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iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 Spec Shootout – Battle of the iPhones

by Roy Choi | September 9, 2015September 9, 2015 1:15 pm PDT

The iPhone 6s has just been announced but how does the new phone compare to the previous model? We know the iPhone 6s will be available in four color options starting September 12 for pre-orders and in stores beginning September 25.

The most noticeable differences are an improved camera, processor and 4K video support. Though is it worth spending an extra hundred bucks on the newest model or would you better off opting for last year’s unit?

Here’s a quick comparison of the two devices:

iPhone 6s Gallery

iPhone 6 Gallery

Apple - iPhone 6s Apple - iPhone 6
Display Size 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi) 4.7-inch, 750 x 1334 pixel display (326 ppi)
Resolution X 750 750
Resolution Y 1334 1334
Display Type Retina HD Retina HD
Operating System iOS 9 (at launch) iOS 8 (at launch)
Processor A9 chip with 64-bit architecture A8 chip with 64-bit architecture
RAM 2GB 1GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 16GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels 8MP iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 1.2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (CDMA models only)
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • TD-LTE
  • TG-SCDMA
  • UMTS/HSPA+
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (CDMA models only)
  • DC-HSDPA
  • GSM/EDGE
  • LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA+
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery 1715mAh N/A
NFC Yes Yes
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
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Proximity
  • Touch ID
GPS
  • A-GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 5.44 inches (13.82 cm) 5.44 inches (13.82 cm)
Width 2.64 inches (67.1 mm) 2.64 inches (67.1 mm)
Depth 0.28 inches (7.1 mm) 0.27 inches (6.9 mm)
Weight 5.04 oz (143 g) 4.55 oz (129 g)
Colors Gold, Gray, Rose, Silver Gold, Gray, 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 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
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 4K, 30 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
  • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
  • Wi‑Fi calling
In The Box N/A N/A

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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