Introduction and Specifications
The iPhone 6 Plus is a giant departure for Apple (there's that pun again, sorry). It’s potentially even addressing a new market segment for the company, and more than ever, it's designed to attract Android users who have contemplated the switch to iOS, but wanted a large-screen phone.
Apple made a couple of clever choices on the 6 Plus, too. Not only did it equip the larger of its two new iPhones with a full 1080p display, but it also gave it two distinct hardware perks: optical image stabilization on the camera and batter battery life. That means that there’s more to the iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus decision than display preference.
Let’s take a look at what’s inside Apple’s largest, most powerful, and most expensive iPhone yet.
|CPU Speed||Apple A8 silicon (64-bit; dual-core 1.4GHz Cyclone ARMv8)
|Memory||Flash 16GB/64GB/128GB + 1GB RAM|
||6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (LxWxT)
|Weight||6.07 ounces with battery|
|Display||5.5" Retina Display with 1920x1080 resolution; 1300:1 contrast ratio; ~401pp; Multi-Touch; 16M colors; LED-backlit IPS LCD technology; Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front, in-layer touch panel|
|Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA), A1524; CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1522 (CDMA), A1524; TD-SCDMA 1900 / 2000 - A1524; LTE 700/800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29) - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA); LTE 700/800/850/900/1800/1900/2100/2600; TD-LTE 1900/2300/2500/2600; (1/2/3/4/5/7/8/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/38/39/40/41) - A1524
|GPS||Assisted GPS and GLONASS antennas
|Sensors||Digital compass, Barometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer; Fingerprint Identity sensor (TouchID)|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 (A2DP, LE)
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi (dual-band)
3.5mm stereo audio jack
Apple Lightning Connector
|Camera||8-megapixel iSight rear camera with phase-detection auto focus and 1080p video capture (up to 60 frames per second with audio) and 240FPS Slo-Mo; LED Flash; FaceTime HD front camera with 1.2MP photos and HD video (720p) up to 30 frames per second
|Battery||Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (non-removable 2915mAh; 11.1Wh)
Talk time: Up to 24 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 384 hours
Internet Use: Up to 12 hours on 3G, LTE, or Wi-Fi
Audio Playback: Up to 80 hours
HD Video Playback: Up to 14 hours
|In-Box Content||Main unit, Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic, Lightning Connector to USB Cable, USB Power Adapter, Documentation
$299 - $499 On Contract With AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile; $749 - $999 unsubsidized
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In light of previous iPhones, the iPhone 6 Plus' specifications are better overall, thanks to an updated, dual-core A8 SoC that packs a more powerful graphics core. Despite having fewer CPU cores and lower clocks than many SoCs from companies like Qualcomm, iPhones in general have performed very well, thanks to Apple's hardware and software optimizations. We expect that the components within the iPhone 6 Plus will satisfy both upgrading iOS loyalists as well as Android or Windows Phone users considering making the transition.
If the new innards and new screen size weren’t enough, the iPhone 6 Plus also ships with an entirely new operating system, iOS 8. We’ll evaluate the whole shebang in the pages ahead.