Apple iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: What's the difference?

Aside from their obvious size difference, Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets have subtle spec and feature variances.

Lynn La Senior Editor / Reviews - Phones
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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When Apple's introduced its two newest marquee handsets yesterday, the most readily discernible difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was their sizes. And that's no wonder -- the latter has nearly an inch more display real estate (5.5-inch vs. 4.7-inch) and weighs about 1.5 ounces more than its smaller sibling. The 6 Plus also costs $100 at each storage capacity than its smaller sibling.

But the 6 Plus is much more than just a bigger and pricier iPhone 6. There are a few key spec differences:

Screen: The 6 Plus isn't just larger -- it has a higher resolution (1,920 x 1,080 vs. 1,334 x 750) and a higher pixel density (401 pixels per inch vs. 326 ppi).

Landscape mode: The 6 Plus will be able to use special iPad-style landscape modes on some apps when the phone is held horizontally; the 6 will not.

Camera: Though both devices are equipped with an 8-megapixel lens, only the larger iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization -- which should help out any unsteady hand that's shooting an image or recording a video.

Battery: In addition, the 6 Plus has a higher battery capacity, meaning you can expect to talk, watch movies, and surf the Web for a few hours longer.

For more on the device's variances, check out our chart below. And for more information, explore CNET's full Apple coverage from yesterday's keynote.

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Apple iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus

iPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus
Display 4.7 inches (119.38mm) with 1,334 x 750-pixel resolution5.5 inches (139.7mm) with 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution
Pixel density 326ppi401ppi
Dimensions 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm)6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm)
Weight 4.55 ounces (129g)6.07 ounces (172g)
OS iOS 8iOS 8
Camera, video 8-megapixel; 1080p HD video8-megapixel with optical image stabilization; 1080p HD video
Front-facing camera 1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video1.2-megapixel; 720p HD video
Processor Proprietary 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processorProprietary 64-bit A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor
Capacity 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB16GB, 64GB, and 128GB
Extra storage NoNo
Battery Nonremovable; talk time up to 14 hours on 3G and Internet usage time up to 10 hours on LTENonremovable; talk time up to 24 hours on 3G and Internet usage time up to 12 hours on LTE
Bluetooth v 4.0 Low Energyv 4.0 Low Energy
NFC YesYes
Waterproof NoNo
Colors Silver, gold, and space graySilver, gold, and space gray
US retail price On-contract $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB), and $399 (128GB); off-contract $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB), and $849 (128GB)On-contract $299 (16GB), $399 (64GB), and $499 (128GB); off-contract $749 (16GB), $849 (64GB), and $949 (128GB)
UK retail price Unlocked £539 (16GB), £619 (64GB), and £699 (128GB)Unlocked £619 (16GB), £699 (64GB), and £789 (128GB)
AU retail price Unlocked AU$869 (16GB), AU$999 (64GB), and AU$1,129 (128GB)Unlocked AU$999 (16GB), AU$1,129 (64GB), and AU$1,249 (128GB)

Update (2:30pm PT): This post has been updated to more clearly delineate the differences between the two models in the introduction.