Apple CEO Tim Cook roared onto the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino on Tuesday morning, wasting not a moment by jumping right into the announcement of the long-awaited, highly anticipated iPhone 6.
Breaking from typical keynote tradition, Apple CEO Tim Cook leapt right from a short inspirational video and onto the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which live up to recent rumors and leaks. Apple's Phil Schiller took the stage to tell us more about them.
With a 4.7-inch display, the iPhone 6 introduces the Retina Display HD packed into a 6.9mm thin frame, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is only slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Both devices feature sRGB-accurate, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystal displays with ultra thin backlight, ion-strengthened glass, and an improved polarizer.
For the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has introduced a double-paned landscape view; users can double-touch the Touch ID-enabled home button to switch the view back and forth. Schiller explained that this technique allows for easier use of the larger display with one hand.
So what about the 1.3 million apps already in the App Store? According to Apple, they'll all work just fine, using a desktop-class scaler that takes advantage of the different iOS device screen sizes. "They just work," Schiller said of legacy apps.
The iPhone 6 introduces a next-generation A8 chip that retains the previous 64-bit support of its predecessor, while taking up 13 percent less space. The A8 offers 25 percent faster performance, and Schiller claimed the processor is 50 times faster than the original iPhone released in 2007.
Speaking of performance, Schiller boasted that the iPhone 6 matches or exceeds battery life from the iPhone 5S, with a whopping 80 hours of audio playback on the iPhone 6 Plus.