iphone6-3Today Apple unveiled their latest iPhone, and as months and months of rumors have prepped us for, they come in two new sizes, both larger than any previous iPhone. There is the regular iPhone 6 which clocks in at a 4.7-inch screen, and the iPhone 6 Plus which has a whopping 5.5-inch screen. Now, I say whopping because the iPhone 6 Plus is definitely very large, and enters into "phablet" territory. However, my big take away from my hands-on time with both new phones is that it's manageably large, and the big screen really is amazing for watching videos, reading text, checking out photos and of course for gaming. And, if you're not a fan of the super-sized version of the iPhone, the regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is also quite a bit larger without feeling too much larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5s.

First off is the feel of the new iPhones. It happens pretty much every year when a new iPhone is unveiled, but upon picking it up for the first time it's almost unbelievable how light the new iPhone 6 is. It's also thinner than the current iPhone, and this is immediately noticeable, especially with the curved outside edge of the new models. The 4.7-inch fits easily in my jeans pocket (yes, they encouraged us to test them out in our pockets!), and due to the thinness and lightness it actually feels less bulky in my pocket than the current iPhone does, which already doesn't feel too bulky. Amazingly, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus fits pretty well in my pocket too. I mean, I don't rock skinny jeans or anything, but I was very surprised with how little I noticed that the bigger iPhone was in my pocket. Your mileage may vary.

Here is a brief hands-on video of the two new iPhones, including a little bit of gameplay footage of Tiny Wings running on the new device.

Besides the physical feel of the hardware, the new "Retina Display HD" screens look absolutely incredible in person. I initially walked up to the demo table and was disappointed because I was positive the phones were non-working dummy units, and the screen was just printed on. Not so! It was the real screen, it just looked so damn sharp I would have bet money it was fake. Even after that initial shock, walking around the demo area and grabbing one of the new phones every time I had a chance, I still kept getting that feeling that the screen couldn't possibly be real. But it is.

We already detailed all the new technical specifications of the new devices, but in practice the new screens really make things like the improved camera and especially the HD video totally pop. The video that the new iPhone can take is just unreal. Constantly in focus, razor sharp, vibrant. Again, watching video also gave me that strange feeling that it must be fake because it just looked too good. I absolutely cannot wait to get one of these new iPhones for myself and begin taking my own videos and snapshots.

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Another cool thing about the new iPhones is that even though they both have larger screens than the current models, all apps will run on them in full screen. They are upscaled so there is a slight blurriness to some apps, but by and large you really can't tell. For a comparison, do you remember when the iPhone 4's Retina Display came out? Apps and games not optimized for it worked, but looked pretty fuzzy. I'd estimate that apps running on the new iPhone 6 screens don't even look 5% as fuzzy as those unoptimized apps did on an iPhone 4. You most likely won't even notice, but then again when apps and games come out specifically optimized for the higher resolution iPhone 6 screens, you'll definitely notice. I'm just happy that everything will "just work" and won't need specific updates, as was the case when Apple moved to a 4-inch screen with the iPhone 5.

Those are the major impressions I had from the new iPhones, but there are a few smaller details I want to touch on. First, apps can now work in landscape orientation on the iPhone, similar to how they work on the iPad. You can even flip the screen completely upside down, with the Home button facing upwards but the screen oriented correctly, if you wanted to for whatever reason. Also, the volume buttons have been redesigned and are now oblong buttons as opposed to circles, similar to the iPod touch. The power button has been moved from the top of the device to the side opposite the volume buttons, and that will definitely take some getting used to. It makes sense though, as the devices are larger and reaching that button on the top might be a bit too difficult for many people.

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Related to that, there is now a system-wide feature in the new iPhones called Reachability. This means that with a quick double-touch of the Home button (a double-touch, not a double-click, which still brings up multitasking like normal), the top of the screen kind of slides down about halfway down the screen and makes the upper corner available to your thumb when holding the phone with just one hand. When Apple announced this during the live event, I let out an audible groan, as that seemed like a cheesy way out of the problem of making your flagship device too large for reasonable one-handed use. However, in use, the Reachability works just as advertised and doesn't feel cheesy at all. Like double-clicking the Home button for multitasking, swiping the edge of the screen to access Notification Center, or unlocking your phone with Touch I'd, the quick double-touch to access Reachability will be one of those things that becomes second nature, something you quickly get used to and don't even think about.

So the question you might be wondering is: Which new iPhone should you get? Well, personally, I've never wanted a larger iPhone than the current 4-inch model. I just wasn't interested at all. However, holding the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in my hands, I've now done a complete 180. The larger screen is much nicer for reading text and viewing media, and the phone doesn't feel significantly larger than the current iPhone. If you want a new iPhone but also weren't interested in a bigger iPhone, the normal iPhone 6 will likely be for you. It's what I'm going to get. On the flip side, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus definitely does feel much larger than the current iPhone, but again, I was really blown away by how manageable it was. If you are dying for a super big phone, and don't already have a smaller sized tablet like the iPad mini, the iPhone 6 Plus will suit you well. Its larger size is fantastic for consuming media, and I imagine will be really cool to play games on too.

  • curtneedsaride

    Didn't look too big in your hands. Wish my hands were as big as yours. πŸ™

    • Satan's Taint

      Bet you say that about a lot of things.

  • Jake7905

    And I always assumed Jared wore skinny jeans, at least for phone testing purposes.

  • JCho133

    What's the weight comparison?

  • Adams Immersive

    With the right MFi controller (that doesn't exist yet) a 5.5" iPhone could be the ultimate mobile gaming unit. Previously I might have said iPad Mini.

    • borntodie007

      I have a perfect mfi controller for my jailbroken iPad. A ps3 controller.

  • marcanthony0313

    I have big hands so, nice.

  • crunc

    5.5" is way too big, but I am finally going to upgrade my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 6. That should be an amazing upgrade. πŸ™‚ Unfortuantley short on funds at the moment. πŸ™

  • defunct32

    Guys, any news on a new iPod touch?

    • curtneedsaride

      Maybe they'll roll out with an iPad update?

    • rewind

      Maybe they forgot about iPod touches... I hope not though.

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      I guess it'll come with the iPads. The major redesign came last year (and hast he same chip as the 4S, the A5). I wouldn't expect much this year - it'll probably keep the same 4" screen and maybe a bump up to the A6 πŸ™

      My dream iPod would have a 5.5" 1080x screen and an A8, but that's unlikely to happen. Imagine how thin they could make it!

  • Jetjet

    Very expensive !
    Apple is taking customers for white sheeps ! πŸ™

    • Disco Driscoll

      No change there then!

    • godofbiscuits

      Expensive as opposed to the flagships from other companies?


  • vectorarchitekt

    Was so hoping they'd beef up the 5c with an A7. Love those things. Might try and find a new 32 GB blue before they're gone forever, looks like Apple is only selling 8GB. Stupid.

  • dmn002

    when u add a case it will add an extra 1-2 mm on each side, i think the plus size model is going to be unwieldy to fit in your pocket, depending on your stature. maybe the plus size model is aimed for obese people or for people with fat fingers.

    the iphone 6 will be fine though, considering ive had a nexus 5 for the last year, which is almost exactly the same size dimensionally (albeit the nexus has a higher resolution screen and is half the price), that fits fine in my pocket no problem.

  • MrSpud

    Wow! Someobody who sucks even more than I do at tiny wings πŸ˜‰

    Love the big 5.5" phone, not too big and perfect for my very large hands. I know I'm not the norm and I could see how it would be awkward for smaller people but to me the phone/hand ratio would be the same as it is for my wife with a 4" phone, it's nice to have that option now.

  • worldcitizen1919

    Apart from the new screen size what else is new?

  • JustinQ

    After following the leaks and reading up on all the official news today, I find myself not disappointed but not really impressed either. The screen is great, but.... thats it.

    I was really hoping for some of the cutting edge features that the other flagships have like:

    1. Water proof design
    2. 4K video recording
    3. NFC file sharing (instead of just using it for payments)

    I really wish Apple would go back to innovation. The original iPhone-iPhone 4S were all cutting edge devices. Competitors were scrambling to catch up to the features those phones had. Yet now I find myself wishing the iPhone 6 had some of the features of a 6 month old Android phone.

    That being said, I trust Apples build quality, I love their fast updates and I know that the iPhone 6 will be a good reliable phone.

    • godofbiscuits

      Seriously, you don't even know what you're asking for. You're just jaded, and want everyone to dance for you because you're bored with the universe.

      Waterproofing and NFC are "cutting edge innovations", but somehow 240fps 1080p video, a phone that large architected into hardware that thing but with amazing battery life, OIS, an entire payment system THAT WORKS and is properly secure, etc. etc. etc., just some just boring incremental bump for you.

      Put a goddamn otter box on it. THERE! Innovation!

      • JustinQ

        All of those features you listed are great, but quite frankly, they are nothing ground breaking. What I mean by innovation is something that is new and leaves the competitors playing catch up.

        Remember when the iPhone 4 came out? That Retina screen, THAT was innovation. Never had a screen been that sharp. Remember when the 4S came out? Siri, THAT was innovation. Even though it has problems we had never had a personal assistant like that before. Back then Apple was ahead of its time and now, in most areas they are playing catch up.

        As for waterproofing and NFC file sharing, there is no reason why those features shouldn't be in every modern flagship phone. So before you go and attack me just for sharing my opinion, you should step out of the Apple fanboy role and look at the big picture.

      • Travis

        Part of this is because Apple registers patents, then does their best to perfect the technology to actually work (like payments) the others see this and haphazardly scramble to put it out "first" so they look like apple is catching up, when in reality Apple is releasing a Full solution rather than half of a solution. For this please use Apple Payments as a reference. Apple has worked with 3 major credit card companies, many retailers, and many banks to ensure that the technology they put into their phones arent useless. But on the other hand you could Make Payments on an android phone with Google Wallet, If you were lucky enough for the place to have a reader for it. Let alone your bank (or credit card company) not supporting the fact that you were using a technology they did not support for payments, what if your phone got lost or Stolen?

  • anabolicMike

    The 5.5 inch has a higher resolution no? I thought I read the 4.7 was 360ppi and the plus was 401? I switched to apple cause I was sick of the size of phones. I'm interested in checking this out because I really didn't want something bigger. Oh! They don't have pressure sensitive screens? I coulda swore they were gonna! The apple watch does supposedly. Maybe the new iPad will have pressure sensitive screens. Hmmmmm

    Okay so on the 12th I will be preordering the 6 but which do I get? Go with the smaller like I like but have the smaller resolution or do is go with the plus size. (Hah! A plus phone for a plus sized person). Also very important: Is there an otterbox out already for them? I must have the otter box.

    • mcorleonep

      The higher battery life is the deal breaker for me to go with the big one. The increased resolution isn't too shabby either.

  • http://narziss.net Narziss

    I wonder/hope iPad only games will be available for the iPhone 6+?

    • 61050

      considering how most ipad only games would be just fine on the current phone, there really isnt any excuse for these new ones.

    • godofbiscuits

      No. Developers will have to alter their games to run on it. The alterations might be trivial, but some work will have to be done.

      • http://narziss.net Narziss

        As a technical expectation that iPad only games run right off the bat on the iPhone 6+, I am not so optimistic. I was only hoping that the iPhone 6+ (because the screen is large enough to even have landscape mode like the iPads), qualifies by devs who make their games iPad only as a screen big enough to update their game for the device. My hope is that devs who keep their games iPad only will include the largest new iPhone in the lineup of compatible devices.

  • rewind

    Reposting my comment from the other thread...::: I would say that 4 inches feels very small when playing games, and I think 4.7 inch would be good for that purpose. But when doing everything else, I feel like 4 inches is perfect. It fits in my hand, it slides into my pockets easily (even when my cargo shorts' pockets are buttoned), and just feels right. If I'm not switching to android, I'll get the 4.7 inch iPhone. Although I shouldn't come to conclusions before trying it, 5.5 inches is ridiculous. It looks ridiculous too. That's just an "iPad minnier." The rounded edges of the phones are different. Maybe they'll help it fit better in my hand. There's nothing truly innovate about them, and overall, I'm not so impressed. Oh well. Now you can type some wise-ass comment about how you'd be glad if I switched to android and left toucharcade. ;-D

  • rewind

    I also noticed how all of the iPhone 6 pictures say 9:41 as the time, and the Apple Watch pictures say 10:09. Furthermore, all of the messages and other examples make sense for 10:09 in the morning. Interesting.

    • dancj

      Analogue clocks and watches on catalogues and promo pictures practically always show around 10:09 or 1:51.

      It makes a nice smiley face!

  • rewind

    And also, did you try out the iWatch? Was it even available to try, even if it was just plastic prototype?

  • Lewis

    Oh my god that is probably the ugliest thing I have ever seen in my life. Let's just hope they don't butcher the iPod also.

  • waxthirteen

    Lol at 28 seconds into the video looks like someone is getting stabbed.

  • montyDwill

    Disappointed, I though Apple was going to revolutionize the phone with a boarderless screen an have cord free charging?! Think about it Apple u would of made a ton more money to make ur phone stand out an not mimic Samsung:/

    • godofbiscuits

      What would a borderless screen get you besides bad ergonomics? Cordless charging means you'd have to carry around a charging pad with you to charge it when you're not at home.

  • Gurney Halleck

    Jared, just curious about a couple things.

    1) In the video it looks like the screen glass is rounded as well at the edges (seems like this might make screen protectors more catchy on the edges with a tapered glass screen.)

    2) The camera appears to extend beyond the body of the phone. What are your impressions with the lens being more exposed and protruding from the phone housing?

    Thanks for the hands-on and video!

  • The Nothing

    I just need to know ONE thing. Will I be able to play Hearthstone on my iPhone 6 Plus???...

  • Shola Akinnuso

    Has anyone verified if the iPhone 6+ will support iPad-only games? I could never justify owning an iPad, an iPHONE, and a Macbook Pro. Now I'm just iPhone and Macbook, but it would be awesome to ditch the smaller iPHONE for 6+ that allows me to try Fates Forever and Hearthstone on the go. They're both currently iPad exclusive...

    • iammane

      Yes this. Need to know. Will be the difference between plunking down 299 or 399 haha. I'd live with the larger screen to be able to use ALL my apps on one device..

      Not holding my breath though..

  • montyDwill

    Damn the new iphone I want to play hearthstone already lol

  • DanteIX

    So would the 6 Plus be able to play iPad only games now?

    • godofbiscuits

      Developers will have to tweak at the very least the settings that allow it to be installed on iPhone 6 Plus.

  • melocoman

    I wish they would do something to help prevent cracked and broken screens. Idk what though

  • Jay G

    Yeah, I was considering the 6+, but wow, it's pretty big, think I'll stick to the 4.7" one.

  • godofbiscuits

    "The protruding camera is a indeed a bit strange; I can't help but wish Apple would ease up on its relentless pursuit of thinness in favor of a slightly thicker phone with longer battery life, but like I said, the thinness is what makes the large size manageable."

    So this is just a chance to bitch about something that really makes a lot of sense.


  • H4nd0fg0d

    On it like white on rice!!!

  • worldcitizen1919

    Is the watch any good?

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    The size of the iPhone 6 looks perfect for a phone. Too bad they couldn't cram a 1080x screen in there, though.

  • http://twitter.com/ghookahs HUKASFILM LTD. ✩ @ghookahs

    5.5 screen with even less battery.. sounds great.

    • Homer

      Do you have any fucking idea of what you're talking about? 😐

  • pkmaximum

    God I can't wait to get my hand son the 5.5" iPhone πŸ™‚

  • Design by Adrian

    Ugly bezels and a protruding camera... bad design.

  • deadcandance

    So does the bigger screens mean that none of my aps will fit it till they are updated?

    • Travis

      did you even read the article?

  • Taeles

    Co-workers asked a question, I couldn't answer. With the screen/resolution increase, will the 6 plus play ipad games?

  • OutSpoken

    Has there been a rise in iPad only games?

    • OutSpoken

      Anyway, can't wait to get my iPhone 6 on Friday

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