Apple sold more than 4 million iPhones in the first 24 hours – that’s almost 50 new phones per second! Although the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be the largest iPhones Apple has ever made, the larger screens, are not the only take aways from the “big reveal” last week at the Apply Keynote. With all of that power in your hands, what do you need to know before your phone arrives at your doorstep?
- Get a case – Studies show almost 24% of iPhones have a cracked screen. Buying a case doesn’t mean it’s indestructible, but it will help with the occasional drop or bump. Otterbox makes some colorful cases that provide a great degree of protection for your device. Lifeproof cases give excellent protection from scratching and water. I have seen people drop the phone in the swimming pool with these cases and still use them.
- iOS 8 is Awesome! – The new iPhone will ship with the newest and most secure operating system in Apple’s mobile history. I am most excited about Continuity. I’ll be able to make and receive phone calls from my Mac (with the Yosemite operating system). Similarly, Handoff makes it easier to start working on a document on my iPhone and finish it on my Mac. You can even edit photos directly on your phone. If you bought the iPhone 6 Plus, this is an especially powerful feature.
- Cloud Computing – Cloud computing (e.g. – Dropbox, box.net, iCloud, etc.) make it easier than ever to manage information. I bought the 64 GB iPhone 6 because I won’t need the 128 GB model. Family Sharing makes it easier to create and share photo albums with people across the country. This feature also allows up to six people to share music, books and App purchases without sharing accounts.
- Apple Pay – This was the runaway feature that secretly stole the show! You can finally make purchases from my iPhone at major retailers and restaurants (e.g. – McDonalds, Whole Foods, Macys, etc.). You can use the credit card naturally associated with your iTunes account, or you can add other cards. Although we will still need to carry a drivers license for identification, Apple Pay moves us toward a time when we don’t have to worry about the plastic strips on our cards wearing out, cracking or chipping.
- Camera – Focus Pixels and Exposure Controls help take some of the best pictures and videos available. Photographers often say, “The best camera is the one you have with you.” The phone also shoots full 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second. The iPhone 6 Plus also offers a stabilizing feature to help steady images and videos. You can even shoot time lapse and super slow motion videos for an added expert touch.
The larger screen size makes for a unique experience for iPhone users, however, the story doesn’t stop there. The iPhone 6 (4.7″ screen) is the perfect solution for many current iPhone users and those switching from the Android operating system. The iPhone 6 Plus (5.5″ screen) is great if you require a larger screen for word processing, social media and content marketing. Use these larger devices as the mobile computing platforms they are, and enhance your communications with clients and colleagues. Enjoy your new toy!
Scientifically Speaking, of course.