Apple's Moves Over the Last Year
To start off on this journey, what has Apple been doing this year? Sure, they've released new iMacs, new iPads, new MacBooks, but we can't talk about all of that, let's just talk mobile. So we've had iOS 8 released, and two new iPhones. The first, iPhone 6, is a 4.7-inch device, up from the 4-inch iPhone 5 and 5S.
To me, Apple had no idea what they were doing releasing these two phones. Both of them feel like they are not fully formed smartphones, but almost like a single vision that was split into two to better compete with Samsung, HTC, LG and various other competitors who have been clawing away at Apple's consumers.
The iPhone 5S had a 4-inch display with a 'Retina' resolution of 1336 x 640, sub HD in the world we live in today - even if the word 'Retina' is thrown in front of it. The iPhone 6 on the other hand, features a 4.7-inch display, with the resolution bumped up ever so slightly to 1334 x 750, just over HD.
The bigger iPhone 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch display, with a full 1920 x 1080 display - this is where I feel Apple put most of its time, the bigger of the two new iPhones. The 5.5-inch display on the iPhone 6 Plus is something I'm going to spend more time writing about shortly, but it really is something that stands out - and something Apple should stand right next to, shouting from the rooftops at just how beautiful it is.
So over the last 12 months, we've had two new smartphones from Apple, and iOS 8. iOS 8 deserves its own review, as it has many more faults and disadvantages that I don't see talked about in many other channels, at least not officially - like competing sites to TweakTown - but you see it all over forums, and from friends' opinions and discussions about the new iPhone, or any iPhone for that matter.
Apple has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to the iPhone, so let's talk about what makes it stand out from the competition. We have Siri, Touch ID, the Lightning port for charging and syncing and well, that's about it.
Siri - Still Can't Compete With Google Now
Starting with Siri, I actually found her quite useful. She can be asked quite a few things, and be put to tasks quite easily. I didn't find Siri as useful as Google Now, not even close. Google Now is absolutely miles ahead, because it will pull emails down and alert you of your next flight, or hotel check-in details, delays on your trip to work, and so much more. Here's what Siri can do:
Touch ID - If You Lose Your Thumb, Don't Worry: The NSA Has It Now
TouchID - oh how the NSA must love thee. This is a feature that is quite easy to explain: you scan your fingerprint onto the Home button, and it can be used to unlock, and lock your iPhone. It makes it close to, but not impossible, to break into your iPhone. You can also use it to sign into various parts of Apple's services, such as authorizing a payment or purchase through iTunes, which is definitely a nice touch, pun not intended, but it works so I'll take it.
Downside? Someone will cut your thumb off and use it to unlock your phone. Just kidding, but be careful anyway.
Ride the Lightning
This is one of the most glowing parts of the review, Apple's foresight to go toward its Lightning port. It is miles ahead of microUSB, which is just such a poor implementation and use of a port. Sure, it's widespread and I use it on every single other device I use, but Lightning is just so thin, and so magical. It can be plugged in both ways, unlike USB's single way (for now).
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