The Apple iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) were released last week, along with the
highly unexpected Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro.
The initial response has been largely positive from both the tech
industry and the ever-faithful iFollowers.
I invested in an iPhone 6 last year, so I thought I'd compare the
pair to see what extra features and benefits I would now be
enjoying if I had waited for the iPhone 6s.
To cut to the chase, in my opinion both models are more
or less the same but for a handful of small improvements. So while I
won't rushing out to replace my iPhone 6, there is a case to justify the
investment. Jump to the bottom to see why.
According to the Apple website: the only thing that's changed in the new
iPhone 6s is "everything".
At face value however, the iPhone 6s it looks strikingly similar (in fact
identical) to it's predecessor, which you may recall "everything" was
also the only thing was changed when the original iPhone 6 hit the
Before we look at the new features of the iPhone 6s in more detail, let's
start with a straight comparison to the iPhone 6.
Capacity: Both models are available with 16GB and 64GB
of storage capacity. The iPhone 6s also has a 128GB option for those that
can't fit enough Youtube on their current model.
Display: The original iPhone 6 has a 4.7" LED-backlit
widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology, 1334-by-750-pixel
resolution at 326 ppi, 1400:1 contrast ratio (typical), 500
cd/m2 max brightness (typical), Full sRGB standard,
Dual-domain pixels for wide viewing angles, Fingerprint-resistant
oleophobic coating, Support for displaying multiple languages and
characters simultaneously, Display Zoom aaaannnnddd
Reachability...whatever that means!
The new iPhone 6s comes with all of that PLUS:
next-generation Multi-Touch display with IPS technology and
What is a Taptic Engine? It's a new form of feedback from the screen in
the form of subtle taps.
That's right, you don't tap iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s taps you! Cool.
Weight & Dimensions: A real let-down for the iPhone
6s is it's size and weight compared to the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6s is 0.2mm taller, 0.1mm wider and 0.2mm thicker! And it's
significantly heavier. A good 14g heavier than the iPhone 6.
Processor (Chip): As with most new model releases by
Apple, the new iPhone model comes with the latest A chip - the A9 chip -
Embedded with the M9 motion coprocessor, it's a step up from the A8 chip
that only has the M8 motion coprocessor (and it isn't even embedded).
Cellular & Wireless: In this category, both models
are almost exactly the same.
You have your usual UMTS/HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, CDMA EV-DO Rev. A, GPS and
GLONASS, VoLTE and NFC.
The iPhone 6s takes a small step forward however, as it comes with 4G LTE
Advanced (over iPhone 6's plain 4G LTE), Bluetooth 4.2 (over iPhone's
Bluetooth 4.0) and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with MIMO (over iPhone's
MIMO-less 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi).
Touch ID: The iPhone 6 brought a brand new feature to
the table with it's Touch ID finger print sensor built right into the
home button that allows users to spend minutes trying to get their
thumbprint to match correctly so they could unlock their smartphone
rather than the excruciating seconds it took before to tap in 4 digits.
The iPhone 6s ups the ante however, with it's Second-Generation
fingerprint sensor, also built right into the home button.
iSight Camera: The camera is where the iPhone 6s starts
to shine over it's former model. Again, we see only slight improvements
in most of the camera's features, but the iPhone 6s is improved by a
12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels (formerly 8-megapixel
iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels).
Video Recording: Video enthusiasts will be happy to find
that the new iPhone 6s comes with 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30
fps (something the old model doesn't have at all), as well as Slow-motion
video support for 1080p at 120 fps, and 720p at 240 fps, and playback
zoom! Everything else is the same.
FaceTime Camera: Apart from the higher megapixel photos
and Retina Flash, the FaceTime Camera on both models are exactly the
Everything Else: Everything else that the iPhone has -
Battery Life, Audio Playback, Video Playback, Siri even the headphones...
they're all the same across both models.
The New Features
The new iPhone 6s does come with new features that the iPhone 6 does not
New Aluminium: The new iPhone 6s is made from a new
aluminium alloy, the same grade used in the aerospace industry, so it's
fit for re-entry into the atmosphere.
Fun Fact: Compare the Australian Apple website to the US website - it
says aluminum on the US site, and aluminium on the Aussie version - now
that's catering for your local audience!
New Colour: With this new aluminium alloys comes a new
aluminium colour: Rose Gold, which I think looks more like sunset salmon
copper, but that's just my opinion.
3D Touch: 3D Touch is a flash way of saying that the
iPhone 6s screen, like it's little brother the iWatch, now has pressure
sensors and behaves different according to "how deeply you press the
3D Touch now allows you to Peek and Pop - the next dimension in
functionality - that also provides you with feedback so you can feel what
Here's a prediction: iHipsters will now rank and file based upon how many
alerts they can "peek" at before tapping too hard and "popping" instead.
Live Photos: The stand out new feature on the iPhone 6s,
without doubt, is Live Photos.
Touted as "An entirely new way to bring your still photos to life."
I won't try to explain it any better than Apple already have - "At the
heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12-megapixel photo. But together
with that photo are the moments just before and after it was taken,
captured with movement and sound." - OK, maybe I can explain it better:
it's a 3 second video...
The Final Review
The iPhone 6s is, without a doubt, exactly what the iPhone 6 should have
been when it was released... There is still reason why I suggest you
strongly consider the iPhone 6s however.
It's not because I'm a rabid iFollower that upgrades to every model the
week it is released.
No, I suggest you buy this model so you can get into the 2-year s-model
rotation instead of the regular model rotation.
Then, instead of waiting weeks for your new iPhone 7 to ship after it's
predicted September 2016 release, 12 months later you'll breeze into your
local Apple store and grab a new phone with all the features lacking in
the previous model!
Genius or what?