Difference between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S

Key Difference: The iPhone 6S offers many upgrades over the iPhone 6. It has a stronger metal frame, a better camera, a new 3D Touch Display and even a new color.

For all the iPhone lovers, rejoice; another year has brought another new iPhone model to the line of previous iPhones. Apple announced the iPhone 6S as their latest flagship phone that is to be launched at the end of September.

The iPhone 6S is not that far from its predecessor when it comes to looks, and from the specs that have been released by the company we can assume that much under the hood may remain the same as well. iPhone 6S can be considered as the upgraded version of 6; improvements are expected with the processor and the chipset.

Apple has maintained its traditions of offering system upgrades and improving the shortcomings of its iPhones in the S series and the S6 is no different.

In terms of looks, both the phones may seem the same. Both sport the metallic look that is offered in all of the iPhones. However, no more Bendgate, as the company has used a 7000 Series aluminum for the phone cover to strengthen it against bending in the pocket. The company has also added a new color – rose pink joins the line of the available colors of silver, space grey and gold.

The display is the most important change between the two. While both offer the same resolution and screen size of 4.7 inches, the iPhone 6S comes with a 3D Touch display that is found on their Apple Watch. The 3D Touch can gauge the force with which the user touches the screen and has a more accurate haptic feedback. The 3D Touch provides the users with a few new options such as the Peek and Pop (allows you more options by holding down on the app) and quick access to your apps on the home screen (allowing you to open certain applications directly from the home screen).

Another significant change is the camera that is mounted on the iPhone 6S. The camera has been upped from the 8 MP to the 12 MP and the front snapper has been upgraded to 5 MP from 1.2 MP. This is a significant change as compared to the older iPhones. The new cameras also come with Live Photos technology, which records one second of video before taking the photo and one second of video after. This results in the pictures coming alive, similar to a GIF. According to many, this can result in something similar to the moving portraits that can be found in Harry Potter. Another addition includes the video recording in 4K, which means sharper and brighter pixels that will result is more color in each recording.

The company has announced that the iPhone 6S comes with a faster processor speed and with the A9 chipset. However, it failed to give any real numbers or clock speed and instead claimed a 70% boost on the processor speed and a 90% boost on the GPU. These are just percentages provided by the company, real numbers will be seen once the phone is available for review in the market.

There is still no 32 GB option as the new line up offers the same 16, 64 and 128 GB storage options without any additional card slots. The battery of the new phone is actually smaller than the iPhone 6, but more optimizations have been made to the phone which may suggest that battery life may last longer than previously.

Comparison between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S:

 

iPhone 6

iPhone 6S

Launch Date

September 2014

September 2015

Company

Apple

Apple

Size

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm

Display

4.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

4.7 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

Screen Resolution

750 x 1334 pixels

750 x 1334 pixels

PPI

326 ppi pixel density

326 ppi pixel density

Protection

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

129 grams

143 grams

4G Compatible

Yes

Yes

GUI

Apple iOS

Apple iOS

CPU speed

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

TBA

GPU

PowerVR GX6450 Quad-core

TBA

OS

iOS 8, upgradable to iOS 8.4

iOS 9

Chipset

Apple A8

Apple A9

RAM

1 GB RAM

2 GB RAM

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

Touch ID fingerprint sensor,

Barometer, Three-axis gyro,

Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Connectivity

2G, 3G, 4G, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB

2G, 3G, 4G, GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, USB

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, NFC and USB

Speed

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

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

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

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE

Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, LE

USB

v2.0, reversible connector

v2.0, reversible connector

Primary Camera

8 MP

12 MP

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP

5 MP

Video

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Camera Features

Phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/3'' sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)

Live Photos, Autofocus with Focus Pixels, Optical image stabilisation (iPhone 6s Plus only), True Tone flash, Panorama (up to 63 megapixels), Auto HDR for photos, Exposure control,

Burst mode, Timer mode,

ƒ/2.2 aperture, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Backside illumination sensor,

Sapphire crystal lens cover,

Auto image stabilization, Improved local tone mapping, Improved noise reduction, Face detection,

Photo geotagging

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 4K, 30 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, 640x480 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, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 1810 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 1715 mAh battery

Talk time

Up to 14 hours (3G)

Up to 14 hours (3G)

Stand-by

Up to 240 hours (3G)

Up to 240 hours (3G)

Available Colors

Space Gray, Silver, Gold

Silver, Gold, Space Grey, Rose Gold

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

GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS

GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS

Java

No

No

Additional Features

  • Display Zoom
  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID v2)
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • iCloud Keychain
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer/editor
  • Photo viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input
  • 3D Touch
  • Display Zoom
  • Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID v2)
  • Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • iCloud Keychain
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • Organizer
  • Document editor
  • Photo/video editor

Image Courtesy: apple.com, forbes.com

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