Apple iPhone 6 Plus Review

November 17, 2014 | Amy Davies | |

Specifications

Weight and Dimensions2

iPhone 6 Plus

158.1 mm
(6.22 inches)

77.8 mm
(3.06 inches)

7.1 mm
(0.28 inches)

Weight: 172 grams (6.07 ounces)

 

Display

5.5"

Retina HD display

5.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology

1920x1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi

1300:1 contrast ratio (typical)

500 cd/m2 max brightness (typical)

Full sRGB standard

Dual-domain pixels for wide-angle viewing

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on front

Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Display Zoom

Reachability

Chips

A8 chip with 64-bit architecture

M8 motion coprocessor

iSight Camera

New 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels

Autofocus with Focus Pixels

ƒ/2.2 aperture

Optical image stabilisation (iPhone 6 Plus only)

True Tone flash

Five-element lens

Hybrid IR filter

Backside illumination sensor

Sapphire crystal lens cover

Auto image stabilisation

Auto HDR for photos

Improved face detection

Exposure control

Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)

Burst mode

Tap to focus

Photo geotagging

Timer mode

Video Recording

1080p HD video recording (30 fps or 60 fps)

True Tone flash

Slo-mo video (120 fps or 240 fps)

Time-lapse video

Cinematic video stabilisation

Continuous autofocus video

Take still photos while recording video

Improved face detection

3x zoom

Video geotagging

FaceTime Camera

1.2-megapixel photos (1280x960)

ƒ/2.2 aperture

720p HD video recording

Backside illumination sensor

Auto HDR for photos and videos

Improved face detection

Burst mode

Exposure control

Touch ID

Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

Mobile and Wireless

Model A1549 (GSM)*
Model A1522 (GSM)*

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

Model A1549 (CDMA)*
Model A1522 (CDMA)*

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

Model A1586 (GSM)*
Model A1524 (GSM)*

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)

Model A1586 (CDMA)*
Model A1524 (CDMA)*

CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz)

TD-SCDMA 1900 (F), 2000 (A)

GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)

TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40, 41)

All models

802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

NFC

Location

Assisted GPS and GLONASS

Digital compass

Wi-Fi

Mobile data

iBeacon micro-location

Video Calling3

FaceTime video

Initiate video calls over Wi-Fi or a mobile network to any FaceTime-enabled device

FaceTime over mobile a mobile network uses H.264/H.265

Audio Calling3

FaceTime audio

iPhone 6 to any FaceTime audio-enabled device over Wi-Fi or a mobile network

Audio Playback

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV

User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and Video

AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)

Video mirroring and video out support: up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Intelligent Assistant4

Siri — Use your voice to send messages, set reminders and more

Use hands-free

Listen to and identify songs

External Buttons and Connectors

Home/Touch ID sensor

Volume up/down

Ring/silent

On/off
Sleep/wake

Microphone

Lightning connector

3.5-mm stereo
headphone mini-jack

Built-in speaker

Power and Battery5

Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter

Talk time: up to 14 hours on 3G

Standby time: up to 10 days (250 hours)

Internet use: up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on 4G LTE, up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback: up to 11 hours

Audio playback: up to 50 hours

Talk time: up to 24 hours on 3G

Standby time: up to 16 days (384 hours)

Internet use: up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on 4G LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback: up to 14 hours

Audio playback: up to 80 hours

Sensors

Touch ID

Barometer

Three-axis gyro

Accelerometer

Proximity sensor

Ambient light sensor

Operating System

 

iOS 8

With amazing new capabilities and updates to features you use every day, iOS 8 is the biggest iOS release ever.

 
 

iOS 8 includes:

  • AirDrop
  • Family Sharing
  • Notification Centre
  • AirPlay
  • iCloud Drive
  • QuickType keyboard
  • CarPlay
  • Siri
  • Control Centre
  • Multitasking
  • Spotlight Search

Built-in Apps

  • Photos

  • Health

  • Messages

  • Phone

  • FaceTime

  • Mail

  • Music

  • Passbook

  • Safari

  • Maps

  • Siri

  • Calendar

  • iTunes Store

  • App Store

  • Notes

  • Contacts

  • iBooks

  • Game Center

  • Weather

  • Reminders

  • Voice Memos

  • Clock

  • Videos

  • Stocks

  • Calculator

  • Newsstand

  • Compass

  • Podcasts

Free Apps from Apple6

  • iMovie

  • Pages

  • Keynote

  • Numbers

  • iTunes U

  • GarageBand

  • Apple Store

  • Remote

  • Find My iPhone

  • Find My Friends

Headphones

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

Storage and travel case

SIM Card

Nano-SIM

iPhone 6 is not compatible with existing micro-SIM cards.

Connector

Lightning

Rating for Hearing Aids

iPhone 6 (Model A1549, A1586): M3, T4

iPhone 6 Plus (Model A1522, A1524): M3, T4

Mail Attachment Support

Viewable document types

.jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel); .zip; .ics

System Requirements

Apple ID (required for some features)

Internet access7

Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:

  • Mac: OS X v10.6.8 or later
  • PC: Windows 8; Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • iTunes 11.4 or later (free download from www.itunes.com/uk/download)

Environmental Requirements

Operating ambient temperature: 0° to 35° C (32° to 95° F)

Non-operating temperature: –20° to 45° C (–4° to 113° F)

Relative humidity: 5% to 95% non-condensing

Operating altitude: tested up to 3,000 metres (10,000 feet)

Languages

Language support

English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong), French (Canada, France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

QuickType keyboard support

English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, US), Chinese - Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese - Traditional (Cangjie, Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke, Sucheng, Zhuyin), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Kana, Romaji), Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic, Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese

QuickType keyboard support with predictive input8

English (Australia, Canada, India, UK, US) Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai

Siri languages

English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Cantonese (Hong Kong)

Dictation languages

English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), Spanish (Mexico, Spain, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian (Italy, Switzerland), Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (Mainland China, Taiwan), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Turkish, Thai, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

Definition dictionary support

English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Thai, Turkish

Bilingual dictionary support

Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

Spell check

English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Russian, Swedish, Turkish

In the Box

iPhone with iOS 8

Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic

Lightning to USB Cable

USB Power Adapter

Documentation