At their event today Apple has made one very important announcement and that is the announcement of a brand new next-generation iPhone, the iPhone
The device has a rounded design, much like the leaks we have seen over the last few weeks, with a black, and gold model, and more importantly there will be two sizes of this iPhone, both of which will come with an Apple like curved design.
Around the front there’s a new glass design that will curve around the side, with an anodized aluminum backing.
Both will have 2 display sizes, alongside a new generation Retina display called Retina HD, the backlight has also been made thinner to accommodate the thinner design.
The iPhone 6 will be 4.7 inches and the iPhone 6S will be 5.5 inches. The iPhone 6 will also have a 1334 x 730 pixel resolution with a 326ppi, and the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with 401 ppi.
The iPhone 6 will also only be 6.9mm thin, and the iPhone 6 Plus will be 7.1mm thin, a huge decrease compared to the 7.6mm iPhone 5S.
Apple also said that apps will now fit to these screen sizes, shaping themselves perfectly to the display, with a new horizontal view for selected applications, of which Apple announced that there are now over 1.3 million in the app store.
Xcode has also been changed to make apps work with this new scale, allowing apps to take advantage of the new scaler software, and make their apps work similarly to how a desktop app would according to Apple.
Inside the new iPhone’s is an A8 chip with 2 billion transistors, that is said to be 25% faster. The GPU is also up to 50% faster, with up to 84X faster GPU performance.
A8 is also said to be 50% more energy-efficient than the A7 chip, and will support Apple’s new 64-bit system alongside Metal, the GPU layer that provides access to more resources.
On top of all of that they have also included a next generation version of their coprocessor called M8, which will be able to figure out elevation from air pressure using a sensor called the Barometer.
Alongside that, LTE has also been improved to 150Mbps, with 20 LTE bands and support for over 200 LTE carriers, and they have also included something called VoLTE, which makes voice calls clearer via LTA.
WiFi is also 3X faster than the previous gen with 802.11ac single, and there’s a new function that allows users to make calls over a WiFi connection.
The rear-facing camera has an 8MP sensor, with True Tone flash and a f/2.2 aperture, and an all new sensor. Apple state that the new sensor has a faster autofocus, with the ability to take up to 43 megapixel photos with Apple’s newA8 image signal processor that has been designed to get better photos.
The camera on the iPhone 6 will also have digital image stabilisation, whilst the 6 Plus will have optical image stabilisation.
Both cameras will also be able to record 1080p video at either 30 or 60 fps, with a slo-mo mode that can record at 120fps or 240 fps. There will also be a continuous autofocus feature available whilst recording, with HDR features too.
On the front there’s also a new FaceTime HD camera, that has a f/2.2 aperture, and can take photos with up to 81% more light according to Apple.
There’s also new improved face detect, with a Burst selfie mode. The sensor also does single shot HDR.
TouchID has also been updated to allow for purchases in iTunes, as well as allowing access to third-party apps, and of course, allow you to unlock your phone as usual.
All of this will also run on Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile OS, with some new features in selected apps just for the iPhone.
In the US the iPhone 6 will be available in Gold, silver and space grey, starting at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB, with new silicone cases available.
The iPhone 6 Plus will start at $299 for the 16GB, $399 for the 64GB and $499 for the 128GB with leather case options available alongside the silicone ones.
The iPhone 5S will be moved down in price, starting at $99, and so will the iPhone 5C, which will be available for free in the US.
Both of the phones will start shipping on September 19th.