New iPhones call for tougher decisions

By CHARLES STATHAM

Before the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone consumers had it rather easy when deciding on which new iPhone to purchase.  They only had to decide on which color and storage capacity they wanted for their smartphone.

Now with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple offers consumers an even tougher decision by forcing them to decide on whether a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch size is best for their everyday use, as well as several other features that only the iPhone 6 Plus offers.

(From left to right) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provide a number of new features for Apple users. Photo by Charles Statham.
(From left to right) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus provide a number of new features for Apple users. Photo by Charles Statham.

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have larger displays, as compared to Apple’s previous iPhone models that had a smaller 4-inch display, therefore making these new devices bigger to hold and use with one hand.

“It seems that there are a lot of people who are having a hard time deciding which size iPhone 6 they want to get because they will be using it every single day,” said Apple specialist Taylor Watson.  “It appears that some people are 100 percent sure that they love the bigger screen option, but also seems that others are worried that if they purchase the iPhone 6 Plus, they might end up regretting buying such a large iPhone since it’s harder to use with one hand.”

Since both of the new iPhones are bigger, Apple created a new feature in its iOS 8 mobile operating system called “Reachability,” allowing users to easily reach everything on the display when using the iPhone single-handed.

“Reachability is extremely helpful when using the new iPhones with just one hand, especially the iPhone 6 Plus because it’s much larger,” said Watson.  “All you have to do is tap twice on the home button, and everything at the top of the display drops down so you can easily use your thumb to tap on things that you wouldn’t have been able to reach.”

Besides users deciding on which bigger-sized iPhone 6 to purchase, there are a few other key features to be considered that only the larger iPhone 6 Plus offers.

According to Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus offers around 20 percent more battery life over the iPhone 6 battery.  It has a full 1080p high-definition display, while the iPhone 6 has a significantly lower resolution display.  Optical image stabilization is also key feature of the iPhone 6 Plus, allowing for the camera to virtually move and adjust to cut out shaky video footage.

“One of the main reasons I ended up choosing the iPhone 6 Plus is because of the additional features that it offered over the iPhone 6,” said Lauren Petersen, an iPhone user. “After discovering how much better the battery life and display resolution was on the iPhone 6 Plus, I decided at that moment that I definitely wanted it because I watch a lot of videos on my phone when traveling.”

Apple specialist Taylor Watson poses with the two new iPhones. Photo by Charles Statham.
Apple specialist Taylor Watson poses with the two new iPhones. Photo by Charles Statham.

According to a Tech Times online article, Apple has not made it clear yet which iPhone 6 is more popular, but most likely, it is the iPhone 6 Plus since it appears to still be sold out at most places.

Between both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has sold more than 10 million of its new smartphones in the first three days of its release, according to a recent press release from Apple.

“I’m definitely curious to find out which new iPhone 6 is the most popular out of the two,” said Watson. “I’m betting it’s the iPhone 6 Plus.”

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