It was a big night for Apple and millions of the company’s devotees.
Last night at its special event held at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, the tech giant unveiled its long-rumored next-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which advances Apple in the world of big screens.
Standing before a numerous audience of attendees in Cupertino and thousands of those watching the event online, Apple CEO Tim Cook told the audience that the company had made its best smartphones yet.
“iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history,” said Cook.
“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.”
The new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus are a lot larger than previous iPhone models, but Apple claims that due to their svelte silhouette and masterful manufacturing, they won’t feel that much larger.
The iPhone 6 brings down thickness to 6.9-millimeters thin, while the iPhone 6 Plus drops to 7.1mm, down from 7.6mm for the iPhone 5s.
Apple is touting a “Retina HD Display” on both phones. The iPhone 6 Plus has a higher resolution of 1920×1080, leading to a pixel-density of 401 ppi (pixels per inch) that its brother iPhone 6, which has a 1334 x 750 display at 326 pixels-per-inch.
The bigger screens are assisted by a new graphics processing engine, which means that videos and games will play much faster and smoother on the iPhone 6 series phones than on previous iPhones.
The both devices will run iOS 8 out of the box and boast the new Apple A8 64-bit chip inside, which has 2 billion transistors and is also 13% smaller than its predecessor – the A7. Compared to the original iPhone, the iPhone 6 blazes along, 50 times faster and the integrated GPU is 84 times faster. Despite the gains in speed, Apple managed to architect a chip 50 percent more efficient than the A7.
The new smartphones also feature an advanced camera system with a new 8-megapixel sensor and a circular true tone flash. Apple also introduced “Focus Pixel” technology, which allows the lens to move in and out to better determine autofocus points.
The camera also features next-gen tone mapping and noise reduction. Apple also says the camera is complimented by a new gyroscope and image stabilization built into the A8 processor. Exclusive to the iPhone 6 Plus is an optical image stabilization system.
As for video capabilities, both devices shoot in 1080p at 30fps and 60fps, along with 240fps slo-mo video, which is up from 120fps on the iPhone 5s. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also received a new sensor with a f2.2 aperture that lets in 81% more light. Users can also shoot single-shot HDR photos and take HDR video, says MacRumors.
The company claims that the iPhone 6 gets 11 hours of video watching and Wi-Fi browsing, and 10 hours of LTE or 3G browsing. The iPhone 6 Plus gets 12 hours of Wi-Fi, LTE and 3G surfing.
The iPhone 6 is available in Gold, Silver and Space Gray, starting at $199 for a 16GB device to $399 for the 128 GB version with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299, $399 and $499 for the same storage sizes and in the same color range.
The big new phones will be available in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Japan and other areas Sept. 19, with pre-order beginning Sept. 12.