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6 Reasons To Buy The iPhone 6

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It’s here. All rumours can now be quashed and replaced with hard facts. The screen is larger. The design is thinner. The resolution is better. The power is greater. The connectivity is faster. The software is enormous.

So, as with the latest upgrade of all things, the changes that are made amount to improvements. But are these improvements really worth it? Does the iPhone 6 simply do all the things that your iPhone 5 already does, just a little bit larger, thinner, better, greater, faster and enormous-er?

The short answer is no – it does all of these things plus a lot more. The iPhone 6, crucially, is not just a slightly sleeker version of the iPhone 5, it is in fact a completely new handset. Sure, it can do everything that its predecessors could do – but a lot more besides.

So, without further ado, let’s do 6 for 6.

6 Reasons to Upgrade Your iPhone to an iPhone 6

1. The Display

Another rumour that can now be wholeheartedly confirmed is that there are indeed two sizes of the new handset available. The iPhone 6 measuring in with a 4.7” retina HD display (0.7” larger than the iPhone 5), and the iPhone 6 Plus, which sports a whopping 5.5” retina HD display.

The standard iPhone 6 boasts 1334×750 px, as compared to the iPhone 5S of 1136×640 px (representing a 37.61% higher resolution). And the Plus version comes in even better with 1920×1080 px.

Apple have really come through with the new Retina HD Displays. Making a move away from traditional methods of creating such things, the new iPhone now uses an advanced process of photo alignment, made possible by harnessing UV light to position the display’s liquid crystals precisely, so they always deliver a cleaner, crisper and sharper viewing experience than anything that an iPhone has been capable of before.

2. The iSight Camera

More photographs are taken with smartphones than with any other device. And now, with the iPhone 6’s new iSight camera, not only is it possible to take higher quality stills than ever before, users can now enjoy shooting truly remarkable HD video too.

An entirely new feature for the iSight is the f/2.2 aperture, allowing superfast autofocus, made possible by ‘Focus Pixels’, which also come into action when shooting video, making smooth filming possible even when moving around.

For supercool slow-motion and time-lapse video, the iPhone 6 can now shoot at 240fps (frames per second), which of course delivers supremely crisp and stunning results on that very special Retina HD display.

3. iOS 8

Apple’s new advanced operating system is fully optimised for the new iPhone 6. As well as some general improvements – the notifications centre, for instance, has been given a rather nifty overhaul, allowing the user to access more relevant information via a simple pull-down from the top of the device’s screen – there are some new capabilities and functions that are completely and utterly new. Your personal assistant Siri is now more useful than ever before – now with the ability to control your household devices, as well as being able to update your doctor on your general health and well-being.

Messages have been given an overhaul too, now allowing you to capture sounds in an instant and insert them into your conversations. You can even do the same with video, so that you can share what’s going on in front of you as quickly as if you were sending a text.

4. Security and Apple Pay

Breakthrough Touch ID technology makes the creation of the perfect password for your new iPhone 6 completely unbreakable – your fingerprint. Yes, this feature has been around since those iPhone 5 days of yore, but your fingerprint now grants you access to so much more and keeps your online purchases safe.

The overall usability of Touch ID has been vastly improved in the new model as well – notoriously temperamental as it was on the iPhone 5. Now with 360-degree readability, you don’t any longer have to touch the home button at a specific angle, just any way you can. Multiple fingerprints can now be enrolled also.

The phone also be includes the brand new digital wallet that is Apple Pay. A near field communication (NFC) antenna, combined with Touch ID, Passbook and a dedicated chip within the phone that stores encrypted payment information which Apple are calling the “Secure Element”, will replace the now outdated payment processes of chip and PIN and the like.

Apple Pay will store your credit card information, and then, by simply authenticating with Touch ID, you will be able to make purchases, both online and in-store with participating vendors, and the transaction will take place digitally and securely. In store, you will be able to hold your iPhone in front of a reader, and, by placing your finger over the sensor on your phone, you will confirm your identification via Touch ID. Online, you will simply select Apple Pay as your payment method and authenticate yourself with Touch ID. Very cool indeed.

5. A8 Processor

The old A7 processor of the iPhone 5 is now yesterday’s news. The iPhone 6’s A8 processor delivers 25% more CPU power and is 50% more power efficient than its predecessor.

Along with the A8 processor comes the M8 co-processor, with its superior ability to identify exactly what type of activity you’re doing, and, with the addition of a barometer, can now even track any changes to your elevation.

4G LTE support is included, as well as further support for 20 LTE bands, as compared to the iPhone 5S’s 13.

6. The Battery

Yes, this is the news that we’ve all been waiting for – can we finally relax about battery life? Well, even though there is a marked improvement on battery performance over the iPhone 5, you may still find yourself reaching for your charger before the day is out.

Having said that, the Mirror has highlighted some quite significant improvements.

Improving on the iPhone 5’s support of 40 hours of music playback, the iPhone 6 will get you 50. You will be able to view 11 hours of video as opposed to 10, and enjoy 11 hours of Wi-Fi browsing instead of just 10.

The iPhone 6 Plus fairs slightly better again, supporting 80 hours of music, 14 hours of video and 12 hours of Wi-Fi.

So it’s a bit better, but only a bit.

Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Ok, so you’ve got your 6 reasons for upgrading your iPhone 5 to a 6 – but what about Apple’s rivals? If you’ve got your heart set on a new phone, the only sensible action to take is of course to shop around a little before making the final decision to part with more than half a grand.

So, for fairness, let’s just make 6 quick comparisons of the iPhone 6 Plus (since this is the beast that falls into the ‘phablet’ category) and the newly announced GalNote 4.

  1. Display

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 5.5”, 401 ppi
  • GalNote 4 – 5.7”, 515 ppi
  1. Camera

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 8-megapixel, 1080p HD video
  • GalNote 4 – 16-megapixel, 4K video
  1. OS

  • iPhone 6 Plus – iOS 8
  • GalNote 4 – Android 4.4, TouchWiz
  1. Capacity

  • iPhone 6 Plus – 16GB, 64GB, 128GB
  • GalNote 4 – 32GB
  1. Processor

  • iPhone 6 Plus – A8 with M8 co-processor
  • GalNote 4 – 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 or 1.9GHz octa-core chipset
  1. Extras

  • iPhone 6 Plus – Apple Pay, Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
  • GalNote 4 – Heart-rate monitor, fingerprint scanner, stylus

So there you have it – the new iPhone 6 is available for pre-order from the 12th of September, or in store from 8am on the 19th September. Prices start at £539.

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John Waldron

John Waldron is a writer with markITwrite who regularly writes on lifestyle and technology. He is also a fiction writer who has penned a number of short stories, play scripts, and stories for children. He is the author of the foraging blog, First Time Foragers: Recipes and Stories for Beginners. He has a First-Class Honours Degree in English with Creative Writing and an MA in Professional Writing from University College Falmouth, Cornwall.

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