iPhone 6 and 6 Plus announced

Once upon a time, Apple used to announce one iPhone at a time. Since last year’s iPhone 5S and 5C launch, we’re now getting used to two. Today the latest generation of iPhones were revealed to the public, with an all-new design that’s bound to divide opinion.

The front and back of iPhone 6The standout feature compared with the iPhone 5 and 5S is the increased size. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7″ display with a resolution of 1334 x 750px, marketed as ‘Retina HD’. The iPhone 6 Plus has a huge 5.5″ 1920 x 1080px display. They are both LED-backlit IPS LCDs which should improve image quality in addition to increasing resolution.

The battery of the iPhone 6 has been increased to a huge 1810 mAh which is necessary to drive those extra pixels. It’ll be interesting to see if it provides longer life away from a charger, or whether the bigger display simply acts as a counterweight.

Aside from the physical changes, there’s been precious little to improve upon the iPhone 5 and 5S and make it a compelling upgrade for users of those devices. The rear facing camera is still 8MP, still records videos in 1080p, and it sticks out like a wart on the back. In the same vein, the plastic antenna at the back simply looks nasty.

Normally the latest iPhone generation can be proclaimed as the best¬†iPhones ever made – even when they’re a little boring –¬†but this time I’m not so sure. iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are indeed good iPhones, but the design of the rear just doesn’t match up to the standard of the beautiful black iPhone 5. No doubt it’ll be a commercial success, but it marks a departure from the attention to detail that Apple has stuck to rigidly in the past.