The iPhone 6 is already the most successful Apple product to date, breaking pre-order records in under four hours. Needless to say, a lot of people are excited to get their hands on one. In fact, many people who still want one do not have them because Apple cannot keep up with the demand. Many people though, particularly die hard Android users, are sceptical. Will the iPhone 6 really revolutionise the market, or will it just be another attempt for Apple to keep up with the growing Android market?
Sleek New Look
You have to give Apple credit for sticking to their design choices, but even they have admitted that consumers want larger screens and they have kindly obliged. With the iPhone 6 (and 6 Plus), Apple has upped the screen real estate, moving from the tiny 4″ display to a much more spacious 4.7″ inch screen for the 6 and a 5.5″ display for the 6 Plus. Both models also have a unibody casing that makes the phones feel sleek and modern. The unibody design also makes the two phones look and feel similar to their iPad cousins that have the same design. The only drawback to this smooth design are the two plastic strips that run along the top and bottom of the devices. The strips look fine, and in no way take away from the look, but they are not flush with the aluminium body. Along with the plastic, the camera also stands out from the body. It looks fine, but it makes one weary of putting the phone down without damaging the camera. All in all, though, it is a very polished design. The iPhone 6 will fit comfortably in anyone’s hand and still feel like a premium phone.
The display for iPhone 6 is also impressive, as always. Apple has always made great displays, and the iPhone 6 is no different. The retina display has great colour contrast. Light colours are vivid and bright and dark colours are deep as they should be. The screen also does not show that much glare, which is something I absolutely love. You almost have to shine a light directly on the screen to get a noticeable glare. However, the display still does not match that of many Android devices. The iPhone 6 has the same high definition as its predecessor, the iPhone 5S. This is not necessarily a bad thing considering that it still looks great, but when the competition is putting out higher quality screens (such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 AMOLED screen or the LG G3 QHD display) it is hard to make that premium price point matter.
A Fine-Tuning Than An Overhaul
The iPhone 6 is faster and more efficient than the iPhone 5S, though only slightly so. While it is true that the CPU is faster and download speeds are quicker, that is really where the differences end. The A8 processor does improve speeds, but it is more of an upgrade than a giant leap forward. The A8 also conserves some battery life, but not nearly as much as Apple led us on to believe. In fact, the biggest difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5S are the increased Wi-Fi and LTE connections. Apple has made significant improvements that should increase connection speeds all around for the device.
The camera has also been improved, and is actually one of the major differences between the 6 and 6 Plus. Both have the same 8 MP camera (which was the same as the 5S) and both have increased auto focus, which will make taking clear pictures significantly easier. The 6 Plus, though, has optical image stabilisation that vastly improves the quality of pictures.
At this point, it’s a mixed bag. Apple hyped the iPhone 6 up to be a total revolution for cellular communication, and I think it falls short of that. But, on the other hand, they didn’t need to revolutionise everything. Apple revolutionised the market when they introduced the first iPhone to the market, and they have led it ever since. With the iPhone 6, you are getting the iOS that Apple has refined for years, and it is probably the smoothest and cleanest interface to date (something Android devices are still working on perfecting). In the end, the iPhone 6 isn’t a revolution, but it is keeping what Apple does best and bringing it up to date with a larger display and modern design. You shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken, and Apple is far from being broken.