EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

FaceTime HD Camera

The FaceTime camera no longer plays second fiddle to the iSight camera, and deserves its own space in our iPhone alphabet. With the substantial upgrades applied to the front-facing camera, you can be sure selfies are going to be an even bigger part of your new iPhone experience.

It takes better photos, thanks to the improved camera capturing up to 81% more light, and is also better at detecting where your face is. You’ll never be out of focus when taking a selfie or FaceTiming with someone halfway across the world. It also does burst shots (10 per second) to capture your best moments. Don’t worry, deleting the unflattering ones can be done with just a few taps. No one needs to know that those exist.

Family Sharing

You no longer have to spend extra if all members of your family are participating in a Candy Crush-off. Up to six in the family can share apps and paid content with one payment option without sharing accounts. This sharing also works for photo albums, calendars and even location tracking so you can keep tabs on your kids in more than one way.

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Gyroscope

Living in a three-dimensional space means the iPhone needs a gyroscope to measure the axis you’re walking in. Short of giving you a science lecture, the gyroscope lets you take ridiculously long (and beautiful) panoramic shots. It’s also the reason you can spot excited gamers moving their phones while playing motion-sensitive games on their iPhones.

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

iCloud Drive

On the surface, iCloud Drive is like any other cloud storage system. But it’s more than that. Edit a document on your iPhone, go to your Yosemite-enabled MacBook or even a compatible PC, and the same file will have been updated with your changes. This continuation extends to apps that support iCloud Drive too.

Is it secure? It’s all about two-factor authentication, where a separate code sent to your iPhone adds another layer to secure your iCloud Drive.

READ MORE: Apple's iCloud just got cheaper

iOS 8

The latest update to the system might not seem like much at first compared to iOS 7, but take your time to explore and the many nuances of the new OS will reveal themselves to you. Basically, Apple’s provided developers with Swift, a whole new programming language, and deeper access to iOS 8 than ever before. You’ll see the new features at work throughout this feature.

READ MORE: Apple iOS 8 review

iSight Camera

At 8MP, the iSight camera still manages to best most smartphone cameras in the market, showing just how little megapixels count in taking great images. The new sensor now comes with f/2.2 aperture, 1.5 micron pixels, and a new technology called Focus Pixels, leading to blazing fast AF. Face detection is also more intelligent, meaning your best shots from burst mode are less likely to have you looking all squinty eyed like Quasimodo. 

There’s one major difference between the two iPhone 6 models though; the iPhone 6 uses digital image stabilisation while the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilisation. The latter is more effective for taking clear shots in low light, as it works with the A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor, to compensate for any shaky hand motions.

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Jonathan Ive

Probably the most famous Apple executive other than Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. As Apple’s senior vice president of Design, Jony Ive decides how all Apple products will look, feel, and be experienced. He also heads the Human Interface department. You should be familiar with his work, since he delivered the products everyone tries to emulate such as the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air. 

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