Apple's latest phones tip up in two new screen sizes for the Cupertino based outfit, with a range of new features.
One of these sizes is a new venture for Apple, entering the phablet market for the very first time - with the Plus' 5.5-inch screen.
Is this, along with the 4.7-inch standard size for the Apple iPhone 6 great enough to warrant a switch away from your current phone? Watch the video to find out more.
Natasha Guyon - So, what have we got here today?
Rob Kerr - We have two new phones from Apple - the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The 6 has a 4.7 inch retina HD display. It’s a larger display than what you’ll find on the 5 series, that’s the 5S, 5C and 5. It’s not the biggest display we have here, that comes down to the Plus. The Apple iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch full high definition display, that’s full 1080p. And, that’s the same 1080p quality that you have on your TV at home.
NG - So the screen size is obviously bigger than the 5S. But it feels thinner, is that right?
RK - Both phones are thinner than the 5S.
NG - I couldn’t help notice that the power button is now on the side.
RK - It’s been relocated from the top to the side, which is something that Android phones commonly have.
NG - And the camera, I’ve noticed, is a little protruding isn’t it?
RK - It juts out slightly. Both phones still have the 8 megapixel iSight camera, only both of them have a new focus pixel sensor, which allows for quicker focusing when you’re taking a picture. And the 6 Plus has optical image stabilisation. So, when you’re recording a video in a jerky situation, the video should be captured nice and smooth.
NG - And what about the front facing camera?
RK - The FaceTime HD camera now allows 81% more light into a shot. So, it’s great for taking selfies in poor lighting conditions. The camera app can be launched right from the phone, the same as last time, and there are a few new features. There’s now a super slow motion 240 frames per second videoing. So it’s ideal for capturing the beating wings of a bird, or super slow motion sports games, in the same way as instant replays offer.
NG - So obviously these two look quite different size wise, but what are their similarities?
RK - Both have a new brain, a new CPU. There’s a new 64 bit processor called the A8. It’s very fast, and an upgrade from the last generation, but there’s also a new code processor. The code processor is called the M8. It’s used in conjunction with the fitness app. This time around, it also calculates and works out elevation - going up and down steps, or going up and down a hill, for example. You can use the fitness app for setting goals on burning more calories, or whatever you want to do with your life. You can also use it in conjunction with some of the fitness bands you get, and also, in the future, the Apple Watch.
There are some new features in iOS 8, such as the one hand deduce mode. If you double tap on the home key, it will reduce the screen size, which is ideal if you can’t reach the four corners comfortably.
NG - That’s great. Do both phones do that?
RK - Yes, both phones have that feature. It also works within apps. Open an app, double tap the home key, and it brings it down.
NG - Brilliant.
RK - Also, Apple has reworked some of the standard apps on the larger screen. An example is with email. As you can see, if you tap on an email, you can see the full contents of that email on the right side of the phone.
NG - That’s so much more user friendly isn’t it?
RK - It is.
NG - What about the battery life?
RK - It’s been slightly increased from the 5S. You now have four hours more talk time on the 6, and about the same 10 days standby. The 6 Plus has got the greatest boost. There’s now 24 hours talk time, and 16 days on standby.
NG - Wow, thanks Rob, that’s great. See you next time.
RK - See you next time.