After the iPhone 6 was initially announced to the public (see the first hands-on iPhone 6 images), many people began to wonder just how difference it was going to be from its predecessor. There are a number of features this new iPhone has to offer, many of which are very different from the 5s. It seems as though there have been some significant improvements, though not all users may view the changes as positive.
Design (comparing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 S)
When it comes to sheer size, the iPhone 5s is 7.6mm thick whereas the iPhone 5s is 6.9mm thick, which is a fairly significant difference. The rounded edges on this new phone makes it appear even slimmer, which is definitely something that a lot of users will appreciate. The iPhone 6 plus will still use the Touch ID home button, but there have been some other physical features that have changed a bit, such as the volume controls which are much flatter. And even though the screen on the iPhone 6 is significantly larger, it really doesn’t feel that much heavier than the 5s.
Screen (comparing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 S)
The iPhone 5s has a 4” 1136×640 IPS LCD screen whereas the new iPhone 6 has a larger 4.7” 1134×750 Retina HD LCD with Ion strengthened glass as well as a vastly improved polarizer. There is no doubt that the screen on this new iPhone is significantly larger, though compared to many Android phones it is still relatively small. While it may seem like there is a world of difference between these two displays, both phones still use the same IPS LCD screens.
In an effort to compensate for the extra 0.7”, Apple has decided to significantly increase the resolution of the phone’s display. So what exactly does this mean in terms of overall display quality? Not much, especially when it comes to sharpness. Since both phones have 326ppi displays, some users may not notice the different in resolution at all.
Camera (comparing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 S)
The camera on the iPhone 6 has not changed a whole lot from its predecessor, still sporting an 8MP camera. The iPhone 6 and 5s both use TrueTone flash, though the front-facing camera seems to have been improved, allowing for 81% more light to be let in for higher quality pictures. Although Apple has announced that the sensor they are using in the iPhone 6 is a new addition, there most likely won’t be a huge difference in terms of overall picture quality between these two phones.
CPU and RAM (comparing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 S)
One of the biggest and most noticeable differences between the iPhone 5s and the 6 is the CPU. The iPhone 6 uses an Apple A8 20nm CPU which is 20 percent faster than the A7 dual-core 1.3GHz processor that the 5s uses. Apple also claims that the GPU in their new smartphone is 50 percent faster in the one in the iPhone 5s, so we will likely see a marked improvement in performance as well as overall GPU power. Although the GPU’s increased performance may be slightly undermined by the increased resolution, it is still an improvement that is definitely worth taking note of. Those who enjoy playing games on their iPhone as well as doing a lot of other resource-intensive things will most likely find that the performance of this new phone will be much better and smoother as a whole.
Although the upgrade from the iPhone 5s’s significantly slower CPU is a welcomed improvement, it isn’t earth shattering news. The CPU in the iPhone 6 will be more efficient because the system architecture has been changed from 28nm to 20nm, which means that the new phone will use extremely small transistors which will increase the speed of the processor. Although there still aren’t that many details on the new iPhone 6 CPU, it does appear to be a huge upgrade and that is most definitely a good thing.
Battery Life (comparing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 S)
The iPhone 5s offers a total of 10 hours of browsing time and 10 hours of video while the iPhone 6 offers one extra hour for each. It is somewhat of a disappointment that Apple has decided to seemingly focus more time and energy on slimming down this new phone rather than increasing battery power, but users will still have an additional hour for browsing and playing video. When it comes to deciding whether or not to make the switch from the 5s to the 6 though, battery life shouldn’t come into play as a major deciding factor.
Storage (comparing iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5 S)
In the past the iPhone has been available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models. It is now possible, however, for those who want this phone to purchase it with 128GB of storage space. Although this version of the phone will obviously cost significantly more than the others, it will no doubt be worth it for many people who have had to deal with storage space restrictions in the past.
When it comes right down to it, the iPhone 6 has a lot going for it and there are some features from the 5s that have been improved as well as some new ones that are fairly exciting. Those who are thinking about switching from the 5s to the 6 will definitely want to weigh the pros and the cons before doing so. While it is true that this new Apple iPhone has some small innovations and improvements, there is nothing truly game changing about it as a whole.