Apple unveiled its two new phones on Tuesday – iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – and if this is any indication of the where the future of the company is going, they have boldly distanced itself from Steve Jobs with the new look and the name change.
In the past Apple has differentiated its new iPhones from previous versions with numbers and letters – now symbols. The iPhone 6 will sport a 4.7-inch screen and the iPhone 6 Plus a 5.5-inch display, and are the largest iPhones with new “Retina HD” screens; both phones will come in sizes of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.
The power buttons has moved from the top of the smartphone to the side, similar to most Android and Windows Phone smartphones with larger screens, making it easier to turn on and off with one hand.
Apple has also improved the camera, fitting the new iPhones with an eight-megapixel camera. The iPhone 6 Plus also has optical stabilisation for removing camera shake, especially in low light situations.
The phones are also thinner – 6.9mm for the iPhone 6 and 7.1mm for the iPhone 6 Plus – with all-metal backs and glass that curves around the edges of the phone, marking the biggest design changes since the introduction of the iPhone 4 (pictured below) in 2010.
Although, the new look of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are reminiscent of the original iPhone, which was introduced in 2007 (pictured below).
South Africa deals offering
Although South Africa is only expected to have the new iPhones around November 2014, the iStore is already offering a deal for early upgraders. If you have an iPhone 5s and you upgrade to the iPhone 6, you can expect R5 000 on a trade-in, the iStore said. That drops to R4 000 for the 5c or 5, R2 500 for the 4S, and R1 500 for the iPhone 4.
The devices, which will go on sale on 19 September.
Watch the full review of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus here: