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 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.