Displays: Great Meets Greater
- Galaxy S6 – 5.1-inch QHD flat panel, 2560 x 1440 pixels, 577 pixels per inch (ppi), Super AMOLED display
- iPhone 6 – 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 ppi, LED-backlit IPS LCD
Internals: Let's Talk Performance
- Galaxy S6 – Samsung Exynos 7420 – CPU: Quad-core 2.1GHz and 1.5GHz CPUs; GPU: Mali-T760, 3GB RAM
- iPhone 6 – Apple A8 – CPU: Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone; GPU: PowerVR GX6450, 1GB RAM
Smile For The Camera: Camera Specs
- Galaxy S6 – 16 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens, OIS, autofocus, LED flash – 4k video recording. Front: 5 megapixel sensor, F1.9 lens
- iPhone 6 – 8 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, DIS, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 1080p video recording. Front: 1.2 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens
All About That Bass: Speaker ComparisonSounds come through loud and clear with both bottom facing speakers (however, they don't compare to the HTC front facing speakers). Don't expect too much in the bass department though. If you're all about that bass, there's a wide assortment of Bluetooth speakers for that. Everyone knows that the iPhone 6 will cost you a pretty penny, but did you know that (without contract) the Galaxy S6 is priced even higher:
- Galaxy S6: $699 (32GB), $799 (64GB) and $899 (128GB)
- iPhone 6: $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) and $849 (128GB)
STYLEThe new two-piece snap design simplifies case assembly and removal. When compared to the previous model, I found that the iPhone 6 version snaps into place easier than ever before. Resurgence is made up of a specially formulated polycarbonate to improve impact resistance and absorb energy from drops and bumps. The new design incorporates compact advanced circuitry, resulting in a smaller and slimmer fit. (And because it's from OtterBox, you know your device is well protected.)
FUNCTIONResurgence boasts 2,600 milliamp hours (mAh) of battery power, providing more than two-times the battery life of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 battery case utilizes auto-stop technology, which conveniently shuts off the case when the phone has reached full charge, saving extra battery for later. Resurgence supports both wired and wireless syncing without removing the case and includes a headphone jack extender. One of my favorite features of the OtterBox Resurgence case for the iPhone 6 is the redesigned silence/vibrate toggle. (If you're like me, then you've chipped countless nails just by silencing your phone. No more chipped nails with the extended on/off button.) For superior protection and functionality on the go, never run out of battery life again with the OtterBox Resurgence Power Case. The OtterBox Resurgence Series for iPhone 6 ($99.95) is available in black, glacier, cardinal, mint ice in select retail stores and online at OtterBox.com. How would you like to WIN your very own OtterBox Resurgence and Alpha Glass protection for your iPhone 6? We're giving away one Resurgence Power Case and Alpha Glass screen protecter to one lucky DivasandDorks.com reader! Enter below for your chance to win today!
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Your MacBook Is Calling
The update brings connectivity between desktop and mobile to a whole new level! With the update, you now have the ability to make and receive calls at your desk, and to get texts from your friends even if they’re not using Apple devices (its no longer limited to iMessage devices). With iOS 8.1 bring continuity to your network of devices and even turn your device into an instant hotspot (You can connect your iPad to the hotspot on your phone, if it's within range). (I wonder how this will affect new iPad wifi + cellular sales? I digress.)
The Camera Roll Is Back
Bringing the Camera Roll back does eliminate some confusion since it was replaced with the "Recently Added" folder instead. (You didn't notice that it disappeared? You obviously don't search for last year's selfies enough...) The iCloud Photo Library will let users save photos and videos to their account and sync with any device. (Beware - you know, celebrity nudes getting hacked and all.)
Perhaps the most hyped addition to iOS 8.1 is Apple Pay, which will let iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users tap their devices at retail checkout terminals to pay for items. The wallet service requires Apple's Touch ID fingerprint authentication and an iPhone with near field communication (NFC) technology, which is only featured on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Pay, Tap and Go!
How To Update To iOS 8.1
iOS 8.1 is available for your device as an over-the-air update, which you can find by going to Settings > General > Software Update; you can also plug your phone or tablet into your computer and update via iTunes. To use the new Continuity features with your Mac, you’ll have to download and install OS X 10.10 from the Mac App Store, for the free update.
Have you downloaded the new update yet? What are you looking forward to most? Desktop calling, easy access to your photos via the return of the Apple camera roll or Apple Pay?
Big Box StoresNow, on to other options: Retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Staples have a healthy supply of devices. Best Buy is among the more popular retail spots to pick up an iPhone, so in some cases, be prepared to wait on line for awhile too. Best Buy has a ticketing process to help the lines run smoothly, but it only offers one ticket for each customer, so if you want to upgrade your whole family, they will all need to be present. (Note: Apple lets each person in line buy two phones). Not all Best Buy stores were packed this morning, though. According to a Best Buy employee in a message posted to Reddit, the store was practically empty for the launch. The user didn't disclose the location, but included a picture of the "crowd." Walmart is another option that people might not consider for picking up an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, and the company is giving customers a nice incentive to choose them over others by discounting the devices. In addition to an iPhone 6 price cut (with a two-year Verizon, AT&T or Sprint contract), the iPhone 6 Plus is priced at $279 ($20 cheaper than what you'll find at the Apple store). But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers But some retailers only have iPhones for certain carriers. Staples on Friday, only Verizon iPhones were available for walk-in customers (they accepted pre-orders too). There's a rumor that AT&T delayed their iPhone shipments to the store, so so some stores only have Verizon devices right now. In addition to select retailers, you'll of course be able to find some at the carrier stores, too. Be choosy about which store location you go to — for example, the AT&T location in Union Square in New York City had a line halfway down the block before doors opened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. But uptown, a location on East 86th Street had just about 15 people queued up — which sure beats the hundreds of people waiting at the Apple Store just 30 blocks south. Meanwhile, the T-Mobile store (also in Union Square) had no line at all. Timing is key too — you might be holding off until the early Friday rush subsides, but just think how crazy it will get on Saturday when everyone who's busy working today will try to pick one up then. If you wait too long, supplies will sell out. Of course, if you're not in dire need of a new iPhone, you can get it shipped to you directly. Right now, estimations are about four weeks away for arrival. You might not have an iPhone in your hands by the end of the weekend, but at least you'll have your sanity. via
Two SizesApple today announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design. The new iPhones feature a precision unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms seamlessly with the shaped glass of the display, resulting in a completely smooth and continuous surface. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are engineered to be the thinnest ever, delivering a bigger display in a design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use.
A8 Faster ProcessingPacked with innovative new technologies, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger. Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive. Benefits for you: No more lag time waiting for messages to load or send.
Voice Calling Over WiFiThe new iPhones also support high-quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) as well as Wi-Fi calling. With support for up to 20 LTE wireless bands—more than any other smartphone in the world—the new models make it easier to experience high-speed networks around the world. Both iPhones also include 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0. Benefits for you: Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor.
iSight CameraThe iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80 percent more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video. Benefits for you: Sharper, enriched photos, better face recognition and clearer FaceTime chats.
Apple PayiPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, an easy way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps with just the touch of a finger. Users can pay securely and conveniently in stores by simply holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID; there is no need to unlock your iPhone or launch an app. With Apple Pay, you can also make one-touch purchases within apps, without having to enter credit card or shipping information. All payment information is kept private, encrypted and stored securely in the Secure Element, a chip inside the new iPhones. Benefits for you: Paying for food, services, tickets with the tap of your iPhone from such retailers as McDonald's, Macy's, Whole Foods, Disney World and more!
AvailabilityiPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12. Now that you know the details, which Apple device are you looking forward to getting your hands on first? The iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends will unveil Apple’s holiday gadget lineup. The event begins at 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT.
I'll be keeping you in the loop with live updates from the Apple Special Event in California today.
APPLE EVENT LIVE BLOG
iSight Camera - Improved features include 8MP iSight camera, 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture. And an all-new sensor. Voice Over LTE - Wi-Fi calling is a new feature for making high-quality calls when cell conditions are poor. Barometer - The iPhone 6 can judge distance and elevation, so you can get credit for flights of stairs in all those fitness apps Face Detection in photos Apple Pay - A groundbreaking NFC antenna. The security of Touch ID. The privacy of the Secure Element. And the convenience of Passbook. Availability Apple Watch
Full iPhone 6 and Apple Watch Posts Coming Soon...
Yet another patent indicates that Apple is cooking an intelligent Home Page that brings up the app you need for specific scenarios like when you need to show an electronic ticket in an airport or an e-coupon at a counter. The patent uses location-based signals and tracks user data patterns like calendars, emails, notes, etc. to predict when to bring up the app. Don't just take our word for it. Check out this insightful info graphic below for a quick history lesson in everything iPhone and discover which most wanted iPhone 6 features made the cut below.