The iPhone 6 is here! After months of rumors, leaked photos and videos and vague tips that later proved to be incorrect, the phone recently in many parts of the world are available. We took him in hand and extensively in this iPhone we put our findings expanded by one. 6 review Does the new iPhone to the enormously high expectations and he finally offers some new under the sun? Read on to find out!
A new soc and faster wifi and LTE
Apple introduced the iPhone 6 already the second generation of its 64bit-soc, which as expected is called the A8. According to Apple, there is twice as much of soc transistors as its predecessor, 2 billion. This indicates that there is a lot added to the design, but the question is where those extra transistors are used for exactly. Apple claims namely a modest 25 per cent advances in computing power and a GPU up to 50 percent faster.
The extra processing power is probably due to higher clock speeds, while the GPU takes more probably that space consuming. The new image processor, which processes the information from the camera is integrated in the A8-soc and will also get some of the transistor budget consume valuable family.
An interesting claim about the A8-soc is that he does not throttlet. Where most socs over time become so hot that they can not keep their fixed maximum clock would never, ever occur in the A8, according to Apple. The advantages are obvious; apps always have the maximum processing power and a long game session should yield the same experience from beginning to end. This suggests that the processor cores in the A8 could be clocked higher but with throttling
One of the reasons that Apple can put twice as many transistors on and squeezes more performance out of the chip, but still claims to have a chip that is more economical than its predecessor, the production process. Instead of a 28nm process, Apple now uses a 20nm version, though chip manufacturer TSMC technique also ready. Presumably that of Samsung,
On the wireless front, the iPhone 6 supports two new techniques: 802.11ac, the latest and fastest Wi-variant, and lte cat4 with 4G speeds of up to 150Mbit / s. Whether the new iPhone also supports 4G , is currently completely unknown; to the speed it can be deduced that the LTE modem chip makes possible in a band of 20MHz. Then support include Qualcomm Gobi modems, which Apple often used for iPhones, no carrier aggregation at different frequencies, such as Vodafone and KPN currently at the rollout in the Netherlands under the name 4g . Certainty about all we have.
The iPhones do have support for Volte, a technique to make calls over 4g. They are thus the telecom providers, so at this point can you still do not use them.
Apple also mentioned a technique in which a call can be via a WiFi connection, inside a building, for example, and can be made to circle, without the user being aware of it. Then switched up Precisely how this is done and whether it only works with iPhones, it is not clear now.
Pay with nfc via Apple Pay
The two iPhone 6 models are the first Apple phones with NFC chip on board. And Apple does thus attempting to pay with the phone to make a success. To achieve this, it is a partnership with the major credit card companies: American Express, MasterCard and Visa, plus six banks. Users can link their credit and debit cards on the PBS app and then if they want to pay with a payment terminal that supports NFC, needs to be there. Against it only held the phone Using the Touch ID sensor in the home button then the payment can be approved. Apple makes use of a secure element in the phone to make sure that the payment details are securely stored.
The demonstrations that Apple did, looked very simple, but the system stands or falls naturally with the support of the stores. For the United States seems reasonable to sit properly. According to Apple, Apple Pay compatible with more than 200,000 existing terminals supporting contactless payments. The company also showed a long list of major American retailers who have pledged to support, including McDonalds, Bloomingdales, Starbucks and Walgreens. Apple Pay
More options and freedom in iOS 8
Where iOS 7 largely revolved around the introduction of a new visual style puts Apple in iOS eight more emphasis on new functionality. At first glance, therefore, the operating system has not changed much compared to its predecessor, but appearances are deceiving. In short, Apple has a good look at what the competition is doing, especially Android, and inspired by them. You could therefore say that things ‘stolen’, and that is sure to substantiate. For the end user makes the ‘why’ ultimately little difference, as long as it’s just a good nicked, “and he or she is therefore more the phone can do, or to run faster.
Apple has to start some parts of strictly controlled iOS open to developers. So they can now develop widgets for the notification center, whereas previously only widgets from Apple itself were shown itself. In addition, and that is a very big change, there is now support for multiple types of keyboards. Like the standard keyboard of iOS do not work fine, you can catch up with iOS eight alternative from the App Store. That is a remarkable step because Apple thereby admits that its software is not as appropriate for each user, and there are companies that better meet the needs of those users to comply. The companies behind Swiftkey and Swype, two popular keyboards for Android, have already announced that they will bring. Their keyboard for iOS 8 The standard keyboard of iOS is incidentally also updated and can now predict words.
The notifications are addressed, which are now partly interactive. That means you can react from the notification. Example directly to an incoming SMS It is also possible to delete an e-mail immediately or archive without having to open the mail. App We can well appreciate similar interactive notifications on Android and iOS they seem to improve workflow. People who intensively use their phones
Furthermore, there are many small changes. Such as the ability to give, to save energy, the interface in monochrome something that Samsung earlier this year introduced the Galaxy S5. Furthermore, you can now view a summary in which the battery usage is broken down by app, so you can better analyze what apps the battery is the most taxing.
Apple has in the development of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus looked closely at the Android competition. The larger screens, support for wifi and ac nfc, higher screen resolutions; we have seen it all before in the Android camp. Also, many of the new features of iOS eight, including support for alternative keyboards and the ability of apps to exchange data come familiar. The new iPhones so arouse the feeling that Apple wanted to catch up.
Is that bad? In our eyes, as long as it is all but well elaborated. And that seems to be so. The larger housings feel firm and fine at the phones are very fast, the screen nicely and thanks to the curved glass is swipe the sides – you inside iOS eight often enough to do – better than in previous iPhones. At a later date, we will of course go into the quality of the screens and cameras, but given Apple’s track record in this area we have no worries on that front.
The iPhone 6 is not a revolutionary phone, but it is at first sight a very complete phone. And thanks to the choice of multiple screen sizes, both of which are significantly larger than the old 4 “size, is one of the biggest criticisms of previous models to the past.