Apple Unveils New iPhones: Better for E-Reading With Bigger Screens and Sharper Displays

At a presentation in Cupertino, Calif. today, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both upgrades for ebook reading.

The new iPhones come in two sizes: a 4.7-inch display, and a phablet (phone-tablet mash-up) with a larger 5.5-inch display.

The smaller model has a 1334 by 750-pixel resolution display and the larger one has a 1920 by 1080-pixel resolution. Both are much higher than the current iPhone and iPad displays, meaning crisper images, videos and words. The iPhone 6 starts at $199 with a two-year contract. Just yesterday, Amazon dropped the price of its Fire phone from $199 to $0.99 with a two-year contract (and it comes with Amazon Prime, a $99 value).

Apple is thought to be the No. 2 or 3 ebook retailer in the U.S. and sells ebooks in dozens of countries around the world and devices nearly everywhere.




One thought on “Apple Unveils New iPhones: Better for E-Reading With Bigger Screens and Sharper Displays

  1. Michael W. Perry

    Why weren’t the ebook reading advantages of these new phones brought up?

    Alas, read the recent biography of Steve Jobs. I suspect Apple’s upper management is a bit like him. They’re of a generation that found their meaning in life through rock music. Books matter little to them.

    Yes, I know that’s pitiful. Rock music is quite possibly the narrowest artistic medium in human history. It vain, it’s narcissistic, it rarely mentions any topic but the listener’s current feelings. It never provides real, in-depth answers to life’s questions, so rock fans have to keep coming back for another fix. In sense, it’s an addictive drug.

    Rock music also killed Steve Jobs. Listen to the musicians he liked. Will you find any that discuss the stupidity of the fruit cure he tried to use to beat his cancer. Of course not. A nutty idea he’d developed as a adolescent was never corrected because the source of his beliefs never included sane books on health. Down, he’d listen to Dylan, preferably in a pirated edition.

    At its lower levels I suspect Apple does have people who read and think about ideas bigger than themselves and the latest gadget (comparable to the latest music hit). But I’m not sure they do much to shape Apple’s larger policies.

    That’s sad. Amazon needs someone to give them a run for their money in the ebook market. Apple is ambling along, hardly paying any attention to that market.



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