Apple’s two new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 will be released in the UK tomorrow, already receiving pre-orders in record numbers.
In just the first weekend, 4m people have placed orders for both models since 12th September, leading to mobile networks announcing their price plans, even offering the iPhones with no upfront cost. Both versions will have iOS installed, the latest mobile operating system, which was released yesterday.
iPhone 6 will come in gold, silver or space grey, and price begin at £539 for 16GB storage, £619 for 64GB and £699 for devices with 128GB
iPhone 6 Plus will have the same colours and storage options however, like the screen, the princes will be much bigger: £619 for 16GB, £699 for 64GB and £789 for 128GB
Three gives three plans-all of them on 24 month contracts with a £99 cost upfront for a 16GB iPhone 6. The monthly costs will depend on data allowance, starting at £38 a month.
EE’s upfront cost is the same at £99, with the monthly cost at £40.99, which includes 2GB of data on a 24 month contract. This is the recommend deal, but their cheapest is at £14.99 a month, with 500MB of data and £449.99 paid up front.
Vodafone’s 2 year deals will offer a free phone on a £53.50 monthly cost, including 6 months of Netflix, and 2 years of either Spotify Premium or Sky Sports Mobile. There are various options which depend on data allowance and upfront cost, but monthly costs will not go below £43.50.
Tesco Mobile’s deals will all offer a free iPhone 6 or 6 Plus with at least 3GB of data, which start at £41 per month
O2 gives a free phone for a 24 month contract with 20GB of data and free insurance for 6 months, all for £53 a month.
Both iphones will be much bigger than the Apple smartphones that have come before, with the iPhone 6 having a 4.7inch display and the iphone 6 plus being more closer to a phablet, with its 5.5in screen. The screen for the Iphone 6 will consist of 1,334 x 740 pixels, giving it a 326ppi resolution, making it the same as the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 6 Plus will have a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel screen, giving a resolution of 401ppi, described by Apple itself as Retina HD quality
The new iPhones will also be a lot slimmer, with the iPhone 6 being 6.6mm thick and the 6 Plus 7.1mm thick. The camera has been upgraded: Autofocus now operates at double the speed, Video now features optical image stabilisation, allowing the video to deal with involuntary handshaking while recording; and finally the Face Time HD camera has been improving, allowing you to take better selfies.
The battery for both new models will have either equal or better battery life than previous entries, according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. The iPhone 6 can support 50 hours of audio playback, ten hours more than the iPhone 5s, 11 hours of video and 11 hours of WiFi browsing, both 1 hour more than the 5s.
As for the iPhone 6 Plus, there will be 80 hours of music, 14 hours of video and 12 hours of WiFi browsing.
Although only out in the States, a new features has been implemented: Apple Pay, which allows the user to tie their credit or debit card to their iPhone and/or Apple Watch, so that payments can be made with a single tap. According to Apple themselves, the system is secure, with transactions being made directly between the buyer and the merchant. It is however, up to companies like Mastercard and Visa to adopt it.