EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Read the ultimate A-Z encyclopedia of Apple's flagship smartphones
This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Forget tangerines and bouncy balls, these days Santa's more likely to leave a shiny new iPhone in your Christmas stocking.

And if you're one of the lucky ones to have unwrapped one of Apple's latest smartphones today, we bet there's plenty you don't know about your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. 

Fortunately, that's where we come in - with our full A to Z listing of what makes the new iPhones tick.

READ MORE: Apple iPhone 6 review

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

A8 Processor

Faster and more powerful barely explains what the A8 processor can do. It makes your apps load and run faster. It’s also less power hungry, sucking up less juice (being 50% more efficient than the A7 chip on the iPhone 5s) while you bash highly detailed skulls on games running Metal, or watch high definition video. Its processing power is also borrowed by the iSight camera to produce stunning photos through advanced imaging features.

Accelerometer

The iPhone knows everything. It knows when you’re skiving and walking less. There’s a snitch called the accelerometer that tells on you to the Health app. Moral of the story - get an iPhone, use the accelerometer to track your movements, and lead a healthier lifestyle. Once you lose that extra weight and love handles, you’ll truly thank the accelerometer.

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Barometer

The accelerometer isn’t the only feature that’ll help (or nag) you with your fitness regime. The barometer works concurrently with the former, measuring how high you’ve climbed and whether you need to take more steps to hit your goal for the day. Be glad that the iPhone doesn’t have a part that gives you a shock when you’re underachieving.

Battery

Despite the larger, higher resolution screens and bump in specs, the new iPhones promise better battery life. You can expect around 11 hours of continuous video playback on the 6, while the 6 Plus goes up to 14 hours. And we’ve gotten over a day and a half on our review units with heavy usage to back up those claims too.

With iOS 8, you can now also see which apps are draining the most battery from Settings.  You can’t actually do anything in there though, it’s just knowledge for you to make usage adjustments.

Bluetooth LE

The presence of Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy means that your Bluetooth streaming, AirDrop transfers, or iBeacon interactions are faster and use less energy. That’ll result in better battery life. It’ll only make a difference if the device you’re connecting to has Bluetooth LE too, of course.

Bendgate

We’ve all read reports of the iPhone 6 Plus warping in users’ pockets. Someone even made a viral video of himself damaging one pretty badly by bending it with his bare hands. However, Apple has come out to say that official complaints on the iPhone 6 bending are less than 10. Consumer Reports also released their findings that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are actually pretty resilient. From our experience so far, no such problem exists with regular use. 

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Camera App

The great thing about the iPhone camera is that it’s so easy to use and takes great shots almost every single time. And with the latest update, you can capture even slower slow-motion videos at 240fps, perfect for more epic shots in all their fluid glory.

If you’re looking for something even more cinematic, time-lapse videos should do the trick. Just press the record button and your camera will do all the hard processing work for you. The only thing you have to worry about is your battery running out before you get all the footage needed. 

As for stills, you now get exposure controls in real time. Taking a photo or a video and tapping the screen (just like you would normally focus) will turn up a little sun icon. Tapping it will bring up a slider that you can use to adjust exposure up to four f-stops lighter or darker to get your desired image. 

Landscape shots are also better than ever, with 43MP Panoramas and better exposure adjustments so they emerge as one seamless stitch. Sunset at the Grand Canyon? No problem for this smart shooter, even with the tricky shadows. 

Campus

Whenever you see mentions of Cupertino in anything related to Apple, they’re talking about the Apple Campus, their corporate headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California. It currently occupies around 850,000 square feet, with the company even leasing an additional 3.3m square feet of office space in the city itself to accommodate all its employees.  

Continuity

Reap the benefits of having an entire suite of iThings with this seamless feature (provided you also have iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite). Hear a call coming in, but your iPhone’s nowhere near you while you’re working on your Mac or iPad? Just answer it directly (or reject it) on your other devices so long as your iOS 8-running iPhone is on the same Wi-Fi network. You can also message contacts directly from your iThings without rummaging through your belongings for your iPhone.

It’s not just about calls and texts either. Handoff is a feature that allows you to continue working across iThings on iOS 8 native apps such as Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. This is perfect if you need to be on the move without losing any of your work or going through the tedious process of downloading and uploading again. Works for Safari browsing and composing in Mail too.

Craig Federighi

As Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, Federighi was the man responsible for developing iOS 8. That’s why he’s usually the guy to demonstrate new functions on the latest iOS versions during Apple’s keynotes. 

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This is EVERYTHING you need to know about the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Design

After a few minor tweaks between the iPhone 5 and the 5s, people wanted some change – and change is what they got with the design of the new iPhones. Besides the obvious growth in screen size (from 4in to 4.7in), the iPhone 6 sports a matte all-metal rounded back, with glass that curves to meet the edges on the front for a smooth, continuous form. A huge difference from the flat, sharp angles on the 5s.

The size difference is even more obvious on the iPhone 6 Plus. It’s 5.5in as compared to the 4in iPhone 5s – by far, the biggest of any iPhone. But besides the size and thickness, most of the design elements we mention above are the same across the newly launched units.

As for thickness, the iPhone 6 has a thin 6.9mm profile, while the 6 Plus’ sits at 7.1mm. They’re both considerably skinnier than their 7.5mm predecessor, despite packing a lot more power. There’s one other big design change – the lens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus protrudes from the phone. 

READ MORE: 10 of the best apps for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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