After Steve Jobs lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2011, many observers wondered if Apple could keep on innovating without his creative genius at the helm as Jobs was mostly responsible for Apple’s late 90’s resurgence. With the unveiling of Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone6, the Apple Watch, and the controversial new Apple Pay system, the media is hailing this year’s customary Apple product unveiling as one of the most innovative in the technology companies storied history. Still, with the much-publicized “Bendgate” fiasco and many deriding the newest smartphone as a “phablet” nightmare, a lot of attention has been drawn away from the substance of the devices and very few consumers actually know how Apple made the phone better from the last generation, if at all. In actuality, the iPhone6 and 6 Plus have some very pleasantly surprising advantages over the 5C or 5S aside from just a larger screen.
All true technology fans are obsessed with processing speed and this fact is not lost on the engineers at Apple. The 5 series used the A7 processor which contains over 1 billion individual transistors and clocks in at about 1.3 gHz of processing speed, while the new A8 in the 6 series has over 2 billion transistors and is has a GPU that is approximately 50% faster than the A7. All the while, the A8 is actually physically smaller than the A7 allowing Apple to trim quite a bit of width of the design allowing for Apple’s thinnest phone yet.
Following the successful unveiling of the ultra high-definition Retina screen technology on iPads and the iPhone4, Apple increased its resolution to 401 pixels per inch which allows the 6 to be the first Apple smartphone with 1080p HD capabilities. According to some reviewers, the 6 display is the best smartphone LCD screen available for consumers. It’s also significantly bigger as the 5S’s screen was 4.0 inches and the 6 and 6 Plus come in 4.7 and 5.5 inch varieties, respectively. Now if only it was unbreakable…
The 6 touts the thinnest design yet at 6.9mm for the 6 and 7.1mm for the 6 Plus, trumping the thick by comparison 7.6mm 5S. Apple shied away from the rounded edges when it released the fairly angular 4, but the iPhone 6 has returned to its roots and emulates the original iPhone’s curved edges. Apple has also officially dropped it’s black/white color scheme and instead opted for metallic shades and possibly the end of the once coveted pure white iPhone.
In a somewhat disappointing move, Apple has refused to up the Apple camera resolution from 8 megapixels and whatever the defense, from saving storage space to arguing that it’s the quality not the quantity, one can’t help but be disappointed. The camera supports complete HD filming however and the autofocus and flash have been significantly tweaked. Reviewers have confirmed that the new camera software and design is better, but it is not the overhaul that has been demanded by Apple users.