Apple follows the crowd with bigger phones
APPLE on Tuesday introduced two iPhones with larger screens which are significant upgrades for Apple's smartphone line-up.
In Singapore, they go on sale on Sept 19, and pre-orders start on Friday. Without a contract, the iPhone 6 starts from $988 and the iPhone 6 Plus from $1,148. SingTel, StarHub and M1 will also carry the new handsets.
The new iPhones cater to a growing appetite among consumers for bigger screens, and are a rare instance of Apple following market trends instead of creating them. Samsung, Apple's chief rival, has captured a major share of the smartphone market with large phones.
The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches diagonally respectively - the 5s and 5c are 4 inches.
Both have aluminium backs. Despite the larger screen sizes, they are thinner than past iPhones. The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick while the 6 Plus measures 7.1mm. The iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thick.
To deal with concerns that a bigger phone will make using the phone with one hand difficult, Apple created the feature Reachability. Double-tapping the home button slides the screen interface down, so that a user can reach over with his thumb to tap the top row of apps.
The new iPhones' processor is 25 per cent faster than the previous version. They have slightly better battery life than the previous one, and include new wireless capabilities to get faster Internet speeds from cellular networks.
They also support phone calls made over a Wi-Fi network and have an improved camera with a better sensor for quicker autofocus.