Should you upgrade from iPhone 6 to iPhone 6s

Yes! No! We mean, let's not jump to conclusions so easily, shall we? If you've come to this post, it means you're most probably a proud owner of an iPhone 6, and are wondering if making the considerable investment that getting a new iPhone is would be worth it this year. We can imagine this decision gets all the more difficult for users in the years when Apple rolls out the so-called 's' generation iPhones, which do not bring an apparent change in the exterior of the handset, but rather involve a more complex set of improvements taking place on the inside of the smartphone. Still, no worries – we're here to help you make the right decision for you, and the way we're going to do this is by carefully going through and analyzing all the meaningful changes and enhancements coming with the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.


OK, this one is pretty obvious, but still, let's get it out of the way. The beautiful exterior design has always been an integral part of each iPhone, and the iPhone 6 was no exception. However, as with each 's' generation before, Apple refrained from touching the design in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The new smartphones look identically to their predecessors, with the only (barely) visible difference being that they have gotten ever so slightly thicker – each of them has put on 0.2 mm of fat since last year, so the iPhone 6s' profile has now become 7.1 mm, and the iPhone 6s Plus' one is 7.3 mm. Yep, still incredibly thin. The extra fat has naturally translated to some extra weight as well, but nothing unbearable. All in all, we'd be surprised if someone could easily tell apart the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus from their predecessors... if not for the new Rose Gold option, which looks decidedly fashionable. Actually, this is by far the biggest visual change: the new Rose Gold color option. And while we have to admit that it's full of sex, it might end up being preferred primarily by female users. We'll see. A Rose Gold variant with a black front would have been so dope, though!

TL;DR: In case Rose Gold doesn't happen to be your favorite color, there's absolutely no reason to replace an iPhone 6 with a 6s.


At first glance, Apple hasn't changed anything with regards to the screen technology of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. That's because both their sizes and resolutions have stayed the exactly the same. However, there is one key difference that actually may have what it takes to change the way we use our smartphones in the future. The new displays on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus feature what Apple calls 3D Touch – a set of pressure-sensitive sensors that allow the iPhone to distinguish between a regular, light tap on the display panel, and a harder press. Sounds fancy, right? The new technology will be implemented throughout the system to enable two new types of gestures: Peek and Pop. Most of the time, Peek will be showing you a preview of the selected content, while Pop will be bringing it up to the forefront. The 3D Touch sensors will actually be able to recognize between two different pressure levels: a lighter press on the screen (still harder than a regular tap) will activate Peek, while a harder press will initiate Pop.

For example, on the homescreen, the user will be able to light-press on the Camera app icon, which will bring up a small menu with a options to directly take a selfie, record video, record slow-mo video, or take a regular photo. In the Mail application, light-pressing on an email will display a preview of the message. If you follow this up with a harder press, it'll bring you to the message email itself. What concerns us at this time is if the tech will feel as good and as intuitive as it seems, but we're optimistic. 3D Touch really promises to bring a big change to the most basic levels of interaction with our smartphones (hopefully for the better), so yeah, this is pretty much a killer feature for the iPhone 6s right there!

TL;DR: 3D Touch screen pressure sensitivity seems like a big deal. It may very well turn out to be an integral part of the future of smartphone interaction. If you tend to be a hopeless tech-head such as us, we'd recommend that you explore the capabilities of 3D Touch and consider upgrading.


A traditional staple of each iPhone 's' generation is the improved performance, courtesy of a newer, better system chip. The iPhone 6s upgrades the A8 chipset of the iPhone 6 to A9 – an SoC that Apple claims is up to 70% faster in terms of CPU and up to 90% faster when it comes to GPU than its predecessor. Sounds like a furious little beastie to us, though it remains to be seen in how many scenarios we'll be witnessing such great performance boosts over the iPhone 6 and its A8.

Technical details are rather thin at this time, as usual, so we can't be sure about things like the core count or clock rate of the new processor. We wouldn't be surprised if Apple has decided to stick with a dual-core solution, but that's just a guess. Another guess right now is that the new iPhones are equipped with 2 GB of RAM, but that's also unconfirmed. In any case, these details hardly matter with Apple smartphones, since industry-leading performance and fluidity of movement are pretty much guaranteed.

TL;DR: The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will most probably be the fastest smartphones around when they launch, but the iPhone 6 is still a speed demon as well. Even if you're looking for the best performance on mobile, or are the biggest nitpicker when it comes to lag, delayed response or animation choppiness, we'd still advise you to stay with the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, for their system and app performance is still top-class.


Being the most popular consumer camera around, the iPhone series has traditionally excelled with its image-taking capabilities. In the last couple of years, we've seen Apple start losing some of its ground to other industry players, such as Samsung or LG, but now, the company seems to be making the necessary maneuvers to recapture the bases it lost.

It all starts with a resolution bump from 8 to 12 megapixels. The latest iPhone generation had started lacking in the details department, with rivals boldly going for monstrous 16 or even 20 MP cameras, but with their new, 12 MP shooters, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may close the gap significantly, all the while keeping file sizes in check. Besides the higher resolution, the new cameras also flaunt a new image signal processor, which should help improve the quality. Sensor pixel size has gotten a bit smaller, from 1.5 μm in the iPhone 6 to 1.22 μm in the iPhone 6s. Generally, the bigger pixels, the better, but we'll see how this change will impact the photos the camera produces.

The front/selfie camera has also seen a dramatic overhaul. Resolution has been increased from the modest 1.2 MP to 5 MP, while the screen's backlight will now be usable as a True Tone front flash. Sweet!

In terms of video recording, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will offer 4K footage capture, which will consume quite a bit of space, but is going to look super-fine. A big differentiator from most 4K recording implementations in Android phones is that there won't be a time limit on the iPhone 6s series. Capture as much as you want! Or at least, as long as you have free storage remaining.

Finally, a super-sweet new feature of the iPhone 6s camera is Live Photos. Each time you take a photo, the camera also records a couple of seconds of video before and after the moment of the photos. Then, as you're browsing your photos collection, a hard-press on a certain photo will play that captured moment in video. What's more, these video snippets will be available to use as lockscreen wallpapers. It all looks very cool, at least in Apple's demos.

TL;DR: The iPhone 6 has a spectacular camera, but also one that's been due for an upgrade. The iPhone 6s delivers a substantial improvement in all key camera areas, essentially shaping up as a desirable new smartphone for current iPhone 6 owners.


So, we've gone through the major areas where the iPhone 6s is going to leave its biggest mark. And, we saw that except for the new color, the design is the same as before; and while the chipset inside it is newer and better, the iPhone 6's performance is still fantastic. However, the new 3D Touch technology and the features it's going to enable, as well as the vastly improved camera, do make the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus extraordinarily attractive for technology enthusiasts and shutterbugs alike. At the end of the day, it'll also depend on your budget if you should go ahead and make the purchase, but overall, if you can indeed afford getting the new iPhone, and you are passionate about mobile technology, then yes, we believe that the iPhone 6s packs enough value to make it a worthy upgrade over the handset that you bought just a year ago.

Meanwhile, for all the casual users out there who don't necessarily need to experience the latest Apple innovations from day 1, and who are also not too demanding when it comes to the pictures their handset's camera produces, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will continue to be more than adequate in everything that they do.



1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

if I were an "apple boy" I'd upgrade...but too bad, no any "i" product has ever wowed me...

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Same Here.

43. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

If I liked Apple devices this would definitely be worth upgrading to for the camera and video recording capabilities alone, assuming that they have improved over the iPhone 6.

40. dxxnltu

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

i have not used any apple products before, it was too expensive for its spec. but 6s really impressed me wth its 12MP camera and 2GB of RAM. i will buy..(can you understand my point? they donot allow me to use Chinese...)

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Either way it goes Apple makes bank.

4. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

out of you... not me.

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not Apples fault your allowance isn't enough.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy what's it gonna be bro?

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

T-Mo lets me upgrade every year.. so is about that time of the year for me

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm not sure bro. I'm not seeing any info about the amount of RAM for the 6S. I'm not really convinced just yet.

10. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Ah, the classic iSheep "You're just jealous because you don't have money" "argument".

16. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Classic Andriod response "Iphone is overprice, low spec, no sd card ,etc". Yet every year somehow iphone keeps outselling every company in the high end smartphone market.

42. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Maybe because Apple is the only OEM allowed to make smartphones on iOS... But YOU wouldn't think of having a Sony, or HTC, or LG, or Samsung, or MicroSoft Smartphone running iOS... Apple wouldn't either... That's WHY they SELL more, they're the only ONE selling on iOS. O.o

17. baldilocks

Posts: 1547; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I spend more for my Android phones than you do for your Apple products, kid.

33. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

My s6 edge plus, looks better and cost way more, so try harder, I never buy an iPhone , I have an iPad Air 64gb, it just because I will not pay way over the top for cheap crap iPhone the only thing that's any good is the CPU but only because it's got a 750p screen and an easy on the CPU OS, I do think the 7420 is better when you look at what it as to run, I.e. A vm OS with a very big skin and 2k display

41. sgodsell

Posts: 7606; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Its not about whether you can afford a new device or not. Its about trying to get the most bang out of your buck. Apple to me hasn't released an iPhone that hasn't impressed me in years. They are always playing catch up and are still behind.

45. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Typical asshole's reasoning. Just because a person don't buy apple products it doesn't mean they don't have money. You should get down from your apple god status sometimes.

3. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

the phone is ugly why are they saying the design is amazing the design is the worst out of all the iPhones

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I Love The iPhone 5's Design. They Need To Do A Revamped iPhone 5 Design For The iPhone 7.

20. gaming64 unregistered

For instance, I still own the 5 and it looks frickin gorgeous still. My main problem is that the edges get chipped easily. One drop on the sides and it's going to hideous land. I agree. They need to bring brick- phones back.

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

My 5s Still Looks Great As Well.

44. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

I have an 5S and it is sooo hard to make it look fresh, even with a case on i got some wear already ( which is kind of weird, there's barely any dust on case too) like some chips and scratches everywhere.

47. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

yeah idk what people are thinking ill take the 5 as the best on the 5s is good but that aluminum scratch to much but the 5 is the best looking phone i wanted a android version of that so bad cause i can't do iOS but dang man stop saying plus on the design...

28. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Yup. I also "wonder" why all the media-propaganda guys keep saying that this fugly phone is beautiful. LOL We all remember , when fist leaks of iPhone 6 appeared , how all the tech media were screaming: "Noooo, no chance....this is fake....Apple would never make such ugly phone with such huge bezels and disgusting plastic inserts on the back"

48. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Yeah, nothing like them flattering images of embellished dummies. Those sure give you the full story. No. The iPhone 6 needs to be experienced in person to be appreciated. Granted, it's not my favorite iPhone design for sure, but it definitely looks better in the real world than in pictures.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 6S isnt a significant improvement over the 6, just like the Note 5 isnt over the Note 4. But the S6 was a significant improvement over the S5. iPhone 6S? Is just an iPhone 6 with a stronger case. I wonder what the iPhone 7 will be like. Since Apple only makes one phone per year, to make the next model an "s" model to simply skimp on updating it and charging the same amount of money is really sad. At least with some other OEM's, each phone that comes one year later tends to be a much better upgarde over the previous model. Example, the S5 was deemed as a lame upgarde over the S4. It was in some ways. But the S5 got a better display even with the same resolution, got better cameras, a much nicer design over the S4 and it lost the useless gimmicky S4 features which I welcomed. The Note 4 was a much better upgrade over the Note 3 compared to the Note 5 vs the 4. But the note 5 against at leats has an overhaulled design, more s-pen features and more. The Note 5 is a much more significant upgrade to the Note 4 vs the iphone 6S over the iPhone 6. But if I had a Note 4, I wouldnt buy the Note 5. In fcat I had the Note for since its release, then jumped on the S6 Edge and now have the S6 Edge Plus after trying to Note 5 for a week. The Note 5 didnt feel as good in hand as the Edge, it doesn't look as cool, though it does look cool and i didnt see enough update in features to keep it.I will wait for the next Note. But even with Samsung, when a phone only comes once a year, it seems hardware in one year doesnt progress enough to make upgrading worth it. So why waste money on making a new phone each year vs selling them every 2 years instead?

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

The 6S is better in almost every single way on the inside. Much better camera, much better front camera, cool new 3D touch that makes the whole OS seem different. A holly s**t much better cpu/gpu and new motion chip. Its a business. You think they want to make you happy by skipping one year and loosing billions of dollars? No one is ever forcing you to buy anything. Not to mention half of USA(I mean half of people on contracts) every year has a chance for a free new phone through their contracts. So why not get the 6S if you get that free upgrade this year? Not to mention you had S6 edge then you jumped on the plus which only difference is the bigger screen. One last thing. Unlike Samsung and every single OEM out there Apple isn't trying to fool anyone with the S model. They call it S and not brand new model cause obviously its just an update with same design. They are not trying to sell you a brand new designed phone. I love it how HTC essentially for 3 years makes the same phone with tiny tiny design changes and internal updates but calls the models with new names each year to make it seem like they actually did something new.

32. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Edge + didn't come a year after the Edge though.

29. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

I've read somewhere that only iPhone 6 Plus has 7000 aluminium.

11. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No ( insert appropriate rage comic).

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