Long Awaited Technology Announcement Delivered
Apple has confirmed fans of the iPhone are now just nine days away from the launch of the latest round of the smartphone, which for the first time will be available in two sizes. The tech giant’s recent event in California saw the unveiling of the new curve design iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, dubbed “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” by CEO Tim Cook. Continuing its pattern of increasing size, the iPhone 6 tops the previous iPhone 5s screen with a 4.7-inch display. Meanwhile the ‘phablet’ iPhone 6 Plus model carries a 5.5-inch screen, just 2.2-inches smaller than the latest iPad mini. The introduction of a more rigid “ion-strengthened glass” will be welcomed by current owners who have suffered smashed screens. Despite other visual updates, Apple have stuck with the three-colour options – gold, silver or space grey – rolled out as part of the iPhone 5s launch in 2013. Technical details comprise an A8 processor chip, retina HD display, 8-megapixel back and 1.2-megapixel front camera, fingerprint identity sensor, fingerprint-resistant coating, and new near-field communication (NFC) technology. Both will run the firm’s latest operating system iOS 8, but Cook confirmed owners of older models such as the 4s, 5s and 5c won’t be left out of the update. Other announcements included plans to fight for a slice of the wearable technology market with the launch of an Apple Watch in early 2015. The phone come fitness tracker, which will be available with various faces and straps, will go up against other planed products from the likes of HP and even Will.i.am. The iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus will be available to buy from Apple on 19th September. The price structure starts at £539 for the smaller model and £619 for the larger with a 16GB capacity. A new 128GB version sees costs reach up to £699 and £789.