APPLE HAS MADE its first mark on the phablet market with the iPhone 6 Plus, which features a sizeable 5.5in screen and the ability to orientate and be used in landscape mode as well as portrait.
Here, we round up everything we know about the iPhone 6 Plus handset, including pricing and release date details. Keep this page bookmarked, as we'll update it as we hear more.
The iPhone 6 Plus will be available from 19 September in the UK, as well as other nations including the US, Germany, France and Australia. Pre-orders can be placed from 12 September, and the handset will be available to pick up in three colours: gold, silver and space grey.
The iPhone 6 Plus won't be available everywhere from 19 September, however, with Apple set to launch the handset in 22 more countries on 26 September.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the iPhone 6 Plus is more expensive than the 4.7in iPhone 6, with prices starting at £619. This will get you the 16GB model, with the 64GB and 128GB models priced at £699 and a whopping £789, respectively.
You might have a wait on your hands, however, as all models - in all colours - are now shipping in "3 to 4 weeks," which means shipments likely won't arrive until mid-October.
UK operators have started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 Plus, too.
EE will offer the iPhone 6 Plus, and while it planned to start taking pre-orders for the handset from 8am on 12 September, its website was - and still is - offline, likely due to high demand.
At the time of writing, the O2 shop is also down. However, once back up and running, it will be offering the iPhone 6 Plus for £49.99 on a £53 tariff with unlimited texts and minutes and 20GB data. It will also be offering the handset for £119.99 on a £43 tariff with a lesser 2GB data.
Three has started taking pre-orders for the iPhone 6 Plus. All of its contracts come with a £99 upfront cost, and you can bag the 16GB model for £44, £47 and £51 per month tariffs which come with 1GB, 2GB and unlimited data, respectively. For the 64GB and 128GB models, this price rises to £49, £52 and £56 per month, and £54, £57 and £60 per month, respectively. The most expensive £60 offering bumps the upfront cost for the handset to £119, too.
Vodafone is offering iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders now, and it's not cheap. Pricing for the 16GB model start at £53.50 per month with a £19 upfront cost, which increases to £99 and £179 for the 64GB and 128GB models.
Virgin Media has rounded up the list, announcing that it will sell the iPhone 6 Plus from 19 September.
Most notably the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5in screen size, far larger than any existing iPhone, including the new iPhone 6, which has a 4.7in screen. Both of these are larger than the previous biggest, the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S with 4in screens.
Screen resolution is 1920x1080 with a 401ppi pixel density. This is higher than the iPhone 6, which matches the iPhone 5S and 5C with 1334x750 resolution at 326ppi.
The dimensions of the iPhone 6 Plus are 158x78x7.1mm and it weighs 172g. This is notably heavier than the iPhone 6, which weighs 129g, and the iPhone 5S which tips the scales at 122g.
It features the new iSight 8MP camera lens and is powered by the new A8 processor, which Apple claims gives the phone with longer battery life than its predecessor, with the handset set to offer up to 24 hours of constant talk time. The new M8 motion processor is also included, alongside a new barometer, which can measure information such as how many steps a user has climbed.
Apple has included NFC capabilities in the iPhone 6 Plus. This is part of its rollout of a new payment system called Apple Pay which will be made available from October for customers in the US, with no mention of if or when this will arrive in the UK.
WiFi calling is also on its way, which will allow users to make calls from the native dialer on the iPhone 6 Plus over WiFi, rather than having to rely on a mobile data signal. The iPhone 6 Plus also support voice over LTE (VoLTE), and the ability to reach 4G speeds of 150Mbps.
The iPhone 6 Plus will come running iOS 8 out of the box, adding new services such as Homekit and Healthkit from the off, which will provide software integration for smart home appliances and health devices.
OS X Continuity is perhaps the most notable new feature in iOS 8 as Apple continues to bridge the gap between iOS and Mac OS X. The feature allows users to move between apps and data on different Apple devices, and even answer calls on MacBook or iMac devices.
iOS 8 also brings with it support for third-party keyboards such as Swype, widgets in the Notification Center, and Apple's own Quicktype word-prediction feature. Developers will also be able to access the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to use within their apps.
Other features on their way are aimed at the enterprise, including improved password security, S/MIME features and VIP threads.
Apple will make iOS 8 available to download for other devices including the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and above from 17 September. µ
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