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iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5s Spec Shootout

Apple announced its brand new iPhone 6 today, but is it a huge leap over last year’s iPhone 5s? Yes and no. There are a lot of new features, particularly an improved industrial design, a better camera, a more powerful A8 processor and more. It’s also thinner than last year’s model. However, that said, you’ll still get iOS 8 on the iPhone 5s, and it features flagship options like Touch ID.

The decision whether to upgrade or not is entirely yours, but we’re here to assist in that endeavor by comparing the iPhone 6 versus the iPhone 5s on paper. Here’s how the two phones stack up:

iPhone 5s Gallery

iPhone 6 Gallery

Apple - iPhone 6 Apple - iPhone 5s
Display Size 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi) 4-inch, 640 x 1136 pixel display (326 ppi)
Resolution X 750 640
Resolution Y 1334 1136
Display Type Retina HD Retina
Operating System iOS 8 (at launch) iOS 7 (at launch)
Processor A8 chip with 64-bit architecture A7 64 bit processor
RAM 1GB 1GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 1.2MP 1.2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (CDMA models only)
  • DC-HSDPA
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+
  • Model A1533 (GSM)*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1533 (CDMA)*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
  • Model A1453*: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
  • Model A1457*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
  • Model A1530*: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); FDD-LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20); TD-LTE (Bands 38, 39, 40)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery N/A N/A
NFC Yes No
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Lightning port
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • GLONASS
Height 5.44 inches (13.82 cm) 4.87 inches (12.37 cm)
Width 2.64 inches (67.1 mm) 2.31 inches (58.7 mm)
Depth 0.27 inches (6.9 mm) 0.3 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 4.55 oz (129 g) 3.95 oz (112 g)
Colors Gold, Gray, Silver Gray, Gold, Silver
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV AC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 4.2 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Other Features
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
In The Box N/A
  • Wall Adapter
  • Apple Lightning Cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...


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