IPHONE JOINS THE BIG BOYS
By: Qiniso Mbili
People around me know how disapproving I have been of Apple devices, especially the iPhone. My criticism of the iPhone stemmed from issues like steep pricing, the restrictive user interface and operating system and the lack of choice between devices since there was only one iPhone being released at a time.
The single biggest issue that some Android fans and Apple fans had in common against the iPhone was the small screen. IPhone fans have been praying to the Apple gods for a larger iPhone. Tim Cook has answered their prayers and designed a larger iPhone that comes in two versions, the iPhone 6 and a bigger iPhone 6 Plus.
After months of anticipation, speculation and leaks, the iPhone 6/Plus was unveiled at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino last week Wednesday. This iPhone will sport the new iOS8 which had me, for the first time ever, fall in love with an iPhone after reading up on its features and improved capabilities.
The iPhone 6 Plus is a history maker as it is Apple’s debut entry into the “phablet” world. Even the standard iPhone 6 is bigger than any other previous iPhone. After the release of the iPhone 6/Plus, one should not be surprised to see decreases in sales of rival manufacturers like Samsung, Sony and Nokia. Although, I would expect wise gadget enthusiasts to hang on for a while until Samsung releases it’s equally anticipated Galaxy Note 4 before buying the iPhone 6/Plus.
The specifications of the iPhone 6/ Plus are groundbreaking and are promising to slaughter rivals. According to Apple, the iPhone 6/ Plus will have a 16GB, 64GB and an unprecedented 128GB version. The team at Cupertino have developed a new chipset called the A8 in which the iPhone6/ Plus will run its new operating system, the iOS8. In charge of the smooth running of apps will be the same old 1.4GHz Dual Core processor that Apple has been using for quite some time now.
Radio lovers are still uncatered for as the iPhone will not have a radio. The smaller member of the iPhone 6 brotherhood will have a 4.7 inch Retina HD screen while the Plus will host a 5.5 inch screen of the same kind.
As innovative as the iPhone will be, a few things will remain the same. The body will still be aluminium which is one thing I have always thought to be iPhone’s strength. The rear camera will still be an 8 megapixel and the front-facing one remains unchanged at 1.2 megapixel. It will have 3 colour variants, silver, gold and space gray.
It was made available in the United States for pre-order last weekend. Judging by most previous iPhone release dates, South Africans can expect the iPhone 6/ Plus to arrive here late October or Early November.