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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bigger, Better and Faster, but Not Stronger: A Look at the New iPhone 6

It's that time again—the newest addition to the iPhone family is set to be released on September 19, 2014, reports Macworld. The iPhone 6 offers multiple new features, and the iPhone 6 Plus looks more like a small iPad than a smartphone. So, what's different about the new iPhone? Here are just a few new aspects:

Larger iPhone, Smoother Design

The main difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus is, of course, its size. The iPhone 6 is 4.7 inches, and the iPhone 6 Plus is a whopping 5.5 inches, states Apple's official website. To help you decide between the two sizes, Apple Insider offers a printable PDF size guide, or you can think of it as the love child of the original iPhone and the iPad.

Fortunately, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus' smooth and rounded design keeps them from looking clunky. At only 6.9 mm and 7.1 mm, these smartphones are thinner than ever, comments MacLife. To add to their sleek style, both versions are available in gold, silver and space grey.

Bigger, Better and Faster, but Not Stronger

Unfortunately, fans that were looking forward to a virtually indestructible smartphone will be disappointed. Although the two phones are bigger, they're not necessarily stronger. The flexible, scratch-proof sapphire display many were hoping for didn't happen, and they both continue to have Gorilla Glass displays like their predecessors.

According to Vox, the durable sapphire glass display instead will be used for the Apple Watch, Apple's new smart watch. High production cost was the main reason behind this decision. Also, experts speculate that since sapphire glass is less flexible than Gorilla Glass, it is more likely that an iPhone with sapphire glass would shatter if dropped.

No matter what type of glass is on your new iPhone, you don't want to take any chances of cracking the screen. Consider getting an extended warranty protection plan that will ensure you will be able to keep your phone looking new—at least until the next release.

The New Features of iOS 8

The iPhone 6 Plus might be bigger in size, but it doesn't differ from its smaller counterpart in greatness. Both come equipped with iOS 8 so you can do things you couldn't before. Some great features include:

  • Siri can control all of your Apple devices or connect your apps to each other.

  • Photographers will love the new Photos app because they can embed their filters and editing tools without leaving the app.

  • Socialites will rave over the new Messages app, which allows location sharing and voice-to-text conversations. Plus, the integrated keyboard is much better at auto complete, so you can stop worrying about sending a grossly inappropriate message to your boss, or worse, your mom.

  • Family Sharing is an easy way to share App Store purchases.

  • iCloud Drive allows you to work on any file, anywhere.

  • Continuity introduces seamless linking between all Apple products.

  • Where to Get the iPhone 6

    Getting your hands on the newest Apple tech requires plenty of patience, luck and perfect timing. Luckily, four popular mobile carriers are jumping on the iPhone 6 bandwagon straightaway, states Consumerist. These include:

    • Verizon: Offers a trade-in system for a 16GB iPhone 6. Users must agree to a two-year contract.

    • AT&T: Payment plan available for the iPhone 6 over the course of 12-24 months. Offers a $100 bill credit with the purchase of any iPhone.

    • Sprint: Introduced a $50 unlimited plan with the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Also, has the iPhone for Life program, which allows users to cut monthly installments and trade in their old iPhones for credit.

    • T-Mobile: Matches any trade-in offer of aforementioned providers. Users must pay full price for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in monthly installments. No contract necessary.

    • As for cost, the full price of a 16GB iPhone 6 is $649 while a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus is $749. So, are you ready to invest?

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