October 13, 2014
by Shawn J. Burke, Director, LoanSphere Sales Engineering
ServiceLink, A Black Knight Financial Services Company – USFN Associate Member
Chair, USFN Technology Committee
The iPhone 6 launch event happened on September 19, 2014. Are you upgrading? During a USFN Technology Committee meeting, the question was debated: whether or not to upgrade?
For the first time, the iPhone is available in two models with two different screen sizes. The new models, measured diagonally, are the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. It looks like Apple is getting into the “Phablet” game (phablet: a phone so big it’s almost a tablet). Therein lies an initial concern: could 5.5 inches, or even 4.7 inches (.7 larger than 5s) be too big for the average phone user?
Here are some facts and comparisons from the iPhone 6 launch event:
Retina HD display, ion-strengthened glass, ultra-thin backlight
- 8MP Camera, faster autofocus, extended Lens, optical stabilization (i6 Plus)
- 64-bit support, 50% better energy efficiency, 25% faster, 13% smaller over A7 processor
- Increased LTE speeds (on the go) and WiFi (wireless at home or fixed location)
- Apple Pay to replace classic credit cards and transactions
- Apple Watch accessory for iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 available in 16GB/64GB/128GB models for $199/$299/$399
- iPhone 6 Plus available in 16GB/64GB/128GB models for $299/$399/$499
- iOS 8, launched September 17 (expected release date for iOS 8.1 is Oct. 20)
Upgrading doesn’t seem like a requirement for everyone. In the Technology Committee’s roundtable discussion, there was one user with a 4s who was ready to upgrade, while another member is choosing to wait-and-see. These two views are probably representative of the split among the public. Some must have the latest and greatest; while for others, it’s a matter of getting value.
Next question: do you use a screen protector or a case? An armored case? With the more durable glass and casing of the new phones, you might like going au naturel.
Watch out for that data though. Arieso reports that between the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4s, users’ data consumption doubles. If trends continue, re-evaluating data plans might have to be a necessity. Those with “grandfathered” unlimited plans will be very happy, indeed!
Finally, if you do decide to upgrade, don’t forget to wipe your current phone. Don’t rely on the store or anyone else to protect you. Both Android and iPhone offer a factory data reset option. Third-party providers also have utilities that can rid your phone of personal information, and protect it with a security level matching the Department of Defense.
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