As many expected, Apple used its press event last night to showcase not one, but two new iPhone models. The second, larger model to be shown off was the phablet-sized 5.5” IPS LCD display with 1080p Retina HD resolution and a pixel density of 400ppi.
iOS 8 has been tweaked and updated to make the most of the higher resolutions offered by this phablet smartphone, so the OS will be ready for the iPhone 6 Plus when it launches to the general public next Friday, 19th September.
Like the smaller iPhone 6, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus has an anodized aluminium chassis and a stainless steel Apple logo, with curvel Ion-strengthened glass on the display. The user interface has been tweaked to make the most of the high-res display, and now will offer split-screen mode in a number of different apps.
Internally, like its smaller brother, the iPhone 6 Plus’ internal specs include the new 64-bit A8 chip built on the 20nm production process, with higher performance and more power efficiency. The 8MP iSight Camera packs a True Tone LED flash with optical image stabilization; the first time Apple has offered OIS on one of its smartphones. There’s also phase-detection autofocus, which should improve focusing speed. Like the iPhone 6, the 6 Plus’ camera records 1080p video with up to 60 frames per second frame rate.
One of the big inclusions on the iPhone 6 Plus is the inclusion of NFC. This will allow you to make payments by using Apple Pay, which is Apple’s new proprietary NFC payment system.
As we’d expect, this is basically Apple’s 2014 flagship, and as a result it packs a flagship price tag. The iPhone 6 Plus will set you back a hefty €800 (£619 in UK) for the 16GB version, with sharp price increases if you want a little more storage.. €900 (£700) will get you the 64GB version, while the 128GB version will cost a mindboggling €1000 (£790).