iPhone 6 Plus price, specs and release date

The iPhone 6 Plus

Apple has entered the phablet market with the iPhone 6 Plus, featuring a sizeable 5.5in screen and the ability to orientate and be used as normal in landscape mode as well as portrait.

Below is a round-up of all the key information you need to know about the device.

Release date
The iPhone 6 Plus is available now to pre-order and will appear in shops from 19 September in the UK, as well as other nations including the US, Germany, France and Australia.

Apple lists the iPhone 6 Plus as not shipping for three to four weeks after the 19 September launch. This applies to the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions in all three colours.

The phone will also be available from Apple shops, while O2, Vodafone, EE, Three, GiffGaff, Virgin, TalkMobile and some Apple Authorised Resellers are also stocking the device.

The iPhone 6 Plus is available in three colours: gold, silver and space grey.

Price
The iPhone 6 Plus is more expensive than its small sibling, with Apple listing the retail pricing as follows:

16GB model: £619

64GB model: £699

128GB model: £789

Contract pricing will vary between operators, although given the above figures it is likely to require an upfront fee for all but the most expensive 24-month contracts.

Specs
Most notably the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5in screen size, far larger than any existing iPhone, including the new iPhone 6, which has a 4.7in screen. Both of these are larger than the previous biggest, the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S with 4in screens.

Screen resolution is 1920×1080 with a 401 pixel-per-inch (ppi) density. This is higher than the iPhone 6, which matches the iPhone 5S and 5C with a 1334×750 resolution at 326ppi.

The dimensions of the iPhone 6 Plus are 158x78x7.1mm and it weighs 172g. This is notably heavier than the iPhone 6, which is 129g. The iPhone 5S, by comparison, weighs 122g.

It features the new iSight 8MP camera lens and is powered by the new A8 processor too. The new M8 motion processor is also included.

Features
Apple has included NFC capabilities in the iPhone 6 Plus. This is part of its rollout of a new payment system called Apple Pay. This is being made available from October for customers in the US, with no mention of if or when this will arrive in the UK.

WiFi calling is also on its way, which will allow users to make calls from the native dialler on the iPhone 6 Plus over WiFi, rather than having to rely on a mobile data signal.

This could be a real boost for those in areas with poor signal or in homes and offices where signal can sometimes fail to penetrate.

Software
The iPhone 6 Plus will come running iOS 8 out-of-the-box, adding new services such as HomeKit and HealthKit from the off, which will provide software integration for smart home appliances and health devices.

OS X Continuity is perhaps the most notable new feature in iOS 8 as Apple continues to bridge the gap between iOS and Mac OS X. The feature allows users to move between apps and data on different Apple devices, and even answer calls on MacBook or iMac devices.

iOS 8 also brings with it support for third-party keyboards such as Swype, widgets in the Notification Center, and Apple’s own QuickType word-prediction feature. Developers will also be able to access the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to use within their apps.

Other features on their way are aimed at the enterprise, including improved password security, S/MIME features and VIP threads.

Apple will make iOS 8 available to download for other devices, from the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and above from 17 September.

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12 September 2014 | 11:38 am – Source: v3.co.uk

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