News by Luke Jones on Tuesday September 09, 2014.
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Yes, the iPhone 6 is the smartphone that will drive Apple's growth through this generation, but the company also added a new handset category by unveiling the iPhone 6 Plus. It is hardly a secret that Cupertino would be launching a large screen Phablet variant, but now it is in the flesh it is easier to see if the iPhone 6 Plus will be able to give large screen Android heavyweights a run for their money.In terms of looks it is identical to the iPhone 6 proper, that means it is curvy, screams premium thanks to its aluminium body (complete with stainless steel Apple logo), and is instantly one of the best looking smartphones on the market. It goes without saying that this is the largest iPhone Apple has ever made, but at just 7.1mm thick it is actually thinner than the old 4-inch iPhone 5s. That extra form factor is all to accommodate screen real estate, as the iPhone 6 Plus packs a 5.5-inch panel. That display is arguably the star of the show too, a 5.5-inch colossal that uses Apple's new Retina HD technology with an ultrathin backlight, sRGB-accurate, photo aligned IPS liquid crystals, an improved polarizer and ion-strengthened glass. Long-time Apple devotees will also be happy to see that this is also a 1080p display. Also on the outside of the device is the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, getting a lot more to do this time thanks to Apple Pay. As for the rest of the hardware, the iPhone 6 Plus borrows wholesale from the iPhone 6. Around the back the camera configuration is the same as the 5s, but Apple has used a new sensor and added new tech such as a DSLR-style phase detection, while a new processing chip clears up noise. The results are stunning smartphone images, among the best we have ever seen in fact and this goes for video too, with the 8MP lens able to capture in 1080p up to 60 frames per second. The iPhone 6 has also doubled its slow motion capture performance, now capable of taking slo-mo clips at 240 frames per second. A new panoramic view mode lets the user stitch together images to create a massive 43 megapixel shot. As for the front facing 5 megapixel lens, that has been given a selfie burst mode, but nicely Apple didn't really pay much attention to the growing and slightly annoying craze for selfie cameras. One of the big talking points of the iPhone 6 has been its processer, with the new A8 included here only decked with 1GB of RAM. Any worries about performance should be put to rest as the iPhone 6 is the quickest handset Apple has ever made. Cupertino ignores detailing raw specs, but Tim Cook and Co did say that the new iPhone is 25% faster than the A7 packing iPhone 5s, and 50% more efficient. That last bit of info means that battery life estimates sit at 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video and 10 days of standby. The iPhone 6 Plus will land on September 19th but will be available for pre-order from the 12th, with color options of grey, black, and gold. It will be more expensive than the iPhone 6 proper, costing $299, $399 and $499 for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively, all on a two year plan. It will find its way to 112 countries before the end of the year, although prices will differ depending on market.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.