So I pulled the trigger on my iPhone 6 plus this morning. Apple’s sight says that it will ship in 3-4 weeks. I am hoping the rumors I have been hearing of Apple shipping way sooner than that are true. I opted for the Space Grey 64Gb model.
My boys and I ran out to the local Apple store this evening so I can actually hold the iPhone 6 Plus in my hands and I was mostly impressed. I was surprised to see it is very thing, almost too thin to be honest. It is a good more more narrow than my Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but at the same time it was probably a half inch or more longer than my Note 2. I would like to have seen it to be no longer than the Note 2, but it isn’t bad considering I have gorilla hands.
The build quality seemed to be high as expected (although a as I mention below, still not exactly what I expect from Apple), and while I didn’t try to bend the phone, it felt pretty solid in my hands. I will use extra caution though and not put it in my back pocket. The screen was beautiful and over all iOS 8 felt nice and snappy. I am also very pleased that they didn’t just make the phone bigger, but also modified iOS 8 to work in landscape mode as well with the dock on the side as well as split screen for certain apps.
I do not yet classify myself as an iOS developer yet, but I have been working on an app with a friend over the last few months so I am getting there. That said, I do not yet know how to go about determining what the larger screen size means for development other than the need for larger display resources. I also do not know how available some of these new capabilities for the larger screens, such as split screen, to developers.
So, my initial impressions are very good. I do think that Apple needs to do a better job of quality control to meet the higher standard to which most people hold them to. Particularly with iOS 8. Yes, I think it is very nice with great new features, but with all of this rapid pace development, I do feel there is a sloppiness there that can be easily solved. To be honest, right now I know nothing other than the basics. Once I receive the device and get a chance to use it everyday I will post more.