Difference between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Key Difference: In September 2014, Apple Inc. announced the two latest phones in its line-up: the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Not only are these the latest phones, these are also the largest iPhones to date.

There is no denying that Apple is a market leader in the phone industry. It controls a significant market share in the industry. Apple phone have now reached the sixth generation, with the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both the phones were announced in September of 2014 with plans of being launched in the same month. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are slightly different variants of each other and include some significant changes from the previous iPhones.

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus tout larger screens. The iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch phone, which is significantly larger than all the previous iPhones, which had 4-inch screens. However, not to be out done, the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch phone. This has led to criticism from numerous Apple consumers claiming that this new size is too big and that Apple has given into the hype of larger smartphones as set by other phone manufactures, specifically Samsung.

Furthermore, in order to incorporate the bigger size, the power button has been shifted from the top to the side. Also the phones are curvier than the previous iPhones, gone are straight edges of the traditional iPhone. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will have a unibody anodized aluminium chassis and ion- strengthened front screen. This will help address the issue of the shattered fronts or backs that their predecessors faced.

However despite the larger screens the iPhone 6 will have the same resolution as the iPhone 5s, i.e. 326 ppi pixel density. This is where iPhone 6 Plus wins out with a pixel density of 401 ppi. Another area that the newer iPhones differ in is the battery. The iPhone 6 comes with a 1810 mAh Li-Po battery, whereas the iPhone 6 will come with a 2915 mAh Li-Po battery in order to power the larger phone.

Other than these the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are essentially the same. They both run on the latest A8 chip 64-bit architecture. They both have PowerVR GX6650 hexa-core graphics. They also feature the latest iOS 8, have 1 GB RAM and the latest M8 motion coprocessor, which is primarily aimed at fitness applications and can now distinguish between running, cycling and elevation. Like the previous phones, they accept nano-SIM only. They come in three colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and are available with 16 GB, 64 GB or 128 GM ROM. Both also have a protruding camera lens which is a high risk for scratching.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also come with NFC, the first iPhones to do so. However, this technology is limited to the newly launched Apple Pay service, which allows users to pay for things wirelessly through NFC.

Both phones have a front facing FaceTime Camera which is 1.2 megapixales and takes in 81% more light, gain HDR, has improved face detection and a burst mode for better selfies. The phones also offer 1080p video recording at 30fps and 60fps (frames per second) as well as 120-240fps in slo-mo. However, the iPhone 6 Plus has Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), which moves the lens around to minimize camera shake that causes blurred shots. Whereas, the iPhone 6 offers a software called ‘Digital Image Stabilisation’ (DIS), rather than the actual OIS.

Comparison between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website and GSMArena.com.

 

iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus

Launch Date

September 2014

September 2014

Company

Apple Corporation

Apple Corporation

Size

5.44 inches (138.1 mm) x 2.64 inches (67.0 mm) x 0.27 inch (6.9 mm)

6.22 inches (158.1 mm) x 3.06 inches (77.8 mm) x 0.28 inch (7.1 mm)

Display

4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles

5.5-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology

Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles

Screen

1334 x 750 pixels, 16M colors (~326 ppi pixel density)

1920 x 1080 pixels, 16M colors (~401 ppi pixel density)

Protection

Shatter proof glass, oleophobic coating

Shatter proof glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

4.55 ounces (129 grams)

6.07 ounces (172 grams)

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA), A1586

CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1549 (CDMA), A1586

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA), A1524

CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1522 (CDMA), A1524

3G Network

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA), A1586

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1549 (CDMA), A1586

TD-SCDMA 1900 / 2000 - A1586

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA), A1524

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1522 (CDMA), A1524

TD-SCDMA 1900 / 2000 - A1524

4G Network

LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

(1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29) - A1549 (GSM), A1549 (CDMA)

LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2500 / 2600

(1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41) - A1586

LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600 (1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29) - A1522 (GSM), A1522 (CDMA)

LTE 700 / 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 / 2600

TD-LTE 1900 / 2300 / 2500 / 2600

(1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 28 / 29 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41) - A1524

GUI

iUI

iUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)

Dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based)

GPU

PowerVR GX6650 (hexa-core graphics)

PowerVR GX6650 (hexa-core graphics)

OS

iOS 8

iOS 8

Chipset

A8 chip with 64-bit architecture

M8 motion coprocessor

A8 chip with 64-bit architecture

M8 motion coprocessor

RAM

1 GB

1 GB

SIM Size

Nano-SIM

Nano-SIM

Internal Memory

16/64/128 GB

16/64/128 GB

Expandable Memory

No

No

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC (Apple Pay only)

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB, NFC (Apple Pay only)

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps; LTE, Cat4, 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

v4.0, A2DP, LE

v4.0, A2DP, LE

USB

USB v2.0

USB v2.0

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Camera Features

  • New 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • True Tone flash
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Improved face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Photo geotagging
  • Timer mode
  • New 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Optical image stabilization
  • True Tone flash
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Improved face detection
  • Exposure control
  • Panorama (up to 43 megapixels)
  • Burst mode
  • Tap to focus
  • Photo geotagging
  • Timer mode

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Audio supported formats

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh battery (6.9 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Po 2915 mAh battery (11.1 Wh)

Stand-by

Up to 10 days (250 hours)

Up to 16 days (384 hours)

Talk time

Up to 14 hours on 3G

Up to 24 hours on 3G

Internet use

Up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi

Up to 12 hours on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, up to 12 hours on Wi-Fi

Video playback

Up to 11 hours

Up to 14 hours

Audio playback

Up to 50 hours

Up to 80 hours

Available Colors

Silver, Gold, Space Gray

Silver, Gold, Space Gray

Messaging

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML5 (Safari)

HTML5 (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

Java

No

No

Additional Features

  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Apple Pay
  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer/editor Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input
  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID)
  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Apple Pay
  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer/editor Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: tapscape.com, engadget.com

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