Apple Moves Forward with the IPhone 6

Jared Van Vlake, Staff Writer

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The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the 8th generation of Apple’s immensely popular brand of touchscreen-based smartphones, and they are the successors to their predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both revised versions of their predecessors with the iPhone 6 being superior to the iPhone 5. The smartphones were both announced to the world during a media event at Apple’s special Cupertino headquarters on September 9, 2014. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus became available to preorder on September 19, 2014 and both phones will launch globally on September 26, 2014.

While both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are similar to their predecessors the iPhone 5, there are some differences between both smartphones. The iPhone 6 & 6 Plus boasts a brand new 64-bit Apple A8 processor made especially for the next generation of smartphones. The Apple A8 processor is built by Samsung and is accompanied by a brand new M8 motion co-processor, which is a dedicated processor for motion data. The Apple A8 is said to be twice as fast as the Apple A7 and boats twice the graphics power. The iPhone 6 also comes with a built in fingerprint sensor known as Touch ID, while the earlier iterations of iPhone 6 lacks this capability. Touch ID is once again carried over into iOS 8, and can be used to unlock phones, make purchases, and more. Touch ID is able to hold up to five fingerprints on one device, and is built into the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus home button.

The iPhone 6 series includes a number of major changes over its predecessor, including a streamlined design, models with larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, a faster processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE & Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for a near-field communications based mobile payments offspring.  The iPhone 6 Plus even features a larger and more straightforward design.

Despite their minor differences such a screen size, both smartphones are still very similar to one another and both ship with a brand new operating system known as, iOS 8. IOS 8 is integral to both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and it is Apple’s brand new mobile operating system. The user interface of iOS 8 is based on the concept of multi-touch gestures and direct manipulation, and improves and simplifies several features from iOS 8. The interface of iOS 8 is very similar to its predecessor iOS 7, but features translucency, new features, physics, and more. iOS 8 includes new features such as a new and improved Siri, new apps such as Health and Tips, a free internet radio service, and more.

Critical reception to both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has been positive with many reviewers citing them as the best smartphones available. David Progue of The New York Times praised the iPhone 6’s improved Touch ID, but said that the innovation of the smartphone market has been saturated, and “maybe the age of annual mega-leaps is over.” Carly Page of The Inquirer praised the iPhone 6 Plus saying, “With the refreshed look, revamped software and slightly cheaper price, it’s clear that the firm wants to bring a new audience to the iPhone.” While reviewers have praised the new line of iPhones for their new abilities, many are worried that the iPhone is a now a dull product due to their ever decreasing amount of new features for each generation. Either way, the iPhone brand is still immensely popular throughout the world, and it will continue to sell millions as the days go on.

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Apple Moves Forward with the IPhone 6