By Paul Gorski
Apple, Inc., rolled out the much-anticipated iPhone 6 last week, announcing that the iPhone 6 would be available in Apple Retail Stores Friday, Sept. 19. The iPhone 6, and its larger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, should also be at our local U.S. Cellular, Verizon and AT&T stores the same day.
It is not known how many phones each store will have to sell the first day. Apple products typically sell out in a few days following release. Apple has already taken more than 4 million pre-orders online. U.S. Cellular and other local carriers are taking pre-orders, too. Visit http://www.uscellular.com/iPhone/iPhone-6.html to pre-order your iPhone 6.
The biggest advancement in the iPhone 6 is, well, is that it is big. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and has a list price of $199 for the 16 GB model. The iPhone 6 Plus has an even larger 5.5-inch Retina HD display and carries a list price of $299 for the 16 GB model. Apple is playing catch-up to Samsung when it comes to screen size. The new iPhones are competitively priced to help Apple catch up. Trade-in offers from the major carriers are sweetening the deals.
Verizon is offering a $200 gift card when you trade in your working iPhone models 4, 4s, 5, 5s and 5c toward the purchase of a 16 GB iPhone 6, which makes the iPhone 6 free. U.S. Cellular has a trade-in program, too, but the U.S. Cellular program allows the trade-in of a variety of phones, each phone with its own trade-in value. Details on that program at: http://uscellular.cexchange.com/online/home/index.rails.
Apple would claim its next biggest announcement is the release of iOS 8 — I disagree. I think the next biggest revelation is that the smaller, but still great, iPhone 5s is now available for $99 and the iPhone 5c is available for one penny or less! At least one carrier, U.S. Cellular, is offering new customers the iPhone 5s for a penny, too. The iPhone 5s and 5c are terrific phones for people who do not want large smartphones and both will run iOS 8.
The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature faster processors, a new HD camera, and an electronic payment technology that is supposed to bring to end to credit cards as we know them today. I think not, but it is cool anyway.
Compare the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 5s and 5c at: http://www.uscellular.com/iPhone/iPhone-compare.html. I hope to have a hands-on review of an iPhone 6 and iOS 8 within a few weeks.
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple IIe.
Posted Sept. 16, 2014