On its website, Apple says that the iPhone 6 is 5.44 inches (138.1 mm) tall, 2.64 inches wide and 0.27 inches thick. The larger iPhone 6 Plus is 6.22″ x 3.06″ x 0.28″. These numbers are great, but they don’t really give you a good idea of how big these devices actually are, so we decided to try something else.
Some templates have been floating around the web for the past few days, showing skeleton models of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus using the above dimensions. The idea is for you to print these models out and compare them to other items, and we thought a good point of reference for scale would be the iPhone 5s.
Here is the iPhone 6 (which has a 4.7-inch display) template compared to an iPhone 5s:
Admittedly, it’s not the best photo, but it should give you an idea of how the size of an iPhone 6 compares to the 5s. It’s worth noting that I have lined up the very bottom of both devices—not their displays—as I felt that this would give me a more accurate look at the difference in the total footprint of each handset.
Now, here’s the iPhone 6 Plus (with a 5.5-inch display) template compared to the iPhone 5s:
Oh yeah, it’s big. You can almost fit the entire body of the iPhone 5s within the display area of the 6 Plus. I’ve heard from people around the web who’ve seen the device up close say that it’s about the size of a checkbook, and that seems about right. It definitely looks like most tasks are going to require 2 hands.
For those of you who want to try this little experiment out for yourself, you can find the templates for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. It might just help you make your decision on which one to go with before you pre-order, which begins at 12:01 am tonight, or line up at Apple retail stores next Friday.