The Wall Street Journal reviews Apple’s 64-bit iPhone 6: ‘The best smartphone you can buy’

“After using both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for a week, I can report that Apple has successfully addressed its size deficiency, and much more. The $199 (with contract) iPhone 6 packs a 4.7-inch screen, big enough to get down to business, into the most comfortable smartphone I’ve ever held,” Geoffrey A. Fowler writes for The Wall Street Journal. “And while the iPhone 6 Plus feels too big for my taste, for $100 more its 5.5-inch screen offers an option for road warriors who don’t want to carry a tablet.”

“While the iPhone 6’s battery life proved mediocre with its screen at full brightness, it’s still the best smartphone you can buy,” Fowler writes. “What makes the iPhone 6 the best? Performance, usability and camera refinements, coupled with a safe, powerful operating system that now lets the iPhone’s big collection of apps do more.”

“Beyond that, the iPhone 6 promises a big leap forward in what a smartphone can be in our lives: a real digital wallet—eventually the one thing you grab when you leave the house,” Fowler writes. “The screen is a bit more readable in sunlight than its best-selling rival, the Samsung Galaxy S5. Apps are snappy; the iPhone 6’s [64-bit Apple A8] processor is up to 20% faster than last year’s iPhone.”

Full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Don’t settle for less than the best.

With Apple’s all new, 64-bit smartphones, the gorgeous 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the stunning 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, there’s never been a better time to stop settling for imitations and make the move to the real thing.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mr. P-body” for the heads up.]

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  1. I have had the iPhone 5S for a while and love the phone of course but I still don’t see how 64 bit architecture has made any change from my iPhone 4S. What is the big deal about it in the 6 and 6+? How is it useful?

    1. 64 bit , it helps for example in malware defense:

      the guardian:

      ‘Having 64 bits even has a security benefit. A feature such as address-space layout randomisation (ASLR) tries to make life hard for malware by mapping chunks of code into the virtual memory map at different addresses whenever loaded. That mean the malware has no fixed address to aim at for an attack. But 4GB of crowded 32-bit address space limits the range of addresses that can be used for this randomisation, meaning cleverly crafted malware stands a reasonable chance of being able to simply scan”

      Another reason why Android phones are infested with malware.

      it probably also helps run the fingerprint sensor .

      One of the reasons why the fingerprint sensor on Galaxy phones don’t work very well.

      There’s also speed boosts on certain apps and games.


      Pros and cons
      A common misconception is that 64-bit architectures are no better than 32-bit architectures unless the computer has more than 4 GB of random access memory. This is not entirely true:

      Quick points:
      – Memory Mapping
      – 64-bit Registers

      Another article:
      64-bit vs 32-bit iPhone: Do you need a 64-bit smartphone?
      Apple made a big deal of the iPhone 5S being 64-bit, we explore the implications

      64-bit vs 32-bit iPhone: Performance gains
      – If the processor needs to access a lot of data or do maths with really big numbers, it can do so more efficiently and this means that some apps will run faster, but they do have to be designed for 64-bit.

  2. Didn’t The Wall Street Journal write AFTER the announcement of the iPhone 6 that Apple was “running out of ideas,” “ruining your sex life,” “privacy is becoming a problem,” “customers have upgrade fatigue,” “fans turn a blind eye to (Apple’s) faults,” “You’ll spend more with (Apple’s) devices,” and “Goodbye, iTunes: The download is dead” ?

    Okay, that was all Quentin Fottrell, printed with the Wall Street Journal name.

  3. I really detest a lot of this stuff in Mossberg’s article. “Android envy”? Seriously? Bull$hit. I would prefer not to have the larger screen. Don’t need it. I do want even better camera and I am jazzed about Apple Pay. But couldn’t care less. Much of this “review” is a back-handed commentary on Apple “devotion.” Walt is past

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