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Apple Announces Two New iPhones: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

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The next-generation smartphones were announced at Apple’s special media event earlier today.  The iPhone 6, which has a 4.7″ display, is the successor to the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 Plus, which has a 5.5″ display. These new phones have a plethora of new features and are completely redesigned.  Preorders start on Friday, September 12th so it’s your turn to decide if you want the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

iPhone 6 Plus (left) next to the iPhone 6 (right)

iPhone 6

  • Display: Retina HD, 4.7″ diagonally, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 138.1mm long by 67mm wide and 6.9mm thick, weight of 129 grams
  • Chip: A8 processor with 64-bit architecture, M8 co-processor
  • Camera: 8MP with True Tone flash, 1080 HD video recording and up to 240 fps Slo-mo video (rear camera), 1.2MP, 720p HD video recording (front camera)
  • Payments: Touch ID, Apple Pay, works with Apple Watch
  • Battery: same/slightly better battery life compared to iPhone 5s
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 802.11ac WiFi
  • Storage and Prices: 16GB for $199, 64GB for $299, 128GB for $399 (on contract)

 

iPhone 6 Plus

  • Display: Retina HD, 5.5″ diagonally, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi)
  • Dimensions: 158.1mm long by 77.8mm wide by 7.1mm thick, weight of 172 grams
  • Chip: same as iPhone 6
  • Camera: same as iPhone 6 and optical image stabilization
  • Payments: same as iPhone 6
  • Battery: significantly better battery life then iPhone 5s and iPhone 6
  • Connectivity: same as iPhone 6
  • Storage and Prices: 16GB for $299, 64GB for $399, 128GB for $499 (on contract)

As expected, Apple announced two new iPhones at their special media event today. We saw the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus, which was originally rumored to be called the “iPhone 6L” or “iPhone Air”.  The phones received many of the suggested improvements, like a higher-resolution display, more storage space (128GB), better battery life, relocated sleep/wake button and more. The camera unfortunately did not see changes in megapixels and the iPhone 6 Plus is a hundred dollars more then the iPhone 6, but all-in-all, the phones look pretty amazing. They look beautiful compared to the mockups.

Apple's iPhone lineup consists of the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Apple’s iPhone lineup consists of the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Apple has decided to retain the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s instead of killing them in favor of their new phones.  The iPhone 5c is available in 8GB only for free with any new two-year contract. The iPhone 5s is available in 16GB for $99 and 32GB for $149 with any new two-year contract.

iPhone 6 Won't Have Sapphire Display, Will Have Faster WiFi, A8 Processor, Better Touch ID

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We believe that we know what the iPhone 6 will look like and we have a good idea of the internal improvements.  VentureBeat came out with a new report that details what features we will see and which ones we won’t.  For the source of their information, they cited someone with knowledge of Apple’s plans.

Martin Hajek iPhone 6 - Aug 2014

The rumor mill has been back and forth about the material of the front panel for the next-generation iPhone. It was rumored that Apple would be going with Corning Gorilla Glass, like they have in previous iPhone generations. Then we heard that they would be using sapphire glass instead.  Another rumor came out suggesting only the 5.5″ iPhone 6 will be getting the sapphire glass.  VentureBeat reports that neither of the phones will be getting sapphire glass this time around, but they won’t be using Gorilla glass either.  The front panel will be made of a material harder than Gorilla glass, but softer then sapphire. Last month, Marques Brownlee made a video using Mohs scale of mineral hardness and determined that garnet and emery were able to scratch the front panel even though they are softer than the rumored sapphire display. If the panel was truly made of sapphire, these two minerals would not be able to scratch it.

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iPhone 6 to Feature 2,100 mAh Battery

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In July we saw leaked images of the batteries for the next-generation iPhones, however, Sung Chang Xu, an ESM-China electronics analyst, reports the batteries will be bigger than expected.  The battery from last month (pictured below) shows a battery with 1,810 mAh capacity.  Originally posted by G for Games, the analyst believes the battery’s final version will have a capacity of 2,100 mAh.

The battery for the 4.7" iPhone 6.

The battery for the 4.7″ iPhone 6.

The analyst cited inside sources as evidence for the report.  The iPhone 5s has a battery capacity of 1,560 mAh so a larger battery would be welcoming for the next-generation iPhone.  Although the suggested capacity is lower then competitors, Apple designs their own hardware and software for the phone (unlike their competitors).  They would be able to design a system that takes into effect the battery powered required and use it efficiently to provide better battery life.

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iPhone 6 Battery May Be 15% Larger

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iPhone users have been requesting a few different issues: larger screens, more customization and bigger batteries.  It seems like Apple will be changing the screen size to satisfy this demand and allow us more customization in iOS 8. The last issue, however, is caused by new updates draining batteries and the batteries being too small to allow for long-term use.  Samsung’s latest advertisement calls out this issue, calling iPhone users “wall huggers“.  According to Chinese IT168, which is a technology website, the iPhone 6 will only get a boost of 15% in terms of battery power.

The batteries appear to be larger than those of the iPhone 5s.

Leaked image of batteries for the iPhone 6.

In terms of specs, we expect that the 4.7″  iPhone 6 will have a 1,800 mAh battery and the 5.5″ iPhone 6 will have a 2,500 mAh one.  From the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s, we saw an 8% increase. The iPhone 5s to the 4.7″ iPhone 6 will see a 15% increase and the iPhone 5s to the 5.5″ iPhone 6 will see a 60% increase (AppleInsider).

Although a 60% increase sounds great right about now, the 5.5″ phone will have a larger display, possibly a higher-resolution and better specs so that battery life may be the same as other devices.  Apple may also design their A8 Processor to be more efficient and  increase the battery life on our devices.

Leaked Internal Components for iPhone 6 Confirm Some Rumors

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The iPhone 6 is expected to have a design different that past models, including a curved display, a larger screen and a relocated Sleep/Wake button.  On all of the mockups we have seen so far, the larger screen and relocated Sleep/Wake button have been confirmed.  Recently, it was pointed out that the mockups aren’t entirely true and are flawed when it comes to some of the device’s design.  New leaked internal components for the actual iPhone 6 confirm that the Sleep/Wake button will be relocated, likely to the right side like the mockups show.  The pictures showing the internal parts was originally picked up by Apple.club.tw when they were discovered on imgur.com.

This cable connects the volume and mute controls to the main board.

This cable connects the volume and mute controls to the main board.

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Rumors/News Round-Up: 8GB iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 Camera, Healthbook

9to5Mac mockup of Healthbook app
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Here are the top headlines that we saw this week in Apple news and rumors:

iPhone 5c 8GB and iPad 4 Released

This past week, Apple released an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c in countries were 4G LTE is still developing: Australia, China, Europe, etc.  Although this iPhone will likely not be available in the United States, it does come at a cheaper price that the 16GB in the countries where it is sold.  Apple also replaced the iPad 2 with the iPad 4.  This iPad was announced in October 2013 featuring the Lightning connector, Retina display, A6X processor and 5MP camera.  You can purchase the iPad 4 here for $399.

The iPad with Retina display.

The iPad with Retina display, credit: Apple Inc.


iPhone 6 to Keep 8MP Camera

AppleInsider released a report earlier this week, citing ‘people familiar with the matter’ as its sources, that the iPhone 6 will retain the 8MP sensor that was originally announced with the iPhone 4S.  Instead of competing with Android by increasing the camera’s megapixels, Apple will focus on improving the image quality and enhancing other components of the camera.  The iPhone 6 is also rumored to feature sensors that detect the weather.

iPhone 5 camera specs, credit: PetaPixel

iPhone 5 camera specs, credit: PetaPixel


 

 

Apple Considering Spotify Competitor for Android

Billboard released a report this week that Apple may be working on an on-demand streaming service, similar to Spotify, that would allow listeners to hear songs without purchasing them.  Apple might also create the app for Android users in addition to its iOS users. Although Steve Jobs said he would never bring iOS to Android, this is Tim Cook’s Apple and we may see it within the next couple of years.

iTunes Radio, credit: TUAW

iTunes Radio, credit: TUAW


Healthbook App Leaked

Earlier this week, a report by 9to5Mac revealed some leaked screenshots of the new Healthbook app on iOS 8.  It has a similar design to Passbook, with tabs for: blood work, heart rate, hydration, blood pressure, activity, nutrition and more.  Apple is expected to reveal iOS 8 at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June and release it in September alongside the iPhone 6.

Healthbook app icon

Healthbook app icon, credit: 9to5Mac

Check out this week’s Kickstarter project of the week: MagBak and MagStick.  These handy devices allow you to stick your iPad to any surface: furniture, wall, cabinets, etc.  It is great for FaceTime, watching movies and reading recipes as you cook.  Back this project now to get the MagBak for your iPad Air or iPad mini for $34.