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Killian Bell Killian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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Review: iPhone 6 Plus slays its giant Android rivals

iPhone 6 Plus Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

iPhone 6 Plus is the best phablet ever made. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

After claiming no one would buy big phones during his iPhone 4 reveal in 2010, Steve Jobs made it pretty clear Apple had no interest in making a substantially larger smartphone anytime soon. But fast-forward to 2014, and the company Jobs founded in his parents’ garage has been forced to do just that.

Having watched customers flock to Android in pursuit of bigger screens, Apple could no longer ignore our demands. It had to build new iPhones that would win back users it lost, and prevent any more from wandering.

And boy has Apple done that in style.

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iPhone 6 Plus: First impressions

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You won’t want to put down your iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac

Apple’s new iPhones are finally here, and judging by stock levels in Apple retail stores and reports on Twitter, it’s the iPhone 6 Plus that people are most excited for. Mine arrived about four hours ago, and I’ve hardly put it down since I snatched it out of the hands of the UPS delivery guy.

Having played with many of its features and stared at it lovingly for far too long, I decided to bring you my first impressions of Apple’s first “phablet.” So while you’re sitting beside your door waiting for yours to arrive, or standing outside an Apple Store somewhere with achy legs, you can enjoy a glimpse of what you have to look forward to.

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Get 4K video recording on your iPhone 5s with this $1,000 app

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

Not even Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support super-sharp 4K video recording out of the box, but they do have the necessary hardware to support it. Vizzywig 4K, a new iOS app that was just approved by Apple, brings this functionality to the iPhone 5s — but it costs a whopping $999.99.

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Apple will make parts of the U.K. wait for their new iPhones

Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web.

Photo: Roberto Baldwin/The Next Web.

The United Kingdom is lucky enough to be one of just 10 markets that will be getting the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus next Friday, September 19 — the same day it goes on sale in the U.S. But not everyone in the U.K. who pre-ordered their new phone this morning will have it delivered on launch day; those in certain parts will be forced to wait.

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iPhone 6 pre-orders were a bigger mess than Apple’s keynote live stream

Trying to load the Apple Store at 12:27 a.m. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

Trying to load the Apple Store at 12:27 a.m. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

Apple’s new iPhones went up for pre-order this morning, and for those who stayed up late to get their order in, it turned out to be a very long night. The vast majority had to wait until past 12:30 a.m. before the had any joy loading the Apple Online Store, and when it finally went live, many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus options were “currently unavailable.”

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Get your hands on iOS 8’s gorgeous new wallpapers right here

One of iOS 8's new wallpapers on the iPhone 6. Photo: Apple.

One of iOS 8’s new wallpapers on the iPhone 6. Photo: Apple.

With its latest iOS 8 beta, Apple added a bunch of gorgeous new wallpapers. Some of them appeared on stage during the company’s special event on Tuesday, and others can be seen on the its website decorating the home screens of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus.

But you don’t need to wait until iOS 8 goes public next week to get your hands on them, because they’re all available to download right here.

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Spot the difference: Apple Watch’s stunning straps look just like Marc Newson’s old ones

The Apple Watch looks far more elegant than the rectangular smartwatches we’ve already seen from competing companies, but we couldn’t help noticing that some of its straps look a little… familiar.

In fact, several of Apple’s new strap designs look almost identical to straps from luxury watchmaker Ikepod, which not so coincidentally used to be run by Marc Newson, an Australian industrial designer who recently became a part of Apple’s design team.

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Big vs. bigger: Which iPhone 6 deserves a place in your pocket?

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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus. Photo: Apple.

For the second consecutive year, Apple has delivered not one but two new iPhones. Unlike the iPhone 5c, however, the slightly cheaper model this time around isn’t just an old iPhone inside a new shell. The iPhone 6 has the same A8 processor, the same Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and the same improved iSight camera as the iPhone 6 Plus.

So, is size the only difference, and how do you choose which model is right for you? Our in-depth comparison below will help you compare each device — spec for spec, feature for feature — and decide which one most deserves a place in your pocket for the next 12 months.

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Enjoy Apple’s iPhone keynote on-demand and without interruption

“One more thing” returned at this year's iPhone keynote. Photo: Apple.

“One more thing” returned at this year’s iPhone keynote. Photo: Apple.

We love it when Apple live-streams its keynotes so that we can watch along with those lucky enough to have gotten an invite, but yesterday’s was nothing short of a disaster. It was down more than it was up, and it made Tim Cook and Phil Schiller sound like Chinese girls. But if you missed anything, you can now catch up on-demand and uninterrupted.

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Apple Online Store goes down hours ahead of the iPhone 6 event

Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

Screenshot: Killian Bell/Cult of Mac.

With just under five hours to go before Apple kicks off its iPhone event, the Apple Online Store is now offline in preparation for new products. When it returns, you can expect to see two new iPhones and a brand new wearable decorating its pages.

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