It’s easy to clap and cheer for Apple on an iPhone day mainly because Apple fans have been sitting around for a year waiting to see what Apple has up its sleeves, but we’re critical around here and not everything is as golden as it seems.
Yesterday the company announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, respectively, and while they offer sharper screens than ever, the most powerful processors we’ve ever seen in an iPhone and even a brand new and welcomed 128GB storage option, there are still a few features we wish Apple added.
Let’s dive in to some of the things we think are lacking and ultimately disappointed us.
1. No wireless charging
Apple finally added features like NFC to its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which is awesome, but the company left out another option we see on tons of other flagship smartphones: wireless charging.
It’s obviously somewhat important to Apple, since the company included that feature in the Apple Watch, but it’s nowhere to be seen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, at least not natively. It probably won’t be long until third party accessory makers release products that enable this kind of functionality, but those are going to add to the bulk of the iPhone.
2. No 2K displays
Hey 1080p on the iPhone 6 Plus is great, but have you seen a Quad HD display on a phone like the LG G3?
It’s amazing, and while Apple squeezed in a lot of tricks to make the displays sharper than ever, including tweaking pixel alignments, we do wish the company considered adding an even sharper-than-1080p screen to its most flagship device.
Plus, we heard rumors that the company has been at least exploring the technology, maybe just for iPads, so we know there’s at least some interest in adding higher-resolution displays to its devices.
3. No 4K Video Recording
This is a big one for gadget enthusiasts who need the latest and greatest technology.
Plenty of phones offer 4K recording now, like the Galaxy S5, LG G3 and even, with a new Lumia software update, and soon all of Nokia’s Lumia Widows Phone devices. Maybe Apple can pull a similar trick with a future software upgrade, but right now the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus won’t be able to record video in as high of a resolution as competing handsets on the market.
iOS fans probably won’t care, but Android users who may have been considering a switch might decide to stick with Google’s platform instead.
4. 16GB Instead of 32GB on the Low End
I had a talk with a friend of mine yesterday who was legitimately disappointed that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both ditched the 32GB option.
“You get 64GB for the same price,” I said, not seeing the problem with the situation. His argument, however, was that storage is so cheap that Apple is swindling users at the lower end who just want to pay $199.99 but need more than 16GB of storage. I see his point, and without a microSD card slot anyone who buys the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus with just 16GB of storage is going to be feeling the heat in a year or two, particularly as apps and games that take advantage of everything the A8 processor has to offers and grow in size.
Apple probably should have just put 32GB in the entry-level phones.
5. Still a 1.2MP FaceTime Camera
One of my biggest gripes with Apple’s front-facing camera is that the quality is far inferior to other options on the market. HTC has wide-angle front-facing cameras, as did many of the manufacturers who introduced new Android smartphones during IFA 2014 in Berlin last week.
Apple changed the aperture to f/2.2 from f/2.4 in the earlier iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, and added improved face detection, but the camera is still only capable of recording 720p videos and snapping 1.2-megapixel 1280 x 720-pixel photos. 4G LTE networks should be more than capable of FaceTime calls using 1080p and the front-facing camera could certainly use a megapixel bump and even a wide-angle lens.
That’s honestly one of my favorite features in a lot of Android phones today, and I would have loved to see it added to Apple’s new iPhones.
We still think Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are fantastic upgrades to earlier models, but the industry isn’t sitting still and we wish there was more. You know how the saying goes, Give a mouse a cookie… and he’ll ask for a glass of milk. What do you think Apple could have improved on the IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Or are they just perfect?