Apple have done what Apple do best and launched a new range of iPhones and an Apple (not i) Watch to keep their customers upgrading. They’ve also done what they should have done with the iPhone 4 or at least the iPhone 5 and at last increased the screen size to compete with the likes of Samsung.
For the moment we’re going to ignore the Apple Watch as it’s not available until next year. That’s a bit of a downer as competitor watches are already on the market so Apple will miss out on Christmas 2014. That leaves them with two new smartphones for this Autumn.
The iPhone 6 will come in two variants, a 4.7″ screen or the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5″ screen. The big question is, is it too little too late? Will Android users give up their Galaxy 4 or 5 smartphones or their Galaxy Note Phablets to switch to the iPhone, or is it more likely that iPhone 4 and 5 users will upgrade to the iPhone 6 instead of simply defecting to a mobile with a large screen?
For those that love the iPhone it’s a simple enough choice, you can now upgrade to a device worthy of browsing the web or watching a film on without squinting. However for those who either never had an iPhone or don’t want one, would a bigger screen be enough to make you want to adopt Apple?
With prices starting from £539 for the basic iPhone 6 and £619 for the cheapest iPhone 6 Plus they’re most definitely premium smartphones. But for less money you could get a Samsung Galaxy 5 or Note 3.
Then there’s the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge about to be released which will probably be similarly priced, but with bigger screens, much higher screen resolution and better battery life they’re a winner for Samsung. Battery life has always plagued the iPhone and whilst they iPhone 6 family have better batteries it remains to be seen if they’ll last a full day before needing a charge.
Apple emphasised their new design for the iPhone 6 with it’s curved glass sides, but Samsung have trumped them with the Galaxy Note Edge having a curved screen which wraps around one edge of the phone. This enables you to see notifications and start apps without even opening the cover (great if you have the S-View Cover).
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are impressive, but very much a catching up with the competition than a market leader. iPhone users will love them, but will they capture market share and convert Android users?
Would you buy an iPhone 6 and if so which one? Also let us know if you’d upgrade from an older iPhone or if you’d switch from an Android, Blackberry or Windows phone.