Published on October 18 2014

Apple has officially taken the covers off the iPad Air 2, its latest flagship tablet sporting that familiar 9.7-inch display.

Tim Cook took to the stage in Cupertino to give us the low down of its newest tablet, alongside the new iPad Mini 3.

We've gathered together all the key information on Apple's new tablet for you to digest in one place, so please read on

iPad Air 2 release date

You'll be able to pre-order the iPad Air 2 from October 17, with an iPad Air 2 release date set for the 'end of next week.'

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features
iPad Air 2 price

In terms of price the iPad Air 2 starts at $499, £399, AU$619 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, with 64GB of internal storage setting you back $599, £479, AU$739 and 128GB costing $699, £559, AU$859.

If you fancy some 4G action on your iPad Air 2 you'll have to part with $629, £499, AU$779 for 16GB, $729, £579, AU$899 for 64GB and $829, £659, AU$1019 for 128GB

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features
iPad Air 2 display

The iPad Air 2 has the same 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 264ppi display as its predecessor, but it's not a carbon copy as Apple has developed a zero air gap screen.

It claims that this anti-reflective coating reduces screen reflections by 56%, which should provide clearer, brighter images.

iPad Air 2 design

It's thinner! No seriously, Apple has shaved off 1.4mm from the original iPad Air to make the iPad Air 2 just 6.1mm thick - that's the world's thinnest tablet people.

You'll be able to pick the iPad Air 2 up in silver, space grey and the all new gold variant - how exciting.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features
iPad Air 2 power

The iPad Air 2 houses Apple's new A8X chip created specifically for the tablet, providing 40% faster CPU performance for apps and it claims graphics are 2.5 times faster.

Apple bigged up the graphic performance of its new chip, which means games should look pretty awesome on the Air 2, with the promise console quality graphics.

The M8 motion co-processor also resides inside (just like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus), plus Apple has stuffed in a barometer as well, because it can.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features
iPad Air 2 operating system

There's no surprise here, the iPad Air 2 comes running iOS 8.1 - Apple's latest version of its mobile platform.

iPad Air 2 camera

The iPad Air 2 has Apple's new 8MP iSight camera with a f/2.4 aperture plus 1080p video recording and 720p slo-mode video capabilities.

Auto HDR from the iPhone makes the leap to the Air 2, panorama and burst mode are present and there's a macro mode too

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Time-lapse also makes it way onto iPad with the Air 2.

The face time camera on the front is also new, with a f/2.2 aperture to let in more light and it has a HD resolution with HDR built in.

iPad Air 2 Touch ID

It has it. Fact. Apple says its one of the most requested features from users, and with iPad Air 2 its answered those longing for the functionality.

It allows you to unlock the tablet as well as paying for products including through Apple Pay.

Battery and connectivity

Apple is promising up to 10 hours battery life, while new faster Wi-Fi and LTE are also hidden within the iPad Air 2.

In fact the Air 2 supports 20 different LTE bands, more than any other tablet on the market, meaning it should be compatible with your network.

There's plenty to read about the new iPad Air, but seeing is believing. Check out our hands on video with the new tablet below!

The iPad Air 2, the obvious follow up to the iPad Air, is about to land - but how good will it actually be? Can Apple really make it that different to the previous model?

Given the brand seems to have leaked it itself already, thanks to publishing a screengrab showing the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 on a tutorial in iBooks, we're almost certain to be seeing the iPad Air 2, with TouchID in tow, at Apple's launch event tonight.

While called the iPad Air 2, this will actually be Apple's sixth generation full size (9.7-inch) tablet, but Apple is going to have a tough job topping the iPad Air, after it gained a coveted 5 star TechRadar review and it currently sits proudly at number 1 in our "Best Tablets in the World" top 10.

Rumors and speculation have been pouring in as is the norm with an Apple product and we've collected them all in one place. Think of this as your one-stop-shop for iPad Air 2 news and get ready, because the latest rumors suggest it's almost here.

iPad Air 2 release date

It's official, we're going to be seeing the iPad Air 2 on October 16, or at least Apple has sent out invites for an event on that date and it's incredibly unlikely that the iPad Air 2 won't make an appearance.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Even before the arrival of the invitations it looked like we were probably going to see it on October 16, which is now so close we can almost touch it.

As for the actual release date that's likely to be early to mid November. Why November? Well that's when the iPad Air made an appearance last year, and Apple does like to stick to its annual product cycle - if you overlook the whole iPad 4 thing.

It should be on track for November too, as according to Bloomberg's sources the iPad Air 2 has already gone into production.

iPad Air 2 price

While we haven't seen any rumors surrounding the potential pricing for the iPad Air 2, Apple is usually pretty good when it comes to new products inheriting the pricing structure of the flagships they are replacing.

A look at the iPad Air prices sees the entry-level 16GB, Wi-Fi slate costing £399 / $499 / AU$598, with storage increments gaining £80 / $100 / AU$100 each time for 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

Fancy getting some LTE connectivity inside your iPad Air 2? Then you're probably looking at a starting price of £499 / $629 / AU$749 for the 16GB model, rising all the way to £739 / $929 / AU$1049 for the 128GB, with the £80 / $100 / AU$100 increments bridging the 32GB and 64GB gaps.

iPad Air 2 power

There were some early rumors buzzing around as KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the new iPad Air will come with an Apple A8 processor and sources speaking to ETNews believe the same. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both shipped with the A8.

This might not be the case as recently leaked photos of the iPad Air 2's logic board apple.club.tw show the iPad Air 2 sporting a brand new A8X processor.

Including an A8X chip rather than the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 would mark Apple's return to creating specialised versions of its processors for its tablets. These processors would be more powerful than the iPhone versions, especially when it comes to graphics.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

As well as a new processor it could have 2GB of RAM, double the amount in the original iPad Air. That's according to supply chain sources for Taiwan's TechNews and more recently some RAM photos from Geekbar, though given that the iPhone 6 stuck with 1GB of RAM we're not so sure.

iPad Air 2 camera

As well as predicting an A8 processor, Kuo also believes that the iPad Air 2 will sport an 8MP rear camera, up from 5MP on the iPad Air.

Kuo's theories are looking increasingly likely, as according to sources speaking to ETNews the iPad Air 2's main camera will be boosted from 5MP to 8MP, while the front-facing snapper will be increased to 1.5MP.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

We've not heard much else about the camera yet, but a leaked iPad Air 2 case has a mysterious hole, which is positioned near the camera hole. What this could be for is anyone's guess, perhaps a laser autofocus or an LED flash?

iPad Air 2 operating system

There are no prizes for guessing the answer to this one. The iPad Air 2, whenever it arrives, will come running Apple's latest software - iOS 8.

This is a step up from iOS 7 which arrived in 2013 and completely overhauled the design and theme of the platform.

iPad Air 2 Touch ID

TouchID seems nailed on since it was listed on Apple's own tutorial - and to miss it out now would mean that Apple Pay wouldn't be as useful. Paying for stuff online with your iPad using just a digit? Now that makes sense.

Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPad Air 2 will get a dose of Touch ID. This is a theory which is given extra credence by the mention of iPads in the Biometric Kit for iOS 7.1.

Apple has also applied to patent Touch ID for tablets and a mention of Touch ID on the iPad has even been found in iOS 8.1 beta code, alongside a suggestion that Apple Pay will be supported for making in-app purchases.

Further evidence is found in the leaked images republished by apple.club.tw. These show a component inside the iPad Air 2 with space for a Touch ID home button, which makes its inclusion even more likely.

We're just hours away from the launch and one of the clearest photos of the slate yet seen has just emerged. Posted to Weibo by "Mrlee" and spotted by BGR the photo appears to show the iPad Air 2 in all its glory, complete with a redesigned home button and Touch ID.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Sources speaking to ETNews claim that the design is going to be similar to that of the original iPad Air and its screen will stick at a resolution of 2048 x 1536.

That's been echoed in more recent rumors, though these go on to say that the slate itself might be even thinner than last year's model.

However while the resolution might not change, according to sources speaking to Bloomberg that screen might have an "anti reflection coating" which would make it easier to read.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

We've also caught a glimpse of what might be the new iPad Air's front panel and it appears that the display is integrated, allowing it to be slimmer than the iPad Air which has a separate display and panel.

Recent rumors echo that, claiming that it's allowed the iPad Air 2 to be as much as 0.5mm thinner than the iPad Air. That would make it just 7mm thick, still not quite the slimmest slate on the market (the Xperia Z2 Tablet is 6.4mm), but it would be the slimmest iPad yet.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Vietnamese blog Tinhte.vn has now specifically said that it's just 7mm thick, as well as confirming the inclusion of Touch ID and showing off some new photos, which are oddly lacking a mute button, though this is probably a non-final version we're looking at, so the button may will make it onto the retail slate.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

A more comprehensive leak claiming to show off a prototype iPad Air 2 in pretty much all its glory has also hit the web, revealing subtle design changes rather than a total overhaul.

Something worth noting in this series of images is the fact the Touch ID button from the iPhone 5S appears to be on the iPad Air 2, backing up Kuo's claim that the biometric tech will land on the slate and matching other images that we've seen.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Touch ID seems to be the feature of choice surrounding most of the next-gen iPad rumors, as another image claiming to show the iPhone 6,iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2 highlights the fingerprint scanner on all three devices.

Another recent leak mentions that Touch ID will be included in the new iPad Air and that it's going to be more durable than the current incarnation.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

We've also seen yet another photo of the iPad Air 2, this time alongside an iPhone 5S and with Touch ID just as much of a focus as it has been in previous images.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

It appears the iPad Air 2 just can't stay away from cameras, as a series of shots appeared on ASCII Plus showing off the front, rear and sides of a tablet which looks very similar to the ones appearing in previous leaks.

The report does state that the device next to the current iPad Air in the shots is a mock up of Apple's tablet, so it has to be taken with a pinch of salt - but again it's more of the same with no slider switch above the slightly redesigned volume keys.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Further images have emerged, this time supposedly showing the rear cover and they largely line up with what we've seen so far. It's evident from them that the volume controls have been recessed into the frame, while the speaker grille is now a single line of holes and there appears to be a microphone next to the rear camera.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

As for what colours the iPad Air 2 will be available in, sources speaking to Bloomberg claim that there will be a gold option, alongside the expected silver and grey shades.

While we loved the iPad Air, there's always room for improvement. Head over to page three to see what we'd love to see on the iPad Air 2.

The iPad Air is a great device but even brilliance can be built upon, so there's room for improvement for Apple's sixth generation slate - aka the iPad Air 2.

Since the Air shares much of its design and many of its components with the latest iPad mini, some of this list overlaps with what we want to see for the iPad mini 3. But given the new iPad Air will be the flagship model, there are a few other things Apple could do.

A bigger screen

There's always a tradeoff between portability and screen size, but the success of some competing tablets shows that there is a market for devices larger than the iPad.

And before you dismiss the idea, remember this is the company that said it wouldn't build a smaller iPad and then went on to design the wildly successful iPad mini.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Recent rumors have raised the spectre of a 12.9-inch iPad, significantly larger than the current 9.7-inch screen and running at 2K or even 4K resolution.

While the current Retina display running at 2,048 x 1,536 pixels could arguably already be described as 2K or very close, having a physically larger screen would be good for movies and photo editing, and Apple likes to boast about statistics when it suits.

Of course, this could actually be the much-vaunted iPad Pro, which would mean the iPad Air would stay the same - and if that's the only way to maintain portability, we're all for it.

Current rumors are pointing to a more 'pressure sensitive' display, which would allow for better reception of prods from your digits and even that much-fabled iStylus that could do everything but make the tea for you.

Bluetooth mouse support

As the iPad gets more powerful it becomes a more realistic proposition as a work machine, with current models inching closer to being dubbed true laptop replacements. The only problem is that touch input just isn't as accurate as mouse input for some tasks.

Adding support for mice or graphics pen-style devices over Bluetooth could make the iPad a more usable device for more complex tasks, especially when it comes to graphics apps.

This would be quite a step for Apple since it touts touch as easy and intuitive, but it would nonetheless be welcomed by some users.

Facial recognition

iPads have had a front-facing camera for ages, and the Camera app is already able to detect faces when focusing.

So it would be nice to have some means to unlock or authenticate your device by simply holding it up as you normally do and having the camera recognise you. However, there's a big caveat here: Apple needs to do what it did with Touch ID and make the system work instantly, and be very hard to spoof.

There are other possibilities instead, such as eye tracking, scrolling pages depending on your eye movements, or pausing movies when you look away. Again, we've seen these already, so we'd be looking to Apple to make the system flawless.

Touch ID

Like the Mini, the iPad Air still lacks the Touch ID sensor found in the new iPhone 5S. This seems a little odd for an expensive flagship device, and in future you can expect to see fingerprint sensing used for more than just unlocking a device, so putting it in the iPad would enable easier downloads, logins and even user switching.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

Its current omission may be a cost issue, in the sense that Apple wants to protect its profit margins, but over time all technology tends to become cheaper so it would be a welcome inclusion and based on the rumors we're hearing it probably will be included.

A card slot

Look, we know that a lot of people reading this will laugh in our faces, but hear us out. We know there's no way Apple will put a card slot in its sleek, machine-tooled surfaces of its iPad but there's no doubt that a way to bring content more easily on and off the tablet is needed.

With games and bigger music and video apps easily eating up 1GB or more, the base 16GB iPad can quickly fill up, especially if you're going to be away from your computer and unable to re-sync new content easily.

So if it's not a card slot (which it won't be, unless the moon suddenly turns into a banana and gravity inverts) then some other ability to sync content - be it a digital locker, a Lightning port connector with card slot that can do more than just photos, or some other idea.

Come on Apple, we're not doing all the work for you.

A haptic screen

Touch is pretty amazing though we all take it for granted now. An interesting way for Apple to go could be to use a pressure-sensitive haptic screen in its iPad lineup.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

As well as providing better interaction for painting and drawing apps, it could surely leverage the extra input information for other purposes like pressing hard on a link to open it in a new tab.

A file browser

This is more of an iOS wish than specifically an iPad one, but iOS currently provides no real access to a file storage or manipulation area.

Sure, third party apps do this, each in their own way but if Apple implemented it at a system level it could standardize the process of downloading files (not currently supported by Safari), saving documents and storing stuff so that all developers could provide a better overall experience - and would facilitate expandable storage in some form, as we mentioned earlier.

Apple wants you to use iCloud to sync all this kind of stuff but that presumes that you always have a network connection and that users will happily pay to upgrade the measly 5GB of standard iCloud storage associated with each Apple ID.

A quad core CPU

It's true that Apple's dual core A7 performs better than most quad core mobile CPUs in everyday use and this is down to the fact that by making the processor and the software and tightly controlling both, it can optimize everything very well.

But just imagine that level of expertise being applied to a quad core CPU. Track counts and frame rates would go up, render and load times would go down - it's going to happen at some point, and the boon in creativity, already one of Apple's taglines to buying it tablets, would be immense.

So a quad core iPad seems likely, though the timing is less clear. The physically larger battery available would mean the Air likely goes quad core before the iPad Mini ever could - but would Apple really want to switch out its strategy?.

A better camera

The iPad's two cameras are good, but there's no real limit on how good people would like them to be.

It's not just about screen sizes, since the Air already shoots in HD, but improving the quality of the image, the zoom and stills performance would all be welcome and seem likely contenders for inclusion in future versions of the iPad, since camera technology is constantly advancing.

iPad Air 2 release date, news and features

By the way, we don't mean the rear camera. That can go down to 2MP if it would make the design better, as it might discourage the scourge of tablet photography. We mean the front camera, improving it for use as a video conferencing tool and taking self portraits for social networks.

Live multitasking

By live we mean the ability to have two apps on screen at the same time. Imagine streaming iPlayer while checking your email, and not having to switch out of one to see the other.

There would have to be limits, like not allowing two apps to play sound at the same time, but it seems plausible enough on the larger screen of the Air plus its significant processing power.

Again some other manufacturers have tried this with limited success, so it would be up to Apple to show them how to do it right - ideally it would be contextual or even Siri-driven, allowing you to be working on a spreadsheet or watching a movie and say 'Siri, is my train delayed?' and have what you were doing staying front and center with the information subtly popping up.

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Published on October 6 2014

Chinese model Liu Wen may be involved in a fashion-oriented advertising campaign for the Apple Watch, according to an image that she recently shared on Instagram. In a photo that shows her trying on the Apple Watch at Parisian fashion boutique Colette, Wen writes "My second meeting with the #AppleWatch, this time in Colette. The first time? Well, you'll see soon."

Several fashion publications have taken Wen's statement to mean that she is somehow involved in marketing the Apple Watch, possibly taking part in an upcoming advertising campaign designed to promote Apple's wearable device.

Chinese model hints at fashion-oriented advertising push for Apple watch

Liu Wen is a well-known fashion model, who has modeled for high-end luxury brands like Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, and more.

The Apple Watch is Apple's first product that has had a distinct focus on fashion, and the company has been working towards positioning it as a high-fashion accessory. In addition to debuting the Apple Watch at French luxury boutique Colette last week, Apple also made an effort to include high-profile fashion editors and bloggers at the September event where the Apple Watch was introduced along the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

As Apple gears up to launch the Apple Watch in early 2015, it is likely that the company will hold additional fashion-oriented events in order to promote the device. Apple may take several different approaches in its Apple Watch advertising to reach a wide range of potential customers, as June rumors suggested it was also testing the watch with multiple professional athletes, who may also be involved in advertisements.

Ahead of introducing the Apple Watch, Apple made a number of hires from various luxury retailers, including Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry CEO who now serves as Apple's head of retail, and Paul Deneve, the former Yves Saint Laurent CEO who now works on "special projects." Apple has also picked up Patrick Pruniaux, a former Tag Heuer Sales Director, and famous designer Marc Newson.

The company's Apple Watch, expected in early 2015, will be available in a wide range of materials and at several different price points. On the lower end, the Sport version of the device will retail for $349, and rumors have suggested the higher-end solid gold Edition models could sell for thousands of dollars.

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“How to convert MTS to MP4 on Mac? I was trying to use MTS files in my video project on my Mac but found that MTS files were not compatible with Mac.What can I do? Is there any way to convert MTS to MP4?” —— Answers Yahoo

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Tips: If you need to convert MTS to MP4 and other video formats on Windows, you can turn to MTS Video Converter.

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Step 2: Select “MP4″ as output format

Choose the drop-down list of “Output” to choose MP4 as output format. If you want to import the output videos to Apple devices like iPad, iPod, iPhone and more portable devices like PSP, HTC etc. for convenient playback, you can choose the presets offered for the corresponding device as the output format.

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With this year's batch of iPhones, Apple finally has a Galaxy Note competitor in the iPhone 6 Plus. But how does the smaller iPhone 6 compare to the Note 4? Let's compare their features and specs

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Size

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

No surprises here, as we're comparing a standard-sized phone (at least by today's standards) with a phablet. The Galaxy Note 4 is 12 percent taller and 18 percent wider than the iPhone 6.

The iPhone, though, is one of the thinnest phones you can buy. At a mere 6.9 mm (0.27-in), it's 19 percent thinner than the Note.

Weight

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The smaller iPhone is also much lighter – by 27 percent.

Build

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Like most Apple devices, the iPhone 6 has an aluminum unibody build. Pictures don't quite do it justice: you have to see it and hold it to fully appreciate Apple's design work.

The Note 4 has a soft-touch pleather back, very similar to what we saw in the Note 3 (minus the fake stitching). This time around, though, the band running around the phablet's edge is made of metal.

Colors

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We're looking at three color options on the iPhone (variants of the same three colors we saw in the iPhone 5s), and four choices for the Note.

Display (size)

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

This is the biggest advantage of going with a phablet like the Note 4. It gives you 47 percent more screen than this smaller iPhone 6 gives you (though, again, Apple's iPhone 6 Plus creeps a lot closer).

Display (resolution)

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The iPhone's screen outshines what you'd expect from these numbers. The iPhones 6 and 6 Plus have two of the best mobile displays I've seen, with terrific contrast and viewing angles, as well as color range and accuracy.

It's quite possible that the Note 4's screen will be one of the best as well, but it was hard to tell during my brief hands-on time at Samsung's launch event. Stay tuned.

Display (type)

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We're looking at an IPS panel in the iPhone, next to a Super AMOLED in the Note. AMOLED screens typically have greater contrast and rich saturation, but, again, the iPhone is also doing great in those departments.

Fingerprint sensor

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

You can tick this box in Apple's column, as its Touch ID sensor is quicker and easier to use than Samsung's fingerprint scanner. The iPhone's lets you simply rest your finger on its home button for a brief moment. The Note's requires a swipe: still nice to have, but a bit clunkier.

With iOS 8, you can also use Touch ID with third-party apps (password manager apps are especially nice to protect with a fingerprint). There are also third-party Android apps (like PayPal and LastPass) that play nicely with Samsung's sensor.

Stylus

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung's S Pen stylus is a fundamental piece of the Galaxy Note puzzle. Not only does it give you a sense of precision and control that your stubby finger can't possibly give you, but Samsung also threw in some convenient note-taking features that are never farther than a pen-click away.

There are styluses that you can use with iPhones, but they're capacitive pens, which simulate finger touches. They're pretty crude compared to the Note's active digitizer stylus.

NFC payments

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Starting this October, Apple Pay (sometimes branded as Pay) will let you use the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to tap-and-pay for goods at participating retailers. Just hold your finger on the Touch ID sensor while hovering your phone near the terminal, then grab your purchase and go. It's Apple's big play to replace your wallet.

Apple is hardly first to this technology, as Google Wallet and Softcard (formerly Isis) have been trying to put NFC payments on the map for several years. To say they haven't set the world on fire, though, would be a colossal understatement.

Heart rate sensor

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you want to measure your heart rate on the go, the Note 4 has a heart rate sensor on its backside.

The iPhone can approximate this feature, though, with third-party apps that use its camera and flash to check your pulse.

Battery

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

We've been impressed with the iPhone 6's battery life. Stay tuned for our impressions of the Note 4's uptimes.

Ultra Power Saving Mode

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you do get low on juice, Samsung has a cool feature that can keep you on the grid. Ultra Power Saving Mode might (temporarily) turn your device into a glorified feature phone, but it can also stretch 10 percent juice into around 24 hours of extra uptime.

Fast charging

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung also says that the Note 4 will charge from 0 to 50 percent in about half an hour – provided you're sticking with its default charger.

Storage

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The iPhone starts on a smaller storage tier, but maxes out at a higher 128 GB.

MicroSD card

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

You can augment the Note's internal storage, though, by popping in a microSD card.

Cameras

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It's too early to jump to conclusions about the Note 4's camera, but the iPhone's is excellent. Continuing a common theme here, its quality far outshines what you'd expect from these numbers (after all, megapixels only go so far).

OIS

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The iPhone 6 Plus may have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), but this smaller iPhone 6 doesn't. This is the first time we've seen OIS in a flagship Samsung device.

Processor

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Similar to the iPhone's display and camera, its processor fights way above this weight class you see on paper. Any other dual-core processor, clocked at 1.4 GHz, would be decidedly mid-ranged. But Apple's, combined with iOS, delivers some of the silkiest-smooth performance I've seen on any mobile device.

Keep in mind, though, that this image only includes the LTE version of the Note 4. The 3G/HSPA version has an octa-core Samsung Exynos processor in its place.

RAM

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The same goes for RAM, though I do notice backgrounded apps and browser tabs refreshing more often on the iPhone than I do on some rival Android devices.

Split-screen multitasking

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you want a desktop-like split-screen multitasking mode, then Samsung's Multi Window delivers. The only downside is that it still only works with a handful of select apps.

One-handed mode

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It comes in a bit handier on the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but Apple's "Reachability" is the company's solution to using a big phone with one hand. Lightly double-tap the Touch ID sensor to slide the top of its screen down to the bottom.

Samsung has a different take on one-handed mode, as a swiping gesture shrinks the entire screen (keyboard included) down to a more manageable size.

Infrared

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Want to change channels on your TV with your device? The Note lets you, the iPhone doesn't.

Smartwatch compatibility

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you're ready to jump into the wrist-computer craze (or the craze that's supposedly coming any time now), then these are your primary options with each device.

There are many other watches you can use with both phones, but the upcoming Apple Watch is the big one to look out for on the Apple side, while the Samsung Gear and Android Wear watches are your best bets on the Note's side of the fence.

Virtual reality

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 is the only device that's compatible with Samsung's upcoming Oculus-powered Gear VR headset. You slide the phablet inside, and let it provide the screen and processing power for your futuristic gaming (and entertainment) system.

Software

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The iPhone 6 fits the silky-smooth iOS 8 like hand in glove. Apple's latest mobile OS brings third-party keyboards, Touch ID integration in third-party apps and app extensions to iOS.

The Note 4 runs Android 4.4 KitKat at its core, with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top, which opens the door to the stylus integration (among many other features).

Release date

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The new iPhones are already in customers' hands, while the Note 4 launches in the US on October 17. It's already rolling out, though, in Samsung's native Korea.

Starting price (full retail)

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

It varies a bit from carrier to carrier, but, at least in some cases, the Note 4 can be had for just US$50 more than the iPhone 6 at full retail.

Starting price (on-contract)

iPhone 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

If you're buying with a new two-year contract, then you're looking at an extra $100 for the Note. Its $300 starting price is the same that you'll see for the iPhone 6's big brother, the 6 Plus.

For more on these two, you can hit up our full review of the iPhone 6 and our hands-on with the Galaxy Note 4.

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