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Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6 Bust?


October 21, 2014

While many people are excited for Apple’s new edition to its mobile product line, many consumers are questioning the company’s decision-making process behind the creation of said products. Here’s why.

Let me introduce the iPhone 6 Plus: the phone that accomplishes little to nothing. Apple advocates may argue that the larger display, optical image stabilization, improved battery life, and higher resolution makes the iPhone 6 Plus a welcomed addition to Apple’s product line. However, when you really look at the Plus’s specs, it is almost identical to the regular iPhone 6; yet, it’s $100 dollars more. The small differences between the two models, in actuality, have detrimental qualities.

A main aspect that sets the iPhone apart from other phones was its smaller frame. While many people argued for a larger screen, part of the iPhone’s charm comes from its smaller size; a characteristic that many customers appreciate. The regular iPhone 6 already increases the size of the phone, satisfying those who wished for a larger screen. Considering this, was it really necessary for Apple to increase size as much as they did with the iPhone 6 Plus? Not only is the surface area of the phone increased, but the thickness is as well. Remember, the phones have nearly identical specifications.

While the higher screen resolution seems like a neat feature, the truth is that this improvement does nothing for the consumer. The whole point of the current Retina Display is that the naked eye can’t discern the pixels. Increasing the resolution to a “Retina-HD” display produces a change that is literally invisible. This higher resolution certainly bumps up the price and puts more strain on the battery and processor. Given that we won’t be able to see any visual improvements, I would hardly call these a trade-offs.

From the developer’s point of view, this hurts too. Now, developers have to accommodate for the higher resolution, despite the fact that their target audience won’t notice any differences.

Yet, I’ll try to be as fair as possible with Apple. Depending on your energy consumption, the better battery life could definitely help. Personally, I would just buy an external battery for less money than the $100 difference, but to each his or her own. Also, the 6 Plus comes with optical image stabilization, so people with shaky hands no longer need to fret when taking pictures. Understandably, some people may actually appreciate the huge screen, as it makes the iPhone friendlier to movie/TV show watchers. Apple also did a good job with the physical design of the product as it’s shockingly light and feels nice in hand.

However, these bonuses that come with the 6 Plus are miniscule considering that the regular edition is $100 less and basically the same product. I appreciate Apple’s effort to break into the “phablet” market, but without providing more incentive to purchase their higher model phone, the iPhone 6 Plus doesn’t seem to belong in Apple’s product line for the time being.

Written by Justin Cheng (Princeton Partners Inc. Intern)