Your new iPhone 6 Plus needs these 8 free apps

Landscape mode takes on a whole new meaning for apps and games on the iPhone 6 Plus.

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The iPhone 6 Plus and landscape mode

One of the best things about the iPhone 6 Plus is how it takes advantage of landscape mode. You'll notice this the first time you go to your home screen and flip your iPhone 6 Plus on its side: Your dock shifts to the right, and all of your app icons switch position too.

But where landscape mode really makes a difference is in apps. Here are eight free apps that make good use of landscape mode.

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Duolingo

Learn a foreign language with Duolingo. In landscape mode Duolingo fills the screen as you complete each lesson. You can see images of people, places and things as you try to match the image with the right word in the language you are learning.

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CNN

CNN’s app now features a dual-pane view in landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus. You’ll see a list of top stories on the left. Just click one and it will load in the right pane. The dual-pane view makes it fast and easy to check out all of CNN’s most important stories.

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Paper Camera

Paper Camera is a custom camera app that lets you use cartoon-style filters to jazz up your photos or videos. Paper Camera uses the entire screen in landscape mode on the iPhone 6 Plus so it’s easy to edit your photos and videos while still accessing Paper Camera’s controls.

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Yahoo Weather

Yahoo Weather provides comprehensive weather information and news in portrait mode. But in landscape mode it simplifies and displays just the weather information overlaid on images from Flickr that fill the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen in 1080P resolution. If it’s raining, you’ll even see raindrops dripping down your screen

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Numbers

Numbers is Apple’s spreadsheet application. It takes full advantage of the iPhone 6 Plus screen to give you much more room to view your important spreadsheets. Note that Numbers is free if you have a new iOS device, otherwise it costs $9.99 in the app store.

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Beach Buggy Racing

Beach Buggy Racing makes great use of Apple’s Metal API to provide gorgeous graphics on the iPhone 6 Plus. The game play is also buttery-smooth as you try to battle your way past your competition to win the race. If you’re a fan of Mario Kart style game play, then you’ll love Beach Buggy racing on your iPhone 6 Plus.

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Plunder Pirates

Plunder Pirates is a real-time strategy adventure game that puts you in command on the high seas. You’ll need to build an island, and find a pirate crew to wreak untold mayhem on anyone who crosses your path. Plunder Pirates looks amazing on the iPhone 6 Plus as it fills the screen with shimmering water and other great graphic effects.

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Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne puts you in the driver’s seat of such hot cars as the Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron, and Ferrari FXX. The game looks smashingly good on the iPhone 6 Plus, and you can even do barrel rolls and jumps as your careen through each location. You can race through the Nevada desert, Venice, Iceland and other spots from around the world.

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What's on your phone?

What are your favorite apps for the iPhone 6 Plus? Tell us about them in the comments.

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