Saturday, 13 September 2014

Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus gets its official reveal at Apple’s 2014 launch event

Apple introduced last year’s iPhone 5S with a colourful, affordable sidekick in the form of the iPhone 5C and the dual-release mentality has carried over to 2014.

However, this year, Apple has targeted the trend for larger devices that was brought about by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max.

The result is the iPhone 6 Plus, a 5.5-inch “phablet” that sits somewhere between the also-announced 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 7.9-inch iPad mini with Retina Display.

Like the new iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus features more a curved, rounded and slim chassis that borrows more of its aesthetic from the iPad mini than previous iPhone generations.
It’s only 7.1mm thick with a back made from anodized aluminium with a stainless steel Apple logo on the back.

It appears most of the internet chatter regarding the specifications of the iPhone 6 Plus was on the money. The new smartphone features the rumoured 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, which means Full HD video viewing. Like it’s smaller brother, the iPhone 6 Plus uses "ion-strengthened glass" to better fare with scratches and knocks.

Inside is Apple’s newly announced 64-bit A8 processor and the company was keen to play up the gaming prowess of the new iPhone, although it's unclear what effect that larger screen will have on battery life.

Storage has been given a tidy boost to 128GB bringing it alongside the iPad mini. If you don’t need that much then fear not as 16GB and 64GB variants are also available.

Apple has gone down the tried-and-tested route with the iPhone 6L’s camera. It uses the same 8MP f/2.0 aperture lens as the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6.
However, with the iPhone 6 Plus, Apple has added optical image stabilisation rather than the digital image stabilisation featured in the iPhone 6.

As with the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus will be arriving with the latest version of iOS out of the box.
In terms of cost, the iPhone Plus will start at $299 for the 16GB model, then go up to $399 for the 64GB version and finally $499 for the 128GB model. Like the iPhone 6, it'll be available to pre-order on September 12 and arriving in the shops on September 19.

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