For the first time Apple presented two different sized models in the same generation, and iPhone 6 Plus makes the iPhone look like a waste of money.
Even though the hype didn’t quite reach the heights of the iPhone 2 and iPhone 4 craze, people all around the world have been anxiously waiting for the new iPhone 6. And on a symbolic date, as it always goes with Apple product presentations, it was 9.9.2014. when Tim Cook took the stage in Cupertino and said he was „so excited, and so proud to share with you the next chapter in Apple’s story“.
And for the first time in years, Apple’s iPhone wasn’t the star of the show. The Apple Watch, as well as the Apple Pay Service stole the show and drew most of the attention. Some say it’s because there is nothing „new“ about the new iPhone, and others that the Pay Service and the Watch are a bigger step forward.
But how does the new iPhone fare? Let’s take a look at some core and new features.
Size does matter
This was the first time Apple has two different sized models in the same generation. The basic one has a 4.7 inch screen, while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5 inch screen. This is the best indicator that, for this year, it’s all about the size. And if you compare it to other high-end smartphones on the market, you will see why they chose to go with two different sizes: LG G3 has a 5.5 inch screen, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is 5.1, and HTC One M8 comes with a 5.0 inch screen. And with 5.5 inch screen, the iPhone 6 Plus is basically Apple’s first phablet.
As with any smartphone, battery life is among the biggest concers to every user. And when it comes to the iPhone 6, there are reasons to be concerned. Battery life for the standard iPhone 6 version doesn’t offer a big step forward from the iPhone 5s. When it comes to standby time, the new iPhone is exactly as the 5s – 10 hours of standby time. It has 10 extra hours of audio, one extra hour of video playback, and an extra hour of Wi-Fi browsing, which can be pretty anticlimactic if you’re buying a whole new device.
iPhone 6 Plus, however, boasts a massive 16 hours of standby time, 80 hours of audio playback and 12 hours of Wi-Fi browsing.
Even though the iPhone 6 Plus looks and sounds like the perfect phablet device, it has it’s downsides, and they can be fairly annoying.
It’s a big device. It has a beautiful full HD display, big screen, and with today’s market turning even more towards tablets, a lot can be achieved without needing to sit in front of a laptop or a desktop PC. But if you’re on the go, and your battery dies on you – you’re out of luck. iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t have a removable battery and once it dies out, you’ll be searching for the nearest power outlet.
The price of the new iPhones is still unclear, although different reports say the prices will start from 700 euros and beyond.