Is Bigger Better? iPhone 6/6 Plus and IOS 8 Review


Haley Butina

Sean McGovern, avid iPhone fan.

Last weekend Apple released their newest iPhone models, the 6 and the 6 Plus.

Many avid Apple users are very eager to get their hands on the highly anticipated new models.

Both iPhones capture the eye with their chic, new design.

The new iPhones come in gold, silver, and space gray.

The most distinct difference of the two new iPhones is their size. Both phones are exceptionally larger. The iPhone 6’s screen is 4.7 inches diagonally across, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches.

Compared the the iPhone 5’s 4 inch display, there is an obvious difference for iPhone users transitioning from an old model to the new.

Both displays have beautiful Retina HD display.

Although the phones are substantially larger, they are both lighter in weight. The iPhone 6 measures in at 4.55 oz and the 6 Plus at 6.02 oz.

Unlike the previous models that had square corners, the 6 and 6 Plus has rounded corners, slightly resembling the iPods.

Both models are also significantly thinner. The iPhone 6 is 6.9 mm thick, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7 mm.

Compared to the 7.6 depth of the iPhone 5, these new models will feel thinner in user’s hands and pockets.

Additional features of the new phones include the Touch ID setting that allows users to unlock their phone and make purchases by scanning their fingerprint on the home button.

The new devices possess a 9-pixel iSight camera with Autofocus. Photos and videos taken on the new phones come out crisp and clear; with better resolution than the previous models.

Along with the new tech specs, the new devices come with IOS 8. The new operating system was released September 17.

IOS 8 comes with many new features, which affects the way that iPhone users will operate their phones on a day to day basis.

The photos and camera applications have gone through several updates.

Editing photos on IOS 8 is made easy. After a photo is taken, IOS 8 can automatically straighten horizons and provide the ideal crop.

IOS 8 also allows you to adjust and edit your photos more precisely. You can now fine-tune your photos light and color.

Messages has many new features included with IOS 8.

With IOS 8, when users double tap their home button to see the multitasking interface, the top reveals the faces of people recently contacted. This provides an easy shortcut to important people.

Users can now also silence, rename, remove themselves from, or add people to group chats.

Messages also now incorporate QuickType, or predictive texting. IOS 8 provides users with a smart keyboard that predicts words or phrases.

The keyboard will suggest words or phrases according to who the user is talking to, whether it be a co-worker, friend, or spouse.

The keyboard can also predict the next word based on the context of the conversation, and will eventually learn the way you communicate and predict frequently said phrases.

Typing may soon become a thing of the past.

IOS 8 comes with a new Health app.

The app gives users a quick and easy to read dashboard of their health and fitness.All your health data, such as heart rate, calories burned, cholesterol, and blood sugar, is all put into one place.

The Health app also allows you to create an emergency card accessible from your lock screen, that displays your allergies, conditions, blood type, and emergency contacts.

IOS 8 is automatically installed into the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it is also available for the 4S, 5, 5c and 5S.

However, like all previous iPhones, upon release there have been some complications to cause complaints among users.

The most popular problem that many users are facing is that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been bending in people’s pockets.

Due to the sheer size and thin bodies, the new devices have been bending after users have sat down with the phone in their rear pocket. The new phones seem to warp around  the volume buttons, which seems to be the weak point.

However, the screen does not crack when bent. There is only a slight bump felt when feeling the screen.

Another popular complaint is the overall size of the new devices. The phones are too large to fit in some people’s hands and pockets. It is difficult for users with small hands to wrap their thumbs around the screen to touch the top.

Although there are small complications, the new iPhones are remarkable devices.

With a new sleek design and an extraordinary new operating system, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are sure to be the “latest and greatest” from our friends at Apple.