The new iPhone comes in sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, each to suit a different type of audience whilst keeping the same experience. Apple’s new iPhone makes use of a noted new material and design language, anodised aluminium, stainless steel and curved glass is used to make the culmination that is the iPhone 6. Apple have made a strong effort to make everything in the iPhone smaller which resulted in the phone having a final size of 6.9mm & 7.1mm respectively. The iPhone doesn’t particularly beat its rivals when it comes to resolution such as the Samsung Galaxy 4 or the HTC One M8 but the Plus makes up for this with an 1920 x 1080 sRGB Retina HD display screen.
The iPhone’s new screen makes use of higher contrast, dual domain pixels to allow for more accurate colour reproduction at wider viewing angles. They even developed a new “advanced” process of photo alignment which creates a situation in where you have UV light being used to precisely position the display’s liquid crystals so they lie exactly where they should. Better-aligned crystals deliver a superior viewing experience, with deeper blacks and sharper text. They even put in an improved polariser that achieves a clearer view when faced with direct sunlight
The iPhone itself hasn’t changed much, but it finally seems that Apple have decided to join the rest of the world when it comes to screen size. Obviously the amount sold during the first week will determine how much the phone is a success but its clear to see that some of more fundamental changes we have waited to see still hasn’t arrived yet, apart from widgets and notifications of course.
Microsoft has cut the Xbox One by £20 for a retail price of £329.
“We are always looking at ways to offer the best value for our customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson explained. “This is a UK only retail promotion which coincides with our upcoming releases including Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.”
However the PS4 continues to outsell the Xbox One by a significant margin. According to VGChartz, Sony sold 178,000 PlayStation 4s globally during the week of September 14th while Microsoft only moved 94,000 Xbox One consoles in that time. It’s clear Microsoft have stopped touting the original selling points of the Xbox One and are now relying on triple AAA titles to shift consoles. Whether it works remain to be seen.
Intel released its newest edition to the enthusiast line up in the form of Haswell-E, naturally the X99 platform followed to support the new processors along with the DDR4 RAM modules. This is also the first time Intel has introduced an 8-core processor into the domestic consumer market, as a result the i7-5960x is the highest performing processor that money can buy, notwithstanding the Xeon processors that is currently geared towards the professional market as server chips.
The i7 5960x supports 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes, the same as its predecessor and its turbo boost can allow it reach 3.5Ghz and will be priced at $1000. Intel has also released two other processors with six cores to support the i7 5960x in the form of the i7 5930k and the i7 5820k costing consumers $594 and $396.
One thing to note is that the i7 5930k only has 24 lanes of PCIe 3.0 lanes compared to the i7 5930k and i7 5960x. After Haswell, Broadwell is expected to replace it in 2015 although it remains to be seen if it won’t be delayed again as it was earlier in the year.