In addition to the Apple Watch, the tech giant announced its latest generation smartphone, the iPhone 6 on Tuesday (Sept. 9) during its annual event in Cupertino, Calif.
As rumored, it will be available in two versions: the standard iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The standard is 4.7 inches tall, while the Plus comes in at 5.5 inches, giving it a larger screen boasting a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with 401 pixels per inch, full 1080p HD. Both feature a seamless design, where a ion-strengthened cover glass curves around the sides to meet an anodized aluminum enclosure, as well as a new Retina HD display. It’s also the thinnest iPhone to date.
The new iPhone is powered by the Apple-designed A8 chip, which allows the iPhone 6 Plus to play games in higher resolution than next generation consoles. Graphics are an incredible 84 times faster than the original iPhone and processor performance is 50 times faster than the original iPhone.
The camera is a lot better as well. The iPhone 6 has an 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture with an all-new sensor equipped with Focus Pixels, a technology previously found only in professional DSLR cameras. This allows the iPhone 6 focus faster and better, with next-generation local tone mapping, and advanced noise reduction. Optical image stabilization allows for use in low light or with shaky hands. In burst mode, iPhone 6 can take up to 10 photos per second.
Video has been upgraded too. It can can now capture slo-mo video at 120 fps or 240 fps, while boasting continuous autofocus, meaning focus changes are automatic and almost undetectable.
It will operate on iOS 8 (available Sept. 17.), featuring the option to add voice, video, and location to any message; a predictive keyboard that learns your conversation style; and a new Health app gives you a detailed look at your health and fitness data.
The iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 with a two-year contract. Both will come in gold, silver, and space gray. They release Sept. 19th in select countries with pre-orders starting Friday (Sept. 12).