Apple has unveiled the latest iPhone in two different sizes, the iPhone 6 with a 4.7in screen and the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.7in screen. These are both larger than the traditional 4in screen size found on previous iPhones.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook unveiled the devices on Tuesday evening at an event in San Francisco. He claimed the new iPhones were the biggest advance in the iPhone since it was first introduced in 2007.
The phones will go on sale from 19 September with pricing starting from £539 for the iPhone 6 and £619 for the iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 has a depth of 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm. This is thinner than the previous iPhone 5S at 7.6mm.
Both will launch running the new iOS 8 operating system and are powered by a new A8 processor. Both also have a new M8 motion processor, which Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller touted had new capabilities to recognise elevation and motion.
Apple also claimed improved battery life for both models, claiming the iPhone 6 offered 11 hours of video watching and 11 hours of WiFi browsing. The iPhone 6 Plus has even larger battery life, at 12 hours of WiFi browsing.
The devices can also make WiFi calling that then seamlessly moves to the data network using voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. EE was mentioned by Schiller as one operator working with Apple on this technology.
The iPhone 6 Plus also has a new 'two-view' display capability so more information is presented from within key apps. For example the message app can display both the message thread and other messages alongside.
Cameras on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may leave some underwhelmed, though, with just an 8MP rear-facing iSight camera. This is far below other devices on the market, such as the Sony Xperia with a 20.7MP rear-facing camera, and Nokia’s Lumia 930 with a 20MP camera.
The devices also feature Apple Pay, an NFC-based payment system that allows users to pay for items in a raft of retail stores via their iPhone, removing the need for any credit card transactions. This can also be used online.
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