With the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes a brand new mobile operating system, iOS 8, available to download for older devices from today. Currently, iOS is one of the most popular operating systems in the world, playing second fiddle only to Android.
Now upgraded to include a raft of new features, Apple will be hoping that the updated system will help in closing this gap. Here are some of the features that might not be immediately obvious, but could certainly help their cause.
‘Retina HD’ Display
The iPhone 6 display isn’t bigger than the iPhone 5, at 4.7 or 5.5 inches. It’s also better. Apple took pains to explain which its new ‘Retina HD’ screen has better contrast, wider viewing angles and – in the case of the Plus – a better resolution than the previous models.
Display Zoom is a new feature for the larger iPhone 6 which lets you decide whether to show more apps on the screen, or zoom in and show them bigger in the same configuration as on the iPhone 5 and 5S.
The new iPhone 6 Plus has a landscape more for its homescreen, letting you use it more like an iPad if you’re so inclined. Some key apps like Mail have also been redesigned to let you be “more productive”, Apple says.
“Metal” is a new games performance engine designed to build console-quality games on an iPhone. Apple says “Metal is optimized to allow the CPU and GPU to work together to deliver detailed graphics and complex visual eï¬€ects. So every imaginary world you visit will feel much more realistic.”. The upshot is that if you have an A8 processor, games will look amazing.
The iPhone 6 now has a barometer – meaning you can automatically track your elevation right down to how many flights of stairs you climbed that day.
‘Focus Pixels’ are Apple’s name for a newly designed image signal processor, which should let it take in more information about your camera’s subject and produce sharper images, particularly in low light.
The iPhone 6 is now capable of 4G download speeds up to 150 mb/s, has support for WiFi speeds up to three times faster than was possible on the previous generation, and – on selected carriers, including EE in the UK – will handle HD voice calling. Which is about time.
Siri Is Listening
Siri is listening. Now you don’t have to press the home button to call up the voice assistant – you just say ‘Hey Siri’ and it pops up.
The iPhone 6 can now record slow-motion footage at an incredible 240 frames-per-second, and manage 1080p at 60fps. It also has a built-in timelapse mode.MYNEWSHUB