Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were unveiled on September 19, 2014. Initially, these devices were available with 16, 64 and 128 GB of storage. The 128 GB model was discontinued a year later. The newer iPhone 6s models are available with 128 GB of storage. Demand was high for these new devices and similarly to other iPhone launches, Apple achieved record sales. More than 10 million phones were sold in the first 3 days. As of June 2015, the iPhone 6 was the best-selling smartphone on the market, followed closely by the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 held its position at the top of the list starting the day it was released and continuing through the summer of 2015.

Features

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were highly sought after because of their features. These devices are significantly different from previous models and are much more competitive with other premium smartphones like the latest Samsung Galaxy and Note models as well as the LG G4. There are three key differences between these two phones.

  1. The first is the size of the display. While the display on the iPhone 5 measured 4 inches, the iPhone 6 is 4.7 and the 6 Plus is 5.5. Due to the large screen, some outlets have referred to the 6 Plus as a phablet.
  2. The next difference is the battery life. Users can expect to get 14 hours of talk time or 11 hours of video playback on the iPhone 6 and up to 24 hours of talk time or 14 hours of video on the 6 Plus.
  3. A final difference between these two devices is the price. When they were initially released, all four major US carries offered discounted rates for customers who entered into a new 2-year contract. The phones were also available at full price for anyone who didn’t want to be locked into a long-term contract.

Iphone 6 and 6 Plus Price

Non-contract prices on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus release date were:

iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus
16 GB $649 16 GB $749
64 GB $749 64 GB $849
128 GB $849 128 GB $949

The retail price of each phone decreased by $100 following the release of the iPhone 6s

Features owners of the iPhone 6 models will notice right away include:

General Features
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Apple Pay
  • Siri
  • Retina HD display
  • Oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating
  • Display zoom
  • Full sRGB
  • Fingerprint identity sensor in the Home button
  • Lightening charger
  • Earpods with remote
Camera Features
  • Focus Pixels
  • Full HD 1080 video
  • Burst mode for Facetime camera
  • 120 or 240 fps slow motion
  • Time lapse
  • True Tone flash
  • Optical image stabilizing only available on iPhone 6 Plus
iOS9
Although the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were sold with iOS 8 pre-installed, owners can easily upgrade to iOS 9. The new operating system promises to help iPhone users be more productive. It was released on September 16, 2015 and is available for download now through an over-the-air update. A computer connection isn’t required. Apple even made this iOS available for older devices. Customers with an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 will be able to use their devices longer.

One of the highlights of iOS 9 is a smarter Siri. Siri will be able to understand “it” and remind users of things when asked, even when the specific information is in a text or email. Apple Maps will be better and will include public transit directions.

Even with the new app and smarter Siri, this OS, at only 1.4 GB, is significantly smaller than its predecessor.

Sales

Pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which were released on the same day, exceeded 4 million in the first 24 hours. By comparison, pre-sales for the iPhone 5 were just over 2 million in the same period. By the end of the first weekend, sales exceeded 10 million new devices.

Google Trends for the iphone 6, iphone 6 plus, iphone 6s and iphone 6s plus search terms trending between Sept 2014 and October 2015

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Reviews

Reviews are overwhelmingly positive for these devices. The larger screen is a positive aspect for most long-time iPhone users. Although the screen is larger, Apple included a nice feature for users with small hands. Tapping the home key twice brings the icons at the top of the screen down so they’re easier to reach. Unlike the last iPhone model, this one isn’t likely to grab the attention of passersby. The design is sleek but not striking. While the iPhone 5 was definitely eye-catching, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with their rounded edges and seamless design, are more sophisticated.

Compared to the latest Samsung devices, the iPhone appears to lag a little behind on the display contrast ratio. Blacks are more likely to appear grey on the iPhone. However, the iPhone 6 is far superior when it comes to displaying colors. Compared to the other iPhones, the iPhone 6 has a much louder speaker. Whether users are listening to music without their earpods or talking on their phone, the sound is louder and clearer.

The processor is also faster in this device as opposed to earlier versions of the iPhone. Users notice this when they unlock the phone with the fingerprint recognition feature as well as when playing graphic-intensive games. There are no micro SD slots on the iPhone 6. While this doesn’t surprise long-time iPhone users, it’s one of the main reasons Andriod-fans won’t switch. The additional storage comes at a premium on the iPhone.

New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are sold with iOS 8 installed. There are some significant improvements over iOS 7, such as interactive notifications and the option to use third-party keyboard apps. However, since iOS 9 has been introduced and is working well for most users, there’s really no reason to keep iOS 8.

Of course, the camera has been improved but it isn’t easy to tell by simply looking at the specs. Apple added a feature that allows the camera to focus more quickly and thus take better pictures. This camera isn’t faster than the one on the 5S but images are less blurry. The slow-mo feature has been improved and is more fun to use. Additional features have also been added to the Facetime camera. The display was repositioned and users now have the option to take bursts of selfies. According to reviews, the camera on the Apple devices still lags slightly behind the latest Samsung models.

Call quality is superior to other similar devices. The noise-cancelling microphone allows iPhone users to have crisp, clear conversations, even when walking outdoors. The battery lasts longer than any Android phones but that is to be expected from a new Apple device.

The larger screen is one of the best reasons to buy one of these devices. Whether purchasing the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 or the iPhone 6 Plus phablet, the larger screen makes the device more comparable with what the competition in the Android world has had for a while. Owners of the 4S or 5 models should consider upgrading if only for the longer battery life.

The one major con of these new devices is they’re more fragile than other phones in their class. This can be easily countered with a case and fortunately, Apple offers some really attractive iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cases to protect the investment in the device.

Samsung Galaxy 6 and 6 Edge Reviews

Samsung’s Galaxy 6 and 6 Edge were released after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. By April of 2015, Samsung was able to come pretty close to meeting the best features of the iPhone. The new Galaxy devices are sleek, one piece designs that do not allow access to the battery. The camera on these devices has received better reviews than the iPhone 6 camera. This phone is all glass and metal. While Android users have always valued their ability to expand the storage capacity of their devices, this model does not include that feature. The screen wraps around the Galaxy S6 Edge, making it more attractive and functional. However, it’s lack of a removable battery and expandable storage is a point of contention for dedicated Galaxy owners. Overall, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were preferred over the newest Samsung models.

Value

While some people think the iPhone 6 models are overpriced, the millions of people who purchased them know they are worth the money. Owners of iPhones project a certain aura. They know they have the best devices available and they aren’t ashamed to pull out their phone to let the world know. Owning an iPhone means having access to the best OS, the best app and the cutting-edge technology the other smartphone manufacturers strive to copy. Millions of people own iPhones and many of them were Mac users before the first iPhone was released. Creative people as well as those who are always first among their social circle to have the latest technology almost always have an iPhone.

iPhone 7

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch 2 on the same day in September 2016. According to credible rumors, the iPhone 7 will be waterproof. This feature might help Apple gain some more market share, since Samsung doesn’t currently have a waterproof phone in its Galaxy line.

 

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