Apple Unveils Its First Phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus
Along with the announcement of the iPhone 6, the company also unveiled their first ever phablet – the iPhone 6 Plus.
As previously mentioned, the iPhone 6 Plus is Apple’s first ever phablet with its large 5.5-inch screen with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels which gives it a display resolution of 326 ppi. Apple is calling the new display on the iPhone 6 Plus “Retina HD” due to having a higher resolution and better pixels per inch compared to the iPhone 5S and 5C.
The iPhone 6 Plus’s big screen is protected by ‘ion-strengthened glass” like the smaller iPhone 6 instead of the rumored sapphire layer while the back of the phone is made from anodized aluminum. In spite of this the iPhone 6 Plus is still one of the thinnest devices the company has ever made measuring only 7.1mm thin and weighs only 3.95 ounces.
On the inside, the iPhone 6 Plus is powered by the same new 64-bit A8 chipset found on the iPhone 6 along with the new M8 co-processor. Apple didn’t mention how much RAM of how big the battery life the iPhone 6 Plus has but they did say that the new phablet should get 24 hours of 3G talk time, up to 16 days of standby time, up to 12 hours of internet use on LTE or WiFi, and up to 14 hours of video playback.
The iPhone 6 Plus is equipped with an 8-megapixel f/2.2 iSight camera coupled with a True Tone LED flash. Additionally, the iPhone 6 Plus exclusively gets optical image stabilization aside from the digital image stabilization on the iPhone 6. Both of the new iPhones come with Apple’s new iOS 8 operating system that comes with a slew of UI updates including, for the 6 Plus, a new landscape view of the home screen.
The iPhone 6 Plus will be available in silver, gold, and space gray, for only $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB, and $499 for the gigantic 128GB variant. These prices are all on two-year contracts. Like the iPhone 6, preorders for the 6 Plus will being on September 12 and will start shipping in select markets on September 19.