Apple announces new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with iOS 8

One year to the day from the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple has unveiled the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, running iOS 8.

Prices range from S$998 to S$1,448.

The 4.7” iPhone 6 with 1334 x 750 pixels alongside the larger 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus with 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The 4.7” iPhone 6 with 1334 x 750 pixels alongside the larger 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus with 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The two new iPhones come in thin unibody enclosure of anodised aluminium and feature Retina HD displays, A8 chip, improved cameras and Apple pay.

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space grey; while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space grey.

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space grey; while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space grey.

Both run on iOS 8 – a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive.

The 4.7” iPhone 6 has 1334 x 750 pixels which translates to 38 percent more viewing area than the iPhone 5s.

The larger 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which gives 88 percent more viewing area and nearly three times the pixels in the iPhone 5s.

For the first time, 128GB versions will be available., for both models. Prices below.

A8 chip

With second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, the new A8 chip offers faster performance and is more energy efficient, delivering higher sustained performance with great battery life.

Apple iPhone iPhone 6 Plus
16GB S$998 S$1,148
64GB S$1,148 S$1,288
128GB S$1,288 S$1,448
Leather Case S$64 S$68
Silicone Case S$48 S$58

With Metal, a new graphics technology in iOS 8, developers can take performance of the A8 chip even further to bring console-class 3D games to iPhone.

The A8 chip also includes a new, powerful Apple-designed image signal processor that enables advanced camera and video features.

M8 motion coprocessor

Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

Apple iPhone 6. Apple-designed leather cases come in black, soft pink, olive brown, midnight blue and red (for both models).

Apple iPhone 6. Apple-designed leather cases come in black, soft pink, olive brown, midnight blue and red (for both models).

The M8 motion coprocessor can continuously measure your motion data, even when the device is asleep, saving battery life for fitness apps that use the sensors all day.

With iOS 8, motion data from M8 appears in the Health

Developers can use CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M8 and HealthKit to create apps that help you take better care of your health and fitness.

iSight camera

The iSight camera gets a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Silicone cases are available in black, blue, pink, green, white and red (for both models).

Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Silicone cases are available in black, blue, pink, green, white and red (for both models).

iPhone 6 Plus features optical image stabilisation technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion.

High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilisation and time-lapse video.

The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.

Connectivity

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus promise faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps for browsing, downloading and streaming content from the Web.

Current model Revised price
iPhone 5s (16GB) S$848
iPhone 5s (32GB) S$918
iPhone 5c (8GB) S$588

The new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling.

Both phones support up to 20 LTE wireless bands around the world, and include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.

Apple Pay

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with the touch of a finger.

Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app.

With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information.

All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones.

Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US-only as a free update to iOS 8 this October.

Prices in US dollars below (with 2-year contracts)

Both models will be available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers.

Apple iPhone iPhone 6 Plus
16GB US$199 US$299
64GB US$299 US$399
128GB US$399 US$499
Leather Case S$45 S$49
Silicone Case S$35 S$39
Current model Revised price
iPhone 5s (16GB) US$99
iPhone 5s (32GB) US$149
iPhone 5c (8GB) FREE for qualified customers only.

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