APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, 4.7in and 5.5in smartphones which debut the firm's new Retina HD display.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus match up almost perfectly to the host of leaked images which surfaced ahead of their unveiling. They feature a redesigned casing with curvier edges, and are thinner than last year's iPhone 5S, with the iPhone 6 measuring in at 6.9mm deep, and the iPhone 6 Plus at 7.1mm.
Inside their new casing, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays' debut Apple's upgraded Retina HD resolution. The iPhone 6's 4.7in screen boasts a 1334x750 326ppi screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5in 1920x1080 display.
Under the hood, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature Apple's new A8 processor, alongside the M8 co-processor and Barometer chip, which can count how many steps its user has climbed. While the specifics of the chip have not been revealed, Apple is promising 25 percent faster processing power, and up to 50 percent faster graphics.
The A8 chip offers an improvement in the battery life department, too. Improving on the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 6 will offer 14 hours of talk time, while the larger iPhone 6 Plus is promising 24 hours.
Unsurprisingly, both smartphones run Apple's iOS 8 operating system, which was unveiled at the firm's Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year. However, the firm spilled some more details on its upcoming software release, including a new lanscape mode for the iPhone 6 Plus, and a new one-handed mode called "reachability." iOS 8 will be available for all to download on 17 September.
Apple also introduced Apple Pay, which will allow users of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to use their handset for making contactless payments.
Advanced Wireless support is also included, meaning the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support 4G speeds of up to 150MBps, as well as 20 LTE bands, the most in any smartphone. WiFi calling has also been introduced, which means if you lose your signal, a call will automatically switch to a WiFi connection.
The iPhone 6 hasn't seen an ugrade in the megapixel department, but boasts an improved 8MP sensor with true-tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture and an optical image stabliser. There's also a new time lapse mode, and both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6L can record slow-mo video at 240fps.
The iPhone 6 will go on sale on 19 September in the UK, with pre-orders kicking off on 12 September. Pricing starts at £539 for the 16GB iPhone 6, to £699 for the newly-introduced 128GB model. iPhone 6 Plus pricing starts at £619 for the 16GB version, up to £789 for the 128GB model.
Check out our iPhone 6 release date, price and specs roundup. µ
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