iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – your essential guide to specs, pricing and release dates

Our at-a-glance guide to Apple’s latest generation of smart-looking smartphones

Choosing whether to buy to the latest iPhone used to be simple. A new black rectangle would come out every Autumn and you would either buy it and spend the following year trying to work off the debt, or you would buy a rival smartphone and spend the following year whinging about Apple on Twitter. But now the tech giant has complicated matters by unveiling a new little big brother for the iPhone. Here’s our at-a-glance guide to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone

To quote Frasier Crane, if less is more, just think how much more more would be. The iPhone is getting bigger, with the iPhone 6 sporting a 4.7” screen, up from 4” on the iPhone 5S. If that’s not big enough for you, the new iPhone 6 Plus offers a whopping 5.5” screen. It’s seen as a response to large phones from the likes of Samsung, but it’s enough to make your jeans bulge in an unseemly fashion. 

Resolution has been upped on both devices, and apps will automatically resize for the different screens.

Design

Seen an iPhone before? The iPhone 6 looks like an iPhone. That said, both models are thinner than the iPhone 5S and now have rounded edges. The power button has moved from top of phone to side, possibly to make it easier to access while handling the larger iPhone 6 Plus.

Near Field Communication (NFC)

Burn your wallet. Using NFC, the iPhone 6es can pay for low value items in shops with a simple tap, exactly like the contactless payment systems on some credit cards. Payments work through Apple Pay, a new system which cleverly/terrifyingly can store your credit card details through a photograph.

Wi-Fi Calling

Phone calls can now be made over your wireless network, rather than mobile phone masts. Thus far, EE is the only UK operator to confirm they will offer the service.

Camera

Better 8-megapixel sensor, cleverer ‘True Tone’ flash, faster autofocus, more faces detected by face detection. The iPhone 6 Plus also has optical image stabilisation, automatically adjusting for shaky hands. This might make it worth plonking for the bigun’ alone.

Power

Both come with the next gen A8 processors, a sizeable jump up from the iPhone 5S’s A7. More excitingly, both now feature an improved M8 chip dedicated to keeping track of your fitness without draining the battery. As well as a pedometer it can detect stair climbing and strenuous exercise.

Battery Life

Roughly the same as the iPhone 5S. In real terms, about a day.

Colours

Gold, silver, space grey (like grey, but spacey)

Price

iPhone 6: 16GB – £539, 64GB – £619, 128GB – £699

iPhone 6 Plus:  16GB – £619, 64GB – £699, 128GB – £789

Availability

Pre-order: Friday 12th September

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Shipping: Friday 19th September (same day as the US)