At long last, Apple introduced two new big screened iPhones alongside NFC for mobile payments, and the next generation A8 chip. Even with all of that, there’s quite a bit Apple didn’t give us in terms of their cutting edge new products. Here’s a rundown of five things that these new devices are missing.
Battery Life: It sure would have been great to get a boost in battery life. The iPhone 6 features meager increases in battery over the 5S, and while the 6 Plus has more substantial boosts, it’s nothing to write home about. Also, none of Apple’s estimates showed more legitimate battery details. For example, how long does the iPhone 6/Plus last when using NFC for payments, or when connected to the Apple Watch over Bluetooth. Better Camera:The iPhone 6 was supposed to include a much improved camera with a 12 megapixel sensor, and optical image stabilization. Instead, all we got was “Focus Pixels”, and OIS was limited to the big huge iPhone 6 Plus. Focus Pixels allow for much quicker, and intelligent auto focus, but we were hoping for more of a camera upgrade. Even if megapixels aren’t the determinant of a great camera, it appears as though Apple has been using the same 8MP lens for three iPhone generations.
32GB Of Storage: Going into the event, I was hoping that Apple would make 32GB as the entry level iPhone. Instead, they got rid of 32GB entirely in favor of 64GB as the mid-tier, and 128GB as the top tier. That’s all well, and good, but 16GB stays around at the entry level. One of the worst things Apple currently does is keep 16GB around on any of their devices, as it’s just not practical in 2014.
Higher Resolution Displays: Yes, the screens are bigger, but they’re not really that much sharper. In fact, the 4.7″ iPhone 6 comes with a resolution of 1334 x 750, which equates to 326 pixels per inch. The iPhone 4/4S had 326 ppi at 960 x 640 on a 3.5″ display, and the iPhone 5/5S had 326 ppi at 1136 x 640 on a 4″ display. The iPhone 6 screen is bigger, but still the same resolution. The iPhone 6 Plus has a bigger 5.5″ display coming in at full HD display of 1920 x 1080, creating 401 ppi. That’s better than the iPhone 6, and previous iPhones, but when the rumors peg 466 ppi, it’s a bit of a letdown, especially with higher resolution displays out there. Sapphire Crystal Display:
Apple has a new facility dedicated to Sapphire Crystal, and they have a deal in place with a company specializing in Sapphire Crystal. Despite that, and the rumors, the iPhone 6/Plus came without Sapphire Crystal displays. Instead we get the same glass, though Sapphire Crystal did come to the Apple Watch.
Bonus, Seamless Back:
We saw leaks of the back of the iPhones with huge antenna gaps, and we were just hoping they weren’t final. Well, they are, and it’s another generation of iPhones without a seamless back. These gaps are bigger than previous generations to fore-go the two tone materials, in favor of huge gaps. The gaps look even worse when trying to match the color of the back.
To further the point, the camera also protrudes from the back, like the iPod touch 5th generation. Now, there’s a ring extended from the back of your device for an unnecessary bump in favor of “thinness” across the rest of the device.