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iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 plus

Yesterday in Cupertino, Apple officially announced the two newest additions to the iPhone family: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 plus. Essentially they are the same device in different form factors. (Please note: these two devices are not by any means the only things Apple announced at yesterday's keynote, but for the purpose of this post, let's focus on the new iPhones).

The smaller of the two, the iPhone 6, has a 4.7 inch Retina HD display, with a resolution of 1334 x 750 (326 ppi), while the iPhone 6 plus has a larger Retina HD display of 6.6 inches, and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi). The 6 plus has been facetiously nicknamed the "mini iPad mini," being a hybrid between smart phone and tablet (check out the article here discussing the "phablet's" practicality).

As predicted, these new iPhones are remarkably slim; the iPhone 6 coming in at 6.8mm thin, while the iPhone 6 plus measures 7.1mm thin. Of course, this is the thinnest, yet largest iPhone yet!

Both phones come installed with a 64-bit A8 chip, promising 25% faster CPU as well as 5% faster graphics. These phones also pack more LTE roaming and Wifi calls, with 20 LTE bands. The M8 processor can now measure distance and elevation using a barometer.

A feature that Tim Cook discussed at the keynote involves "new" orientation possibility for the device's homescreen. Though new as an option for iPhone, we have seen this landscape orientation implemented as an option on iPad's homescreen. It will be a nice "feature" for iPhone, especially for users with the 6.6 inch display on the iPhone 6 plus who want a more tablet-like experience.

Aesthetically, the new iPhone's design is not a personal favorite of mine. As shown below, Apple went with the leaked design with the stripes across the back and edges of the device. To me, this seems less streamlined than the previous design of the iPhone 5 and 5s, which surprises me that they went in that direction in terms of design.

Both iPhones come in three color choices: silver, space gray, and gold

Both iPhones come in three color choices: silver, space gray, and gold

Like the iPhone 5s and 5c, the new iPhones also have an 8mp iSight camera. The camera's new sensor allows for users to take panoramas up to 43 megapixels, which seems to be a fairly impressive size for a camera like this. iPhone 6 and 6 plus have the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30 fps and 60 fps with continuous autofocus. There is also slo-mo video functionality which shoots at 120 and 240 fps. The front facing camera now has ability to shoot in a burst mode (up to 10 photos/second), as well as single shot HDR and HDR video. (One thing that has been a bit controversial about this "new" camera is the fact that it is actually protruding out of the phone).

Apple also mentioned at the keynote that the 16gb iPhone 6 model starts at $199 with contract, while the 16gb iPhone 6 plus starts at $299 with contract. Preorders for both devices begin on September 9, and orders begin shipping out on September 12.

Are you impressed with the specs and design of these two new iPhones? Let me know your thoughts below and which device you are more interested in!

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