T3’s Matt Hill gets his hands on Apple’s dynamic phone duo
The world expected a tag team of iPhones and that’s exactly what it got. Much larger than Apple has risked previously, both are clear attempts at courting the growing Eastern market, where massive phones are in high demand. Indeed, the 6 Plus initially feels very un-Apple, too big to use with one hand, with the interface workarounds no replacement for the firm’s previous “one thumb” thinking. That said, it’s still very light and both are finely evolved designs, echoing the iPad Air’s metallic sleekness and harking back to the 3GS’s rounded edges, which I always preferred (no, really).
While iOS 8 isn’t the most visual OS overhaul ever, there’s plenty of improved functionality, especially if you have a Mac and Yosemite. Apple Pay is as responsive as suggested, the card scanning almost stupidly simple.
The notable spec bump should sate Apple fans, but whether floating voters will be wowed by the oversized real estate, we shall see…