It’s fall again, and with fall comes a slew of new technology. The most controversial new technology of the fall is none other than Apple’s iPhone 6. Apple says they have put a lot of thought into the development of the newest iteration of their flagship device, and, in some places, it shows.
Whatever one may say about the innards of Apple’s devices, very few can deny their outer beauty. Apple really stepped up to the plate with this one, providing smooth edges and a unibody design that fits the design philosophy of the MacBook line: As few pieces and joints as possible. Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are quite thin and fairly light. The fingerprint sensor of the last generation makes its return, with no major changes made to it. The outer layer of the screen uses the incredibly durable Sapphire Crystal, which can bend rather far before breaking, and is almost impervious to drops. The bendable screen and aluminum structure of the phone, as well as the phone’s thinness, does lead to a problem of which many are aware. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bend.
IPhone 6 Dimensions: 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm)
IPhone 6 Plus Dimensions: 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 in (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 in)
While at first considered a cool feature by many, these phones are not designed to bend. Bending is extremely hard on the internal components, which are not meant to bend — unlike those of the LG Flex, for example. There have been thousands of reported cases to warranty companies such as Squaretrade in which iPhones were bending after being in pockets. Thus far, Apple has labeled these cases “isolated incidents,” and hasn’t given any hint that it may provide refunds or solutions to the problem, unlike when there were issues with the iPhone 4’s antenna.
It is now time to take a look at what some would say are the most important aspects of any new phone: Hardware. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both have specs that are, frankly, disappointing. Both contain a Dual-core 1.4 GHz processor and 1gb of RAM. While these numbers are certainly a step-up over older models, keep in mind that other flagship phones are running Quad-core processors with speeds of up to 2.6 GHz and included RAM of up to 3Gb. Moving on to the display, we continue to find underwhelming results. The iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels, falling far short of the full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution of other flagship phones, not to mention the 4k HD (3840 x 2160) display of the LG G3, another similarly sized and priced phone. The iPhone 6 Plus steps up the game a bit with a full HD display, but one must keep in mind that the Galaxy Note 4, the primary competitor of the iPhone 6 Plus, has a 4k HD display. In short, as far as the hardware goes, these new iPhones have really fallen short of being revolutionary — or even current.
Both cameras sport an 8MP, 3264 x 2448 resolution rear optical sensor that can film 1080p at 60 fps and 720p and 240 fps. These stats make it an excellent camera that keeps up well with those of competitors. There is also an included front-facing camera capable of filming at 720p and 30fps.
The new iPhones are stunningly beautiful devices, but are already having major issues. The hardware included will see performance increases over past iPhones, but still fall far behind that of other popular phones. My advice? If you really must get the 6 or 6 Plus, wait until Apple’s issues are solved before buying.