Apple simply made the iPhone 6 Plus out of date and I am mourning every thing large, good, and ‘bendable’ about it

Apple’s iPhone has at all times been a shape-shifter, going from tear-drop curves to daring, sharp edges, again to seamless curved chassis, then to sharp edges, and extra not too long ago deciding on edges with burnished corners. However in 2014, Apple shifted into one dimension it hadn’t tried earlier than – total measurement – and we welcomed the ginormous iPhone 6 Plus.

This week, Apple positioned the iPhone 6 Plus onto its dreaded “out of date” listing. This implies your iconic big-screen cellphone will now not get any iOS updates and can be past service: no new elements, no smiling Genius Bar rep attempting that can assist you lengthen the shrinking battery life.

With Apple sunsetting the gadgets (and getting ready to take action with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus, which are actually all on the partially supported Apple “Classic” listing), I assumed it was price wanting again on the iPhone that actually modified our perspective.

iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on retail launch day. (Picture credit score: Getty Pictures)

At 5.5 inches, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus dwarfed the additionally new and newly curvy, 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Measuring 6.22 inches tall by 3 inches huge (however simply 7.1mm thick), the iPhone 6 Plus was so giant it demanded a brand new distinction and ushered within the period of the “phablet” (for “phone-tablet).

It was so “large” that Apple needed to invent a brand new management mode referred to as “Reachability” the place you double-tapped the house button (sure, that also existed) and the highest half of the display screen shifted all the way down to be inside attain of your thumb. Reachability nonetheless exists however now you place your finger simply above the dock and gesture all the way down to entry it.

When folks noticed the iPhone 6 Plus in particular person for the primary time, they have been shocked and ‘even repulsed’ till, in fact, they held the 6.07-ounce cellphone.

This all sounds considerably ridiculous now, what with the 6.7-inch iPhone 15 Plus and 6.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S24 Extremely, nevertheless it was, sure, an enormous deal again then. In my evaluation for Mashable, I famous that when folks noticed the iPhone 6 Plus in particular person for the primary time, they have been shocked and “even repulsed” till, in fact, they held the 6.07-ounce cellphone (lighter than our present 7.09-ounce iPhone 15 Plus). Holding and utilizing the most important iPhone display screen ever left them smitten.

On the time, seven years into our iPhone journey, many people had grow to be accustomed to carrying the cellphone in our again pocket. The everyday 4.8-in. x 2.31 in. x 7.6mm chassis made, as an illustration, the iPhone 5 greater than as much as the duty of sandwiching between a chair and our butts. The massive query, it turned out, was whether or not the simply 7.1 mm thick and significantly bigger iPhone 6 Plus might maintain as much as the identical strain.

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The quick reply was sure. The overwhelming majority of iPhone 6 Plus (and iPhone 6 homeowners) used their handsets for years with out difficulty. However there was a small however very vocal and high-profile minority that had a unique expertise.

iPhone 6 Plus Bendgate

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“Bendgate” was spawned primarily by one enterprising YouTuber (Unbox Remedy) who managed to point out you could possibly bend the iPhone 6 Plus by torquing it – laborious. Quickly others have been twisting and flexing their iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets to the breaking level. I do not recall many individuals testing if their butt might create an identical bend.

Apple made it clear on the time that these have been edge circumstances at greatest, nevertheless it’s additionally price noting that the iPhone 6s Plus was 0.2mm thicker than its predecessor.

There have been, although, a number of nice improvements within the iPhone 6 Plus that ushered in a brand new iPhone period. All the things from the location of the facility/sleep button that moved from the highest of the cellphone to the extra reachable facet, to iOS 8’s myriad interface modifications (panorama view, responding to notifications on the lock display screen) and twice-as-fast slo-mo. 

The iPhone 6 Plus additionally featured Apple’s penchant for including qualifiers to characteristic names, so “Retina show” turned “Retina HD show,” which added barely extra pixels. It is also humorous to recall that Apple nonetheless referred to as its rear digital camera the “iSight digital camera,” a compelled optics branding that fortunately light away with subsequent iPhones.

What’s necessary in regards to the iPhone 6 Plus and its Phablt measurement is that it cemented our curiosity in, and finally love affair with, big-screen smartphones. The preferred iPhones are actually sometimes no less than 6.7 inches and we’re listening to rumors that the rumored iPhone 16 Professional Max could possibly be 6.9 inches. That is proper, an nearly 7-inch iPhone, which to me does sound lots like a “Phablet”.

Relaxation in Piece, iPhone 6 Plus. You survived ‘bendgate, ” enchanted a era of smartphone homeowners, and set the stage for our big-screen iPhone future.


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