Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s

Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s

Well, it’s pretty simple, just go with iPhone 6s. S variants are more of a refined version of previous models & I’ll elaborate it for you.

6s is superior to 6 with a more powerful chip, motion co-processor, and a Taptic engine.

6s has an improved primary and FaceTime/front camera as compared to 6 & 6 plus, stronger aluminum body, 3D touch, 2Gb of RAM as compared to that of 1 Gb in previous models, second-generation Touch ID, better VoLTE and WiFi standards meaning more high speed capable as compared to 6 and 6+.

Also, iPhone 6s and all later models have an option of having Siri always on using Hey Siri which is not present on iPhones below 6s. It works even without connecting your iPhone to the charger.

Though 6s + has additional benefits like optical image stabilization, bigger screen, bigger battery, landscape mode, etc but considering all the features and the price points, 6s is the king if you ask for my verdict!!!

Also, iPhone 6s have a more robust aluminum body as compared to the iPhone 6 (iPhone 6 went through bend gate because of its aluminum body).

So, just go for iPhone 6s as its the best choice between 6 & 6s considering all the features and the price.

Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s

Well, to put it as Apple said it, “The only thing that’s changed is everything,” and they are right. I will try to list all the differences here:

The iPhone 6s is made of 7000 series aluminum, the iPhone 6 is made out of 6000 series aluminum.

This will make the iPhone 6s stronger, lighter, and less bendable. You can see the actually bending point of both here:

  • The iPhone 6s has an 80% faster A9 processor.
  • The iPhone 6s has 3D touch, which allows you to peek and pop as well as use different shortcuts. Along with this, there is haptic feedback.
  • There is a new 12MP iSight camera that can take 4k video and live photos.
  • There is a new Rose Gold color option.
  • Touch ID has a better 2nd generation sensor, so Touch ID is 2x faster.
  • The iPhone 6 will cost $100 less than the iPhone 6s.
  • iPhone 6s has better Cellular Data and Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • The iPhone 6s has retina flash for better Selfie photos.
  • The iPhone 6s has a new 5MP FaceTime Camera.
  • Hey, Siri is now always on due to a new sensor in the A9 chip.
  • Raise to wake feature is only available in iPhone 6s.

That’s what I remember from the event. It may not look like there were many changes to the iPhone 6s from the iPhone 6 and that innovation is lacking in Cupertino, but innovation is alive and well and they have really worked hard to change just about everything to make this the best iPhone yet.

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Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s
Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s

Conclusion:

This year, however, Apple has made a few external changes as well. I’d probably call it the most significant “S” version to date.

Since there are plenty of articles that show tabular column differences between the phone, I’ve tried to keep it as contextual and qualitative as possible.

Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s

  • The new iPhone is slightly thicker (owing to the capacitive sensors that enable the “3D Touch” feature that helps the iPhone determine the sensitivity/pressure of your touch). This is hardly perceivable (0.28 in the 6S Vs 0.27 for the 6), and so shouldn’t be a problem.
  • The new iPhone is actually significantly heavier than the old one. I’ve heard some of the early adopters commenting on this. The new phone is 5.04 oz vs 4.55 for the older model. At 5 Oz, this is the heaviest iPhone, behind the 6+ and the 6S+. But most early users feel that this added weight is actually a good thing, considering “bend-gate”. And Apple has also used a new aluminum for the 6S and the 6S+, which could also be a good thing considering bend-gate fears.
  • The battery in the new phone is actually smaller than the old one. Apple probably didn’t want to make the phone any heavier, perhaps. However, this must not have any perceivable difference in battery life, as iOS 9 would probably have battery related enhancements built-in. All in all, for at least the first 6-8 months, a moderate user should be able to get through a working day on full juice.
  • While Apple doesn’t really give out RAM details, teardowns have shown that the new iPhone 6S has 2 GB RAM as against 1 GB which the iPhone 6 had. This is good for obvious reasons and should help with increased performance.
  • Cameras – There has been a significant bump up from 8 MP in the old phone to 12 MP in the new phone for the main camera, and 1.2 MP to 5 MP for the front-facing one. Expect to take much better selfies using the new iPhone. The 6S also offers 4K recording while the 6 maxes out at 1080p. The 6S also offers a “Live Camera” option – which records a few seconds before and after the shot. This kind of sounded a bit creepy to me, but I guess the problem they were trying to solve was the shutter lag. I kind of think this is more of a party trick and most people would most likely switch off this option, especially those with the base 16GB model. Overall, the iPhone has been the best phone camera for a long time (in my opinion) and with this upgrade (considering software improvements to the camera app) the iPhone must still be on top of the chill.
  • Touch ID upgrade – Apple has supposedly made the Touch ID much more sensitive. No complaints here – unlike Samsung, the user experience on Apple Touch ID was pretty refined even for a 1.0 version.
  • iOS 9 – This is a whole post by itself, so I wouldn’t expand on this front. This version is also available with the iPhone 6, except that the older model can’t leverage the 3D touch options due to hardware limitations.
  • Oh, and before I forget, the processor has changed, with the A9 processor replacing the older A8 processor. Apple claims that the new processor is over 70% faster than the old one.
  • And finally – pricing. You get to upgrade your phone every year by paying a little premium every month (e.g. $32 as against $27). This is a neat move to ensure iPhone users remain with Apple for the next year and also gives a very clear demand picture which should be a good thing from a supply-chain planning perspective.

Difference between iPhone 6 and 6s

From my perspective, what’s going to be exciting with the 6S is “3D Touch” which various app makers (especially game makers) would look to leverage upon.

It is a whole new user interaction layer and there are already apps out there who are showcasing what they can do with it.

In some implementations, the pressure touch serves as a “right-click” and within some apps, it serves to zoom in and out.

As with all OS features, it is all about implementation off-take by app makers.

To sum up, a solid phone with new and improved features – new iPhone users can definitely lap this up, and iPhone 6 users can perhaps wait a year to see what the 7 offers.

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