When Apple introduced the first 4 “S” model iPhone the company also introduced the idea that each upgrade wasn’t exactly a necessity. Instead of jumping from one new model to the next, Apple created a mid-model upgrade, labeled with the ‘S’ branding, that didn’t offer the same sweeping changes that the standard increase in model numbers did, like from 3 to 4, or 4 to 5. The S models usually brought with them faster processors, a few conveniences and another two-year contract. That contract is the reason that many of us are wary to upgrade our phones, if we are going to be roped into another two-years with our providers, we want to make sure it’s worth it.
The introduction of the S mid-model installment also put further emphasis on the new-line models that Apple announced in the past, in this case the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple customers usually enjoy having the best, the latest and the fastest iPhone on the market, and now they have two models to choose from.
Apple has stood strong by its convictions that the general iOS public didn’t need a large screen, or at least larger than what Apple previously offered with the iPhone 5, but after Android and Windows 8 proved that more and more people are warming up to the idea of a large screen, so did Apple.
The company continues to offer its latest phone at $199, that’s if you buy one with a two-year contract, and while the iPhone 6 offers the smaller screen at 4.7-inches, it’s still more than enough screen-space to fit everything you need in a new sleek design.
If you feel like you need more screen real-estate for your day-to-day operations, you can spend an additional $100 and get the iPhone 6 Plus. The Plus model will give you a 5.5-inch screen, that borderlines on the Phablet design, and is a terrific options for customers that may have been thinking about jumping ship from iOS for a larger option.
Android users tend to love Android, and iOS users tend to love iOS phones. These are the standards in our society, and while a few people will jump from one OS to the next, many stay loyal to their brands.
If you are looking to jump to iOS for the first time, or if you are researching the iPhone 6 to see if it’s worth another two-year contract, you should be pleasantly surprised at the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ design across the board. The iOS system is safer and more secure than it has ever been, while small upgrades to the camera and software components help the iPhone 6 models stand above all of the previous models that have been offered in the past.
It wouldn’t be an Apple launch without bringing something new, not just better or faster, to the table. This year Apple introduced an upcoming digital wallet, one that Apple hopes will make your phone the one necessity you will need if you ever leave the house. While innovations are terrific, but basics should be at the heart of all smartphone designs, and Apple has done a great job for the most part.
If you already use an iPhone 5 or later, than you won’t need a new battery charger this time, the company has continued the lifespan of the newer lightning-cables. You also won’t have to learn too many new UIs or menus thanks to the pre-launch of iOS 8, which is basically only an improved version of iOS 7. So no new surprises there, no hurdles to overcome. The new iPhone 6 processor offers a 20% speed boost over the 5S models, meaning if you jumped from that model or an earlier model, you should notice much more efficient app-use and quicker launch times.
Even if you only move from the 5S to the 6 you should notice the difference in screen-size. You get more apps on your homescreen and you see more options in lists, like email or Tweets. As an avid reader, the larger screen was a welcome addition to my morning commute, adding a few extra lines per-page.
There is one major consideration I should mention to anyone that lusts after larger screens the way that I did, and that is hand-size. I have relatively thin and long fingers, but even I had some small issues navigating my iPhone 6 Plus with one hand at times, which was the very reason why Apple didn’t want to increase the screen-size past the average length of a consumer’s thumb.
To that end, Apple offers a few new features that made using the iPhone 6 Plus with one hand, a little easier. Simply tapping the home button now shifts from the top of the screen to the middle, that way everything remains in reach for anyone with smaller digits. The power button on the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus was also moved, to the right side, so that you can reach it without having to shift your grip, or use your other hand.
While other manufacturers are increasing the megapixels on the cameras, Apple is making them work harder. This is terrific, because in most cases you need clearer photos not gigantic photos. The Lumia 1520 from Microsoft offers a 20MP PureView Camera for example, which takes amazing pictures but file-size and data transfers can start to build up after a while. Since most of our pictures end up on Instagram or other social-media sites anyway, smartphones are usually more efficient when they aid you with software, rather than over-the-top hardware. In Apple’s case, the company has improved the lens and sensor of the iPhone 6 camera, adding an improved autofocus on the iPhone 6 that will allow you to take clearer images, faster than ever before.
If you want even more features added to your camera, look towards the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple has added new tech and software updates that make dramatic improvements to photographs over previous models. New optical image stabilization, improved sensors and other tech-upgrades help with nighttime and low-light events, and easy to use UIs make it one of the best camera options you can find on the market at the mid-range level.
Phone calls over a Wi-Fi network is currently only available on T-Mobile, but it will be coming to Verizon and AT&T in the future. The battery on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus isn’t as long-lasting as the 5S, so don’t think you will be leaving behind your charger. The larger screens and new features that the phone offers, quickly drained the battery during my testing. It wasn’t enough for me to dislike the phone, but not seeing an improvement was a step-back I though. I imagine third-party chargers like the Jackery phone chargers will be flying off the shelves over the next year.
Apple Pay is just a demo at this point, but I did find it to be wonderfully easy to use. Apple’s corporate connections and large market-share allow the company to make the improbable possible, and Apple Pay may be the digital solution that many of us have wanted over the years. Eventually iPhone 6 owners will be using the service at 220,000 U.S. stores starting in October, and almost every major bank in the United States is already onboard to assist customers in spending their money.
The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus offer the same sleek designs and easy to use OS that most iPhone customers enjoy already. With the launch of the phone and the Apple Pay system, the company continues to expand its global outreach to marketers and third party retailers, while promising to make iPhone users’ lives more efficient.
While many of the promises won’t be proven until later this year, the new phone offers more of what everyone loves about the iPhone, along with everything that was already working on Android and Microsoft’s platforms.