Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusAfter a seemingly endless onslaught of rumors, hearsay and leaks, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last week. This newest generation of iPhone represents some major changes for Apple, particularly when it comes to the size of the devices. But it’s not just about the industrial design of these newest smartphones, as Apple has worked to include a number of new technologies in there too.

Detractors and critics will say that the new iPhone 6 barely competes with the two-year-old Google Nexus 4 on a spec-for-spec basis, but Apple has never aspired to compete on the spec sheet. Instead, the Cupertino-based company is about providing the best user experience possible and several of the new iPhone 6 features are aimed at providing exactly that.

Bigger Retina HD Display

While last year’s iPhone 5s only had a 4.0-inch display with a 640 x 1136 pixel resolution, many Android smartphones had grown to five inches and beyond, some even starting to boast HD resolutions beyond 1080p. With the iPhone 6, Apple has upgraded to a 4.7-inch 750 x 1334 pixel display, while the larger iPhone 6 Plus gets a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 pixel display. Both of these are being referred to as Retina HD and their larger size, coupled with the increased pixel count, will provide you with more real estate to read websites, view pictures, and get work done.

Landscape View on iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6 Plus Calendar Landscape View

iPhone 6 Plus Calendar Landscape View

For the most part, the iPhone family of devices has always been designed for use in portrait mode, as this is the most natural way for a person to hold a cellphone. However, this has some inherent limitations in how the information can be laid out. With the iPhone 6 Plus, users can now take advantage of a landscape view in several native apps, like calendar and messaging, for improved productivity. For example, you can easily view both your month and your current day’s appointments at the same time. The paned layouts are similar to what you may have already experienced on an iPad.

More and Faster LTE

If you’re tired of waiting for webpages to load or waiting for that file to download from iCloud, then you’ll be happy to hear that the new iPhone 6 has faster LTE download speeds than ever, boosting as high as 150Mbps. That’ll depend on your carrier and coverage, of course. To help with providing a more reliable connection, Apple has also included support for up to 20 LTE bands, the most of any smartphone. The iPhone 6 also supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE), so you can take advantage of simultaneous voice and LTE data.

Apple Pay

Just Tap to Pay with Apple Pay

Just Tap to Pay with Apple Pay

I dream of the day when I can leave my house without having to worry about carrying my keys or my wallet. I want my smartphone to replace everything and Apple Pay is working toward that day. Now that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include NFC, Apple has integrated tap-based payments that integrate with the Passbook app and Touch ID for authentication. You can use the credit card in your iTunes account or add a new card using the iSight camera. It’s all safe, secure and convenient.

Improved Battery Life

It doesn’t matter how great the features are if your cell phone is out of juice. There are a number of battery management apps that can help extend that life, but it starts by having a bigger battery under the hood and a more efficient design. It’s said that the iPhone 6 has a 1810mAh battery, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 2915mAh unit. What this means is up to 10 or 12 hours of LTE browsing, respectively, and up to 50 or 80 hours of audio, respectively.

QuickType Keyboard

The Fastest and Smartest iPhone Keyboard Ever

The Fastest and Smartest iPhone Keyboard Ever

Along with all the hardware changes on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple is also releasing iOS 8 with a slew of new features too. One of these is QuickType, which Apple calls “our smartest keyboard ever.” Perfect for all those messaging apps, QuickType will predict and suggest your next word while you type and it will also support third-party keyboards for further customization.

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