It’s finally happening, Apple fans — the company’s huge late-summer 2014 event is officially underway. Months of leaks and rumors have led us here, where Apple will make all of its hotly anticipated announcements and put all of the rumors to bed. Expected highlights include a completely redesigned iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch display, an even bigger iPhone 6 Plus phablet, a wearable device that probably won’t be called “iWatch,” a new mobile payment platform and plenty more.
But unlike most events, Apple CEO Tim Cook started things off strong and jumped straight to the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Calling it “the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” Cook showed off the company’s new flagship iPhone 6, which features a brand new design and a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 6 Plus, a similar device with an even larger 5.5-inch screen.
The new phones feature next-generation Retina displays, which Apple says are improved in a number of key areas. The iPhone 6 sports 1334 x 750 pixels while the iPhone 6 Plus phablet features full 1080p HD resolution and a pixel density of 401 ppi.
Both phones are thinner than any previous iPhone. The iPhone 6 is 6.9 millimeters thick and the 6 Plus is just 7.1 millimeters thick.
The phones are indeed much larger than current iPhones, so there will be a special compatibility mode for current apps that haven’t been designed for the larger iPhone 6 and 6 Plus displays, and there are a number of software features that will make one-handed operation easier.
Both phones feature a 20nm APple A8 processor that is 25% smaller than the A7 but 13% faster.