iPhone 6 Plus tidbits: 1.38GHz A8 chip with 1GB RAM confirmed, iOS 8 build number different and more

iPhone 6 Plus - featured image

We probably know everything thing about the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6, and the recent teardown of the new iPhones seems to have revealed the other unknowns such as the amount of RAM and capacity of the battery.

But here are some other interesting tidbits about the iPhone 6 Plus I thought were worth mentioning.

  • The 128GB iPhone 6 Plus does come with iLife and iWorks apps such as Numbers, iTunes U, iMovie, Pages, Keynote and GarageBand pre-installed. We’ve heard rumors that would be the case with the 64GB model as well, and also on 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6.
  •  The good news as you can see in the photo below, you will be able to delete the apps, which was one of the concerns raised by readers when we first found out.
iPhone 6 Plus - iWork and iLife apps
  • The other interesting thing is, my iPhone 6 Plus is running a slightly different build. The build number of iOS 8 running on my iPhone 6 Plus as you can see in the screenshot below is 12A366, and not 12A365, which was the build number of the iOS 8 public release and iOS 8 GM. It is not clear if the new build includes only iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus related changes (so information did not leak out), or also includes some bug fixes.
iPhone 6 Plus Build Number and Storage
  • The 128GB iPhone 6 Plus reports capacity as 114GB, with 110GB available. Update: After deleting these apps, the available free space was 112GB.
  • The resolution of the screenshot taken on the iPhone 6 Plus is 1242-by-2208-pixel, even though the resolution of iPhone 6 Plus’ display is 1920-by-1080-pixel. So iPhone 6 Plus actually scales down the 2208 × 1242 interface to fit the 1920 × 1080 display. As John Gruber of Daring Fireball had pointed out in his iPhone 6 review, it is probably because more pixels would consume more energy, and higher density displays are harder to manufacture. There won’t be any down scaling in the case of the iPhone 6, as the screenshot will be 1334-by-750-pixel, same as the resolution of the display.
  • I ran a Geekbench 3 benchmark using the Geekbench 3.0 app (iTunes link) on my iPhone 6 Plus. It confirms that iPhone 6 Plus comes with a 1.36GHz A8 chip with only 1GB RAM. iPhone 5s is powered by a 1.3GHz A7 chip with 1GB RAM.
iPhone 6 Plus - GeekBench 3 Benchmark
  • I also ran the Geekbench 3 Processor benchmark, and got a single-core score of 1612, and multi-core score of 2881. I ran the test on my iPhone 5s, and it got a single-core score of 1408, and 2,513 (higher scores are better). Apple has said that iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6 are powered by A8 chip which offers up to 25% faster CPU performance, and up to 50% more graphics performance.
iPhone 6 Plus - GeekBench 3 Processor Benchmark
  • Another interesting point to note is that during the setup process you get an option to choose a new setting called Display Zoom. It allows you to choose how you would like to view your iPhone. There are two settings: Standard and Zoomed. Zoom shows larger text and controls, it essentially means the iPhone 6 Plus displays content at iPhone 6 resolution but at 3x mode, which works out to a resolution 1125×2001. With Standard, more content will be displayed as it displays content at a resolution of 1242-by-2208-pixel, and down scales it to 1920-by-1080-pixel. You have the option to change this setting in the Settings app under the new Display and Brightness setting.

Added: Here are answers to questions I’ve received about the iPhone 6 Plus and some more interesting details:

  • You cannot add more than 4 icons in the iPhone dock.
  • In both the Standard and Zoomed Display mode, you get an additional row of icons (six rows in total if you don’t include the iPhone dock), which means you can have 24 + app icons/folders on the Home screen.
  •  You can put only 9 app icons in a folder on the iPhone 6 Plus, so no change on that front on the bigger screens. But in landscape mode, as Twitter user @charavel points out, you can see more than one pages, and also tap on the apps that are visible. [Note: For some reason, the landscape mode stopped working on the Home screen on my iPhone 6 Plus]

Let me know if find anything interesting in the comments below, and will update the post. Also don’t forget to check out our iPhone 6 Plus unboxing photos and first impressions.