APPLE RELEASES PRICES OF IPHONE 6, IPHONE 6 PLUS

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Apple has finally released prices of the newly launched iphone 6 which is available in two models namely, the iphone 6 and iphone 6 plus.

The two handsets are very similar, except the iPhone 6 has a 4.7in display, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5in display.

The iphone 6 , 16 GB model is going at £619 (about MK355,201) while the iphone 6 plus, 64GB model is going at (about MK407,921).

This is cheaper than the iPhone 5S, which launched at £549 for the 16GB version. Considering the bigger screen and extra tech, a price drop is a welcome thing.

The iPhone 6 is available to buy right now although you might have to wait a while to get hold of one. People who pre-ordered a handset could pick it up on 19 September, but there’s likely to be a long wait while Apple replenishes stock.

The 4.7in screen, up from 4.3in on the iPhone 5S, has 38% more pixels than its predecessor with a resolution of 1,334×750. That’s short of the Full HD resolution we expected, but it’s still a very respectable 326PPI, the same pixel density as we saw on the iPhone 5S. Given that the iPhone 5S’ screen was sharp enough, adding more resolution wouldn’t have acheived anything. Apple claims that the new screen has better viewing angles, thanks to ‘dual domain’ pixels, and superior colour reproduction.

The camera remains at 8-megapixels, it seems that Apple isn’t convinced of the benefits of a higher-resolution sensor and we largely agree in principle. The big 1.5 micron pixels from the iPhone 5S make a return, so low-light photography should be good. The big addition is phase-detect autofocus, with dedicated focus sites built into the sensor, as you see on DSLR cameras, this should allow for far faster focus times. There’s an improved front-facing Facetime camera as well, with a new sensor and bigger aperture, for 81% more light than the previous model.

Inside is a new Apple A8 processor which has 2bn transistors, that’s twice as many as the old A7. Apple is claiming the new 20nm chip has 50% more graphics power than its predecessor, great news for gamers, plus it’s also 25% faster as a CPU, so the new iOS8 operating system should run very smoothly indeed. Amazingly, it’s also 50% more energy efficient – which should bode well for both battery life. Apple is claiming 10 hours of 3G or 4G browsing from the device, which sounds excellent.

The A8 includes a new image processor too, with hardware for faster face detection, better smile and blink detection when choosing the best shot from a burst. Video is also improved, with 1080p support at 60fps now and slow-motion video at up to 240fps, though the old 120fps setting is alsoo there if you prefer.

Other new features include a barometer sensor, so the new iPhone knows your elevation and can make better fitness tracking calculations. This should be especially popular with cyclists for whom effort and elevation go hand-in-hand, if only it could detect a strong headwind too and we’d be all sorted.

The new phone looks to support every LTE band imaginable, so you shouldn’t have any problems connecting to 4G services. There’s also support now for NFC now too, to support the new Apple Pay system, which you can read more about in our iOS8 coverage. It also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi so you’ll get faster connections with compatible routers.

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Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football. Email: info@faceofmalawi.com

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