Apple unveils iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus


Manufacturer takes wraps off 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, which are thinner than any previous iPhone and will go on sale on September 19

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus at its press conference currently taking place at the Flint Centre in Cupertino, California.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen with over one million pixels. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen with over two million pixels – 185 per cent more than the iPhone 5s. Both have Retina HD displays.

At 6.9mm and 7.1mm thick respectively, they are thinner than any previous iPhone that has been released.

Both devices are powered by Apple’s A8 processor, which the company said is 50 per cent more efficient than the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s and 5c. They also run iOS 8, which will begin rolling out to existing iPhone and iPad owners from September 17 as a free download.

They have an eight megapixel rear camera with blink and smile detection features, with the lens in the iPhone 6 able to move up and down and side-to-side. It is also capable of HD video and recording at 60fps, with slow motion in 120fps or 240fps, as well as including a new FaceTime HD camera for video calling, which caputes over 80 per cent more light than previous iPhone models.

Apple has for the first time included the ability for users to make contactless payments on the iPhone through Apple Pay.

To pay for items, users just touch their iPhone at a counter with a new chip, Secure Element, storing all information securely. Authentication is done through the user’s fingerprint on the touchscreen.

Apple Pay currently works with MasterCard, Visa and American Express at 220,000 merchant locations in the US. Users can add more cards on their iPhone by taking a picture of it with the Apple Pay app.

It will launch on both of the new iPhone models in the US next month, with UK availability yet to be confirmed.

Other features include Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which Apple says adds clearer sounding voice, as well as the ability to make calls over WiFi.

Both devices are available to pre-order from this Friday, and will be on sale in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico and Singapore from September 19. Apple is aiming to make the devices available in up to 115 countries by the end of the year.

In the UK, Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, EE, O2, Vodafone, Three and Virgin Media, as well as the Apple Online Store and Apple retail outlets will be selling them from launch.

Both are available in silver, grey and gold. The iPhone 6 costs £539 (16GB), £619 (64GB) and £699 (128GB), while the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at £619 (16GB), £699 (64GB) and £789 (128GB). All prices are SIM-free.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history. The iPhone is the most loved smartphone in the world with the highest customer satisfaction in the industry and we are making it much better in every way. Only Apple can combine the best hardware, software and services at this unprecedented level and we think customers are going to love it.”

Phones 4u chief marketing officer Scott Hooton said: “The iPhone is the most sought after smartphone at Phones 4u and today it has raised the benchmark again, with not one, but two innovative new handsets. The iPhone range has been exceptionally popular ever since its initial launch in 2007, and our exclusive research shows over half (54 per cent) of people are interested in the new iPhone models, which clearly demonstrates the continued popularity of Apple across the nation.

“The research also showed that people are torn between the two newly unveiled screen sizes – with 39 per cent preferring the 5.5inch model, followed closely by 36 per cent opting for the 4.7inch – so it’ll be interesting to see which one wins favour when they go on sale.”