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Apple iPhone 6 Plus (GSM/North America/A1522) 16, 64, 128 GB* Specs

Identifiers: iPhone 6 Plus - MGAM2LL/A* - iPhone7,1 - A1522 - 2817*

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Apple iPhone 6 PlusPlease note that this "GSM" A1522 iPhone 6 Plus model -- which is compatible with LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, and 29 (but not CDMA EV-DO) -- is intended for the North American market (including AT&T and T-Mobile in the US; Bell, Rogers, Telus as well as affiliate brands in Canada; and Telcel in Mexico).

The iPhone 6 Plus models (which users sometimes refer to as iPhone 6+), regardless of network compatibility, have a 5.5" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS LED-backlit 1920x1080 native resolution (401 ppi) "Retina HD" display, dual cameras -- a rear 8 megapixel, 1080p "iSight" camera with 1.5 micron pixels, an f/2.2 aperture, and both Optical image stabilization and "autofocus with Focus Pixels" (phase detection autofocus capability) as well as a front 1.2 megapixel, 720p "FaceTime" camera.

The iPhone 6 Plus was offered in three metallic color options -- "silver," which has a white glass front and a silver colored aluminum back (pictured); "gold," which has a white glass front and a gold colored aluminum back; and "space" gray, which has a black glass front and a medium toned gray aluminum back. Regardless of color, each uses a "unibody" design with gently rounded sides reminiscent of the earlier iPod touch 5th Gen, but with glass that beautifully curves toward the edges for a "completely smooth and continuous surface." It also includes the "Touch ID" fingerprint sensor embedded in the "home" button.

This iPhone 6 Plus model is powered by a 1.4 GHz 64-bit "Apple A8" processor and has 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of flash storage. It also supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0/4.2, LTE (4G), and NFC for Apple Pay financial transactions. It has a bottom-mounted headphone jack and uses a "Lightning" port to connect to a Mac, PC, dock, or power adapter.

Apple estimates that the iPhone 6 Plus provides "up to" 80 hours of audio playback, 24 hours of talk time on 3G, 12 hours of Internet use on 3G, 12 hours of Internet use on LTE, 12 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 14 hours of video playback and 384 hours of standby time.

In the US, this "GSM" A1522 iPhone 6 Plus originally was available locked to -- and subsidized by -- AT&T with 16 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage, for US$299, US$399, or US$499, respectively, with a two-year contract. Unlocked and contract free (but provided with a T-Mobile Nano SIM), it was available for US$749, US$849, or US$949. On September 9, 2015, Apple discontinued the gold color option and 128 GB capacity and dropped the price of the remaining 16 GB and 64 GB capacity options in silver and space gray to US$199 and US$299 with a two-year contract or US$649 or US$749 unlocked and contract free. A variety of carrier subsidized and lease options also were available. This model was discontinued altogether on September 7, 2016.

Also see:

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September 9, 2014* September 7, 2016*
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

*This model was introduced on September 9, 2014 and first shipped on September 19, 2014. The 128 GB capacity and gold color options were discontinued on September 9, 2015.

Also see: All iPhone models introduced in 2014.
1 (2 Cores) 2384
Details: Geekbench 2 provides 32-bit benchmarks for iOS models. This number is an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all Geekbench 2 user submissions for devices with the iPhone7,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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N/A N/A
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone7,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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1578 2812
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for devices with the iPhone7,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 3 results from different iPod touch, iPhone and iPad models side-by-side, see Everyi.com's Ultimate iComparison.
1.4 GHz* Apple A8*
Details: *Apple officially reports that the iPhone 6 Plus uses an "A8 chip with 64-bit architecture." Apple does not specify clockspeed or the number of cores. However, the third-party Geekbench benchmarking app was first to determine that the A8 processor has dual cores and runs around 1.4 GHz. In a detailed hands-on technical analysis, Chipworks determined that the A8 formally is APL1011 and is a 20 nm processor manufactured by TSMC. Further analysis from AnandTech determined that the graphics processor is a four core PowerVR GX6450.

Apple also specifies that the iPhone 6 has an "M8 motion coprocessor" that "continuously measures data from the [six-axis] accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and a new barometer."

Also see: How fast are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus compared to one another and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s models?
1 GB* 16, 64, 128 GB*
Details: *Apple provides no official details regarding RAM used by the iPhone 6 Plus. However, as first confirmed by Chipworks, it has 1 GB of LPDDR3 RAM.
N/A* N/A*
Details: *Apple does not provide an official estimate for the number of songs, photos, and videos that the iPhone 6 Plus models can hold, instead opting for just gigabytes.
Sync & Charge None
Details: The iPhone 6 Plus models are capable of charging and syncing by USB via its Lightning connector. It does not offer a "disk mode" for file transfer.
USB Lightning, Headphone
Details: N/A
Handheld iPhone 6 Plus
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Metallic* Multi-touch
Details: *The iPhone 6 Plus models are available in three color choices -- "silver," which has a white glass front and a silver colored aluminum back; "gold," which has a white glass front and a gold colored aluminum back; and "space gray," which has a black glass front and a medium toned gray aluminum back. The gold color option was discontinued on September 9, 2015.
5.5" Color 1920x1080 (401 ppi)
Details: The iPhone 6 Plus models have a 5.5" (diagonal) widescreen multi-touch IPS "Retina HD" display with a 1920x1080 native resolution at 401 ppi. Apple also reports a 1300:1 typical contrast ratio, 500 cd/m2 max brightness, "full sRGB" standard support, and "dual-domain pixels" which are said to provide a wider viewing angle than earlier iPhone devices.
802.11a/b/g/n/ac* 4.2**
Details: *Apple notes that the iPhone 6 Plus models support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and specifically 802.11ac with speeds up to 433 Mbps.

This specific iPhone 6 Plus -- the A1522 "GSM" model intended for the North American market (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and Bell, Rogers, Telus, and affiliate brands in Canada), supports "UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), [and] LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)."

**When first shipped, the iPhone 6 Plus supported Bluetooth 4.0. When releasing iOS 9, Apple upgraded the Bluetooth capability to Bluetooth 4.2, but it only supports improved privacy rather than increased speed.
GSM/LTE* 8.0 Megapixels**
Details: *This "GSM" A1522 iPhone 6 Plus supports "UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), [and] LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29)."

**The iPhone 6 Plus models have dual cameras. The rear 8 megapixel "iSight" camera has 1.5 micron pixels and a f/2.2 aperture and supports HD video recording (1080p at 30 fps or 60 fps as well as support for "slo-mo" video (120 fps or 240 fps). Apple also notes that this camera includes new "Optical image stabilization" (unique to the iPhone 6 Plus) as well as "Autofocus with Focus Pixels" (phase detection autofocus capability). Like the iPhone 5s before it, the iPhone 6 Plus has a sapphire crystal lens cover, a dual LED-based flash that Apple refers to as "True Tone," a backside illumination sensor, a five-element lens, and a hybrid IR filter.

In software, the iPhone 6 Plus camera also supports auto image stabilization, auto HDR for photos, "improved" face detection, panorama support up to 43 megapixels, burst mode, photo geotagging, and a timer mode.

The front "FaceTime" camera has an f/2.2 aperture and takes 1.2 megapixel photos and 720p HD video.
Lithium Ion 80 Hours
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24 Hours* 384 Hours
Details: *Apple reports that the iPhone 6 Plus provides "up to" 80 hours of audio playback, 24 hours of talk time on 3G, 12 hours of Internet use on 3G, 12 hours of Internet use on LTE, 12 hours of Internet use on Wi-Fi, 14 hours of video playback and 384 hours of standby time.

Also see: Why does my iPhone run out of power so quickly? How can I conserve battery life?
MGAM2LL/A* iPhone 6 Plus
Details: *MGAM2LL/A is the order number for the 16 GB configuration, in silver, on AT&T. The 64 GB and 128 GB configurations, in silver, also on AT&T are MGAV2LL/A and MGAQ2LL/A. The remaining AT&T configurations with 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB of storage, respectively, in gold are MGAN2LL/A, MGAW2LL/A, and MGAR2LL/A; and in "space" gray are MGAL2LL/A, MGAU2LL/A, and MGAP2LL/A.

The 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB configurations "contract free" on T-Mobile are MGC02LL/A, MGC62LL/A, and MGC32LL/A, respectively, in silver; MGC12LL/A, MGC72LL/A, and MGC42LL/A, respectively, in gold; and MGAX2LL/A, MGC52LL/A, and MGC22LL/A, respectively, in "space" gray.
A1522 (EMC 2817*) iPhone7,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

*Additionally, the EMC number is not externally listed on the device so it cannot be used readily for identification.

Also see: All iPhones with the A1522 Model Number, the 2817* EMC Number, and the iPhone7,1 Model Identifier.
iOS 8.0 (12A366) Current
Details: This model is fully supported by the last version of iOS 9. It is fully supported by the current version of iOS 10 with the exception of the minor Raise to Wake feature.

Also see: Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models support iOS 10? Do some models "partially" support iOS 10? Which ones?
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28* 6.07 oz. (172 g)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm).
Mac OS X 10.6.8* Windows XP SP3/Vista/7/8
Details: Apple reports that the iPhone 6 Plus, if syncing with iTunes is desired, is compatible with a Mac running "OS X 10.6.8 or later, and iTunes 11.4 or later."

It is likewise compatible with a PC running "Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later" and iTunes 11.4 or later.
Apple reports that the iPhone 6 Plus supports "AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV."
Apple does not formally specify photo formats for the iPhone 6 Plus. However, it can sync photos in JPEG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PSD (Mac only), and PNG formats, from iTunes and iCloud.
Apple reports that the iPhone 6 Plus supports "H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format."

It also supports AirPlay Mirroring and video out to the Apple TV 2nd Gen or later as well as video mirroring and video out "up to" 1080p through the Lightning Digital AV Adapter and the Lightning to VGA Adapter.
Ships with "Apple EarPods [headphones] with Remote and Mic, Lightning to USB cable, [and] a USB power adapter."

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US$299, US$399, US$499* US$400-US$500
Details: *In the US, this iPhone 6 Plus model originally was available for US$299, US$399, or US$499 with 16 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage, respectively, locked to AT&T with a two-year contract. Contract free on T-Mobile, it originally was available for US$749, US$849, or US$949.

On September 9, 2015, Apple discontinued the gold color option and 128 GB capacity and dropped the price of the remaining 16 GB and 64 GB capacity options in silver and space gray to US$199 and US$299 with a two-year contract or US$649 or US$749 unlocked and contract free. A variety of carrier subsidized and lease options also were available. It was discontinued altogether on September 7, 2016.

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Global original prices for the iPhone 6 Plus (GSM/North America/A1522) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region. Please note that prices with an asterisk (*) are bound by carrier contractual obligations.

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Original Prices - North & South America

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