays dozens of times a day for things as simple checking the time, notifications, stock and so on…

  4. Apple is looking at the world with rose colored glasses, with blinders.

    That’s right folks, the iPhones cost the same, except for the bigger one. Apple is content with only the high end smartphone market. Apple is betting in a saturated market where those that would not even be thinking about upgrading now will do so just to access Apple Pay and a much large and more expensive iPhone.

    Another way Apple is dealing with a saturated market is to add value to its iPhone via accessories. Apple has made the Dick Tracy watch a reality. Or another way of looking at it is they finally did release a less expensive iPhone but in a watch format that still needs a iPhone work and costs $350.

    This Apple Watch is a scaled down version of a smartphone that works only with an iPhone and indeed needs it for some functions and costs about as much as high end mid-range smartphones.

    Without the larger iPhone and Apple Watch, many people would indeed not be buying. This a gamble Apple preferred to releasing a less expensive phone and a very dry pipeline. Apple is now following instead of leading. This is no longer Jobs Apple.

    So much for products in the pipeline, so much for leading, a new day indeed.

    1. I thought the 5c was available for $0.00 on contract. That’s quite a bit lower than $200.

      As for upgrading only because the phone is bigger, well, duh. My 4s is so perfect that’s it’s still running great after 3 years. I am, however, looking forward to a bigger screen.

    2. If you’re calling what you’ve seen in today’s keynote a dry pipeline, then one may call your brain a dry fig, because only a dry fig could generate such a severely distorted lack of vision…

      Over the next 2/3 years, ApplePay is about to do to the payment industry, what the iPod did to the music industry. Watch and see.

      AAPLy yours.

      1. I’ve been an Apple fan ever since the Mac SE w/ dual floppy drives which was my first Mac. Since then I’ve own 7 other desktops and laptops.

        You, just like 96% of the other dicks on this board are nothing more then Apple stock holders and that’s all you care about, that Apple stocks rises even if only for a short time.

        Apple clearly has no vision.

  5. So the big question is the old iPhone 5c and 5s size going to go away in two years, leaving just 4.7 and 5.5 inch sizes?
    Hope not, I liked the 3.5″ size and am OK with the 4″. Guess we’ll see how they the 4.7 and 5.5 numbers look after 3 months of sales.

    1. How can you only be OK with the 4in 3.5 is to small really. I was so excited when i got my 5 because the screen was bigger and i could see more and do more on screen. The only thing i hate is there are still apps that do not take advantage of the bigger 4in screen and i have a black bar at top or some the app is in the middle. Im looking forward to the new sizes.
      If for no other reason android people will stop saying they can’t switch because there is no big phone and 4 is to small.

  6. Tough decision on 4.7 vs 5.5. I really wanted 5.0. I like the HD resolution of the 5.5 but I don’t think that it would fit in my front jeans pocket. I’ll go with 64 GB (only need 32).

    I already have a Garmin Forerunner 610 watch which does fitness, gps and heartrate monitoring and is probably a lot more durable than the Apple Watch. I view the Apple Watch as a V1 device and suspect that the V2 will be a lot better.

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