PHILIPPINES (UPDATED) – The Apple iPhone 6 is launching today at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, in Cupertino, California, USA. For those of us living in the Philippines it may take a while before the iPhone 6 becomes available. There is currently no word yet from any of the local carriers (Globe Telecom and Smart Communications) on the release date of the iPhone 6 in the Philippines. We expect that the retail price of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to be around ~25-30K PHP when it is finally launched locally.
While waiting for the iPhone 6 to become available, those of us living in the Philippines will have to content ourselves with second-hand information coming from the U.S.
Days before its release, China Mobile already leaked a lot of information about the much-awaited phone to the public.
According to the leaked info, the 4.7-inch model will come with sapphire glass, a scratch-proof material stronger than Gorilla Glass. Apple today confirmed that the iPhone 6 screen will also be scratch-resistant, dust-resistant, and water proof just like the Sony Xperia Z2. However, there is no confirmation yet if the iPhone 6 indeed uses sapphire glass as its protective material.
There are two models, the first one to be released is a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, as well as a larger, phablet-type 5.5 inch version called the iPhone 6 Plus. Both models will be powered by iOS 8 natively. It also supports voice over LTE.
There are no distinct edges. The cover glass curves around the sides to meet the anodized aluminum enclosure.
The new Apple iPhone 6 contains no edges. It has a continuous, seamless design. There are no distinct edges. The cover glass curves around the sides to meet the anodized aluminum enclosure.
The Apple iPhone 6 comes in three colors: white, black, and gold.
Unlike its predecessors, the iPhone 6 running iOS 8 will now have the ability to operate in landscape mode. A special “landscape view” re-arranges the home screen when operating in this mode. It is powered by the Apple A8 processor, which is supposed to provide 25% faster processing power and 50% faster graphics than its predecessor, the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 6 is also a lot thinner (7 millimeters, to be precise) than the iPhone 5S, coming in at 6.9 millimeters as opposed to 7.6 millimeters for the iPhone 5S.
Apple is also introducing the new 8-megapixel iSight camera, which can go up to an aperture of f/2.2 and optical image stabilization. It is capable of capturing videos at up to 120 or 240 FPS, which allows videos to be captured in slow motion.
How much does the iPhone 6 cost?
Below are the price of the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus with a 2-year contract in the U.S.:
iPhone 6: 16GB ($199), 64GB ($299), and 128GB ($399)
iPhone 6 Plus: 16GB ($299), 64GB ($399), and 128GB ($499)
The phones will be available for purchase starting September 12. Currently there is no information yet on the price of the iPhone 6 and its release date in the Philippines.
In addition, Apple is also selling its own line of leather and silicone cases to go with the iPhone 6.
Apple Watch (iWatch) confirmed for early 2015 release
Like its rival Samsung Electronics, Apple has also gone the way of wearables by releasing the Apple Watch (iWatch), which will allow users to access and control the phone. It has a flexible retina display, and can be controlled via the “Digital Crown”, a dial attached to the side which mimics traditional watches, allowing the user to scroll, zoom, and navigate the device without covering the screen.
The Apple Watch is extremely customizable, you can switch the strap to match the display screen (watch face).
The Apple Watch retails for $349, but will not be available until early next year.
Apple iPhone 6 technical specifications
Full list of iPhone6 specifications are below.
- Operating System: iOS 8
- Screen size: 4.7 inches / 5.5 inches LED-backlit IPS touchscreen LCD (capcitive)
- Screen resolution: 1134×750 pixels (4.7-inch version)
- Screen material: scratch-proof, shatter proof sapphire glass (unconfirmed)
- CPU: quad-core Apple A8
- Camera: 8 megapixels (back) with optical image stabilization / 2.1 megapixels (front)
- Internal memory: 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB
- Colors: white, black, or gold
- Battery: 1810 mAh
- Mobile network: 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE)
- Sim card type: Nano SIM
- Dimensions: 137.5 x 67 x 6.9 mm (5.41 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)
- Weight: 113 g (3.99 oz)
- Waterpoof: YES
- Dust-proof: YES
Apple iPhone 6 photos
Apple Watch (iWatch) photos
What do you think of the new Apple iPhone 6? Is it the best mobile phone ever? Do you think the iWatch is actually useful, or is it just a fad?