iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6, an in-depth comparison

“The successor to Apple’s iPhone 6 has been unveiled: the iPhone 6S,” Brendan Hesse writes for Digital Trends. “Of course, with such an announcement comes the burning question: what’s the difference between this new model, and the one that preceded it?”

“Based on the specifications Apple has provided, the overall processing capabilities of the upcoming smartphone will be a step up from the iPhone 6,” Hesse writes. “Immediately apparent is the inclusion of the 3D touch feature on the iPhone 6S. Essentially, 3D Touch is the result of having a pressure-sensitive screen, that can pick up an expanded array of inputs and genstures. However, while 3D Touch is likely to open up new forms of interaction with apps on the iPhone 6S, the real change is to the upgraded chipset. For the iPhone 6S, Apple has jumped from the A8 chipset, that was in the iPhone 6, to their new A9 chipset. Similarly, the 6S is upgrading from the M8 coprocessor to the M9. These upgrades translate to faster processing speeds — about 70 percent faster, according to Apple.”

“The iPhone 6S blows the iPhone 6 out of the water on paper, with a 12 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera. The 6S is also capable of shooting 4K resolution video at 30 frames-per-second, and 1080p at both 30 fps and 60 fps,” Hesse writes. “Compare this to the iPhone 6’s 8 MP and 1.2 MP cameras, and 1080p at 60fps or 720p at up to 240fps video support, and you can see that when it comes to resolution and image quality the iPhone 6S wins.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: No contest.

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  1. My wife and myself are on opposite years for upgrading, so we get to upgrade every year. By the way the best thing to ever happen was my wife wasting a year before she got on board. That is what gives me the ability to upgrade my iPhone every year. She now will get my 6 and I will upgrade to the 6S and sell her 5S. Works perfect for us. We both have iPads the same way. But at this point she is happy with her iPad 3 and I’m ok with my iPad Air 2 and my 15″ MacBook Pro. So this round its iPhone 6S for me and the wife will get my iPhone 6. What a perfect Apple World I live in. Oh and one more thing, I will be getting the new appleTv to go with each one of the previous generations.

  2. Yes I’d love a new phone too but it’s just that the iPhone 6 Plus is still a damn fine phone and there’s not as much a feeling of rushing out and buying the new one as there was with this iPhone. (You KNOW you’ll want an iPhone 7 next year anyway.) I may yet weaken. The improved camera stuff has real appeal.

    1. It’s really hard to justify yearly upgrades. As long as I am one a 2-year ATT contract (the only decent cell service in my area) that amortizes the cost of the phone over the same time period, I will continue the 2-year purchase cycle. Has worked for me so far. But I have to admit, my 5S is a bit beat up having never used a case with it, and it’s beginning to look and feel a bit small. I couldn’t bring myself to jump to the full size Plus, so it’s the 6S coming to me on 9/25.

  3. I wish Apple had upgraded the iPad Air to match the iPhone 6s specs, particularly faster processor, better camera, and 3d Touch. It has not been updated for almost a year. Apple needs to do something to boost lagging iPad sales.

  4. I’m upgrading from my 6+ mainly for the 2gb RAM.

    I don’t get the hype about 3D touch. I’ll try it and I might change my mind but the videos I’ve watched don’t really impress me.

    I do use the iPhone camera and the upgrade will be nice. On my last vacation I used the 6+ camera at least as much as my Canon 6D and maybe a little more. Apple’s in camera (or I guess I should say, in phone) picture processing is really good. Sure I can make the pics from the 6D come out better but why bother since the iPhone does such a good job with no processing on my part. Of coarse there are situations were the iPhone just can’t come close to a DSLR.

    Apple’s “lease” program is another reason to upgrade. The payments are a business expense and the Apple+ is a good idea to have given the work that I do. Turning in the iPhone for just under what I could sell it for is a no brainer for me, much easier!

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