Apple iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 5s: in-depth specs comparison


The new Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 have finally gone official, but apart from being bigger than the iPhone 5s what else has changed?

That’s the question we asked ourselves after seeing Apple overhaul its iPhone lineup with the 4.7” iPhone 6 and the phablet-sized 5.5” iPhone 6 Plus, a huge departure from the compactness of the 4-inch iPhone 5s and iPhone 5.

To answer that, we dive deep in all the various aspects of the new iPhones and how they compare with the iPhone 5s.

Design: even thinner


The most visually noticeable change in the new iPhones is their size, of course. Apple has defined its own preconceptions about smartphone size and announces two phones that are not that well-tailored for single handed use. In fact, there’s even a Reachability feature on the iPhone 6 Plus that cuts the screen in half to let you reach apps with one hand. This difference has to be considered: not everyone will find the iPhone 6 Plus 5.5” screen comfortable to use. For those people, the 4.7” model would be the better fit. The iPhone 5s? It’s still on sale for a more affordable, $99 starting price and its biggest plus is the single-hand-friendly 4” display.

But gone are the times of the sharp edges and flat sides of the 5s - in the iPhone 6 versions Apple goes for an iPad mini-like style with a curved edge on both devices. The appearance has not changed radically, but you can tell this is a re-design. Apple is still using the same quality materials, though: aluminum all around, with only two outlines of plastic on the back of the phone for better reception.

Just like the iPhone 5s, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature fingerprint recognition coming with Touch ID. The button layout, however, has changed: both new phones have now got their power/lock key on the right side so you can easily reach it, while it was on the top for the 5s.

Display: S, M, L


The iPhone 6 Plus is ‘bigger than bigger’, so then the iPhone 6 is just ‘bigger’ than the 4-inch iPhone 5s. Yes, times have changed at Apple, and even the Retina screen has evolved to Retina HD. The iPhone 6 now boasts a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels, while the iPhone 6 has 1080 x 1920 pixels. Actually, this ‘Retina HD’ moniker makes little sense for the 4.7” iPhone that has remained with the same sharpness as the 5s (and the iPhone 4 for that matter), and a pixel density of 326ppi. The title, however, is well deserved for the iPhone 6 Plus with a higher, 401ppi pixel density.

Screen brightness is already high on the iPhone 5s, reaching levels of around 500 nits, and that makes it easier to read outdoors, under the bright sunlight, and the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus also feature the same high peak brightness, but add a new polarizer for improved sunlight legibility and “dual domain pixels” (a technology that we know little about) that contributes to better viewing angles.

The iPhone 5s has been one of the gold standards of screen quality with a nicely calibrated display adhering to the industry-standard sRGB color gamut. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are also proudly caring that sRGB coverage, but we’re yet to test them and see how accurate are their colors.

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Dimensions

6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches

158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Interface: iOS 8


Apple is known for its quick and all-encompassing updates, so in terms of interface there is little to talk about: the iPhone 5s, just like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will feature the new iOS 8. And no, it won’t get it months after the new phones (wink, Android, wink).]

The key new features in iOS 8 revolve around payments and health and fitness. The Apple Pay system for contact-less payments is a huge effort rolled out in collaboration with the major card providers Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, along with the nation’s biggest retailers: Starbucks, McDonalds, the Apple Store, and many others of course. The payment solution is using NFC and secures transactions with Touch ID, plus it’d work on the new Apple Watch.

The Health hub with the new Fitness and Workout apps is a one stop shop for all your health stats, and a place where you can unlock achievement and just stay motivated to keep a healthy lifestyle.

Processor and Memory: aboard the 20nm ship



After the Apple A7 with a custom-designed by the company Cyclone processing core, stakes were set high. Luckily, Apple does not disappoint and is one of the first to come up with a 20nm chip that delivers 25% more processing power and up to 50% more graphics power, while at the same time being more power efficient and smaller. This smaller A8 still packs nearly double the size of transistors: there’s more than 2 billion transistors in this new chip.

Of course, the new Apple A8 comes with a 64-bit-enabled system chip. The iPhone 5s started this, and with most top apps already running on 64-bits, the Apple ecosystem has already made the transition.

Many have criticized Apple for charging a lot of money for relatively modest bumps in memory, but with new storage options, the company breaks the mold. The basic iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models start at 16GB, but rather than going to 32 gigs for the next model like the iPhone 5s, their next version steps up directly to 64GB of internal storage. We now also have a third model with 128 gigs of included storage on both sizes of iPhone, a first for Apple, and a very rare occurrence for Android phone makers. Expandable storage via microSD cards is still nowhere to be found, though.

Camera: better video, new sensor


The 8-megapixel iPhone 5s iSight camera gets a huge upgrade, and while it keeps the name, it has a newer (but we don’t know whether it’s larger) sensor, a significantly updated camera app and new video options.

Why is Apple not going to the more market-appealing 13-megapixel or 16-megapixel sensor sizes? Simple, the company explained how important pixel size is to picture quality in the iPhone 5s, and it’s adhering to those sane statements. Indeed, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus feature 1.5 micron pixels, larger than the 1.1 micron pixels on competing Android flagships like the Galaxy S5. In terms of optics, we have the same five-element lens as in the 5s, but this time it’s gotten a wider, f/2.2 aperture (the iPhone 5s had an f/2.4 one) and a sapphire cover.

In terms of video, Apple continues supporting 1080p, so there is no 4K capture capability. However, you now also have the option to record 1080p at 60 frames per second in addition to the traditional 60fps option. A new slo-mo mode allows you to capture a twice the frame-rate for a twice more pronounced effect: 720p at 240fps.

Also, while being nearly identical, the iPhone 6 Plus has got the benefit of optical image stabilization, while the iPhone 6 will only have digital stabilization.


Battery: the quest for longevity


Ah, battery! The iPhone has adhered to the mantra of the 10-hour battery life in all three aspects: talk time, web browsing and movie watching, but having larger iPhones has actually enabled Apple to pack bigger batteries and squeeze even more juice out of them.

The new iPhone 6 Plus is thus the champion of battery life with great talk time of 24 hours, and the iPhone 6 also outperforms the iPhone 5s by a small margin.

Conclusion and expectations


The new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus replace the current iPhone 5s as the top model, but they don’t push it out of the market - it will just continue selling cheaper. This effectively makes Apple a company offering phones in three sizes now, and covering everyone’s tastes.

That’s why we expect not only the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to warm up the hearts of consumers loving bigger phones, but also the iPhone 5s to continue selling admirably. With more synergies courtesy of the Apple Watch, the reasons to buy an iPhone are growing more and more.

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

Display

Display size

4.0 inches
4.7 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

640 x 1136 pixels
750 x 1334 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Pixel density

326 ppi
326 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD

Screen-to-body

60.82 %
65.71 %
67.91 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)
500 cd/m2 (nit)
500 cd/m2 (nit)

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Apple A7
Apple A8
Apple A8

Processor

Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit, 28 nm
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit
Dual-core, 1400 MHz, Cyclone ARMv8-A 2nd gen., 64-bit

GPU

PowerVR G6430
PowerVR GX6450
PowerVR GX6450

RAM

1 GB LPDDR3
1 GB LPDDR3
1 GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

64 GB, not expandable
128 GB, not expandable
128 GB, not expandable

OS

iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x, 7.x)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)
iOS (12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)

Battery

Capacity

1570 mAh
1810 mAh
2915 mAh

Stand-by time

10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
10.4 days (250 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)

Talk time (3G)

10.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1414 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1414 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 24 h (1414 min)

Internet use

 
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 11 hours
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours

Music playback

40.00 hours
50.00 hours
80.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
11.00 hours
14.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Features

Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.5 μm

Video recording

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

Time-lapse video, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

1.2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels
1.2 megapixels

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD)
1280x720 (HD)

Design

Dimensions

4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm)
6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28 inches (158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1 mm)

Weight

3.95 oz (112 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)
4.55 oz (129 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)
6.07 oz (172 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (176 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Shopping information

MSRP price

 
$ 849
$ 949

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31 Comments

1. Busyboy unregistered

Holy crap PA, your making too many pointless posts. Jeez, the reporting on the iPhone 6 got more posts than the Z3 and Note 4 combined.

12. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Its pretty easy to not read something iPhone related - simply don't click on an article with "Apple iPhone 6" in the title. The world doesn't revolve around you and your likes. Personally I hate iPhone but am happy there are articles on PA that cater for other people.

2. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

APPLE = FAIL ... iphone is a phone of 2012 .. even nexus 4 has the same specs as iphone 6 looooooooool

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

More like 2010. Other than screen size and minor optimizations, these don't seem like much of an upgrade over a 4 or 2011's 4S.

13. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

there are operations you can have done

26. frederick333123

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

okey where is the 1. fingerprint scanner 2.desktop class 64 bit processor 3.M8 motion processor 4.Polarized screen(high brightness screen) 5.Better scratch resistance,flexibility screen(better than gorilla glass 3) 6.console level graphics 7. simplified software 8.6.9 thin design 9.excellent camera(mega pixel is not everything keep tht in mind.. ) 10.quality of the apps and game (cant even comprise on that) 11.level of security(android not even close ) 12.accurate colors (not over saturated like android phones) 13.endless amt of accessories for iPhone 14.premium material build (not plastic) 15.tight integrations of hardware and software.(even nexus don hav tht ) 16.dual tone flash All this in one Phone.if your are an android user for design - HTC camera - LG features - Samsung software update - nexus sleek design - Sony

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Where can I access the iphail-free PhoneArena? Because that would be great. They aped the designs of the Lumia 925, 1320, and 1520, gave their mediocre os an update that likely makes older devices run like junk, still have absurdly huge bezels,and continue their trend of releasing overhyped, overpriced, uncompetitive, slave-made trash that the world would be better off without.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31658; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the info

5. jmonteiro829

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Dear PA... Please add more iPhone 6 articles... I don't think all the enhancements were covered!

7. JakeH

Posts: 89; Member since: May 01, 2014

man 32gb is just the right ammount, but if they got rid of it i suppose it wont be bad if the 64gb only cost $100 more than the 16gb

8. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

iPhone I love your OS & hardware, but not price!!

9. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

T-Mobile US version of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus lacks LTE band 12 (700 MHz block A). Sony Xperia Z3 for T-Mobile will get better reception and building penetration because it has LTE band 12, the newly-acquired spectrum from Verizon.

24. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I was surprised that the iPhone 6 doesn't include the new bands ATT and T-Mobile are using. Now that Jobs has been gone a while, it is easy to see how many little details that get missed without his watching over everything.

10. bucky

Posts: 3795; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i got a nice 64gb in space grey coming my way :) very excited.

11. jbrissett

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

all you fools dont understand the concept, apple fans are loyal to arguably the best smartphone in the world, apple phones are great!! very minimal lagging and freezing up! samsung comes out with a new phone how often??? we seen the galaxy s5 drop almost directly after the s4 after , galaxy does not put enough love and hard work into their devices, thats why a new one drops every 4 months. Since jan 2014 we seen the note 2, note 3, note 4, galaxy s4, s5, galaxy alpha, and a note edge. How many tries will it take to get the perfect samsung flagship? Now that apple has a phablet, samsung is sure to drop a s6 and note 5 in 2015. The only things samsung is good for is cheap phones, and now that the iphone 5c is free and the 5s is 99$ samsung is losing that race also.

18. jmonteiro829

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

You clearly know nothing about technology!!! LMAO... now that Apple has a Phablet!!! Who the hell do you think made the "Phablet" mainstream? Here are the dates: s3 May 2012 s4 April 2013 s5 April 2014 Note 2 November 2012 Note 3 September 2013 Note 4 October 2014

27. jbrissett

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

I meant since January 2012, that was a typo, but let's not forget the galaxy alpha and the note edge, so u proved my point exactly! Samsung can't never get it right, and I give it to you, Samsung made phablets popular , but so many to choose from!!??!? Y wats the point, wats the difference with the note 4 , the s5, the note edge, and the galaxy alpha? I was never a phablet user, and if apple did not make one , ii jus would've never been a phablet user, the iPhone experience is so great that phone size would never be my deciding factor, but for galaxy users that's the only thing that keep y'all going, but now what?? A 9" galaxy???

30. jmonteiro829

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Considering what you are saying iPhone is so perfect then why change the design... why also offer 2 different iPhones... why do this, there is no point because what does one offer over the other? Seems to me they are following what Samsung has already proven works! Give the people options! I really don't see how that is bad for a consumer. That is like saying that a car manufacturer should only make one type of car. What is the point... just make one perfect one!.... Get my point?

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

"And no, it won’t get it months after the new phones (wink, Android, wink)." [regarding the OS update] Excuse me? My Moto X gets update in a matter of weeks. That was a stupid comment overall, you can't possibly compared hundreds of devices with different specs with a small line of 3-4 phones.

15. jbrissett

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

thats a stupid phone overall! im suprised that phone even gets updated! lol we talking about flagship phones . All apple phones are considered flagship and the samsung ones i named are suppose to be flagship, so pack that moto x up in a box with some styrofoam peanuts and take it to the nearest garbage and get urself a iphone 5c for free and you will be better off!!!!

16. erikwgba

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Ok, let's compare specs first: 5c: made of plastic, dual core 1300 mhz processor, 640 x 1136 four inch screen, one GB of ram, 8 mp camera, 1510 mAh battery Moto X: made of whatever the hell you want, dual core 1700 mhz processor, 720 x 1280 4.7 inch screen, two GB of ram, 10 mp camera, 2200 mAh battery The Moto X is clearly superior in specs, but for people like you who clearly don't care about that kind of thing, let's show some of the new features the companies added: Moto X: Active Display, Moto Maker, hotword detection, ultra long battery life without the maxx battery 5c: plastic housing Hopefully you now see why we stick to Androids. It's a little bit sad when your flagship phone is about as good as your rival's flagship phone from a few years ago. We have other reasons to buy our phones than just, "Well dude, it's an iPhone, so it must be better than everybody else, duh" That also might be why Apple's phones are free on contract while Androids typically are not, a.k.a. better build quality, lots more power, better cameras, screens, etc.....

17. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The older Moto X has crappy cameras. For the rest of it, it's still a quite powerful phone with some nice added features. More than enough to compete with the 5c, if not the 5s.

19. erikwgba

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

And what makes that a bit worse is the Moto X was the lowest end flagship android of 2013 compared to to the HTC One,galaxy s5, lg g2, and so on.

28. jbrissett

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

The comparison to the 5c was a joke , exaggeration, but it's funny to see how u guys jump on that one, and honestly I would still take the 5c over the moto x , when two phones are similar in specs, we go to design, and features, AND don't have to say much there, the reason apple users stick around is for premium features and a virus free lag free phone, we stick around for FaceTime, fingerprint lock, yes the name also!, the great camera that fools think because it's less megapixels it means the picture is uglier! We stick around for that beautiful interface that android l is trying to copy, we stick around knowing that something crazy will happen soon!(phablet and phone dropping same day, beats audio, I pay, and the new health kit, the I watch.

23. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

@jbrissett Yeah, no.

29. jbrissett

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

@python get urself a iPhone ! You can't pull that moto X out in front of no girls!! N by the way wth is a moto maker??!??

31. jmonteiro829

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

The fact that you are talking about girls and phones... makes me think you have no clue about either!.... Girls do not care about your phone. It's not like you are pulling out keys to a Ferrari. I'm also not sure how pulling out an iPhone as you are suggesting python does even matters... "Hey look at my iPhone that other people have and looks exactly the same!" Not sure that is gonna pull in the ladies even if they did care about phones.

20. blitzkreig

Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

By the end of his article I could almost hear the writer breathing heavily in glee. Maybe had an orgasm?

21. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The regular iPhone 6 was so marginal, that if it wasn't for the minor difference in the processor and the screen size, you could just call it the iPhone 6C, modeled after the 5S

22. Canaan

Posts: 351; Member since: May 25, 2014

Why hasn't anyone confirmed the RAM capacity of the devices? Were the people that attended the event not given all the specifications of the phone? It seems odd, aren't these types of events supposed to reveal everything about the devices?

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