Apples new iPhone is here. Bigger. Faster. iOS8.
- 4.7 inch screen
- A8 proccessor
- Retina HD 1334 x 750 resolution
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available to purchase. I have picked up the iPhone 6 in the flavor of 64GB and Space Grey. Here are my impressions of my first few hours with the phone.
Pre-order and Setup:
For me, this process went smoothly. I live in Saskatchewan and the phone service provider I am with did a pre-order online. A few days before the phone came out, I received a text from them to confirm the model, color, and size I wanted. Yesterday they phoned me and told me that I didn’t have to line up early in the morning to make sure I got my iPhone. This is was great, as I could wait until I had a break at work to go down and get it. They also told me to backup my old iPhone the night before. I got there and they popped my SIM card in and gave me the phone to setup while they setup my new contract.
Setup was simple. Upon turning the iPhone on, I was asked to enter in my apple ID and password. It then asked me if I wanted to setup the phone from a previous backup. After I chose the backup I wanted to setup with, the iPhone took off and setup my entire phone the way it was setup on my iPhone 4S. It downloaded all my apps that I had on my iPhone 4S. The best part was they were even placed in the same folders they were in on the iPhone 4S. All the apps and folders where even in the same locations and on the same pages as they were before. The only other thing I had to do was sign back into apps (like Facebook).
I am coming from the iPhone 4S so the iPhone 6 is huge. My iPhone 4S has a 3.5 inch screen and the iPhone 6 has a 4.7 inch screen. I have gained 1.2 inches in this phone upgrade. It is slim enough and rounded enough to feel good in my hand. The only problem comes with operation. Even with my long fingers, I had trouble reaching the back icon on the top left of the screen (where the back button is for all iPhone apps) with one hand. I am going to have to get used to using this phone with two hands when navigating apps with that back icon. There is a reachability mode where you lightly double tap the home button and the icons move down the screen so they can be reached easier, but it feels easier just to use the iPhone with two hands. They moved the power/wake-up button to the upper right hand side of the phone. This was a good move on Apple’s part. If they had kept the button on the top of the phone it would have been awkward to use.
The phone is very slick. The screen glass is now rounded at the edges and meets the aluminium almost seamlessly. Everything is more rounded, and there is not a sharp edge on this phone. I think this is Apple’s best-looking iPhone to date. Unfortunately, though, since the phone is so thin, the camera lens protrudes from the back of the phone. It is at least two millimeters out of the phone and, since it’s on the back, the phone rocks a bit when placed on a flat surface. Apart from the lens issue, this is an amazingly designed case.
I will talk more on this when I get more time with the phone, but there is nothing too radical in the change from iOS 7 to iOS 8. Visually, it is the same. Also, in day-to-day operations, there is nothing different that I have found. There is now iCloud Drive. This lets you work on something on your phone and then finish working on it on another phone or you Mac (basically file sharing on your apple devices). That is great but it only works with iOS Yosemite on the Mac, and that does not come out until next month. My favorite thing, so far, is the inclusion of third party keyboards. I can now use Swype on my iPhone. It works great, but I cannot seem to be able to make it my default keyboard. It stays there for a few usages, but then will randomly switch back to the default iOS keyboard. Don’t know if this is Apple’s problem or the guys who created Swype. Another new addition is Apple Pay. This uses NFC to allow you to tap to pay with your iPhone. It will be coming in October.
So far, I am loving the new iPhone 6. Finally, Apple has made the right-sized phone and caught up with the competition on screen size. A full review of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 will be coming after I get a bit more time with it.
iPhone pictures from 9to5Mac.com