Apple announced its new flagship iPhone 6 Plus which is a big change from what has been launched before. This is a big-screen iPhone with its anodized aluminum body, stainless steel buttons, and rounded edges with a slim profile that’s just 7.1mm thick. It has a spacious screen size of 5.5 inches, a new display resolution which Apple calls Retina HD that incorporates design cues from the latest iPod touch and the iPad Air, sRGB accurate with an ultra thin LED backlight, photo-aligned iPS liquid crystal, improved polarizer and ion-strengthened glass. Apple’s iphone 6 Plus has a snappy new processor, a 64-bit A8 chipset which Apple claims, comes with 2 billion transistors making it 25 percent faster for any ordinary computing tasks and 50 percent faster for graphics than the earlier models which featured the A7 chip. In addition to the A8, there is also new M8 motion co-processor primarily designed for fitness apps like Health app, which tracks daily activities and workouts. It can now differentiate between the activities like running and cycling, can calculate the distance travelled, and can measure elevation with the iphone barometer. As for power, you will be able to squeeze a 16-day standby time, 14 hours of continual video playback and full 24 hours of 3G talk time out of the non-removable battery. The iPhone 6 Plus sports Metal, a new technology hugely useful for mobile games developers to create highly immersive console-style games. This new phone is the first to launch with iOS 8, Apple’s next-generation mobile operating system sporting a variety of new features including Send Last Location feature that has been added to Find my iPhone, a detailed battery usage breakdown – how much battery each app has used in the last 24 hours or seven days, ‘grayscale’ option that gives the entire operating system a black and white hue, reply to messages without shifting screens, share your location in messages, easily recover deleted photos, you can actuchnaally see a Keynote presentation being edited. IOS 8 will allow users to send voice recordings through the Messages app. It can display its home screen in landscape mode rather than the portrait mode. “Reachability” as named by Apple allows users to double tap to any one side or corner to make the device easier to use with one hand.
Apple has brought in a variety of changes, be it hardware or software to the iSight camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The new features are 1080p HD videos at 60 FPS, slow motion videos at 240 FPS, time-lapse videos, continuous autofocus and cinematic video stabilization. Apple brings forth Focus Pixels for faster phase-detection autofocus. The 8-megapixel True Tone sensor is paired with a 5-element lens as well as an image signal processor in the Apple A8 chip. The camera comes in at 1.5 M pixels, with a ƒ/2.2 aperture, true tone flash. There is a dedicated hardware block for advanced face detection, faster face-finding for autofocus, and advanced blink & smile detection, and a new Best Shot mode which will be particularly useful for burst photography. You will be able to shoot 1080p video at either 30 or 60 frames per second and even slower shots for slow-motion video. The 6 Plus come with an NFC chip and will support Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile wallet system which stores all your credit/debit card information and you can just swipe your mobile phone just like you swipe your credit/debit cards at stores that are accepting it. Apple is tied up with Amex, Visa, MasterCard and 6 other US banks to promote this functionality.
The iPhone 6 Plus, on comparison with the previous models has bigger screens, sharper displays and is thinner than the iPhone 5s. The screens have ion-strengthened glass on top which makes it more durable. Whether the device is scratch-proof, is not clear. Retina HD is a new feature of iPhone 6. Also, there are several new wireless features for the iPhone 6 including faster Wi-Fi that achieves speeds of up to 3 times faster than the previous models. Apple claims an improved battery for the 6. iPhone 6 has up to 14 hours Talk Time on 3G and iPhone 6 Plus has up to 24 hours Talk Time on 3G. The iPhone 5s had only 10 hours Talk Time on 3G. Unlike the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6’s come with an NFC chip, sports the Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile wallet system. The iPhone 6’s comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants while the Note 4 comes with an internal storage of 32GB and a microSD card slot for expansion. Samsung takes the lead with a QHD resolution (2560x1440p) with Apple’s iPhone 6 only with a full-HD display (1920x1080p).
iPhone 6 versus iPhone 6 Plus: There are no noticeable design differences between this model and its little brother, iPhone 6, which is 6.9 mm while iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1mm thick. The Iphone 6 Plus will be the ideal one for those who want a bigger screen with sharper display. Screen sizes are notably different, iPhone 6 being 4.7-inches with a resolution of 750×1334 pixels and 6 Plus 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. Only the iPhone 6 Plus comes with Optical Image Stabilization . iPhone 6 has digital image stabilization.
The iPhone 6 Plus is available in silver, gold, and space gray and comes in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants and are priced at $299, $399 and $499 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. The iPhone 6 Plus will launch in the US on September 19 with pre-orders starting on September 12. By the end of 2014 it will roll down the markets of multiple countries. The key selling features will be the larger screens, anodized aluminum frame, improved battery life, enlarged memory and the NFC-enabled Apple Pay.