After several months of fake leaks and fevered anticipation, the iPhone 6 is finally out. Rounder, thinner, and more dapper than its predecessors, the iPhone 6 has two versions: the standard 4.7-inch screened iPhone 6 and the larger, 5.5-inch screened iPhone 6 Plus. Both feature an all anodized aluminum case paired with ion-strengthened glass replacing the flat glass panels. The new flagship devices boast the latest iteration of high definition display with Retina HD, leading to a 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi on the standard iPhone 6 model and a 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi for the iPhone 6 Plus.
The devices run on A8 chips, using 64-bit architectures to maximize the new iOS 8. Meanwhile, the motion coprocessor M8 chip gets an upgrade and can now estimate distances and accelerations more accurately. The new devices also take better photos thanks to the 8-megapixel iSight camera that uses a phase detection technology to improve auto-focus. Finally, the new devices now support Near Field Communication (NFC) as a last ditch effort of the company to catch up on other brands. To one-up the competition, Apple developed an entire new payment platform called ApplePay with the NFC and Touch ID technologies.
With these whole new set of features and improvements, is the iPhone 6 still worth a look? While we’re impressed, one of the glaring weaknesses of the phone has always been its battery life, an aspect that might benefit from the more efficient A8 processor but otherwise overlooked in this newest iteration of the iPhone (the manufacturer stated that battery life is pretty much the same or slightly better than previous versions). Plus, with the recent iCloud leak, is it really a great idea to introduce a new payment platform? Your guess is as good as ours and Apple will probably explain the latest feature more in the coming months.