Did you hear? Apple announced the iPhone 6 today. Sure, this was old news even before the company sent out its cryptic, “Wish we could tell you more” invite and put a countdown timer on its website. Still, today was the first in-depth look at Apple’s new phone (aside from the Russian who broke the thing open). Most of the rumors proved to be true (two versions, both with bigger screens—4.7" and 5.5"), but there were still a few surprises, both good and bad.
5 Reasons We’re Psyched
The camera on the iPhone 6 is capable of shooting slow-motion video at 240 frames per second, an improvement over the 120 fps on the 5s. In Apple’s mind, that means you can film incredible double-dutch jump-roping videos.
2. Better selfies
Face it, we’re a bunch of narcissists. Now Apple has made it easier to be so. Burst Mode, which captures 10 pictures per second, comes to the front-facing camera on the iPhone 6, allowing you to pick the best shot. This will be a great feature for Kim Kardashian’s next selfie book.
3. Improved calling
Using the iPhone 6 as an actual telphonic devic is an afterthought for most people. But on the new device, you’ll be able to call people using your WiFI connection (which is stronger than most people’s cell reception). Then when you leave WiFi, the phone will seamlessly pass you over to the cellular network. This will only be available for T-Mobile at first though.
4. Gaming FTW
Despite the irony of having a demo by a company called Super Evil Megacorp (a phrase that folks who have negotiated with Apple might use to describe it), playing video games on the iPhone 6 looks pretty awesome. On the larger iPhone 6 Plus, the resolution will be higher than next-gen video game consoles, which is just an insane thing to say.
5. Apple Watch integration
Everyone knew that an Apple Watch was coming, and the wearable still managed to impress. The way that the iPhone 6 works with the watch, particularly when it comes to tracking health and fitness data, is a potential Fuelband/Fitbit/Jawbone Up killer.
4 Reasons We’re Not
1. No “Wow!” factor
Look at the reasons we’re excited. Do any of those make you want to camp out to get one? Yeah, it’s bigger and the screen is sick. But we knew that and the Samsung Galaxy has been in that bigger space for awhile already. Apple’s biggest challenge will forever be exceeding the enormous expectations created by the company’s legacy of innovative products. At first glance, it’s not clear that the iPhone 6 does that.
2. Not enough battery improvements
That Samsung Galaxy commercial where the iPhone users in the airport huddle around outlets to get their fix of that sweet, sweet electricity is spot on. The battery on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was positioned as being “as good or better” than the 5s. That doesn’t really cut it for most users. A battery that “blows away” the 5s? That would be worth getting excited for.
3. Too skinny
The quote goes, “You can never be too rich or too thin.” But in the iPhone 6’s case that may not be true. The iPhone 6 is 6.9 millimeters thick and the 6 Plus is 7.1. As the owner of man-hands, I’m concerned that the device will feel a little too flimsy/easy to bobble.
4. Apple Pay trustworthiness
It may sound petty, but I have a hard time trusting all my credit card and bank info to a company that couldn’t get the livestream of its keynote address sorted out, especially in light of recent iCloud security issues. Apple Pay looked great in the demo, there’s no denying that, but it’s still going to take a big leap of faith to get me to trust it working in real life.