Apple has just released it’s new iPhone 6/Plus to the hungry masses and the biggest news of the release was the fact that Apple’s venerable iPhone line is all grown up now. As in 4.7” and 5.5” Retina displays that pack 326 ppi and 401 ppi respectively. Tasty bits of info like 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 Near Field Comm (NFC) and 20-band LTE were given. Though they failed in their press release to share what makes these beasts tick, and after all, that’s what matters right? Lets get to it.
One of the perks of a bigger screen, other than more pixels for your eyes to feast on, is the ability to house a bigger battery within the body underneath it. The iPhone 6 packs a 1810 mAh LiPo battery rated at 3.82V. The larger Plus model weighs in at 2915 mAh at the same voltage reading. That is roughly double the outgoing 5S model has to offer and with great power comes great responsibility. Managing that power for both phones is a Qualcomm PM8019 Power Management IC and a Apple/Dialog 338S1251-AZ Power Management IC. Translating your every move is the Texas Instruments 343S0694 touch transmitter and Broadcom BCM5976 touch screen controller.
Both phones have the new A8 processor SoC with 1GB LPDDR3 RAM manufactured by TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) that pulls processing duties. We as consumers buy IoT devices to connect with the world and Apple enlisted these various wireless black boxes to facilitate that: Qualcomm MDM9625M LTE modem and a Skyworks 77802-23 low band LTE PAD. There are Avago A8020 High Band PAD and Avago A8010 Ultra High Band PA and FBARs. Not to be overlooked are the Qualcomm QFE1000 Envelope Tracking IC and a SkyWorks 77356-8 Mid Band PAD chips as well. Wrapping up wireless duties is a TriQuint TQF6410 3G EDGE power amplifier and a Murata 339S0228 Wi-Fi module.
Apple has managed to fit a massive amount of bells and whistles into the new 6 and 6 Plus as both are almost identical. Of course this is due to the much larger displays available on both phones. The question is, will this draw some of the Android masses back to the Apple mothership?