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Is the iPhone 6 the long-awaited answer to a business traveler’s prayer?


Apple shatters records with the iPhone 6 in its weekend debut

After a few months of hype and speculation on September 9, Apple finally took the wraps off their two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the slightly more powerful iPhone 6 Plus.

As one would suspect with any Apple launch, the new product design is is aesthetic as it is beautiful, with the only major design changes from his predecessors in the iPhone 6 is the changes in screen sizes. While the current iPhone 5S can boast only a four inch screen, the new iPhones, with screen sizes of 4.7 inches for the standard version and 5.5 inches for the plus version, obviously with the intention of competing with Apple’s major competitors at the top end of the Smartphone sector, where 5 inch screens have become the norm rather than the exception.

These important features aside, the question that will automatically spring to mind for most business travelers is it worth upgrading to the iPhone six?

One of the major bones of contention for iPhone five users was the disappointing battery life involving the need to carry all kinds of accessories to keep the phone working for more than 24 hours. The good news is that Apple have learned from their mistakes and have ensured that iPhone six will come fitted with a 2,600 mAh battery that should guarantee longer life, even in the most testing of conditions. Apple data released at the launch suggests the iPhone 6 will be capable of lasting 25 percent longer on 3G browsing than the iPhone 5S.

However, Apple will already be looking over their shoulder with the news that Sony’s soon to be launched Experia Z3 will come with an even bigger 3,100 mAh battery.

Apart from the increased battery power the iPhone six also comes with a considerably faster A8 processor, which will provide a market improvement in power management, although standby times remain identical, however.

Anyone interested in investing in the larger but obviously more expensive iPhone 6 Plus should enjoy a considerable increase in battery life. One obvious shortfall that has been carried forward with the iPhone 6 is that it does not come with a removable battery, unlike two of its closest rivals the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

We’re Apple sometimes failed with their battery power, we often meet up with the the quality of the camera’s, although industry observers have pointed out that in recent years we have been lagging behind their rivals, particularly Sony whose Experia Z3 will come with with a 20.7 megapixel (MP) camera, 4K video recording and image sensitivity equivalent to ISO 12,800, making low-light shooting easier, while Nokia’s 41MP Lumia 1020 is generally regarded as the leading the way in smartphone photo performance.

Unfortunately the iPhone six’s camera power is still lagging behind with both of the new versions coming with just 8 megapixel quality. That leads to the question of whether the new iPhone models’ new and improved sensors, faster, more precise autofocus, and improved image stabilization for sharper photos, will compensate for that.

Where Apple is always bound to score is in their iOS platform which has long set the benchmark for breadth and quality of apps, geared towards the business traveler, which will only get better when Apple’s upgraded operating system, iOS 8, will become available from mid September 17. iOS 8 will be able to be applauded free of charge on all iPhones from the 4S onwards, and will provide a number of new features HomeKit integration, designed to enable business travelers to control connected security and other so-called “smart home” devices while they are away on a business trip.

Apple has undoubtedly been very busy lately, as well as launching two new Smartphones and its Smartwatch, the communications giant also took the opportunity’s launch their own mobile payment version to be known, ironically enough, as Apple Pay. Apple Pay will be available from next month, starting in the US with new iPhones coming fitted already with Near Field Communications (NFC) antenna designed to make contactless payments a reality, which the business traveler can authenticate using their iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Apple Pay will undoubtedly present a safe and convenient way for anyone on the move to settle simple accounts such as car hire, hotel bills and restaurants. The Apple Pay payments system will also work with the new Apple Watch.

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