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The front face view of the silver iPhone 6

Codename N61
Brand Apple Inc.
Foxconn, Pegatron (on
"Bigger than bigger"
"The two and only"
Generation 8th
Compatible GSM, CDMA, 3G, EVDO,
networks HSPA+, 4G, LTE
September 19, 2014; 11 months
First released
September 19, 2014
September 26, 2014
October 17, 2014
October 23, 2014
by country
October 24, 2014
October 30, 2014
October 31, 2014
November 6, 2014
November 14, 2014
February 6, 2015
over 10 million in opening
Units sold
Over 100 million as of March 1,
Units shipped
Predecessor iPhone 5S
Related Apple Watch
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
138.1 mm (5.44 in) H
67.0 mm (2.64 in) W
6.9 mm (0.27 in) (7.67 mm
(0.302 in) inc. lens) D
Weight 129 g (4.6 oz)
Original: iOS 8.0
Current: iOS 8.4.1, released
August 13, 2015
System on Apple A8, Apple M8 motion
chip coprocessor
1.4 GHz dual-core 64-bit
ARMv8-A "Typhoon"
PowerVR Series 6 GX6450
Memory 1 GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage 16, 64 or 128 GB
None; Removable SIM card slot
Battery 1810 mAh
Multi-touch touchscreen
display, triple microphone
Data inputs configuration, Apple M8 motion
coprocessor, 3-axis gyroscope,
3-axis accelerometer, digital
compass, iBeacon, proximity
sensor, ambient light sensor,
Touch ID fingerprint reader,
Retina HD Display, LED-backlit
IPS LCD capacitive
touchscreen, 16:9 aspect ratio,
500 cd/m2 max brightness
(typical), and oleophobic
4.7 in (120 mm) 1334x750 pixel
resolution, 326 ppi pixel
density, 1400:1 contrast ratio
Sony Exmor RS
8-MP with 1.5 focus pixels,
True Tone Flash, autofocus, IR
filter, Burst mode, f/2.2
aperture, 1080p HD video
recording (30 fps or 60 fps),
Rear camera
Slow-motion video (720p 120
fps or 240 fps), Timelapse,
Panorama (up to 43 megapixels),
Facial recognition, Stills while
recording video, Auto-HDR
Digital image stabilization
1.2-MP (1280×960 px max.),
720p video recording (30 fps),
Front camera Burst mode, f/2.2 aperture,
Exposure control, Face
detection, Auto-HDR
Mono speaker, 3.5 mm stereo
audio jack
All models:
Connectivity models A1549 & A1522:
models A1586 & A1524
Hearing aid
M3, T4
iPhone 6 Plus

Type Phablet
158.1 mm (6.22 in) H
77.8 mm (3.06 in) W
7.1 mm (0.28 in) (7.67 mm
(0.302 in) inc. lens) D
Weight 172 g (6.1 oz)
Battery 2915 mAh
Retina HD Display, LED-backlit
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,
16:9 aspect ratio, 500 cd/m2 max
brightness (typical), and
oleophobic coating
5.5 in (140 mm) 1920x1080 pixel
resolution, 401 ppi pixel density,
1300:1 contrast ratio (typical
Sony Exmor RS

8-MP with 1.5 focus pixels, True

Tone Flash, autofocus, IR filter,
Burst mode, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p
Rear HD video recording (30 fps or 60
camera fps), Slow-motion video (720p 120
fps or 240 fps), Timelapse,
Panorama (up to 43 megapixels),
Facial recognition, Stills while
recording video, Auto-HDR
Optical image stabilization
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are smartphones designed and marketed by Apple
Inc. The devices are part of the iPhone series and were unveiled on September 9,
2014, and released on September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus jointly
serve as successors to the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include a number of changes over their predecessor,
including models with larger 4.7 and 5.5 inches (120 and 140 mm) displays, a faster
processor, upgraded cameras, improved LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and support for
a near-field communications-based mobile payments offering.

Pre-orders of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus exceeded four million within its first
24 hours of availability—an Apple record. More than ten million iPhone 6 and iPhone
6 Plus devices were sold in the first three days, another Apple record.


Centered around the device's size; the majority of iPhone models have used 3.5-inch
displays—which are smaller than screens used by flagship phones from competitors.
The last change in size for the iPhone series came with the iPhone 5 (continued with
the iPhone 5C and 5S), which featured a display that was taller, but the same width
as prior models, measuring at 4 inches diagonally. Following Apple's loss in
smartphone market share to companies producing phones with larger displays
reports as early as January 2014 suggested that Apple was preparing to launch new
iPhone models with larger, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays. Reports prior to its
unveiling also speculated the possibility that Apple would use a new iPhone model to
introduce a mobile payments platform using near-field communications—a technology
that has been incorporated into many Android phones, but has experienced a low
adoption rate among users.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were officially unveiled during a press event at the
Flint Center for Performing Arts in Cupertino, California on September 9, 2014. The
event featured other previously-rumored product announcements by Apple alongside
the new iPhone models, including the Apple Pay mobile payment platform, and the
company's entry into the wearable computing market with the Apple Watch smart

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were unveiled on September 9, 2014 and released on
September 19, 2014; pre-orders began on September 12, 2014, with the iPhone 6
starting at US$649 and the iPhone 6 Plus starting at US$749. In China, where the
iPhone 5S and 5C were the first models in the iPhone series to be released in the
country on the same day as their international launch, Apple notified local wireless
carriers that it would be unable to release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in China on
the 19th because there were "details which are not ready"; local media reported
that the devices had not yet been approved by the Ministry of Industry and
Information Technology, and earlier in the year, a news report by state broadcaster
China Central Television alleged that iPhone devices were a threat to national
security because iOS 7's "frequent locations" function could expose "state secrets."

On August 2015 Apple admitted that some iPhone 6 Plus may have faulty cameras
that could be causing photos to look blurry and initiated a replacement program.



The design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are influenced by that of the iPad Air,
with a glass front that is curved around the edges of the display, and an aluminum
rear that contains two plastic strips for the antenna.[37] Both models come in gold,
silver, and "space gray" finishes. The iPhone 6 has a thickness of 6.9 millimetres
(0.27 in), while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 mm (0.28 in) in thickness; both are thinner
than the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, with the iPhone 6 being Apple's thinnest phone to
date. The most significant changes to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are its displays;
both branded as "Retina HD Display" and "ion-strengthened", the iPhone 6 display is
4.7 inches in size with a 16:9 resolution of 1334x750 (326 PPI, minus one row of
pixels), while the iPhone 6 Plus includes a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 (1080p) display
(401 PPI). The displays use a multiple-domain LCD panel, dubbed "dual-domain pixels";
the RGB pixels themselves are skewed in pattern, so that every pixel is seen from a
different angle. This technique helps improve the viewing angles of the display.

To accommodate the larger physical size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the power
button was moved to the side of the phone instead of the top to improve its
accessibility.[22][23] The iPhone 6 features a 1810 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6
Plus features a 2915 mAh battery. Unlike the previous model, the rear-facing camera
is not flush with the rear of the device, and has a slight "bulge" around the lens. It
has a Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone Processor (ARM v8-based).

Both models include an Apple A8 system-on-chip, and an M8 motion co-processor—

an update of the M7 chip from the iPhone 5S. The main difference between the M8
and the original M7 coprocessor is that the M8 also includes a barometer to measure
altitude changes. Phil Schiller touted that the A8 chip would provide, in comparison
to the 5S, a 25% increase in CPU performance, a 50% increase in graphics
performance, and less heat output. Early hands-on reports suggested that the A8's
GPU performance might indeed break away from previous generations doubling of
performance at each yearly release, scoring 21204.26 in Base mark X compared to
20253.80, 10973.36 and 5034.75 on respectively the 5S, 5 and 4S.

LTE support is expanded on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, with support for over 20
LTE bands (7 more than the iPhone 5S), up to 150 Mbit/s download speed, and VoLTE
support. Wi-Fi performance has been improved with support for 802.11ac
specifications, providing speeds up to 433.0581 Mbit/s—which is up to 3 times
faster than 802.11n,[41] along with Wi-Fi Calling support where available. The iPhone
6 and iPhone 6 Plus adds support for near-field communications (NFC), which is used
exclusively for Apple Pay—a new mobile payments system which will allow users to
store their credit cards in Passbook for use with online payments and retail
purchases over NFC. NFC support is restricted to Apple Pay only, and cannot be used
for any other purposes (such as sharing content with other iPhone users).

While still 8 megapixels in size, the iPhone 6's rear-facing camera includes a new
sensor which, like the camera in the iPhone 5S, has 1.5 micron pixels, an f/2.2
aperture lens, and the ability to shoot 1080p video at either 30 or 60 frames per
second. The camera also includes phase detection autofocus. It can also record slow-
motion video at either 120 or 240 frames per second. The iPhone 6 Plus camera is
nearly identical, but also includes optical image stabilization. The front-facing
camera was also updated with a new sensor and f/2.2 aperture, along with support
for burst and HDR modes.[22][23]


See also: iOS 8, iOS 9 and iOS version history

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ships pre-loaded with iOS 8, while the iPhone 5S
shipped pre-loaded with iOS 7. Apps are able to take advantage of the increased
screen size in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to display more information on-screen; for
example, the Mail app uses a dual-pane layout similar to its iPad version when the
device is in landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus. As it uses an identical aspect ratio,
apps designed for the iPhone 5, 5C, and 5S can be upscaled for use on the iPhone 6
and 6 Plus. To improve the usability of the devices' larger screens, an additional
"Reachability" gesture was added; double-tapping the Home button will slide the top
half of the screen's contents down to the bottom half of the screen. This function
allows users to reach buttons located near the top of the screen, such as a "Back"
button in the top-left corner.[22][23]


Both iPhone 6 models have received generally positive reviews. Re/code called it "the
best smartphone you can buy".[45] TechRadar praised the iPhone 6's "brilliant"
design, improved battery life over the 5S, iOS 8 for being "smarter and more
intuitive than ever", along with the quality of its camera. However, the plastic
antenna strips on the rear of the phone were criticized for resulting in poor
aesthetics, the display for having lower resolution and pixel density in comparison to
other recent smartphones - including those with the same physical screen size as
the iPhone 6, such as the HTC One, and for not having a sufficient justification for
its significantly higher price in comparison to similar devices running Android or
Windows Phone.[46] The Verge considered the iPhone 6 to be "simply and cleanly
designed" in comparison to the 5S, noting that the phone still felt usable despite its
larger size, but criticized the antenna plastic, the protruding camera lens (which
prevents the device from sitting flat without a case), and the lack of additional
optimization in the operating system for the bigger screen. Improvements such as
performance, battery life, VoLTE support, and other tweaks were also noted. In
conclusion, the iPhone 6 was considered "good, even great, but there’s little about it
that’s truly ambitious or truly moving the needle. It’s just a refinement of a lot of
existing ideas into a much more pleasant package".[37]

In regards to the 6 Plus, Engadget panned the device's design for feeling
uncomfortable to hold and harder to grip in comparison to other devices such as the
Galaxy Note 3 and LG G3, but praised its inclusion of optical image stabilization and
slightly better battery life than the 6.[44]

Technical problems

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were affected by a number of notable hardware-related


Chassis bending
Shortly after its public release, it was reported that the iPhone 6 Plus chassis was
susceptible to bending under pressure, such as when carried tightly in a user's
pocket. While such issues are not exclusive to the iPhone 6 Plus, the design flaw
came to be known among social media users as "bendgate."[47][48] A study by Consumer
Reports found the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were slightly more durable than the HTC One,
but considerably less durable than the other phones tested.[49]

Apple responded to the bending allegations, stating that they had only received nine
complaints of bent devices, and that the damage occurring due to regular use is
"extremely rare." The company maintained that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went through
durability testing to ensure they would stand up to daily use.[50] The company offered
to replace phones that were bent, if it is determined that the bending was

On October 1, 2014, it was reported by Axel Telzerowm, editor-in-chief of the

German technology magazine Computer Bild, that following the posting of a video
where a presenter was able to bend an iPhone 6 Plus, an Apple Germany
representative informed the publication that it had been banned from future Apple
events and that it would no longer receive devices directly from Apple for testing.
Telzerowm responded by saying that "we congratulate you to your fine new
generation of iPhones, even if one of them has a minor weakness with its casing. But
we are deeply disappointed about the lack of respect of your company."[51]

Hair ripping

On October 3, 2014 9to5Mac released a post claiming that certain iPhone 6 and
iPhone 6 Plus users complained on social networking sites that the phone ripped off
their hair when they held the phone close to their ears when making a call or taking
a call.[52] This second design flaw was given the term "hairgate." Twitter users
claimed that the seam between the glass screen and aluminium back of the iPhone 6
is to blame, with hair becoming caught within it.[53][54]

Flash storage performance

Some users reported that 64 and 128 GB iPhone 6 models had experienced
performance issues, and that some 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus models would, in rare cases,
randomly crash and reboot. Business Korea reported that the issues were connected
to the triple-layer cell NAND storage of the affected models. Triple-layer cells can
store three bits of data per cell of flash, and are cheaper than dual-layer cell
solutions, but at the cost of performance. It was reported that Apple had planned
to switch the affected model lines back to multi-layer cell flash, and address the
performance issues on existing devices in a future iOS update.[55][56][57]

6 Plus camera issues

It was reported that the optical image stabilization systems on some iPhone 6 Plus
models were faulty, failing to properly stabilize when the phone is being held
perfectly still, leading to blurry photos and "wavy"-looking videos.[58] The optical
image stabilization system was also found to have been affected by accessories that
use magnets, such as third-party lens attachments; Apple issued advisories to users
and its licensed accessory makers, warning that magnetic or metallic accessories can
cause the OIS system to malfunction.[59]

On August 21, 2015, Apple instituted a repair program for iPhone 6 Plus models
released between September 2014 and January 2015, citing that faulty rear
cameras on affected models may produce blurry pictures.[34][35][36]


Apple Inc. announced that within 24 hours of availability, over 4 million pre-orders
of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were made, exceeding the supply available.[60] More than
10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices were sold in the first three days.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

 Released 2014, September
172g, 7.1mm thickness
iOS 8, up to iOS 8.4
16/64/128GB storage, no card slot
 29% 11,641,833 hits
 786 Become a fan
 5.5"1080x1920 pixels
 8MP 1080p
 1GB RAM Apple A8
 2915mAhLi-Po

Network Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE

Launch Announced 2014, September

Status Available. Released 2014, September

Dimensions 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 in)

Body Weight 172 g (6.07 oz)
- Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
- Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Type LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~67.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
- Display Zoom

Platform OS iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.4

Chipset Apple A8
CPU Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)
GPU PowerVR GX6450 (quad-core graphics)


Card slot No
Internal 16/64/128 GB, 1 GB RAM DDR3

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, optical image stabilization, phase

detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality

Camera 1/3'' sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD
Features video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection,
HDR (photo/panorama)
Video 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, optical stabilization, check quality
1.2 MP, 720p@30fps, face detection, HDR, FaceTime over Wi-Fi
or Cellular
Alert types Vibration, proprietary ringtones
Sound Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot

Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
NFC Yes (Apple Pay only)
Radio No
USB v2.0, reversible connector

Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Messaging iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5 (Safari)
Features Java No
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Siri natural language commands and dictation
- iCloud cloud service
- iCloud Keychain
- TV-out
- Maps
- iBooks PDF reader
- Audio/video player/editor
- Organizer
- Document viewer/editor
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial/command
- Predictive text input

Non-removable Li-Po 2915 mAh battery (11.1 Wh)

Stand-by Up to 384 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 24 h (3G)
Music play Up to 80 h

Colors Space Gray, Silver, Gold
SAR US 1.19 W/kg (head) 1.19 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.99 W/kg (head) 0.91 W/kg (body)
Price group 9/10

Tests Performance Basemark OS II: 1222

Display Contrast ratio: 1361 (nominal), 3.023 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 67dB / Noise 65dB / Ring 66dB
Audio quality Noise -94dB / Crosstalk -72dB
Battery life Endurance rating 79h
iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, debuted September 19, 2014

Apple introduced the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus on
September 9, 2014, launching both devices in the first wave of countries on
September 19. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style
design with an ultra thin body and rounded corners, the two phones offer faster
processors, better cameras, and NFC for Apple Pay support.
 4.7-inch iPhone 6 features a 1334 x 750 display
 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus features a 1920 x 1080 display
 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB
 $199, $299, and $399 / $299, $399, and $499


Apple launched two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, in

September of 2014. Along with larger screens and a completely new iPad-style design with an ultra

thin body and rounded corners, the two new phones offer faster processors, better cameras, and NFC

for Apple's new Apple Pay payment system.

Apple's latest iPhones come in Gold, Silver, and Space Gray, and are available in 16, 64, and 128 GB

capacities. The iPhone 6 pricing starts at $199 on contract, while the iPhone 6 Plus pricing starts at


While both models include the same 64-bit A8 chip and the same general design, there are several

differences between the two phones. The iPhone 6 measures in at 6.9mm, while the iPhone 6 Plus is

slightly thicker at 7.1mm. Apple's iPhone 6 Plus also has three major differentiating factors: optical

image stabilizationfor the camera, and a longer battery life, and an iPad-style landscape

mode that displays more content on the screen.

Though the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization, both phones got some major camera

improvements in form of sensor upgrades, improved tone mapping, better noise reduction, and new

"Focus Pixel" technology, which improves the phone's ability to select autofocus points. For videos,

there's a new240fps slo-mo option, along with support for shooting in 1080p at 60fps. The front-

facing camera was also upgraded, with anf/2.2 aperture that lets in more light and new burst

mode capabilities.

Both phones have an impressive new "Retina HD Display," with the iPhone 6 featuring a resolution

of 1334 x 750 (326 ppi) and the iPhone 6 Plus featuring a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi).

Design wise, the phones more closely resemble the iPad and the iPod touch than the iPhone 5s. Both

models have soft, rounded corners and a curved glass screen that melds smoothly into the thin

metal body of the device. The volume buttons on the left side of the device are now pill-shaped, and

the power button is located on the right side of the device for easier one-handed use.
To further make its devices easier to use one-handed, Apple has added in a double tap (not press)

home button gesture called "Reachability," which moves items from the top of the screen to the

bottom of the screen for quick access.

Other new features in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include WiFi calling support, faster 802.11ac

WiFi, and support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

Have questions about the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Get answers in our iPhone discussion forums

Apple's iPhone 6 is available in the U.S. in 16, 64, and 128 GB capacities, priced at $199, $299, and

$399, respectively, with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6 Plus is available in 16, 64, and 128 GB

capacities and will be priced $100 higher at $299, $399, and $499, respectively. Both the iPhone 6

and the 6 Plus are available in Space Gray, Gold, and Silver.

As of January 2015, Apple is also offering unlocked SIM-free versions of both the iPhone 6 and the

iPhone 6 Plus.



Shortly after the iPhone 6 Plus was released on September 19, reports of the device bending when

placedin a pocket began to surface. One user, for example, reported slight bending after the iPhone

was in a pocket for approximately 18 hours, and after that, several other reports trickled in.

Inspired by the reports of bending, a YouTuber created a video depicting him bending the iPhone 6

Plus with his hands, causing significant damage to the device. The video went viral, and began people

worrying about bending the iPhone 6 Plus in their pockets.

It is important to note when watching the video above that the amount of pressure placed on the

device is unlikely to be replicated in daily usage. While images have depicted slight bending, there has

been no extreme warpage in the casing due to carrying the device in a pocket.

Affected users have reported that Apple has replaced devices that have bent. As shown in another

video, the iPhone 6 Plus is less vulnerable to bending when placed in a rigid case, and users can also

avoid bending the iPhone by removing it from a pocket before sitting down.

A followup bending video featuring the iPhone 6 demonstrated that the smaller-screened device is

much harder to bend and therefore likely less vulnerable to bending when placed inside of a pocket.
In response to all of the media attention that the iPhone 6 Plus bending issues garnered,

Apple released a statement to several different sites saying that with normal use, bending in the

iPhone is "extremely rare." The company said that only nine customers had complained about a bent

iPhone 6 Plus.

In addition to releasing a statement, Apple also invited several reporters to visit its the facility where

the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are subjected to several different tests to ensure strength and durability. As

described in reports, the iPhones go through five different tests, including pressure point cycling,

three-point bend tests, torsion testing, sit tests, and real-life testing scenarios where Apple employees

use the devices.

According to Apple's head engineer Dan Riccio, the iPhone 6 was "the most tested product" Apple's

ever created. The company reportedly conducted 15,000 tests on the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple's head of marketing Phil Schiller said that bending was extremely rare, and that the company

had "designed the product to be incredibly reliable throughout all your real world use."

Consumer reports went on to test the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus after reports of bending, and found

that the two devices are not quite as bendable as the media has suggested. In a three-point flexural

test, the iPhone 6 Plus withstood 90 pounds of force before bending, while the iPhone 6 withstood 70

pounds of force, which is more force than the two devices are likely to be subjected to during daily


According to Consumer Reports, though the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not indestructible, they "should

stand up to typical use."


Some 128GB iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units have reportedly been having crashing and boot loop issues,

which could potentially be a hardware issue related to the NAND flash in the devices.

In August of 2015, Apple launched an iSight Camera Replacement Program for the iPhone 6 Plus to

fix a small number of iPhone 6 plus devices with a faulty rear-facing camera module that causes

photos to look blurry. The problem affects iPhone 6 Plus units that were sold between September

2014 and January 2015 and is the result of a component failure.

The problem may be related to the Optical Image Stabilization in the larger-screened device, as the

iPhone 6, which does not have Optical Image Stabilization, is not affected.


Measuring in at 4.7 and 5.5-inches, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus dwarf previous iPhone models,

but at the same time, the two phones are Apple's thinnest yet, measuring in at 6.9 and 7.1mm,

respectively. For comparison's sake, the iPhone 5s was 7.6mm thick.

According to Apple, the thinner profile was made possible by the company's "thinnest display yet,"

which is made of slightly curved glass designed to flow seamlessly into the body of the device to

highlight the "Retina HD" screen of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Both devices include prominent antenna bands on the back enclosure, along with a protruding rear

lens. The volume buttons are pill-shaped, much like the buttons on the iPad Air, and the power button

has been relocated to the right side of the device.

The iPhone 6 measures in at 5.44 inches long and 2.64 inches wide, and weighs 4.55 ounces. The

iPhone 6 measures in at 6.22 inches long and 3.06 wide, weighing 6.07 ounces. In comparison, the

iPhone 5s is 4.87 inches long, 2.31 inches wide, and it weighs 3.95 ounces.

iPhone 6 rumors largely suggested Apple would use a sapphire display cover in the device, but that

turned out to be false. Instead, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus use "ion-strengthened"

glass with animproved polarizer (for better outdoor viewing), a photo aligned IPS liquid crystal

display, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch display with a "2x" resolution of 1334 x 740 (326 ppi) while the iPhone

6 Plus has a 5.5-inch "3x" resolution of 1920 x 1080 (401 ppi). Both phones are said to offer higher

contrast, better brightness, and improved white balance.

According to a test conducted by DisplayMate, the iPhone 6 Plus display is the "best smartphone LCD

ever tested." The iPhone 6 display also received high marks.

Apple has implemented several "Reachability" features to improve the viewing experience on its

larger devices, including Display Zoom and landscape view (iPhone 6 Plus only). Display Zoom lets

users zoom in to get a closer view at their apps, while standard zoom displays more content on the


Landscape view on the iPhone 6 Plus is designed to make the most of the 5.5-inch screen and to help

users be more productive. When in landscape mode, the device will display apps like Mail, Calendar,

and Stocks in a wider view similar to the way they're displayed on the iPad.

The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus take advantage of dual domain pixels, which improves viewing

angles.AnandTech has given an in-depth overview of dual domain pixels, explaining that the

technology alludes to the fact that the electrodes in the pixels are not all aligned. Instead, the pixels
are "skewed when viewed from the perspective of the lines defined by the rectangular edges of the

display," allowing them to compensate for uneven lighting.


The iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus both offer improved battery life, but due to the larger size of

iPhone 6 Plus, it is able to accommodate a larger battery. The iPhone 6 has an 1,810 mAh battery,

while the iPhone 6 Plus has a battery capacity of 2,915 mAh.

Because it has a bigger battery, the iPhone 6 Plus has a longer battery life than the smaller iPhone

6. 3G talk time for the iPhone 6 Plus is at 24 hours, compared to just 14 hours in the iPhone 6, for

example, while HD video playback is at 14 hours for the iPhone 6 Plus and 11 hours for the iPhone 6.

Reviews of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have suggested that the iPhone 6 can last up to a day and a half

on average, while the iPhone 6 Plus can last up to two days on a single charge. A battery life

test conducted by AnandTech showed the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus beat out many competing Android

devices, lasting longer than the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. The iPhone 6 Plus had the

second longest battery life of any device tested, coming in behind the Huawei Ascend Mate 2.
Despite shipping with a 1A/5W battery, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are capable of drawing up to

2.1A/12W of power, which means that iPhone users can likely obtain a faster charging time using an

iPad adapter. According to early testing, charging with a 12W iPad adapter charges the iPhone 6 Plus

in approximately two hours.


Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have a new 64-bit A8 processor built on an advanced 20-

nanometer process by TSMC. Not only is the chip smaller than the A7 in the iPhone 5s, it's also able to

deliver 25 percent faster CPU performance while being 50 percent more energy efficient.

The A8 takes full advantage of Metal, Apple's gaming technology that lets developers create console-

style games on the iPhone. According to Apple, Metal is designed to let the GPU and CPU work

together to provide detailed graphics and complex visual effects, which means gaming on the iPhone 6

and 6 Plus is going to be better than ever.

Alongside the A8, there's also a new M8 motion coprocessor, which is the successor to the M7

motion coprocessor introduced in the iPhone 5s. The M8 measures data from the accelerometer,

compass, and gyroscope, along with a barometer, which is new to the iPhone 6.

With the addition of the barometer, the M8 motion coprocessor can measure elevation in addition to

steps taken and distance traveled.

AnandTech has published an analysis of the A8 processor that points towards significant GPU

enhancements and an enhanced Cyclone CPU at 1.4Ghz.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have topped CPU benchmarking tests (compared to competing Android

devices and the iPhone 5s), but the iPhone 6 Plus lags slightly in graphics performance due to the

device's larger screen.

The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus continue to sport an 8-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera, but the addition

of several new features will result in vastly improved picture quality. Continuing to offer improved

camera capabilities has always been a priority for Apple, with the company even opting to include a

protruding lens design to avoid making image quality sacrifices for the sake of the thin design of the

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The first major new feature, "Focus Pixels," are designed to speed up autofocusing by providing the

sensor with more information about an image, while improved auto image stabilization will

compensate for slight amounts of motion blur and hand shakiness. Focus Pixels will vastly speed up

autofocusing times and improve autofocusing in low light situations, as demonstrated in a review of

the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cameras.

Both phones also have improved face detection capabilities and more control over exposure, and the

Panorama feature now supports high-resolution panoramic photos of up to 43 megapixels.

Video options have been improved in the two devices, and it's now possible to capture 1080p HD

video at 60fps. There's also a new 240fps slo-mo mode, and time-lapse video, which was introduced

with iOS 8.
Slo-mo demo video courtesy of TechSource

The iPhone 6 Plus has one slight advantage when it comes to the camera, however, as it takes

advantage of the M8 motion coprocessor to offer optical image stabilization. Optical image

stabilization better compensates for hand shake and slight movements in low light than standard auto

image stabilization techniques. As a result, it's likely the iPhone 6 Plus will be able to deliver higher

quality low-light photos than the iPhone 6.

Along with rear camera improvements, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have improved front-

facing FaceTime HD cameras with a new sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. With these improvements,

Apple says the front-facing camera can capture 81 percent more light, resulting in much better low-

light photos. There's also a new burst mode for the front-facing camera, which will let users

take burst mode selfiesfor the first time.

In the DxOMark tests from reputable camera testers DxO Labs, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both scored

an 82, overtaking the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2 as the best smartphone cameras in

both the photo and video categories.

According to the testing, both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus performed similarly, with the site noting that

both had "very good, generally reliable auto-exposure" in a range of lighting conditions and fast,

accurate autofocus.
The optical image stabilization in the iPhone 6 Plus, which is the differentiating factor between the two

devices, resulted in better noise performance and less ghosting on HDR images, but it did create a

video stabilization artifact that ultimately led to a better score for the iPhone 6 in the video category.


Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both offer faster LTE with support for LTE Advanced networks,

reaching speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and they offer 20 LTE bands for better connectivity when

traveling. A real world speed test has shown some impressive speed gains between the iPhone 6 and

the iPhone 5s when LTE Advanced is available.

The devices also include support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) which allows users to make higher-

quality phone calls over LTE. VoLTE will also allow users on CDMA networks like Verizon to use voice

and data simultaneously for the first time. VoLTE requires support from both Apple and carriers, and

several carriers have pledged to roll out support for the service.

In addition to cellular improvements, the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus are the first of Apple's iOS devices to

offer support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is able to offer connection speeds that are up to 3

times faster than existing 802.11n networks. The speed improvements possible going from the iPhone

5s to the iPhone 6 Plus can be seen in the video below.

Finally, the iPhone 6 supports calls over Wi-Fi, which can result in higher-quality calls, especially in

situations where a cellular connection is low. Calling over Wi-Fi is another feature that requires carrier

support, but again, some carriers, like T-Mobile, have already pledged support.


iPhone 6 and 6 Plus teardowns have revealed that both devices continue to offer the same 1GB of RAM

found in the iPhone 5s.


Like the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus continue to offer Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint-

based security system. With iOS 8, which ships on the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Touch ID will become even

more powerful, thanks to third-party Touch ID integration.

Touch ID is also an integral part of Apple's new Apple Pay mobile payments initiative, as is the Near

Field Communication (NFC) antenna built into every iPhone 6. Apple Pay is designed to allow users

to pay for purchases at thousands of retail stores with just a fingerprint.


The iPhone 6 and predictive keyboard. More information about iOS 8 can be found in ouriOS 8

roundup.the iPhone 6 Plus ship with iOS 8, Apple's newest mobile operating system. iOS 8's main goal

is to improve integration between Apple devices, both mobile and desktop, through the use of


With Continuity, users can seamlessly transition tasks between iPhones, iPads, Macs, and the Apple

Watch. iOS 8 also includes features like interactive notifications, widgets in the Notification Center,

third-party keyboards, and a new QuickType