In accordance with the rumors swirling around, Apple launched its two new iPhones today, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Finally, they’ve jumped on the big screen fad with the phones sporting a 4.7″ and 5.5″ respectively. Apart from this, the feature improvements are subtle, it’s more about caring for the user’s ease of usability than going for bleeding edge features.
But before jumping on the iPhone bashing bandwagon, let’s be honest, it is a remarkable piece of artwork and magnificent engineering put together that works. It was created by giants and legends led by a visionary who wanted to show the world what they really needed, by making technology more ‘human’.
We don’t see ourselves as Apple fan-boys but we appreciate devices that does what it was designed to do best. This review is going to be about that, so you can make up your mind regarding if it works for you, or not.
First, the price point. We don’t really know for sure yet. But the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus are priced at USD 649 (Rs 39,500 approximately) and USD 749 (Rs 45,600 approximately), so you can expect it to be a little more than that when it launches in India on September 26th.
If you came looking for this review, I guess it’s more probable that it’s more about the question of whether you need it, than whether you can afford it. So does it live up to the expectations and still fit your life style?
The legendary design and build quality in this device is the result of an evolution that Apple has perfected over the years since the first iPhone was launched.
They are sculpted more like the iPad with (significantly) larger displays than the previous generations. The corners are rounded unlike the iPhone 5S. The rear of each device is smooth brushed anodized aluminum that curves softly into its glass front face. On the front, you’ve also got the familiar Touch ID home button, and to the sides are the pill shaped volume rockers seen in last years iPad.
The devices have also been adopted to a skinnier and comfortable design, although they’ve gotten bigger. However, the rather large screen might be a little pushing for everyone’s tastes, specially with the significant jump to a 5.5″ display on the 6L, would rather mean it’s not really a device everyone needs to keep. But that’s a matter of tastes, anyway.
The front glass is now an ion-strengthened glass, which is basically a chemical catalyzed heating procedure to strengthen up materials. We know that the Corning Gorilla glass, that’s mostly used by a lot of other devices today in the market, uses a proprietary formula to strengthen up glasses. So, in all probability the name of the technology is yet another gimmick to attract your focus to a different feature, but who cares as long as it endures your torture in general usage.
It also has a 1334×750 display, the 6 Plus comes with 1920×1080 pixels, with enough pixel density to keep everything crisp and nothing to complain, whatever reason you use it for. They’re calling it the Retina HD.
You’d probably love to hold it in your hands, with the precise attention to details it has covered every where, assuming you don’t care about the bumped up size.
Under the hood, Apple have introduced the new A8 processor with a promise to supercharge every app beyond what any previous device could. The chipset includes the accompanying M8 co-processor for an always on motion tracking, that helps keep count of steps you’ve taken everyday, along with stabilizing images and other health-tracking…..have introduced the new A8 processor with a promise to supercharge every app beyond what any previous device could. The chipset includes the accompanying M8 co-processor for an always on motion tracking, that helps keep count of steps you’ve taken everyday, along with stabilizing images and other health-trackingeveryday, along with stabilizing images and other health-tracking.everyday, along with stabilizing images and other health-tracking.
Apple brags that this chipset delivers 25% faster than the previous A7, with up to 50% boost in graphics intensive tasks.
The sensor array has been updated with a new barometer. We’re not sure how the apps will use this, but surely it’s opening up
The device now ships with an 8MP rear camera with a brand new sensor inside with a f/2.2 aperture. We’re unsure about the performance, but the specs surely indicate Apple taking the plunge into making low light photography better and with faster auto-focus, with less noise and greater details. We’d give it points for this as soon as we get to see that in action. The front camera is a little disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.disappointment.disappointment, we wish it was a 2MP, but anyways, we hope the 1.2MP would not be such a disaster after all.
Probably Apple is going after the leaders in smartphone photography with this one, with its “Good artists copy, great artists steal” philosophy, conquering one aspect it clearly did not ‘shine’ in. We hope it works out.
Also, If Apple holds up on promises, the battery on this new phone should deliver the phone with enough juice as the last generation. If that worked for you before, it should do now too.
The experience couldn’t be complete if Apple hadn’t taught the old dog some new tricks. The devices ship with iOS 8, which delivers horizontal split displays on certain apps so they can make more use of the larger real estate on the iPhone 6L, like messages and email. They’ve improved the keyboard, but we’re yet to see how convenient it is to type on the larger phone.
There are new swiping gestures in you in you
It’s a good thing that they probably did not try to fix what already works. We are always flabbergasted by the touch of simplicity to their OS, while preserving the precise balance of sophisticated aesthetics and stunning accessibility. Drastic changes to the interface that have evolved largely to anticipate the intuition of entire humanity and yet works like magic, should probably have been more of a calamity and chaos than anything useful.
Let’s face it, if you intend to get an Apple iPhone you probably can afford almost every other device in existence. We loved our pimped up ride, but will it work for you or would you really need to flaunt it? Considering the limitations in our psychic abilities, probably you need to answer that question yourself.
It doesn’t make you a superhero or transform itself so Michael Bay could use it in his next big movie, but it just works, like we want it to. Apple manages to precisely blend art and engineering and an ocean of human intellect and imagination, to give a box of glass and metal that hides boards of copper and plastic bolted together, an aura and soul of its own, so pristine that it raises emotions of almost the entire technologically aware human race and that is something beyond what money can buy.
Just for quirks, the iOS 8 should be available on previous generations too, so you have the option of picking one up, if you are not keen on draining your wallet.
People will forget minute details, kinks and shortcomings for something they’ve fallen to stay with, over time. But even moving on, what they wouldn’t forget is how it made them feel. We believe, this, precisely is what keeps the iPhone alive and ticking.
For the rest, we think you should decide for yourself if the juice is worth the squeeze before going for it.