First weekend iPhone 6 sales are over 10 million


Tyler Elmore

Customers wait in line at the Apple store for the release of new products in Walnut Creek on Friday Sept. 19.

Ryan Chan, Staff member

Bigger and bolder than their predecessors is a typical trend among new Apple releases. But with the recent announcement of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the Apple Watch, iOS 8 and Apple Pay, this year may just top the rest in terms of big. And with an impressive 10 million units sold over the weekend, the iPhone 6 is off to a strong start.

How impressive are the latest gadgets? It depends on who you ask.

But first, a look at the latest iPhone lineup.

The iPhone 6 has a wide, 4.7 inch display in 1,334 x 750-pixel resolution, and is touted to have a five-and-a-half hour battery life, runs iOS8, and beginning in October, Apple Pay integration. Available in silver, gold and grey, it’s priced at $199 for the 16 gigabyte model, $299 for the 64 GB model, and $399 for the 128 GB model.

The iPhone 6 Plus features a massive 5.5 inch display and 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution, a six-and-a-half hour battery life, and will also support iOS8 and Apple Pay. The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for the 16 GB model, $399 for the 64 GB model, and $499 for the 128 GB model.

Kevin Hettenbach, a 22-year-old criminal justice major and former iPhone user, is not impressed.

“I probably wouldn’t buy the new iPhone because of portability issues and size,” he said.

And it’s security that concerns Carley Bettencourt, a 20-year-old nursing student.

“I really like my iPhone,”  she said. “But I would only really buy the new one if the security was good.”

Apple claims that the new iOS 8 operating system does feature enhanced security that prevents hackers and law enforcement from accessing information from Apple devices. This comes only weeks after nude photos of high profile celebrities appeared illicitly on the internet, calling into question the integrity of iCloud security.

Yet some students are reassured by Apple’s promise.

“The new password encryption on iOS 8 is great,” Deberah Schlagel, a 40-year-old film major, said. “Especially in an age where so much of your data is stolen, sold, and mined.”

Time will tell just how secure the new system is.

And consumers will also have to wait for the much-hyped Apple Watch. The company’s response to Samsung’s “smart watches” is slated to release early next year, and will feature a sleek touch display that allows access to phone, music and other apps.  A touch dial display on the side of the watch will allow interaction with additional features.  Users can touch and swipe the watch like a regular iPhone or speak into the microphone.

But perhaps the biggest announcement of things to come is the Apple Pay payment platform, which will enable users to pay for purchases with their iPhones instead of credit cards. Yet again, questions of security arise.

“Anything that goes up on the cloud just isn’t safe,” Michael Incerti, a 20-year-old psychology major said, again referencing the leaked celebrity photos.

While it’s yet to be seen whether students will come to embrace the new line of Apple gear, there’s no denying that it’s already piqued a lot of interest.