Should you upgrade to the iPhone 6 or 6+? This week, Tech Talker rounds up all the feature updates you should know about before you commit to a new phone.
For many of us in the tech world, September means a new release of an iPhone! And that's exactly what happened at Apple's Keynote last week when CEO Tim Cook announced the iPhone 6, 6+, and the Apple Watch. If you're wondering what's new with the latest line of Apple products and whether they're right for you, you're in luck because that's exactly what I'll be covering this week.
Generally the releases come in a major and minor revision. For example, there has traditionally been an “S” version such as 3GS, 4S and 5S, which are minor version upgrades with speed increases a few new features.
This year, however, was a major version change from the 5s/5c to the iPhone 6 and 6+. The most obvious difference in looking at the 6 and 6+ are their sizes. The iPhone 6 screen is larger than the iPhone 5s by a whopping 0.7 inches, and the iPhone 6+ is 1.5 inches larger at a total of 5.5 inches. It may not sound like much, but when you look at a mockup of how large it actually is, it’s gigantic!
If you don’t believe me check out this link which has a printable size template of how large the phone actually is.
What I find especially crazy is that the iPhone 6+ has the same resolution as my computer monitor. It sports a 1920x1080 resolution screen in just 5.5 inches, which is full HD and extremely impressive. The 6 has a 1334x740 which is still impressive given its size. Even though the screens of this phone are higher resolution, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference since the screens pack the pixels in so tight it’s impossible to see them.
As expected, the new iPhones are both thinner than their predecessors. In my opinion, I would much rather have a thicker phone that had a larger battery than a few millimeters shaved off; however, Apple’s trend has always been towards thinner.
The iPhone 6 and 6+ boast better battery life and power management. The new A8 chip claims to be 25% faster, but 50% more energy efficient. The battery in both phones is bigger than that of their predecessors, which is to be expected given their huge screen size. But because the iPhone 6+ has a larger battery than the iPhone 6 does (to power its massive screen), it also has a slightly longer battery run time than the iPhone 6.
To put it into perspective, if you were watching a movie on your iPhone, the 5s would get 10 hours of video playback, the new iPhone 6 will get an advertised 11 hours of playback, and the iPhone 6+ will have about 14 hours of video playback.