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Did Apple use photo trickery to make the iPhone 6 handsets look thinner? Trick with lighting made the devices appear slimmer

Slimline tonic: The iPhone 6 (centre) is 6.9mm thick, and the iPhone 6 Plus (pictured right) is 7.1mm. By comparison, the iPhone 5S (left) is 7.6mm. During the presentation, when the devices were shown on the big screen they appeared thinner than they really are. The outer line shows the actual thickness, the inner line shows how they appear

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled in California last night
Handsets are 9.2% and 7% thinner than the iPhone 5S, respectively
But presentation images made both devices appear much slimmer
This was created by lighting the phones so edges blended into background
It gave the illusion they were 34% and 29% thinner, respectively

After Apple announced the super-thin iPad Air, it was only a matter of time before the firm was able to produce a streamlined phone to match.
During last night’s event, Apple was keen to promote this fact, by showing off how much thinner its latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets are compared to previous models.
So keen, in fact, they appear to have used a bit of photo trickery to make the devices even narrower than they actually are.


The illusion was first spotted by digital news website Quartz.
The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm. By comparison, the iPhone 5S is 7.6mm, and the 5C is 8.97mm.


This means the iPhone 6 is 9.2 per cent thinner than the iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7 per cent more slender.
However, during last night's presentation, the devices were shown on a screen that made them appear even smaller than this.
This was achieved by lighting the side of the phones straight on, and creating shadows on the curved edges.

These shadows then blended into the background of the slide, making the phones both look approximately 5mm in width.
If this was the accurate width, it would make the devices 34.2 per cent and 29.5 per cent thinner than the 5S.
Up until August last year, Huawei was the record-holder for the thinnest phone in the world with its Ascend P6, at 6.1mm.
This was then replaced by the Vivo X3 at just 0.23 inches 5.75mm.
By comparison, Apple's iPad Air is 7.5mm, Samsung's Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm thick, while the HTC One M8 is 9.4mm.

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Up until August last year, Huawei was the record-holder for the thinnest phone in the world with its Ascend P6, at 6.1mm.
This was then replaced by the Vivo X3 at just 0.23 inches 5.75mm.
By comparison, Apple's iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm. 
The current iPhone 5S has a depth of 7.6mm, while the iPad Air is slightly thinner at 7.5mm.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm thick, and the HTC One M8 is 9.4mm.
 This illusion was achieved by lighting the side of the phones straight on, and creating shadows on the curved edges. These shadows then blended into the background of the slide, making the phones both look approximately 5mm in width

Apple’s devices were unveiled by Phi Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino last night, alongside the Apple Watch. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5-inches. The current iPhone 5S is 4-inches

Apple’s devices were unveiled at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino last night, alongside the Apple Watch.
The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5-inches.
The phones will be available to pre-order on Friday, then go on sale the following week, on 19 September.

In the UK, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be available, unlocked, directly from Apple for £539 for the 16GB model, £619 for the 64GB model and £699 for the 128GB version.
The 16GB version of the larger iPhone 6 Plus will sell for £619, this rises to £699 for the 64GB handset and £789 for the 128GB version.
The cost of getting a new iPhone on a monthly contract in the UK is expected to be announced by the various networks next week ahead of the official sale starting.
In the US, the iPhone 6 will start at $199 on a two-year contract for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB.
The iPhone 6 Plus starts at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB.

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