More sophisticated than iPhone, more convenient than iPad
There's that scene in The Empire Strikes Back, where you see the Star Destroyer, the one that looked so big in the first film. Then you see a shadow fall over it, and the Super Star Destroyer once again redefines your whole perception of big. The iPhone 6 Plus is just exactly like that. It's 5.5-inch screen is so much bigger than any previous iPhone that it changes the way you think about the iPhone itself.
Yes, it’s better — new display technology, second generation 64-bit processor and motion coprocessor, improved cameras, faster cellular and Wi-Fi networking, and a new transaction system called Apple Pay. Yet it’s more than that as well.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad, he said that in order to for there to be room for a new category of device between the laptop and the phone, that device had to be far better at some key tasks. Its ultra-light form factor had to be more convenient and accessible for more people to use in more places than the laptop. And its bigger screen had to provide for more sophisticated apps and more immersive experiences than the phone. Otherwise, Jobs said, it had no reason for being.
Apple, of course, thought they had just such a device in the iPad. And they were proven right. Now Apple is betting there's room enough left for one more device, one between the iPad and iPhone, one even more convenient and accessible than the tablet and more sophisticated and immersive than the phone.
Apple is betting on the iPhone 6 Plus.
So, are they right?
- The iPhone 6 Plus is a 5.5-inch iPhone with optical image stabilization (OIS), longer battery life, and iPad-style apps in landscape mode, all wrapped up in a gorgeous, deceptively light package. If sophisticated and immersive experiences are important to you, the iPhone 6 Plus is for you.
- For some, the iPhone 6 Plus will simply be too big — too big to fit into a pocket, too big to walk with and type with at the same time, too big to use the way an iPhone has traditionally been used. For that, there’s the iPhone 6.
- With an incredible 5.5-inch display, faster chips, faster networking, better cameras, and an unprecedented choice between a denser or bigger display, the iPhone 6 Plus may not be for everyone. But for those who want something that’s far more productive than it is pocketable, something that’s as much huge iPhone as it is tiny iPad, the iPhone 6 Plus is not just a big thing, it’s the best thing.
|iPhone||iPhone 3G||iPhone 3GS||iPhone 4||iPhone 4S||iPhone 5||iPhone 5c||iPhone 5s||iPhone 6||iPhone 6 Plus|
|Model Name||iPhone 1,1||iPhone 1,2||iPhone 2,1||iPhone 3,1||iPhone 4,1||iPhone 5,1||iPhone 5,3||iPhone 6,1||iPhone 7,2||iPhone 7,1|
|Launch OS||iPhone OS 1.0||iPhone OS 2.0||iPhone OS 3.0||iOS 4||iOS 5||iOS 6||iOS 7||iOS 7||iOS 8||iOS 8|
|Screen Size||3.5 inches||3.5 inches||3.5 inches||3.5 inches||3.5 inches||4.0 inches||4.0 inches||4.0 inches||4.7 inches||5.5 inches|
|Screen Resolution||480x320 (163ppi)||480x320 (163ppi)||480x320 (163ppi)||960x640 (326ppi)||960x640 (326ppi)||1136x640 (326ppi)||1136x640 (326ppi)||1136x640 (326ppi)||1334x750 (326ppi)||1920x1080 (401ppi)|
|Screen Type||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||DD-IPS LCD||DD-IPS LCD|
|System-on-a-chip||Samsung S5L8900||Samsung S5L8900||Samsung APL0298C05||Apple A4||Apple A5||Apple A6||Apple A6||Apple A7||Apple A8||Apple A8|
|CPU||ARM 1176JZ(F)-S||ARM 1176JZ(F)-S||600MHz ARM Cortex A8||800MHz ARM Cortex A8||800MHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9||1.3GHz dual-core Swift (ARM v7s)||1.3GHz dual-core Swift (ARM v7s)||64-bit 1.3GHz dual-core Cyclone (ARM v8)||64-bit 1.38Ghz dual-core (ARM v8)||64-bit 1.38Ghz dual-core (ARM v8)|
|GPU||PowerVR MBX Lite 3D||PowerVR MBX Lite 3D||PowerVR SGX535||PowerVR SGX535||PowerVR dual-core SGX543MP4||PowerVR triple-core SGX543MP3||PowerVR triple-core SGX543MP3||PowerVR G6430||PowerVR GX6450||PowerVR GX6450|
|Co-processor||none||none||none||none||none||none||none||M7 Motion||M8 Motion||M8 Motion|
|Cellular Data||EDGE||3G 3.6||HSPA 7.2||HSPA 7.2||HSPA 14.4||LTE/DC-HSPA||LTE/DC-HSPA||LTE/DC-HSPA||LTE Advanced||LTE Advanced|
|Rear Camera||2MP||2MP||3MP/480p||5MP/720p, ƒ2.8, 1.75µ||8MP/1080p, ƒ/2.4, BSI, 1.4µ||8MP/1080p, ƒ/2.4, BSI, 1.4µ||8MP/1080p, ƒ/2.4, BSI, 1.4µ||8MP/1080p, ƒ/2.2, BSI, 1.5µ||8MP/1080p 60fps, ƒ/2.2, BSI, 1.5µ||8MP/1080p 60fps, ƒ/2.2, BSI, 1.5µ OIS|
|Front Camera||none||none||none||VGA||VGA||1.2MP/720p, BSI||1.2MP/720p, BSI||1.2MP/720p, BSI||1.2MP/720p, BSI||1.2MP/720p, BSI|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 2.0+EDR||Bluetooth 2.0+EDR||Bluetooth 2.1+EDR||Bluetooth 2.1+EDR||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0||Bluetooth 4.0|
|Wi-Fi||802.11b/g||802.11b/g||802.11b/g||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)||802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz, 5GHz)||802.11a/b/g/n/ac||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
|GPS||none||aGPS||aGPS||aGPS||aGPS, GLONASS||aGPS, GLONASS||aGPS, GLONASS||aGPS, GLONASS||aGPS, GLONASS||aGPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared, fingerprint||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared, fingerprint, barometer||Ambient light, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope, infrared, fingerprint, barometer|
|Connector||30-pin Dock||30-pin Dock||30-pin Dock||30-pin Dock||30-pin Dock||Lightning||Lightning||Lightning||Lightning||Lightning|
|Height||4.52 inches (115mm)||4.55 inches (115.5mm)||4.55 inches (115.5mm)||4.54 inches (115.2mm)||4.54 inches (115.2mm)||4.87 inches (123.8mm)||4.91 inches (124.8mm)||4.87 inches (123.8mm)||5.44 inches (138.1 mm)||6.22 inches (158.1mm)|
|Width||2.40 inches (61mm)||2.43 inches (61.8mm)||2.43 inches (61.8mm)||2.31 inches (58.6mm)||2.31 inches (58.6mm)||2.31 inches (58.6mm)||2.33 inches (59.2mm)||2.31 inches (58.6mm)||2.64 inches (67.0mm)||3.06 inches (77.8mm)|
|Thickness||0.46 inches (11.6mm)||0.48 inches (12.3mm)||0.48 inches (12.3mm)||0.37 inches (9.3mm)||0.37 inches (9.3mm)||0.30 inches (7.6mm)||0.35 inches (8.97mm)||0.30 inches (7.6mm)||0.27 inches (6.9mm)||0.28 inches (7.1mm|
|Weight||4.72oz (135g)||4.69 oz (133g)||4.72oz (135g)||4.83oz (137g)||4.94 oz (140g)||3.95oz (112g)||4.66oz (132g)||4.30oz (122g)||4.55 oz (129g)||6.07 oz (172 g)|
|Colors||Aluminum||Black/White||Black/White||Black/White||Black/White||Slate/Silver||Blue/Green/Pink/White/Yellow||Space gray, Silver, Gold||Space gray, Silver, Gold||Space gray, Silver, Gold|
|Launch Price||$499/$599 on contract (no subsidy)||$199/$299 on contract||$199/$299 on contract||$199/$299 on contract||$199/$299/$399 on contract||$199/$299/$399 on contract||$99/$199 on contract||$199/$299/$399 on contract||$199/$299/$399 on contract||$299/$399/$499 on contract|
Each generation of iPhone stands on the shoulders of the generations that came before. That includes the iPhone 6 Plus. For added context and for features introduced in pervious generations, please see previous reviews: