The iPhone 6 is here

There has been a lot of rumors and hoopla surrounding Apple’s new update for the iPhone.  But let’s be clear; it’s all heresy until Apple actually chooses to speak on it.

The iPhone 6 – What we thought we knew

Every year when the new version of the iPhone comes out we are all so pinned up with tension and expectations from the rumor mill that inevitably starts literally the day after ANY Apple event that we don’t know what to do with ourselves.  We guess and assume.  We make extremely wild accusations based on some unnamed source out of Taiwan that is apparently close to a guy that knows a guy who’s best friend’s kid sister’s boyfriend works on the processor line at Foxconn.  It gets insane, and this year was no exception.

Well the time has finally come and we have the first images of the brand new iPhone, titled the iPhone6 “this isn’t as much of a shock to us as you might think ;)”.

The iPhone 6 – What it really is

Wow.  This thing is freaking beautiful.  Apple has a way of taking something that already exists, and really making it different without seemingly changing anything.  The new phone comes in several iterations; the biggest difference being screen size.  It is available in both a 4.7 inch model and a 5.5 inch model.  I’m a big guy, but I’m fairly certain I will be picking up the 4.7inch as that seems like it is quite enough for my phone.  Anything bigger, and I will simply turn to my iPad.  Here’s your first look at this beautiful phone.

The iPhone 6 – What are the specs?

Talk about a monster.  One thing about Apple products that non Apple users tend to not understand is that because of the efficiency and close knit control Apple possesses over everything from what goes into their products on the hardware side to the vast majority of the software running the damn things, they get far MORE punch out of LESS juice.  The new iPhone is no exception.  This thing is putting up beastly numbers as is, but what Apple is able to do with them is simply masterful.

But don’t take my word for it, here are the full specs;

  • iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750 with 326 pixels per inch. For a more than 720p Retina HD display.
  • iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with 401 pixels per inch. That’s full 1080p HD resolution.
  • iPhone 6 has over one million pixels. And iPhone 6 Plus has over two million pixels.
  • The A8 chip has up to 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics.
  • iPhone 6 is up to 50% more energy efficient, so you can have higher sustained performance.
  • The A8 is able to sustain performance-intensive tasks, like playing a game at higher frame rates.
  • The iPhone 6 Plus will play games in higher resolution than next generation consoles. Think about that for a minute.
  • iPhone 6 has a barometer that senses air pressure to measure relative elevation.
  • iPhone 6 supports over 200 LTE carriers around the world. Including all three in China.
  • VoLTE for iPhone 6 is supported by some of the world’s top carriers. And will continue grow
  • With 802.11ac, iPhone 6 Wi-Fi speeds are up to three times faster than iPhone 5s.
  • Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
  • Focus Pixels are a technology previously found only in professional DSLR cameras.
  • The iPhone 6 can judge distance and elevation, so you can get credit for flights of stairs in all those fitness apps
  • They determine focus direction and how far to move the lens.
  • Capture slo-mo video at 120 fps or 240 fps. And. That. Is. Really. Slow.
  • iPhone 6 has incredible advances in video. Starting with a new Apple-designed video encoder.
  • The predictive keyboard learns your conversation style and helps you answer accordingly.
  • Apple Pay combines seamlessly integrated hardware, software, and services in a way only Apple can.
  • A groundbreaking NFC antenna. The security of Touch ID. The privacy of the Secure Element. And the convenience of Passbook.
  • Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique number.
  • It generates a dynamic security code, replacing the static security code from the back of your card.
  • If you lose your iPhone, you won’t have to cancel cards. Simply use Find My iPhone to suspend payments just for that device.
  • Apple doesn’t know what you bought, where you bought it, or how much you paid for it.
  • Cashiers don’t see your name, your card number, or your security code.
  • Apple Pay will be accepted at Disney World and Disney stores.
  • Apple Pay works with the top bank issuers that handle 83% of the credit card purchase volume.
  • Apple Pay will be available in the U.S. in October 2014. And work is underway to take it worldwide in the near future.

The iPhone 6 – When can I get it?

The iPhone 6 will be available for mass consumption starting September 19th, 2014…basically a week from now.  It will come in three configurations