Apple iphone 6 is bigger and better, but evens out against competitors


Amanda Hernandez, Staff Writer

Bigger, thinner, faster, stronger. iPhone 6 has been released and it’s better than ever. Caught up with the competition, the new iPhone has features that push it forward in the smart phone market.

On September 9, Apple released the iPhone 6, along with its even larger model the iPhone 6 Plus. These new phones have larger screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. It is also the thinnest iPhone to date. Improved screen resolution, camera, and network connection, LTE, also make the iPhone 6 better than previous iPhones.

iOS 8 is another big part of the iPhone 6 release. With the new software, built-in apps such as the camera, photos, and messaging have new features. With the camera, users can now record time-lapses in slow motion. Editing features have been improved for photos as well as the ability to find specific photos. Messaging now allows users to record video in the moment as well as add sound to their text. Third party keyboards are also now allowed, which allow users the opportunity to have a swipe-to-type keyboard.

The new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also come with apps already installed that users previously would have to purchase. These apps include iMovie, iTunes U, and GarageBand. Apple’s version of Microsoft Office, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, also come preinstalled.

The iPhone 6 does, however, have its competition, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 4 has a super AMOLED screen making it a higher definition than the iPhone 6 Plus’s 1080p screen. It also has a 16 megapixel rear-facing camera and 3.7 front-facing camera compared the iPhone 6 Plus’s 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.2 front-facing camera. The internal storage available, 16 GB, 32GB, and 64GB, are the same for both phones, except that the Samsung phone does have a micro SD slot unlike its Apple competitor.

Many of the students and staff felt that the new iPhone would be the same as the previous models. After the release of the new smart phone, opinions have slightly shifted.

As Alexis Ayala, senior, pointed out, “The iPhone 6 is great if you haven’t upgraded since the iPhone 4, but if you have the iPhone 5 or 5s it wouldn’t warrant an upgrade.”

For the daily use of the new phone, Vivian Boch, junior, felt that “…the [iPhone 6 Plus] wouldn’t be a good recommendation for students because it would be too hard to text with that big thing popping out.”

Because of the high prices Apple is known for, junior, Vanessa Morales, said that “white people go for the iPhone 6 because you know they rich and what not.”

Apple, however, has come out with an overall much more improved phone. It is thinner, has a better display, and has a faster connection and processor. But ultimately, as Apple has put it, the most obvious change, the new iPhone is “bigger than bigger”.