So Apple today announced the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and this is why you should care if you’ve been looking to upgrade. Let’s just look past the fact that the screens are larger on these two devices. If you want a smaller device, look elsewhere or keep your current phone. The size will be what you’ll notice first, but that’s not what is really important about these new iPhones. It’s what’s inside that will get you hooked.
Just for reference, I’m currently on an iPhone 5 so a jump to the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus would be a good sized upgrade for me. Not only is this a completely different form factor, but the jump from a 32-bit A5 processor to the new 64-bit A8 + M8 would be significant. I’d be looking at huge performance gains for smoother app and game usage. Not only that, I’d finally be able to have a device with Touch ID to make my device more secure.
The other thing that really interests me though is the new OIS (optical image stabilization) found on the larger iPhone 6 Plus model. What this does is reduce vibrations so that your photos will be less blurry due to movement. I think this is huge for a mobile phone camera. Also, Apple has updated the way the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus do autofocus by introducing something called Focus Pixels, which from my understanding works similar to the way phase detect autofocus works on DSLR cameras. This just means that the new iPhone should autofocus even quicker than the current ones. Autofocus was a problem for me on the iPhone 5 in which I found it to be quite slow. If the new ones are much faster, that would be another reason for me to upgrade.
Lastly, battery life with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus looks very good. My current iPhone 5 can barely keep me running the whole day and if I’m on it a lot, I have to charge up at least once during the day. You get up to 14 hours of talk time on the iPhone 6 and up to 24 hours of talk time on the iPhone 6 Plus. Both are great, but the iPhone 6 Plus is crazy good.
Based on what I’ve read and seen, I’m leaning towards the iPhone 6 Plus, despite it being a massive 5.5-inch device. The fact that it has OIS and a much larger battery far out weight its size issues. If and when I do decide to upgrade, it will be for the iPhone 6 Plus.