Apple makes 4.7in iPhone 6 and 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus official

Apple makes 4.7in iPhone 6 and 5.5in iPhone 6 Plus official"The original iPhone set the bar for which the category would forever be defined. And for every iPhone that followed, we built upon the vision and pushed further and enlarged what the iPhone could be."

Tonight the iPhone was literally enlarged, as Apple lifted the lid on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and while there weren’t too many surprises (thanks for that, rumour mill), even the most ardent Apple naysayers would be hard pushed to dismiss the new phones as a minor update.

Apple describes the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as the “biggest advancement in iPhone”, and while the Californians were almost duty bound to throw around hyperbole in abundance, these things are light years away from last year’s iPhone 5s and 5c.

Starting with the display sizes, the iPhone 6 comes in – as rumoured – at 4.7in while the iPhone 6 Plus measures 5.5in diagonally. That’s an “ion-strengthened” display, not sapphire crystal, though IPS welcomes wider viewing angles.

In terms of resolution, we’re talking 1334 x 750 for the iPhone 6, so that’s 1 million pixels and a PPI (pixels per inch) score of 326. The iPhone 6 Plus goes Full HD, so that’s 1920 x 1080 = 2 million pixels, or 401PPI.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus design is described as “continuous, seamless”, that’s specifically as pertains to the display, which curves beautifully into the aluminium sides. Incidentally, the right hand side now plays host to the Power button, while the left hand side retains the Volume buttons.

As predicted, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are hella thin – or “dramatically thin” to use Apple’s words. Indeed, these are the thinnest iPhones ever. Specifically, the iPhone 6 measures 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker at 7.1mm.

Interestingly, the iPhone 6 Plus supports landscape view on the homescreen, though – somewhat understandably - you won’t find said feature on the smaller iPhone 6.

Under the hood, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are powered by the all-new Apple A8 processor. It has 64-bit support, just like last year’s A7 chip, with a whopping 2 billion transistors. On the whole, the Apple A8 is 13% smaller than the A7, with 25% faster performance, and the new iPhones are 50x faster than the original iPhone.

In other processor news, the new M8 Motion coprocessor is capable of measuring elevation changes, including stairs, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus’ barometer measures relative elevation from surrounding air pressure.

In gaming, iOS Metal will bring developers closer to the juice (as described back at WWDC), and Epic, Ubisoft, Gameloft, EA, Disney and Super Evil MegaCorp are all officially on board. Expect fancy new lighting effects, and a silly amount of on-screen action at any one time.

Apple concedes that battery might be a concern, what with the thinner design and larger displays, but we’re promised 14 hours of 3G talk time for the iPhone 6, and 24 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus; 10 days standby time for the iPhone 6, and 16 days for the iPhone 6 Plus; and 11 hours of video playback for the iPhone 6, with 14 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Of course, a phone wouldn’t be a phone without cellular connectivity, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support no less than 20 LTE bands (the most ever on a phone, supposedly) encompassing 200 global carriers. There’s also VoLTE (voice over LTE) for clearer calls, while Wi-Fi steps in when your mobile signal becomes fatally low.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus camera is indeed 8MP, as rumoured, but as we’ve been saying, there’s lots more to the story - on any phone - than the megapixel count.

Apple boasts of a f/2.2 aperture, TrueTone flash, all-new sensor, something called Phase Detection Autofocus, advanced face detection, “best shot” mode, “next-generation local tone mapping” (if I had a penny for every time someone asked me about that), advanced noise reduction and Focus Pixels, the latter previously being the domain of DSLR cameras.

Optical image Stabilisation (OIS) is exclusive to the iPhone 6 Plus, though both models support 1080p video, and 240fps slow motion. On the front, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus welcome a FaceTime HD camera with 81% more light, improved face detection, and a burst mode for selfies.

As for the operating system side of things, there wasn’t a whole lot of new information. As such, if you’re looking to brush up on your iOS 8 features, we’ll point you in this direction.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders open on Friday, September 12, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus release date is pencilled in for the following Friday, September 19. iOS 8, meanwhile, will drop for existing devices on September 17th.

iPhone 6 price starts at £539 (16GB), while the iPhone 6 Plus comes in at £619 (16GB). Interestingly, there’s no 32GB option for either model, though they’ll both be available with 128GB storage.

Full iPhone 6 prices:

  • 16GB - £539
  • 64GB - £619
  • 128GB - £699

Full iPhone 6 Plus prices:

  • 16GB - £619
  • 64GB - £699
  • 128GB - £789

Right, so who’s buying one?

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 20:54

Wonder how elusive the 128GB model will be for the first, um, 12 months. But badly needed with 240fps slo-mo video and those other camera goodies.
Camera on the Plus could be very impressive.

Can't really nag about the 2 devices - price aside. And 5c and 5S get a decent discount now.

The only bad thing today (U2 aside) - I actually read about the Apple Watch. A LOT.
And though I'm never ever gonna buy or wear one, it has to be said: it looks very very very impressive. They put a lot of thought into the UI, it seems. And they integrated a sh*tload of services. Not my thing at all. But still: impressive.

Now washing my ears - I caught 3 seconds of U2. Anyone else notice the empathy bypass scar on Bono's neck?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 21:03

Right, so who’s buying one?
nah... will borrow one first. As I said: I'm like grudge velcro. The 5S/iOS 7.1.x disaster shan't be forgotten. By me. Ever. Will also give the Note 4 a spin first. Though, who am I kidding - that runs Android. LOL
Damn, and there's the Passport launch in 2 weeks. And maybe that One M8 for Windows...

Oh oh...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 21:21

Well, where do I start? I've been nagging about a large screen iPhone for years and now one exists, hell, the 6+ is as big as my Note 2 (side note: I do remember when Apple said 3.5" was the perfect screen size for a phone, they seem to have changed their tune ;)).

As for specs, I'm not sure that something with a 5.5" display, which would be so good for multitasking, will get away with 1GB of RAM. I have a horrid feeling it'll constantly be closing apps in the background and getting rid of Chrome tabs you actually wanted open for later on. Other than that, I have no problem with the specs, bar the lack of a sensible 32GB option.

Now, my biggest problem.

£620 f*cking quid for a 16GB 6+!?!?! I know the Note 4's RRP will be about £600, but:

A) it has 32GB of storage and an MicroSD card slot and
B) more importantly, no-one actually pays the RRP for a Note, or any other Samsung phone.

The iPhone 6+ won't have a price drop until this time next year, by which time the Note 4 will be, what, £400-450? That's before you even get to the point that no-one will really want a 16GB 6+, so they'll have to get the £700 64GB version, which is a crazy amount to spend on a phone, even by my tech-geek standards. I know most people will buy them on contract, but the monthly payments on a £700 phone are going to be massive.

As for the standard iPhone 6, it's just another boring iPhone to me, it's obviously going to be the 6+'s poor relation, too. Not that it comes with a poor relation price tag...now you mention it, I remember something similar from last year *cough* iPhone 5C *cough*.

Anyway, they're my day 1 thoughts about the new iPhones. The 6+ looks good, just too expensive (I'm hoping for weak 2nd hand values like the 5S, I got hold a 9 day old 5S for £100 below RRP last Xmas) and the 6 looks like a poor relation and has nothing which excites me in the slightest.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 21:29

Cannot argue with your point. No phone imho is worth that kind of money.
Also: I find a 4.7 incher more tempting than 5.5... Why did they not give both OIS etc?

As to the RAM - it will work, I have no doubt.
It's not Android matt. I have played GTA San Andreas on a Lumia 520! That too is not Android.

I can't edit more than 5 images in a row with Snapseed or Fotor on the One M8 without the app and/or gallery freezing up on me - and Google OWN **** Snapseed. Yet, it runs better on an iPhone 4 than on HTC's Android flagship.
Different OSs, different needs. Overall, my 2nd hand BB Z10 is faster than the One M8 in almost all respects. Different OS.

You're right about the storage cost... a 16GB iPhone is ridiculous with slo-mo & full-res images... Heck, the iOS Twitter app's cache takes up 500MB after a busy day... And iOS 8 won't change the problem that Apple do not let you delete any photo - unless it's in the camera roll. WORST part of Apple's nanny attitude. Away from PC/Mac? Tough luck... You can't delete that photo album you synced accidentally. Nope, Sir...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 21:40

Fair point about the RAM, it was more of a concern than a definite problem.

One other thing I've thought of since writing the above comment. I know it makes little real difference, but why couldn't Apple fit the 6+ with a 1440p display? Samsung and LG have done it successfully (Samsung's Korean S5+ thingy has one and is on sale), so why couldn't Apple? It's not as if they're not making enough money on each unit to make it economically viable to fit one!!

Overall though, I really like the 6+, I love big screened phones and it's nice that the Note 4 has some genuine competition from Samsung's main competitor in the smartphone market.

I do have to say though, I think the Note 4 makes better use of its large display, thought I guess having the S-Pen helps with that to some degree.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 21:45

Why did they not give both OIS etc?
Profit maximisation and product differentiation.

The 6 having less features makes them more money per unit as they sell each one for less than each 6+ and the extra features of the 6+ help people justify, or at least rationalise, paying its truly monstrous price.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 21:47

Fair point about the RAM, it was more of a concern than a definite problem.

One other thing I've thought of since writing the above comment. I know it makes little real difference, but why couldn't Apple fit the 6+ with a 1440p display? Samsung and LG have done it successfully (Samsung's Korean S5+ thingy has one and is on sale), so why couldn't Apple? It's not as if they're not making enough money on each unit to make it economically viable to fit one!!

Overall though, I really like the 6+, I love big screened phones and it's nice that the Note 4 has some genuine competition from Samsung's main competitor in the smartphone market.

I do have to say though, I think the Note 4 makes better use of its large display, thought I guess having the S-Pen helps with that to some degree.


True. Samsung, in fairness, gave people justification for the 'phablet' size. The pen and purpose-built software make perfect sense - even though many people probably do not use it often. The 5.5in iPhone could use a must-have feature along those lines. If not a stylus, then
at least dual windows. It would be cool and useful to be able to drag pics from the gallery to an editing app. Or into an email etc... It's worked on jailbreak iPads for a good while now (not dragging content, but the dual window stuff). When I tried it last I had zero issues. No FC or slow-downs...

The 6in Lumia 1520, e.g., does nothing to justify the enormous bulk. Yes: photos and webpages look stunning, but come on... on any flagship 5-incher the same goes. In fact: WP 8.1 is ideal for smaller screens. The 930, imho, is a tad too big, too.

satchef1  Sep. 9, 2014 at 22:16

Fair point about the RAM, it was more of a concern than a definite problem.

One other thing I've thought of since writing the above comment. I know it makes little real difference, but why couldn't Apple fit the 6+ with a 1440p display? Samsung and LG have done it successfully (Samsung's Korean S5+ thingy has one and is on sale), so why couldn't Apple? It's not as if they're not making enough money on each unit to make it economically viable to fit one!!

Overall though, I really like the 6+, I love big screened phones and it's nice that the Note 4 has some genuine competition from Samsung's main competitor in the smartphone market.

I do have to say though, I think the Note 4 makes better use of its large display, thought I guess having the S-Pen helps with that to some degree.


True. Samsung, in fairness, gave people justification for the 'phablet' size. The pen and purpose-built software make perfect sense - even though many people probably do not use it often. The 5.5in iPhone could use a must-have feature along those lines. If not a stylus, then
at least dual windows. It would be cool and useful to be able to drag pics from the gallery to an editing app. Or into an email etc... It's worked on jailbreak iPads for a good while now (not dragging content, but the dual window stuff). When I tried it last I had zero issues. No FC or slow-downs...

The 6in Lumia 1520, e.g., does nothing to justify the enormous bulk. Yes: photos and webpages look stunning, but come on... on any flagship 5-incher the same goes. In fact: WP 8.1 is ideal for smaller screens. The 930, imho, is a tad too big, too.


I was about to make pretty much the exact same post. The iPhone 6+, Lumia 1520, HTC One Max etc. all do little to utilise the 5.5"+ form factor. While I'm not a fan of the hardware or the Touchwiz UI, Samsung (still) have this section of the market sewn up.

The UI tweaks seem to be symptom rather than cause when it comes to the big screen. If it weren't for the need for differentiation, the iPhone 6 could easily run them as well. I hate to say it, but I think Apple have completely lost their mojo. It's not that either device seems bad, it's just that they are totally unimaginative. The attention to detail has gone.

I'd still buy a 6 Plus though, if the price were reasonable (which it isn't).

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 22:29

Fair point about the RAM, it was more of a concern than a definite problem.

One other thing I've thought of since writing the above comment. I know it makes little real difference, but why couldn't Apple fit the 6+ with a 1440p display? Samsung and LG have done it successfully (Samsung's Korean S5+ thingy has one and is on sale), so why couldn't Apple? It's not as if they're not making enough money on each unit to make it economically viable to fit one!!

Overall though, I really like the 6+, I love big screened phones and it's nice that the Note 4 has some genuine competition from Samsung's main competitor in the smartphone market.

I do have to say though, I think the Note 4 makes better use of its large display, thought I guess having the S-Pen helps with that to some degree.


True. Samsung, in fairness, gave people justification for the 'phablet' size. The pen and purpose-built software make perfect sense - even though many people probably do not use it often. The 5.5in iPhone could use a must-have feature along those lines. If not a stylus, then
at least dual windows. It would be cool and useful to be able to drag pics from the gallery to an editing app. Or into an email etc... It's worked on jailbreak iPads for a good while now (not dragging content, but the dual window stuff). When I tried it last I had zero issues. No FC or slow-downs...

The 6in Lumia 1520, e.g., does nothing to justify the enormous bulk. Yes: photos and webpages look stunning, but come on... on any flagship 5-incher the same goes. In fact: WP 8.1 is ideal for smaller screens. The 930, imho, is a tad too big, too.


I was about to make pretty much the exact same post. The iPhone 6+, Lumia 1520, HTC One Max etc. all do little to utilise the 5.5"+ form factor. While I'm not a fan of the hardware or the Touchwiz UI, Samsung (still) have this section of the market sewn up.

The UI tweaks seem to be symptom rather than cause when it comes to the big screen. If it weren't for the need for differentiation, the iPhone 6 could easily run them as well. I hate to say it, but I think Apple have completely lost their mojo. It's not that either device seems bad, it's just that they are totally unimaginative. The attention to detail has gone.


I disagree to some, um, degree... the camera 'evolution' since the iPhone 4 has been consistent. And I have no doubt the 6 Plus will wipe the floor with all other phone cameras.
2 or 3 Lumias will still beat it when it comes to long-planned out shot of an artsy nature, but nah... zero doubt they nailed it. The app dropdown feature - though borrowed from LG - is clever, too. The phone's still useable with one hand as per Jobs' decree. It beats Samsung's lame move-keyboard to one corner solution...

I have big issues with a lot of Apple's stuff, and there's little chance I'll ever pay money for either of today's products. But really - "lost their Mojo"??? Have you seen the Galaxy Zoom, or the K? Or the Z2 over the Z1? Or the M8 over the M7?

And although it doesn't appeal to me personally, Apple Pay or whatever it's called takes NFC and beats some sense into it. Everyone hyped NFC. Then nobody did anything BIG with it. Until today. Again, like the Apple Watch not my cuppa, but like the Apple Watch full of Mojo.

And although iOS 8 still has the same nanny-attitude and walled-ness, it is a good, significant update. (provided it's not as messy as iOS 7.1.x)...

But YES: there are numerous tweaks and apps in Cydia that work extremely well and offer functionality that Android users can only dream of. Why on earth Apple cannot pull the broomstick out of their tight butt? I will never understand. They hide a fr`*gging water level in the compass app, but they can't put a screen-off toggle in the control center? What about those broken power buttons?

satchef1  Sep. 9, 2014 at 23:16

When I say 'lost their mojo' I simply mean the attention to detail seems to have slipped. I'm comparing Apple now to Apple a few years ago. The quote at the top of the story says it all. With the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple have merely built upon the existing iPhone, following market trends. A few years ago, back when Steve Jobs was still around, a dramatic change like today's screen size increases would have been reason to rethink the iPhone, not simply evolve it. This is why, I feel, the 6 and 6 Plus fall short. The UI tweaks on the 6 Plus simply hint at what could have been had they actually put some effort in.

The technologies in the new iPhones, in concept or in implementation, are (as always) very clever and very impressive. I'm not arguing that the camera won't be amazing or the screen brilliant. I just think there's a spark missing. The attitude and philosophy seem to have shifted, to the detriment of the end product.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 9, 2014 at 23:29

When I say 'lost their mojo' I simply mean, the attention to detail seems to have slipped. I'm comparing Apple now to Apple a few years ago. Where was the '4.7" and 5.5" are the perfect sizes for a modern smartphone, and we're going to show you why.'? Where were the UI changes and new OS features that take advantage of, and show off, the extra screen real estate? They made a token effort in this direction for the 6 Plus, but did nothing for the 6. I expected better.

Yes, agree... But I find most OS haven't really adapted well to the bigger screens. I must really say: I find Android appaling to use on 4.3in + devices. Utterly messy and frustrating. Vital keys in apps on top...then near the bottom...then near the top. Then hidden. And even hardware wise: the M8 e.g. - it's almost impossible to do certain ordinary things without accidentally pressing the power-/camera or one of the volume keys...And my hands are not abnormal in any way. :D
In that regard the iPhone 5s are perfect. Like the old Palm Treos - not much to look at, but designed to become part of your hand...

Maybe it'll take a while for anyone to really come up with something 'innovative'?

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