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Apple iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: specs comparison

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Apple iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s: specs comparison

The new Apple iPhone 6s is here and it brings heaps of improvements, making it one of the biggest upgrades for the series.

In order to fully understand the scope of changes, though, we need to look at things from a cold-blooded specs perspective and put it in the context of previous iPhones.

All the specs, side by side

So how does the new iPhone 6s specs compare against that of its predecessors: the 2014 iPhone 6 and the 2013 iPhone 5s? We take a look at all the important specs side by side, so that you can easily notice the areas, where Apple has made improvements.

Naturally, some things like the Force Touch functionality remain off the spec sheet, and we'll be looking at all of these in separate articles. With this in mind, take a look at our iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s specs comparison right below.

Apple iPhone 6s vs Apple iPhone 6 vs Apple iPhone 5s

Design
OSiOS (10.x, 9.x)iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x)iOS (10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
Dimensions5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm)4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
Weight5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
4.55 oz (129 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 5.4 oz (154 g)
MaterialsMain body: AluminumMain body: AluminumMain body: Aluminum
FeaturesFingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch)Fingerprint (touch)
Display
Physical size4.7 inches4.7 inches4.0 inches
Resolution750 x 1334 pixels750 x 1334 pixels640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel density

Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

326 ppi326 ppi326 ppi
Technology

Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

IPS LCDIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen-to-body ratio65.71 %65.71 %60.82 %
Colors16 777 21616 777 21616 777 216
Peak brightness500 cd/m2 (nit)500 cd/m2 (nit)500 cd/m2 (nit)
Camera
Camera12 megapixels8 megapixels8 megapixels
FlashDual LEDDual LEDDual LED
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.2F2.2F2.2
Focal length (35mm equivalent)29 mm29 mm29 mm
Camera sensor size1/3"1/3"1/3"
Pixel size1.22 μm1.5 μm1.5 μm
Hardware FeaturesSapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Software FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Smile detection, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo taggingDigital image stabilization, Touch to focus, Face detection, Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Camcorder3840x2160 (4K) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (240 fps)1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (720p HD) (120 fps)
Recording format H.264, MOVH.264, MOV
FeaturesTime-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingTime-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharingTime-lapse video, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization
Front-facing camera5 megapixels1.2 megapixels1.2 megapixels
Video capture 1280x720 (720p HD)1280x720 (720p HD)
Hardware
System chip

System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Apple A9 APL0898Apple A8Apple A7
Processor

Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bitDual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bitDual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8, 64-bit
Graphics processorPowerVR GT7600 PowerVR GX6450PowerVR G6430
System memory

System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

2 GB RAM / LPDDR41 GB RAM (1600 MHz) / LPDDR31 GB RAM (1600 MHz) / LPDDR3
Built-in storage128 GB128 GB64 GB
Battery
Capacity1715 mAh1810 mAh1570 mAh
Stand-by time10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 19 days (467 h)
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 19 days (467 h)
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 19 days (467 h)
Talk time (3G)14.00 hours
the average is 41 h (2431 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 41 h (2431 min)
10.00 hours
the average is 41 h (2431 min)
Internet use   
3G10 hours10 hours 
LTE10 hours10 hours 
Wi-Fi11 hours11 hours 
Music playback50.00 hours50.00 hours40.00 hours
Video playback11.00 hours11.00 hours10.00 hours
Multimedia
Mirroring  TV-out
Cellular
CDMA

CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz800, 1700/2100, 1900 MHz 
GSM850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
LTE (FDD)Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25
LTE (TDD)Bands 38, 39, 40, 41  
DataLTE-A Cat 6 (300/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPALTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSPA, HSUPA, UMTSLTE, HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
Connectivity
Mobile PaymentApple PayApple Pay 
Shopping information
MSRP price€ 959 / $ 849$ 849 


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posted on 09 Sep 2015, 17:09 1

1. cheetah2k (Posts: 1714; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Still only 750p screen. Apple must be scared to go higher in fear iOS will lag.. I'd be interested to see how fluid iOS is in QHD. I'm guessing not very :)

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:50

2. SonyOwner (unregistered)


No major upgrade after the 5S.
I think the camera on the 5S can compete with the 6S.

Still, 5S is a great deal.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:59

3. meloth1991 (Posts: 37; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Meh !! As a iPhone 6 user only the camera on the 6S seems to impress me !!

posted on 01 Oct 2015, 20:32

4. SundovChildress (Posts: 71; Member since: 20 Sep 2015)


Geting a iPhone 6S, here is a video about transferring contacts from iPhone 5S to iPhone 6S with one click. Also works with old Android phone

youtu.be/c4v2lY2RoIg

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