iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: What you need to know

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: What you need to know

How much do the phones cost?


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Assuming you purchase your phone on a two-year carrier contract in the U.S., the iPhone 6 will cost $199 for 16GB of storage, $299 for 64GB, or $399 for 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus will cost $100 more at each storage level: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB. The unsubsidized prices for the iPhone 6 are $649 for 16GB, $749 for 64GB, and $849 for 128GB. Unsubsidized prices for the iPhone 6 Plus are $749 for 16GB, $849 for 64GB, and $949 for 128GB.

What colors can I get?
As with the iPhone 5s, you’ll be able to get both iPhone 6 models in Space Gray (dark gray with a black screen bezel), silver (with a white screen bezel), or gold (also with a white screen bezel—and some white trim on the back).

How they compare
How do the new models compare to the iPhone 5s?
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To start with the most obvious difference, the screens on the new phones are bigger: 4.7 inches diagonally for the iPhone 6 and 5.5 inches for the 6 Plus, compared to 4 inches for the 5s. But bigger sizes mean more pixels, too, and Apple calls these new displays Retina HD. The screen on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has a resolution of 1334 by 750, with a pixel-density of 326 pixels per inch (ppi); the 5.5-inch 6 Plus offers a whopping 1920 by 1080 pixels at a density of 401 ppi. These compare to a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels for the the iPhone 5s’s screen, at the same 326 ppi density as the iPhone 6.

But Retina HD means more than just resolution and pixel density. According to Apple, the new screens are sRGB-accurate, and include an improved polarizer, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystal, and dual-domain pixels that provide a broader angle of view.

One thing that had been rumored but didn’t appear in reality: The new iPhone screens are not made of sapphire. Apple does say they’re made from an “ion-strengthened glass” that’s more resistant to scratching and shattering than the previous generation’s displays.

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Screen aside, the new models also sport a new physical design compared to the iPhone 5s. Gone are the flat sides and chamfered edges. Instead, the new, thinner models feature smoothly rounded edges and a Unibody appearance—while the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, and 5s models always struck us as being somewhat industrial, thanks to the sharp edges and flat sides, the 6 and 6 Plus look sleek. The rounded edges also make the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feel more comfortable to hold, despite its being larger than the iPhone 5, and they bring to mind the rounded edges of the original iPhone model.

Despite the bigger screens, the 6 and 6 Plus are both thinner than the 5s: 6.9mm and 7.1mm, respectively, versus 7.6mm. That thinness somewhat mitigates the fact that bigger screens mean taller-and-wider phones, which could make them (particularly the 6 Plus) harder to fit into some pockets. Not surprisingly, given their largers screens and batteries, the 6 and 6 Plus do weigh more (4.55 and 6.07 ounces, respectively) than the 5s (3.95 ounces).

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