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Be­lieve the hype (and the leaks): Ap­ple’s new su­per­phones are big­ger

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Nos­ingl epiece­of­cons umer tech gen­er­ates as much chat­ter as a new iPhone and Ap­ple again gives us two mod­els to chew over at once. The lead iPhone 6 comes, as widely leaked, with a 4.7-inch dis­play that pits it against the Galaxy Al­pha and HTC’s One M8 for the superphone crown. The dis­play is Retina rather than full-HD – 720p and 326ppi, since you ask – while some­thing called “ion­strength­ened glass” means it should with­stand a pocket-based brawl with your car keys.

The larger, ph­ablet-like 6 Plus, how­ever, is 5.5 inches of full HD (1920x1080 and 401ppi) splen­dour, which is big enough to let you run apps in land­scape mode, iPad-style. On both this and its smaller sib­ling, rounded cor­ners and a seam­less build mean a closer sim­i­lar­ity to iPads Air and Mini than iPhone 5S. The lock but­ton on both moves from top to side, too.

De­sign and res aside, lit­tle has changed that dras­ti­cally since the iPhone 5S. There’s still sil­ver, gold or “space grey” flavours and there’s still no SD card support, mean­ing you must choose from 16GB, 64GB or 128GB stor­age – where’s 32GB gone? No, we don’t know ei­ther.

The new 64-bit A8 pro­ces­sor in both is, Ap­ple as­sures us, 13 per cent smaller than last year’s A7 but 25 per cent faster, although, as ever, no stats are quoted. Sim­i­larly, the cam­era still has eight megapix­els and an f/2.2 aper­ture lens, though a new sen­sor with “fo­cus pix­els” gives bet­ter aut­o­fo­cus and less noise, while the 240fps slo-mo up­grade is suit­ably great. The 6 Plus even gets op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

As ever, where the changes mainly come is in the soft­ware, and while iOS 8 is vis­ually sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor, the func­tion­al­ity is greatly ex­panded. You can multi-task email drafts, send voice iMes­sages, make calls from your Mac, add real-time wid­gets to No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre and use third-party key­boards. HomeKit and HealthKit will let you con­trol a soon-to-be-an­nounced canon of con­nected de­vices, while Ap­ple Pay (see box, right) has de­signs on your wal­let.

Con­nec­tiv­ity-wise, there’s lit­tle to grum­ble about, with 20 bands of LTE – more than any other phone – and down­load speeds up to 150Mbps. Some­thing there is likely to be grum­bling about? Well, if you’re of­fended by “pre­mium” pric­ing, look away now… iPhone 6 from $869, 6 Plus from $999, ap­ple.com/au, out now

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