Apple iPhone 6 Plus is now official: bigger, bolder, with next-gen Retina display

What was once considered unthinkable has now become reality. Apple just announced one of its newest iPhone models, the iPhone 6 Plus, and it is the biggest iPhone in the company's phone-making history. Like, literally – physical size is one of the key factors that set the iPhone 6 Plus apart from all previous iPhone models, along with its refreshed design and upgraded internals. Clearly, this larger-than-ever iPhone model is built to meet the increasing demand for big-screened smartphones – demand which competitors has been cashing in on for a while. Does it deliver the goods, however? Well, let us share with you what makes the iPhone 6 Plus awesome.

The Apple iPhone, now in XXL

So by now we've surely sparked your interest and you're wondering how big the iPhone 6 Plus really is. Well, here's some hard figures – there's a 5.5-inch screen gracing its front side, which places the device into phablet category. Its glass surface has been ion strengthened to protect it against scratches – not exactly sapphire, but should do the trick. The back of the handset is made of anodized aluminum and the logo is crafted of stainless steel, which gives it an outstanding look. At the same time, the iPhone 6 Plus is thinner than previous iPhones, with a thickness of just 7.1 millimeters.

It is worth noting that the iPhone 6 Plus is the first iPhone to have its power key on the side, not on its top. The design tweak makes sense, actually, as it brings the button closer to the user's thumb so it is easier to reach. The circular volume buttons have been replaced by elongated ones matching the handset's curved frame. Naturally, the trademark mute switch is present on the phone's side.

And speaking of buttons, the iPhone 6 Plus has adopted the Touch ID fingerprint scanner from its predecessor. Again, it is embedded in its home button and requires only a slight touch to read your fingerprint.

Next-generation, Retina Display HD

That IPS-LCD, next-generation Retina Display HD is one of the iPhone 6 Plus's most valuable assets. And at 5.5 inches, it is not only the largest screen to ever grace the front of an iPhone, but also the one with the highest resolution. To be more specific, Apple has gone for a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, which is more than two times the pixel count on an iPhone 5s's screen. If pixel density is what interests you, then you're looking at a figure of 400 pixels per inch – not an industry-leading achievement, but still ideal for any purpose.

But size and resolution aren't everything. The next-generation Retina features an ultra-thin backlight, which has allowed the panel to be made thinner. On top of it is layered the photo-aligned IPS liquid crystal, covered by an improved polarizer for even better outdoor visibility. Color accuracy and viewing angles have also been improved on the new screen.

Under the hood – the A8 SoC

This wouldn't have been a true iPhone upgrade if the iPhone 6 Plus didn't come with a new and improved processor. Sure enough, an Apple-designed A8 system-on-chip powers the the model. As before, it features a 64-bit processor. Computational performance has been increased by up to 25% and graphics performance has seen a 50% increase compared to the A7. At the same time, the new silicon is physically smaller than its predecessor by 13% as its 2 billion transistors have been fitted using a 20-nanometer process.

In terms of storage space, Apple has added a 128GB option to the iPhone 6 Plus lineup. While technically this isn't the first phone to offer such plentiful on-board capacity, it is the first phone from a well-known brand to do so. For those who don't require that much space, the iPhone 6 Plus also comes in 16-, and 64GB varieties. Storage expansion using microSD cards isn't an option, to the surprise of pretty much nobody.

In terms of connectivity, the iPhone 6 Plus is a global-ready LTE device with support for VoLTE. The option to make Wi-Fi calls is present as well. Of course, carrier support is needed to take advantage of the two features. 

iOS – now in landscape on your iPhone

Naturally, Apple will ship its iPhone 6 Plus with the latest software it has to offer, iOS 8. And to take advantage of all that screen real estate, the software will allow you to use it in landscape mode in more places than ever, even in the home screen. Another cool trick is the newly-added feature called "reachability". A double-touch on the home button will bring down the entire UI to the bottom of the screen, allowing you to reach even the furthest edge with your thumb. Another double-touch brings the UI back to its original size. 

During the keynote, it was also mentioned that new apps will not have any issues with the screen's size and resolution. Legacy apps should run fine as well thanks to the scaling built into the system.

Apple Pay will be one of the awesome new features that the iPhone 6 Plus will support. Long story short, it is a mobile payment system meant to serve as an alternative to the 50-year-old credit card system. Apple Pay uses NFC for contact-less payments and Touch ID to confirm the user's identity when using their Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. Card information can be added by simply scanning one with the phone's camera, or by importing details in your existing iTunes account.

An upgraded 8MP camera with better auto-focus and image stabilization

The 8MP camera on the iPhone 5s was among the better ones fitted on a smartphone, which is why expectations are now set pretty high for the one on the iPhone 6 Plus. Sure enough, the new model has an upgraded snapper. Now, the camera on the iPhone 6 Plus is still an 8-megapixel one. However, it has been packed with cool tech that allows it to take better images than any other iPhone. The all-new sensor supports phase-detection auto-focus (or Pixel Focus, as Apple calls it). It is a feature borrowed from professional cameras allowing the camera to focus even faster on its subject. Another awesome extra is the optical image stabilization system for keeping the frame steady. As before, the image sensor features 1.5-micron pixels, while the optical system has an f2.2 aperture and 5-element lens. The True Tone LED flash is present as well. As for its video recording capabilities, the iPhone 6 Plus can shoot 1080p video at 60 fps and slow-motion video at a either 120 fps or a whopping 240 fps.

Price and availability

In a typical Apple fashion, the iPhone 6 Plus will be released in the very near future. As a matter of fact, you'll be able to get one in just 10 days, on September 19. US, Canada, France, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and the UK are the first countries where the iPhone 6 Plus will be released. Price in the US starts at $299 on contract.

source: Apple



1. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Same ole but just longer LOL 750p FTW

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well the 5.5 inch is 1080p... But still where are all the Apple fans who always argued fragmentation in the Android world? lol

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple took cues from Android with scaling apps. ;)

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well they never ever said that. For years they said FRAGMENTATION. lol Copying Android is the in thing with Apple huh?

31. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

8MP Camera... Wow!

40. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

FRAGMENTATION lesson should be given to jakelee... this word is his pet word... I think now he is fragmented

72. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Like Samsung right?

60. doejon

Posts: 411; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

and they took a 1080p display cuz the cant effort a qhd display cuz then the had to put a better cpu/ram etc in it..but the isheeps will buy it no metter what even if it had no camera lol

39. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

power key on the side? now who is following android models? 5.5inch phalet? now who has copied samsung? 1080p? again following android main stream oems? this time apple really adopted chinese way. Xiaomi, miezu etc who took ideas from iphone so what wrong in taking/copying ideas from them?

41. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

IPhone 6 and 6+ are the biggest jokes of 2014. I still can't believe they just stretched an iPhone 4. Apple's time is over.....

68. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, you're joke coz you only look at specs and not at user experience and that's what Apple does best, android is nowhere near as it comes to intuitive OS and that is fact so shut up. Oh, and look, those outdated specs on 5S runs faster and open apps faster than other OS. Just stop hating, why do you have so much fun from that, get a life and do something useful

69. AnTuTu

Posts: 1624; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

hahahahahhaha look who I spotted an iFan. Don't cry little guy your beloved company will bring somehing ground breaking next year and keep repeating that line over and over. What runs faster than what?? iPhone 6 and Plus * 10 = Note 4 Even any Windows or Android phone you will pick from 2012 will run faster than this new iCrap they introduced today. Don't be defensive and accept the fact that Apple's time is over.....

73. kingpin81486

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

First off Apple software architecture allows it to run much faster than a Note 4 using much less processor power. Second samsung didn't make some great design leap with the note 4 or stupid note edge so if you're talking product evolution just don't. Samsung still doesn't know how to make a phone look premium adding a metal bezel doesn't cut it. Apple is here to stay because they make flawless product with great UI/UX. People don't want a virus on their mobile phone. Android as an OS ruins any great phone.

77. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Phones come with a cap on their processing power to improve battery life. If you were to use the full capability of the processor, it would be much more powerful than an iDevice, while still having the same battery life because of the much bigger battery capacity. The only problem would be overheating.

78. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

for your kind information, keep all your bla bla to yourself and give this lesson of user experience to some izombie... android experience is way too better than ios experience... I am ifan turned ihater so plz no lesson of ios wonderfulness, I know how badly it sucks... may God give all ifans an enlightenment

83. umarmughal

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

No Matter how much criticized , Apple fans Will Be happier Than Ever.

2. Busyboy unregistered

Blah blah

64. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This is surely an advertorial, right? Just strange that they didn't put the disclaimer on the page anywhere.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Next gen Retina display or standard 1080p? Seriously PA...

10. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

To be fair, it's Apple's words not PA. Blame Apple. PA just reports it.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple said the iPhone is the #1 phone in the world. If PA reports that, I'm closing my account.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It is the #1 phone in the world since, technically speaking, it's not a smartphone.

14. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

then they should report that it's utter rubbish.

24. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I've been enjoying the retina display on my nexus 5 for almost a year.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

OMfG, Next Gen Retina VeGiNa, 5.5" ooooooooh and next Gen;,it's like putting a man on the iMoon. Honestly, if it didn't do the same ole thing with the same ole rAinbow BriTe Home screen, i Would probably get one. But, at this point I think it's time to swap my Note 3 for a One Max, only cuz' i Want it bigger. i Just can't wait for all the HiPPocriTes who have been saying for four freakin' years now that anything bigger than 4 inches is way too big and unnecessary, including PhoneArena, i.

4. Jon1

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 07, 2010

I was considering getting an iphone after years of loyalty to Android but then Apple limited the streaming not only to Safari but to Safari on IOS reminding me exactly why I've avoided iphones to date

21. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I thought the same thing.

5. JustShadow

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Apple is officially the worst comany in the world. #1 phone? haha, nice joke.

6. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

oh god , the Apple BS is strong around here...

7. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

5.5 iphone plus. The "plus" $tands for "plus 300$ extra"

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