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Apple has officially revealed the two new iPhone models from the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, the same place where they introduced the original Macintosh as well as the iMac. In a video preceding their presentation, they claimed “where others perceive first as valuable, you value the first thing that actually matters.” That’s Apple’s spin on “yeah, we’ve got some catching up to do.” It was Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that said that big phones wouldn’t sell, and then other companies started producing big phones and they sold like hotcakes.

Now we’ve got the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus because, yeah, big phones do sell.

The leaks regarding the size of the two iPhone models have been correct. The iPhone 6 will be 4.7 inches with a 1334 x 750 display and the iPhone 6 Plus will be 5.5 inches with a 1920 x 1080 display, both using Ion-strengthened glass. The phone is dark with curved edges, just like the leaks showed. The two phones are 6.8mm and 7.1mm thin, which is impressive given their size. I expected them to be a little bigger on account of the bigger battery needed for the larger phones. Despite the thin size, Apple claims that the batteries are improved and the iPhone 6 can last for 14 hours of 3G talk time while the iPhone 6 Plus, with its more capable battery, can power a whole 24 hours of talk time.

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The 6 Plus has 185% more pixels than the 5S. A lot of emphasis is being put on using the iPhone 6 Plus in landscape mode. Landscape mode can give you a 2-pane display and there are new keyboard keys for cut, copy, and paste. A new “reachability” feature lets you double-tap the home button to shift the whole display downwards in order to reveal the top buttons.

The power button has been moved to the side, which just makes sense on a larger phone. There are now 1.3 million apps in the store and those apps not designed specifically for the iPhone 6 look like they will scale up.

The new 64-bit Apple A8 is 13% smaller and 20% faster than the A7 and will result in 50% faster graphics. The phone will also have better sustained performance and should heat up less over prolonged use.

The new M8 coprocessor allows fitness apps to tell the difference between cycling and running (among other things).

The new iPhones support up to 20 LTE bands, which is more than any other smartphone and allows for more LTE roaming. They also support Voice over LTE and are working with carriers all over the world. Wi-Fi is 802.11ac and the phones feature Wi-Fi calling, which is supported by T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK.

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The 8MP camera uses true-tone flash, f/2.2 aperture, 1.5 micron pixels, and a next-gen iSight sensor that uses “focus pixels” to deliver an autofocus that is twice as fast as the last generation models. The iPhone 6 uses digital image stabilization while the iPhone 6 Plus uses optical image stabilization. They both shoot 1080p video at 30 or 60fps and slo-mo video at 120 or 240fps. When capturing video, the camera is continuously autofocusing for smooth footage. The front-facing camera can take “burst” selfies.

The phone will use NFC for Apple’s new mobile payment service. Payments made at supported terminals will be autheticated by the iPhone 6’s touchID sensor. The feature supports American Express, MasterCard, and Visa as well as the six largest banks in the US and will work at 22,000 retailers.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are launching with iOS 8. The phones come in gold, silver, and space grey. There will also be silicon and leather cases available in a variety of colors.

The iPhone 6 can be had at $199, $299, or $399 for the 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models. The iPhone 6 Plus will be $299, $399, and $499 for the same sizes. These prices are all with a two-year contract in the US and Canada of course. If you’re in Australia, you can read more about the iPhone 6 plans at iiNet.Pre-orders open on the 12th and the phones ship on the 19th. iOS 8 comes out on September 17th.

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