9. Faster 4G
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets both come with a Cat 4 LTE chip, which means the handsets support 150Mbps 4G speeds, a 50Mbps improvement compared with last year’s iPhone 5S.
That’s not the only improvement the new iPhones have seen in the 4G department. There’s now support for 20 LTE bands globally – three more than found on the iPhone 5S – which means users will be able to roam across more networks around the world.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also support voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and voice-over-WiFi support (VoWiFi), more of which below.
8. WiFi calling
V3 heard earlier this year from EE about its plans to introduce native WiFi calling from new devices that enable this capability. Step forward the new iPhones.
The capability will allow calls to be made on WiFi networks, and move across to data networks, which could be ideal for those in regions where network coverage is poor by letting them use their internet connection for calls instead.
Even those in offices in cities, though, may well benefit from this, as many indoor locations have far better WiFi connecitvity than they do mobile signal, which could help lessen the frustration of dropped calls.
VoLTE is also supported, which offers faster connections and better calls over 4G networks, in another boost for call quality and stability.
Another boost around WiFi is that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have support for the 802.11ac WiFi standard, which should offer the ability to handle speeds up to three times faster than previous models. Technically this can go as high as 433Mbps.
7. iOS 8
Both new phones will come running the iOS 8 operating system from the off, which should ensure optimised use for the new platform.
Apple iOS 8 has a raft of new features that should prove exciting, including HomeKit and HealthKit, to enable control of home appliances and health information, respectively.
OS X Continuity is perhaps the most notable new feature in iOS 8 as Apple continues to bridge the gap between iOS and Mac OS X. The feature allows users to move between apps and data on different Apple devices, and even answer calls on MacBook or iMac devices.
iOS 8 also brings with it support for third-party keyboards such as Swype, widgets in the Notification Center, and Apple's own QuickType word-prediction feature. Developers will also be able to access the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to use within their apps.
Other features on their way are aimed at the enterprise, including improved password security, S/MIME features and VIP threads. Apple will make iOS 8 available to download for other devices, from the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and above from 17 September.
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