Apple lovers alike are rejoicing over the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release on Tuesday, September 9.

Apple unveiled two new models, the new versions of the iPhone at their special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook described the new phones as “without a doubt the best iPhones we’ve ever done.”

Apple’s Senior Vice President of World Marketing Phil Schiller was present to talk about the new models.

One of the biggest changes to the phones is in the external design. The glass panel now wraps around the frame to meet the bezel, which according to Schiller “meets seamlessly.”

The back is made of anodized aluminum, with a stainless steel Apple logo embossed.

The new phones feature new displays called “Retina HD”. According to Apple, the screen uses better technology like ion-strengthened glass and an ultra thin backlight to give up to a 1080p resolution.

Screen sizes have gotten an increase as well, with the iPhone 6 screen measuring 4.7 inches and the iPhone 6 Plus measuring at 5.5 inches, compared to the previous iPhone 5s screen of 4 inches.

Despite the increase in screen sizes, the thickness of the newer models is reported to be thinner than previous models.

Inside the new phones is a brand new A8 processor, which according to Apple is 25% faster than the previous processor used in the iPhone 5s.

The fingerprint scanner from the iPhone 5 and 5s remains.

With the new hardware comes improved battery life of 11 hours for the iPhone 6 and 14 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus.

The camera of the new phones is 8 megapixels, the same as the earlier models, but is said to feature an improved sensor.

Also new is 802.11ac wifi support for nearly three times faster Internet speeds and an M8 coprocessor that allows for elevation and air pressure readings.

According to Apple the phones will be available in the United States and eight other countries on September 19. The iPhone 6 will start at $199 for the 16GB version, $299 for the 64GB version, and $399 for the 128GB version. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299.

Taylor Brown
Staff Writer

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