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The Differences Between Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus
On Tuesday at an event in Cupertino, California, Apple announced the latest member of its smartphone lineup, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus - the device is Apple's first entry into the phone-tablet hybrid (a.k.a. "phablet") market and 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

Both of the new iPhone models include new “Retina HD” displays with cover glass that Apple says is ion-strengthened.
  • A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency, which Apple claims is 25 percent faster than the previous processor.
  • "Ion-strengthened" Retina HD resolution displays.
  • Both models include iOS 8, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, QuickType™ keyboard, a new Health app, Family Sharing and iCloud Drive
  • An improved FaceTime camera capable of HDR photo and video, and burst mode for selfies.
  • A new NFC payment system called Apple Pay that lets people pay with their iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • A better battery life than the iPhone 5s.
  • M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevatio
Size And Weight

The new iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen. The iPhone 6 measures 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm) and weighs 4.55 ounces (129g).

Meanwhile the iPhone 6 Plus clearly has the 5.7-inch screen. The iPhone 6 Plus measures 6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm) and weighs 6.07 ounces (172g).

Display – 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch

Apple calls the iPhone 6’s new 4.7- and 5.5-inch diagonal screens "Retina HD displays" and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design.

The iPhone 6 Plus will have a standard 1920 x 1080 pixel native resolution which is significantly higher than the 1704 x 960 pixels. On the flip side the iPhone 6 Plus resolution delivers 401 pixels per inch (ppi).

The 4.7-inch display’s 1334 x 750 pixel, for a pixel density of 326 ppi (pixels per inch).

The new screens also have broader viewing angles, says Apple, and the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have strong contrast ratios (iPhone 6 – 1400:1, iPhone 6 Plus 1300:1) and brightness ratings (500 cd/m2) despite Apple stating that it slimmed down both phone’s display backlights, respectively, compared with the 4-inch 1136 by 640 pixels (326 pixels per inch) screen with 800:1 contrast ratio found on past models.

Performance - The new phones have even zippier processors

Meet the A8 chip, Apple’s second-gen 64-bit offering with some 2 billion transistors, which Apple describes as sporting "up to 25% faster processing power and up to 50% faster graphics and CPU performance respectively." If you’re after some of the fastest phablets on the planet, the new iPhones are probably going to rank at the front of the pack.

Interestingly both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also sport VoLTE (Voice over LTE). Like LTE Advanced this is also something not many networks offer, but Apple said it is working specifically with T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK to make it happen and it enables far higher quality voice calls. Meanwhile the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will also offer 802.11ac WiFi just like the iPhone 5S.

In addition to the A8, both models also get the new M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation. The M8 motion coprocessor can continuously measure your motion data, even when the device is asleep, saving battery life for fitness apps that use the sensors all day. With iOS 8, motion data from M8 appears in the Health app so you can see how many flights of stairs you’ve climbed, or how far you’ve walked or run. Developers can use CoreMotion APIs that take advantage of M8 and HealthKit to create apps that help you take better care of your health and fitness.

Battery life - iPhone 6 Plus Scores Big

The iPhone 6 Plus has a larger battery, which lends it the ability to do up to 80 hours of audio (versus 60 for the iPhone 6 and 50 for the iPhone 5s), 14 hours of video (11 and 10 for the iPhone 6 and 5s respectively), an hour or two more than the iPhone 6 and 5s when browsing over Wi-Fi, LTE and 3G, up to 24 hours of talk time over 3G (versus 14 and 10 for the iPhone 6 and 5s respectively) and 16 days of standby (versus just 10 days for both the iPhone 6 and 5s).


The iSight camera gets even better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus, making it easier to quickly capture any moment. iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. The FaceTime HD camera now captures over 80% more light with a new sensor, larger f/2.2 aperture and advanced new features including burst mode and HDR video.

NFC And Apple Pay

Also a big new feature in the iPhone 6 is a barometer that Apple says senses air pressure to measure relative elevation. Apple said Nike is working on a new version of its fitness app that takes advantage of the new sensor. It appears the devices feature NFC as well that goes along with the new Apple Pay service unveiled today.

NFC to bring a truly digital wallet and touch payments to the company’s handsets for the first time. Furthermore adding NFC to both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus should help the wider payment industry as Apple’s rivals have been waiting for Apple to adopt the standard for years.

Apple Pay launches with the backing of American Express, MasterCard and Visa along with Citibank, Bank of America, Capital One, Well Fargo and Chase giving it access to 80% of the US market.

Price And Availability

iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 64GB model and, for the first time, a new 128GB model for $399 (US) with a two-year contract.

iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 16GB model, $399 (US) for the 64GB model and $499 (US) for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. 

Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store(www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.

Source: Mashable | Forbes