Editorial

IS THE iPHONE 6 REALLY A PLUS?

GEORGE SHI

STAFF WRITER

   Is evolution dangerous? Pinewood has been swept by an army of high tech interfaced metallic objects led by the enormous enterprise known simply as Apple. With the new policy of placing student phones on a desk before a test, it is apparent that almost all phones are iPhones.

    These devices come in many forms, from the elusive and arguably extinct generations of iPhones to the most recent generations. So far many have already exchanged their old phones for the iPhone 6 and 6+ released on Sept. 19.

   Not only at Pinewood, but over 39 million other people worldwide have also bought the same phone. Still, many wonder what the iPhone 6 really offers and whether or not they should purchase or upgrade their phones.

    The first noticeable change that the new iPhone has offered is a brand new design. The iPhone 6 is 0.7 inches longer than the iPhone 5s with a length of 4.7 inches and a weight of 4.55 ounces, while the iPhone 6+ is 1.5 inches longer than the iPhone 5s, standing at 5.5 inches and weighing 6.07 ounces.

   “Big phones do not sit so securely in the hand. Their increased width means they cannot be gripped as easily and their increased height means you slide them around your palm to let your fingers reach the top corners (more later), none of which is helped by Apple making them like bars of soap,” said Gordon Kelly of Forbes Magazine.

   The opinion that Kelly offers is similar to many others; however, nowadays one must consider that most smartphones have all followed the “phablet movement.”

   All of the major smartphone companies are making their phones larger to facilitate reading, which the tablet is known for, but at the same time have all the features of a phone.

   For example the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is 5.7 inches long. However, despite its length, the new iPhone is thinner than its predecessors.

   The iPhone 6 is 6.9 millimeters thick and the iPhone 6+ is just 7.1 millimeters, which makes them much thinner than the iPhone 5’s 7.6 millimeters, which was the thinnest iPhone before the iPhone 6’s release.

   The new iPhone also comes in three different colors: silver, gold, and space gray and also comes in 16, 64, and 128 Gigabyte models. Another way Apple has improved the iPhone 6 is by making it faster and improving its internal components and software.

   The resolution on the iPhone has improved because of newer technologies, such as the A8 chip (the iPhone 5s had an A7 chip) and the increased screen size.

   Furthermore, zooming and pixilation for wider viewing angles has also improved because of newer technologies.

   Even though the processor has not improved much (from 1.4GHz to 1.3 GHz), the A9 64-bit chipset is new and improved. It delivers 30 percent more speed and power and is more energy efficient.

   In addition, the device has 1GB RAM., as well as an improved camera, battery, and image processor. The new sensor has a faster focus speed and provides better low light images.

   The improvements on the camera in turn also help focus the image better so that shaky hands will become less of a problem. On a separate note, the battery of the iPhone has also increased and now delivers 14 hours of talk time, which is 4 more than the iPhone 5s.

   Personally, I am not a fan of the size of the new iPhone; however, I am interested by the new additions and improvements Apple has made since the last model.

   Overall, I think that the iPhone 6 is a good investment for those who are looking for an upgrade to an old phone, but being a long time iPhone owner, I discourage those who already have a iPhone 5 from buying it, unless of course their contracts have expired.

   Thus, we should still leave the possibility of an army of iPhone terminators taking over open.

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