In 2007, the world was impacted, Apple introduced the iPhone and it quickly became a hit. According to ipod.about.com, “By June 2014 Apple sold a total of 500 million iPhones.” This past week, Apple began selling their newest products the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is expecting to sell over 10 million iPhones this weekend.
The hardware inside the new iPhones
As you’d expect, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus gets a performance upgrade. The new A8 processor is 25 percent faster, with a graphics chip that’s 50 percent faster. To put that in context, it’s 50 times as fast as the original iPhone.
Of course, you don’t want better performance at the expense of battery life, so the A8 is 50 percent more efficient than the A7 (as in the iPhone 5s) which means it can deliver higher performance for longer with basically the same battery capacity. As we’ve come to expect from Apple, the iPhone 6 battery life will last just as long as before, if not longer. This means 11 hours of video or Wi-Fi browsing, 50 hours of audio playback and 10 hours of 4G LTE or 3G browsing.
The A8 chip has a new co-processor the M8. It can tell when you’re bicycling, walking, and running. It can also estimate distance and can tell how many steps you’re running and how far you’ve gone. It can also work out elevation, so it rewards you for climbing stairs.
Also, the new iPhone 6 Plus boasts a retina display 1920×1080 which is the best display Apple has offered on an iPhone to this date.
The description of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on apple.com, “The iPhone 6 isn’t simply bigger — it’s better in every way. Larger, yet dramatically thinner. More powerful, but remarkably power efficient. With a smooth metal surface that seamlessly meets the new Retina HD display. It’s one continuous form where hardware and software function in perfect unison, creating a new generation of iPhone that’s better by any measure.”
I think it’ll be interesting to see how app developers take advantage of the improvements, especially in size. Mobile websites can have more nuance, apps can have more broad functionability, etc. As an altogether more powerful device, maybe other technology tools will be able to do more through it as well.
Great post Connor. Apple continues to revolutionize the concept of a “smartphone”. Undoubtedly the Iphone is exceedingly popular, due to the quality of the company. All in all, Apple didn’t let us down with the creation of the Iphone 6.
Personally, when I first heard that the iPhone 6 was going to be bigger, I was not a fan. I already have little hands and small pockets so there was no way that I was going to get the phone. However, recently a friend just got the 6 and let me see what it was like and it is so nice. Although it is still the size of my hand, there is still a possibility of the iPhone 6 in the future.
Very interesting. Personally, I think it is rather intriguing how fast technology is enhancing. I feel like every time I turn around, there is a newer and better version of an Apple product making its debut on the technological market. With all of these technological enhancements, it’s hard to keep up! Great post, Conner!