Much has been made of the iPhone 6's larger screens, but what features really empower business users? Erik Eckel takes a look.
Apple's new iPhone 6 is better than just bigger. The two new iPhone 6 models—the iPhone 6 features a 4.7-inch 1334x768-pixel screen versus the iPhone 5's 4-inch 1136x640 display, while the iPhone 6 Plus's screen measures 5.5-inches and touts 1920x1080 resolution—pack a number of features making them more friendly for business users. They're also fast and slim and pack serious battery power.
Possessing A8 versus A7 chips, the iPhone 6's CPU is capable of performing 50 times faster than previous iPhones. Thanks to M8 motion coprocessors that speed graphics processing, the new iPhones are also capable of powering graphics 84 times faster.
Make no mistake. The CPU and GPU improvements are serious performance gains that directly impact how quickly the handset performs and powers applications. I'm yet to meet a business user or enterprise administrator who won't benefit and achieve improved production efficiencies thanks to such performance improvements, whether the benefits are measured when staging and deploying units or actively using devices in the field to fulfill professional obligations.
The new iPhone's slim design—the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are only 7.1mm and 6.9mm thick, respectively, compared to the 7.6mm thickness of the iPhone 5—lend some style to the device, which is always important in a board room or coffee shop, disregard whatever anyone else tells you.
And while the new iPhones are heavier—the Plus weighs 6.07 ounces and the 6 weighs 4.55 ounces, compared to the iPhone 5's 3.95 ounces—they boast impressive predicted battery lives. Apple predicts mobile users will receive up to 10 hours of LTE or 3G browsing on the iPhone 6 and up to 12 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus. 3G talk time, meanwhile, is predicted to be up to 14 hours on the 6 and 24 hours on the 6 Plus. Again, those are impressive specifications capable of powering through even brutally demanding work days commonly experienced by consultants, traveling employees and other mobile staff.
Another way Apple continues to impress is via always improving ease of use. The new iPhone 6 Plus, with its broader landscape-capable view, adds new widescreen views for such critical road warrior applications as Mail, Calendar and Messaging. The new landscape view also made it possible for Apple designers to fit additional icons within the device's keyboard, including icons for cutting and pasting operations, sure to prove a welcome addition.
These improvements translate to immediate new capabilities in the field at a time many users are abandoning tablets and placing additional demands on their Smartphones, so Apple's timing is outstanding. Considering the new iPhones will feature iOS 8 and leverage the new Apple/IBM partnership that brings the power of enterprise data and analytics to iOS, and it's clear iPhone business penetration will continue.