Apple just made the iPhone 6 Plus obsolete and I’m mourning everything big, good, and ‘bendable’ about it

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Apple‘s iPhone has always been a shape-shifter, going from tear-drop curves to bold, sharp edges, back to seamless curved chassis, then to sharp edges, and more recently settling on edges with burnished corners. But in 2014, Apple shifted into one dimension it hadn’t tried before – overall size – and we welcomed the ginormous iPhone 6 Plus.

This week, Apple placed the iPhone 6 Plus onto its dreaded “obsolete” list. This means your iconic big-screen phone will no longer get any iOS updates and is also beyond service: no new parts, no smiling Genius Bar rep trying to help you extend the shrinking battery life.

With Apple sunsetting the devices (and preparing to do so with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus, which are now all on the partially supported Apple “Vintage” list), I thought it was worth looking back at the iPhone that literally changed our perspective.

iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on retail launch day. (Image credit: Getty Images)

At 5.5 inches, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus dwarfed the also new and newly curvy, 4.7-inch iPhone 6. Measuring 6.22 inches tall by 3 inches wide (but just 7.1mm thick), the iPhone 6 Plus was so large it demanded a new distinction and ushered in the era of the “phablet” (for “phone-tablet).



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Apple just made the iPhone 6 Plus obsolete and I’m mourning everything big, good, and ‘bendable’ about it

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