The iPhone 6 Plus was unveiled in September alongside its smaller sibling, the iPhone 6, and is Apple's first phablet.
The iPhone 6 is designed to wrestle control of the big screen market from current ruler Samsung, and ward off fresh competition from Google which released its first own-brand phablet, the Nexus 6, in December.
To help with this endeavour Apple has loaded the iPhone 6 Plus with a wealth of hardware and software innovations that, on paper, make it the most advanced iOS handset to date.
In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus is so full of new features some fans have justifiably struggled to keep on top of all the phablet's key selling points.
Here to help, we've collected all the key bits of information you need to know about the iPhone 6 Plus, including availability, price and specifications.
Having thoroughly tested the iPhone 6 Plus during our in-depth review we found there is plenty to like about Apple's first phablet.
Featuring an unprecedentedly good battery life, large, crisp display, super fast A8 processor and Apple's user friendly iOS operating system, the iPhone 6 Plus is one of the best smartphones currently available.
That said, it is important to note that the hefty upfront cost and large physical dimensions mean that many iPhone users may still prefer to opt for Apple's more familiarly sized iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 Plus went on sale on Friday 19 September and has sold in huge volumes. Apple's fourth quarter results announced on 20 October revealed it shifted 39.27 million iPhones over the quarter, which ended on 27 September, just nine days after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale.
This was up on the 35 million iPhones sold in the previous quarter, and 33 million in the same period a year ago after the iPhone 5S and 5C launches.
Currently, orders of the device from Apple's website come with a 3-4 days wait for the 16GB and 64GB versions and 5-7 on the 128GB.
The iPhone 6 Plus is also available in physical stores, including Apple's retail stores, and through operators O2, Vodafone, EE, Three, GiffGaff, Virgin and Talkmobile, wih availability highly dependent on the stock each vendor will have. See below for operator deals on the iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPhone 6 Plus went on sale on 19 September in 10 countries: the UK, US, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico and Singapore.
The device then launched on 26 September in 22 further countries: Switzerland, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
On 17 October, the iPhone 6 went on sale in China, India and Monaco. Israel followed on 23 October, and the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South Africa got the iPhone 6 Plus on 24 October.
On 30 October, Bahrain and Kuwait markets were able to buy units, followed one day later by Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, South Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Thailand.
O2 is offering a comprehensive range of preorder options for the iPhone 6 Plus. The cheapest upfront deal is for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus with 5GB of 4G data, where you pay nothing for the handset, but will need to fork out £53 on a month for two years contract – equivalent to £1,272 for the lifetime of the deal.
Or you can opt for the cheaper overall deal and pay £199.99 for the phone and £38 per month (£1,112 equivalent). For the full 128GB model, you will be looking at paying £63 per month for 20GB 4G data plus £9.99 for the handset – the equivalent of £1,522 over two years.
Over at Vodafone, 4G 10GB deals start from £58.50 per month, with a £19 upfront cost (£1,411 lifetime cost) for the 16GB model. If you are happy to cut back on mobile data use, the absolute lowest price you can pick up a 16GB iPhone 6 Plus for is £249 upfront for the handset and £31.50 per month for 100 minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB of 3G data. This still equates to an overall cost of £1,005 over 24 months.
For 20GB data and the top-end 128GB model, you'll need to fork out £63.50 a month and £129 upfront, adding up to £1,653 over the two years - £131 more expensive that the equivalent O2 deal.
Three offers the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus with 1GB of 4G data for £99 upfront and £44 per month on a two-year deal (£1,156 lifetime cost). Unlimited data for the same handset sets you back £51 per month, an equivalent to £1,323 over the contract’s lifetime.
Opt for the full 128GB model an unlimited data and you will need to pay a hefty £60 per month and £119 upfront for the phone – a total of £1,559.
EE offers some of the most costly deals with a 128GB iPhone 6 Plus and 20GB of 4G data setting you back £149.99 upfront and a further £63.99 per month for two years – equivalent to £1,686 for the lifetime of the contract.
The cheapest way to get an iPhone 6 Plus on an EE contract is to opt for the 16GB model with 20GB of 4G data allowance, costing £99.99 for the phone and £53.99 per month – a total of £1,396 over two years.
Bought standalone the iPhone 6 Plus is more expensive than its small sibling, with Apple listing the retail pricing as follows:
16GB model: £619
64GB model: £699
128GB model: £789
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, 5C and 5S with 4in screens.
Screen resolution is 1920x1080 with a 401 pixel-per-inch (ppi) density. This is higher than the iPhone 6, which matches the iPhone 5S and 5C with a 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 is 129g. The iPhone 5S, by comparison, weighs 122g.
It features the new iSight 8MP camera lens and is powered by the new A8 processor too. The new M8 motion processor is also included.
Apple has included NFC capabilities in the iPhone 6 Plus. This is part of its rollout of a new payment system called Apple Pay. This is being made available from October for customers in the US.
Apple Pay will be rolled out only in the US initially but rollout in Europe is expected in 2015. Apple chief executive Tim Cook has already claimed the Apple Pay system has already taken the lead in the contactless payment market since its release.
WiFi calling is also available, which will allow users to make calls from the native dialler on the iPhone 6 Plus over WiFi, rather than having to rely on a mobile data signal.
This could be a real boost for those in areas with poor signal or in homes and offices where signal can sometimes fail to penetrate.
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 made iOS 8 available to download for other devices, from the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 and above on 17 September.
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