Emilie Windelin

The biggest difference between the two phones: The iPhone 6 has a bigger screen.

Emilie Windelin, Staff Reporter

As many of you know, the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was released on Sept.19. There were more than 10 million devices sold over the first weekend, which is a personal best for the company. But what is special about the new iPhone?

With the new iPhone 6, Apple has decided to follow the world tendency of using bigger screens and curvy edges. The sharp edges on the iPhone, that we have come to know, is now gone and replaced by a smoother model. The new iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, which is 0.7mm thinner that the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 is made of the same aluminum as the iPhone 5, and comes in the same colors which is gold, silver and space grey with either white or black front. As the iPhone 5S, the new 6 also has an 8 megapixels camera that can shoot HD videos/pictures on the spot. Besides that, the camera on the iPhone 6 also has a slow-motion feature, cinematic video stabilization, continuous autofocus video and much more.

Most importantly, Apple has gone above and beyond, to make the new screen/display as remarkable as they possibly could. The new iPhone 6 not only has a 4.7” (diagonal) HD Retina screen and ion strengthened glass, but also a much faster reaction time and “Dual-domain pixels” that gives a wider viewing angle. This means that the iPhone 6 has much deeper, clearer, higher definition colors, and also is much more unlikely to break than the iPhone 5. Another really big change is the new location for the ‘lock button.’ Due to the increased size of the new iPhone, apple has decided to put the ‘lock button’ on the side of the phone instead of on top.

Sophomore Mathew Vodak just recently bought the iPhone 6. “Since the phone is so big, it’s a real convenience to have the button on the side,” he said.

In addition to the iPhone 6, Apple also released the iPhone 6 Plus. With the iPhone 6 Plus, you get all the features from the iPhone 6, but on a 0.8 inch bigger screen. With its 5.5 inch (diagonal) screen, the iPhone 6 Plus outdoes the Samsung Galaxy 4 that only has a 5” screen. With both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, you can choose between 16, 64 or 128 GB storage. 128 GB storage is a huge amount compared to the previous iPhones. The iPhone 5S only went up to 32 GB, and previously the iPhones has had a maximum of 64 GB. With the iPhone 6/6 Plus, you can now get twice as much storage as the previous phones.

So far the most discussed flaw about the new iPhones is how it supposedly “bends.”  There have been a couple of complaints from people who, after having their iPhone in their pocket all day, have experienced a slight bend in their phone. So far Apple is not refunding for these flaws, and the repair is currently atroughly $380. That said, the iPhone 5 and 5s also had some complaints about those devices “bending,” so this is not an entirely new issue.

The iPhone 6 currently costs from $199 or $649 depending on the amount of storage, and whether or not you buy it with a contract. If you choose the iPhone 6 Plus, you must expect to pay a little extra. The 6 Plus is currently from $299 or $749, also depending on the amount of storage and whether or not you buy it with a contract.

TYPE iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 5S
DESIGN Curved aluminum Curved aluminum Straight aluminum
6.9mm thick 7.1mm thick 7.6mm thick
SCREEN 4.7 inch screen 5.5 inch screen 4 inch screen
Retina HD screen Retina HD
Ion strengthened glass Ion strengthened glass
STORAGE 16/64/128 GB 16/64/128 GB 16/32 GB
BATTERY 11 hrs. browsing/video 11 hrs. browsing/video 10 hrs. browsing/video
PRICE From $199 depending on carrier or $649 sim-free From $299 depending on carrier or $749 sim-free From $99 depending on carrier or $549 sim-free
MAXIMUM PAYMENT Contact free, 128 GB$849 Contact free, 128 GB$949 Sim-free, 32 GB$599
COLOR Gold/silver/space grey Gold/silver/space grey Gold/silver/space grey
CAMERA 8 megapixels 8 megapixels 8 megapixels