D is for...
After a few minor tweaks between the iPhone 5 and the 5s, people wanted some change – and change is what they got with the design of the new iPhones. Besides the obvious augment in screen size (from 4in to 4.7in), the iPhone 6 sports a matte all-metal rounded back, with glass that curves to meet the edges on the front for a smooth, continuous form. A huge difference from the flat, sharp angles on the 5s.
The size difference is even more obvious on the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s 5.5in as compared to the 4in iPhone 5s – by far, the biggest of any iPhone. But besides the size and thickness, most of the design elements we mention above are the same across the newly launched units.
As for thickness, the iPhone 6 has a thin 6.9mm profile, while the 6 Plus’ sits at 7.1mm. They’re both considerably skinnier than their 7.5mm predecessor, despite packing a lot more power. There’s quite a big design change too – the lens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus protrudes from the phone.
E is for...
Another familiar face on stage in Apple’s keynotes, Cue is the senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. This means he’s the one who takes care of — and the one who talks about — the iTunes Store, the App Store, the iBookstore, Siri, Apple Maps, and iCloud.
iOS has customarily been a closed system, but it’s recently opened up to developers for deeper integration with third-party apps. This means you can access features from other apps on Apple’s native apps, and vice versa.
It also means you’ve got more options on where to share your content via the Share sheet, which used to only contain certain social media networks. Documents can also be opened, shared, and edited more easily between different apps, so working on your iOS device just got a lot more convenient. You could even edit your pictures straight from your Photos app with third-party editing tools.