Which iPhone 6 is right for you? We explain the differences between the two different iPhone 6 variants to help you decide. The iPhone 6 is smaller, while the iPhone 6 Plus is larger…but it carries a premium price tag.
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1. There Are 2 Versions of the iPhone 6
There are two different models of the iPhone 6. These two phones vary in size, and therefore, they also vary in price. Preorders open this Friday, September 12. Both phones will be released on September 19 in the US. Both versions of the phone are available on all the major US carriers. While you can’t buy the phone yet, you can see pricing options right here.
2. The iPhone 6 Plus Is Thicker & Has Extra Features
The iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5 inches. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus come with pixel specs of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080, respectively. The the 6 Plus is 7.1mm thin, which is a bit bulkier than the new iPhone 6, which is just 6.8mm thin. Here are the relevant specs for the cameras on both devices: 8MP camera, true-tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, and a f/2.2 aperture.
Apple has a new chip: the Apple A8. It’s a 64-bit chip that has 2 billion transistors, but is 13% smaller than the A7. Graphics should load 50 percent faster than on the previous chip generation.
These two phones have a lot in common, but the iPhone 6 Plus has a couple of advantages over the regular iPhone 6. First, there’s the ability to work in landscape mode and have a two-pane window mode. The screen is also larger and the battery is bigger, making this phone appealing for people who want an iOS experience that rivals an Android product like the Galaxy Note 4.
3. Battery Life Comparison
The picture above shows an Apple Watch using Apple Pay. Apple Pay will also be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US as a free update to iOS 8 this October. Unfortunately, the update won’t be available right on release day.
The iPhone 6 Plus will have superior battery life when compared to the regular iPhone 6. While the larger size of its screen may mean that it does have more pixels to power, the 6 Plus has a considerably larger battery than the regular iPhone 6. According to Business Insider, the 6 Plus has a whopping 16 hours of battery life. The iPhone 6 has a mere ten hours of battery life.
4. Price Comparison
There is a $100 difference between the two base models in the new iPhone line. The iPhone 6 starts at $199, and the larger 6 Plus starts at $299.
The iPhone 6 comes in three storage options: the 16GB ($199), the 64GB ($299), and the 128GB ($399). The 6 Plus has three options, too: the 16GB ($299), the 64GB ($399), and the 128GB ($499).
Prices are, of course, higher if you buy a phone off-contract. If you buy off-contract through T-Mobile, expect to pay at least $649.
5. Reactions Have Been Mixed for the Larger iPhone 6
The Bloomberg video above questions whether bigger is better with regards to the new iPhones.
Some Apple fans love the larger iPhone 6 Plus, but others are dogged in their support for the smaller phone, which is more in line with the size of iPhones past. Here’s what some people have said about the iPhone 6 Plus on Twitter:
— Bri Cook (@Bri_Cook) September 9, 2014
The iPhone 6 plus be like. pic.twitter.com/5AaBvVLJKv
— i don't care (@DesirableNotes) September 9, 2014
I'm wary of the #iPhone6Plus. It's like Apple is taking us back to the days of the Zack Morris cell.
— Cassandra Mickens (@CassMickens) September 9, 2014