iPhone throwback: iPhone 14 coming, but know the iPhone 6, the biggest newsmaker of its time

Ahead of the iPhone 14 launch, know how the iPhone 6 in 2014 became a massive newsmaker.

| Updated on: Sep 04 2022, 20:53 IST
Apple Event 2022: iPhone 14, Watch Series 8, AirPods Pro - what to expect at Far Out
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1/5 The iPhone 14 series is just weeks away and leaks suggest that there will be four models - the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max or Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. (FrontPageTech)
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2/5 But the star of the show will be the Pro version and the specs-boosted iPhone 14 Pro Max, which are expected to carry exciting and major upgrades. The new A16 Bionic chipset, 48MP primary camera, an always-on display feature, new notch-less design, and much more. (iUpdate / YouTube)
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3/5 It is not just the iPhone 14, but the new Apple Watch series too which is expected to be unveiled with three new models: the Apple Watch Series 8; a refreshed Apple Watch SE, and a new rugged “Pro” model of the series aimed for athletes. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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4/5 Will there be a new Airpods Pro? Some leaks say so. We haven't seen an updated version since their initial launch in 2019, and this year, Apple may finally introduce a new AirPods Pro 2 with some notable upgrades in the charging case, Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC), and more. (HT Tech)
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5/5 We all have seen the preview of the latest iOS 16 in September. Now, Apple may finally announce the stable version of iOS 16 for all eligible iPhone users along with the release of iPhone 14. In addition to iOS 16, Apple could also release watchOS 9, but iPad users may have to wait a little longer for the iPadOS 16. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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It was the iPhone 6 which, for the first time, introduced the 4.7-inch display, NFC technology, curved design, and much more. (Unsplash)

The iPhone 14 is likely to set many firsts with its launch on September 7. The iPhone 14 will bid ‘goodbye' to the notch-style display that was integral to earlier iPhones, in favour of a pill-shaped cutout, a major boost in the camera department, satellite connectivity, and even usher in the always-on-display feature. Another major change is the likely launch of the non-Pro giant iPhone 14 Plus/Max. However, while these are outstanding changes, if we look back at the journey of the iPhone so far, there is something awesome about the iPhone 6 that really made it a game-changer phone.

Launched in 2014, the iPhone 6 went really big! To cater to the demand for bigger smartphones, Apple introduced it biggest iPhone, much bigger than the earlier iPhone 5S, or even any other iPhone that came before it. With a 4.7-inches display that appeared for the first time on an iPhone, Apple scaled up the viewing experience of users phenomenally. Not just that, the iPhone 6 Plus variant went ever bigger with a 5.5-inch screen. Though that's not all, the iPhone 6 brought a lot more to the table.

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iPhone 6: A massive change

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The iPhone 6 was launched back in 2014.  (Apple)
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The iPhone 6 was launched back in 2014.  (Apple)

Not just the bigger iPhone, Apple also recrafted the iPhone 6 while bringing back the curviness of the earlier generations, and ditching the squared-off edges that were there starting with the iPhone 4 back in 2010. With curved edges on iPhone 6, the back and sides were merged into each other. Moreover, it was slimmer than the previous iPhone 5.

What else? The arrival of NFC technology in iPhones. NFC, which stands for Near Field Communications, was one of the most exciting additions to the iPhone 6, which is a wireless communication technology that works as Apple's new mobile wallet service Apple Pay, which brings a new option for iPhone users to ditch traditional wallets and use the iPhone for payment. The iPhone 6 definitely kickstarted the tap-to-buy Apple Pay system.

With a change in design, a bigger display, and new features, Apple's iPhone 6 was definitely a game changer back in 2014. Apart from these, Apple stuck to its tradition while bringing a more powerful than before A8 chipset built using a 20nm manufacturing process, which was a step higher than the previous 28nm A7 chipset on the previous generation. However, in cameras, Apple sticks to the 8MP sensor but with a wider f/2.2 aperture for brighter and speedier shots.

The iPhone 6 presented what was futuristic in that era. But now, we are in 2022! All other smartphone brands are picking up their pace in the technology race. In such a smartphone-loaded market, all eyes still remain on the new iPhone 14 series with the hope of witnessing more new innovation from Apple.

So, will the iPhone 14 be a game-changer in this age and time as was the iPhone 6 in its era? You will find out on September 7 when it is launched.

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First Published Date: 04 Sep, 12:39 IST
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