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Everything you need to know about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
By Harry Slater 10 September 2014
Game Name: iPhone 6 | Manufacturer: Apple | Format: iPhone
Apple announced the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus at a nerd-studded event in California last night. There was singing, there was dancing, and for some reason there was a Chinese translation over the live stream.

Amidst all the rampant excitement you might have missed something. But that's okay, we're here to help. Here's a list of everything you need to know about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, presented in an easy to digest format.

If you've got any questions you think we've missed, feel free to add them in the comments at the bottom of the page.



What's the difference between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus?

Just under an inch. The iPhone 6 Plus is essentially Apple's attempt at a phablet. It has a visible screen size of 5.5 inches, while the iPhone 6 has a measly 4.7 inches.

Internally both of the phones are the same, except for the battery which is better in the Plus than in the standard 6, probably because it takes more energy to keep that massive screen on.

What's powering the two phones?

Both of the phones are powered by the 64bit A8 chip. This is apparently 25 percent faster than the A7 in terms of processing power, and 50 percent faster when it comes to graphics.

Both also sport a separate M8 motion coprocessor, so your phone isn't trying to think with the same brain about two different things at once.

Will they run iOS 8 out of the box?

Yes indeed. As soon as you turn on your new iPhone 6 or Plus you'll be running that latest version of iOS.

You can read about our favourite bits of iOS 8 by clicking on this link right here.



How do they compare to previous iPhone models?

Well they're bigger for starters. Or at least they're longer and wider. The iPhone 6 measures in at 138.1mm by 67.0mm, and the Plus comes in at 158.1mm by 77.8mm.

But they're thinner too. The iPhone 5S was a porky 7.6mm deep. The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm and the 6 Plus is 7.1mm.

Oddly enough that thinness doesn't mean they weigh less. The iPhone 5S was 112 grams. The 6 is 129 and the 6 Plus is 172.

The retina display on the 5s sported a PPi of 326. The iPhone 6 is the same, but the 6 Plus tips the eye-scales at 401. The Plus also features a full HD 1920x1080 resolution.

They ship in the same Silver, Gold, and Space Grey colour schemes, and come in 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB flavours.

What are the cameras like?

Both phones feature an 8 megapixel iSight camera on the back. The 6 Plus offers optical stabilisation but the 6 doesn't.

They can both record video at 1080p, and record slow motion video at either 120 or 240 fps.

On the front there's a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime camera. That lets you record video at 720p, and like its pal on the back features improved face detection for optimum selfies.

Will the new iPhones run out of battery after half an hour?

While the 5S sported a 10 hour talk time on a full charge, the 6 will apparently run for 14 hours, while the 6 Plus will run for 24.

The standby time on the 5S and the 6 is 250 hours, but on the 6 Plus it's 384 hours. Which is a lot of hours.

Basically all of the battery numbers have gone up. How that actually works in practice remains to be seen.



How much is all of this shiny newness going to cost me?

A good question. In the UK the sim-free iPhone 6 starts at £539 for the 16GB version, then £619 for 64GB version, and £699 for the 128GB version.

The iPhone 6 Plus starts at £619 for the 16GB version, £699 for the 64GB version, and £789 for the 128GB version.

Uk contract prices have yet to be announced.

In the US the prices for the 6 are $199, $299, and $399 with a two year contract. For the Plus it's $299, $399, and $499, again with that two year contract.

And when can I get one of them?


Pre-orders start on September 12th, which is this Friday. The first wave of phones will be available in the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan.

You'll actually be able to get your hands on one from September 19th, which is a week on Friday.

Hasn't a lot of this new stuff been on Android phones for a while though?

Well, yes.
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