Give it to Apple
for continuing to remain the company whose product launches are nothing short of a world event. As with its predecessors, millions tuned in to watch Apple CEO Tim Cook reveal the latest iPhone models- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
, last month.
Cook called the products “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone.” A verdict on that statement will be delivered in the future. But, are these better than the previous 5C and 5S which were nothing more than stop gaps in the way of a full-blown new iPhone model? Yes.
The iPhone 6 is the more pocket-friendly of the two, both in terms of size and affordability.
Apple has traditionally stuck with iPhone screen sizes near the 4-inch mark, but the iPhone 6 breaks the mold with a 4.7-inch display. iPhones have always boasted phenomenal displays, both in terms of brightness and color quality. The trend continues with the iPhone 6, which sports a Retina HD screen with a resolution of 1344x750 pixels which equates to screen density of 326PPI. Design-wise too, the iPhone 6 is distinguishable from earlier iPhones. At a third of an inch thick, and at a feather-light 128 grams, the iPhone 6 is a delight to hold. Its curved design and the metal back give it a nice, solid feel. The Touch ID home button remains at the bottom, and works the same as on the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 6 ships with Apples latest iOS 8 pre-installed, with new deeper focus on extended functions like third-party keyboards, plug-ins, expanded notifications, and a new Health app, among others. Powered by a spanking new A8 processor, the iPhone 6 boasts a 25 per cent boost in speed and 50 per cent graphics boost over the iPhone 5S, which is ably backed up by 1GB of RAM. On-board storage has always been a source of discontent in past iPhones, but while there is still no expandable memory slot, Apple has bumped up maximum storage to 128GB.
The megapixel count on both front and rear cameras remains the same as on the iPhone 5S (8 on the back, 1.2 on the front). A new ‘Auto Focus’ feature on camera allows for quicker and clearer snaps, and is especially useful for videos.
The App Store experience that Apple offers is still unrivalled in terms of the quality and quantity of applications, which the iPhone 6 takes full advantage of. The trade-off of a thinner, lighter phone is of course a smaller battery, which means if you are buying this phone, you might as well get a portable charger too.
Yantrick’s Verdict: At Rs 95,000 for the base 16GB model, iPhone 6 is definitely not cheap. But if you are an Apple-maniac, you probably wouldn’t mind buring a deep hole in your pocket.