After months of speculation, consumers finally got a look at the next generation of iPhones today. As expected, Apple has unveiled two different models of the smartphone. The iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and a higher resolution. Both models are described by Apple as having Retina HD displays.
In addition to the larger screen size, the new iPhones are also thinner than previous models. The iPhone 6 measures 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm. For comparison, the iPhone 5S had a width of 7.6mm.
On the hardware side, one rumor that turned out to be true is the repositioning of the power button. The button is now on the side rather than the top of the smartphone, allowing users to reach it while using the phone one-handed. Battery performance is equal or superior to the iPhone 5S in all areas, with Apple promising that the iPhone 6 Plus will be able to last up to 16 days on standby. The devices also feature a new A8 processor for faster performance with less lag and a M8 motion compressor to support apps that measure exercise.
It’s easy to forget these are phones, but they do make calls as well. Apple said that the new iPhones will support up to 20 LTE bands, more than any other smartphone, as well as Voice over LTE. The camera experience has also been improved, with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera in both devices.
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will ship on September 19, with preorders opening on September 12. The phones will come with iOS 8, which Apple also announced for release to other devices on September 17.