Iphone 6s plus vs iphone 6s: what's the difference?

The wait is over. After months of hype, táo has formally announced the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus and - as usual - the new handsets are polarising opinion. Fans are excited by some potentially trò chơi changing changes, while critics bemoan the stylistic similarities to the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus.

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What does this mean for you? Let’s break down the differences và find out...

Design - Familiar But Intelligently Improved

Yes, the new iPhones look much lượt thích the old iPhones. This is the number one area where many will complain, but look more closely and there are key differences.

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus look familiar - but there are a lot of differences. Image credit... <+> Apple

Size & Weight Increases

In a first for Apple, the new iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus are actually ever so slightly larger và noticeably heavier than their predecessors. The good news, while you are likely lớn notice the difference holding new and old models side-by-side, in isolation this will be pretty similar:

iPhone 6S: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28in) and 143g (5.04oz) iPhone 6S Plus: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29in) và 192g (6.77oz) iPhone 6: 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27in) và 129g (4.55oz)
iPhone 6 Plus: 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm (6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28in) and 172g (6.07oz)

In fact, for me, the worst aspect about this design similarity has nothing to vày with size, but the fact the new phones maintain the same ludicrously slippy finish as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. That’s bad news for both models.

Of course I appreciate covers are a must for most owners, but it would be nice for táo apple to at least try & make a phone which doesn’t act like a bar of soap & offers some ergonomics for the human hand.

The new iPhones use stronger aluminium than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Image credit Apple

Strength Improvements

More positively, the other key takeaway is that structurally both the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus are significantly stronger. Táo apple openly mocked the so-called ‘Bendgate’ scandal last year when the iPhone 6 and, notably, iPhone 6 Plus were found to lớn warp under relatively meagre pressures.

But privately changes have been made & internal thickening is thought to lớn (at least partially) tài khoản for some of the weight increases. Consequently the new iPhone 6S và iPhone 6S Plus have switched from Series 6000 khổng lồ Series 7000 aluminium. Series 7000 is over twice as strong & a đoạn clip pressure kiểm tra has already shown you’ll be highly unlikely to lớn bend either mã sản phẩm under any force you’d encounter in everyday life.

In addition táo has improved the durability of the new iPhones’ glass displays, but it hasn’t given any details regarding how much stronger we can expect them lớn be.

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Winner: iPhone 6S

It gets less of a weight bump while the iPhone 6S Plus is now a genuinely heavy phone, a problem when both remain so slippery

Displays - Ingenious Or Falling Behind?

Another area where the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus are receiving criticism is their screens as, despite late rumours to the contrary, the resolutions remain unchanged:

iPhone 6S: 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels, 326 pixels per inch (ppi) iPhone 6S Plus: 5/5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 pixels per inch (ppi)

Should this matter? For me no. By comparison the iPhone 6S still has a px density similar khổng lồ a 4K ‘Ultra HD’ resolution on a 13-inch máy tính while the iPhone 6S Plus has a px density higher than a 4K display on an 11-inch laptop. Smartphones just live in a crazy specifications war where apple refuses to fight.

Yes, I would be very surprised if the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus panels can vị trí cao nhất what Samsung delivered with the 2K Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 Edge, but few owners are likely khổng lồ be disappointed when using either iPhone in real world scenarios.

Winner: iPhone 6S Plus

It continues khổng lồ have a noticeably higher px density than the smaller iPhone 6S & with most rivals now sporting 2K displays, 6S owners in particular may feel a little shortchanged

3D touch - Initially Interesting, Potentially Amazing

While lack of a resolution bump will have disappointed many, there is compensation in the form of a new Apple tiệc ngọt trick…

Like the táo bị cắn Watch, MacBook & MacBook Pro lines, the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus now thể thao a variant of Force touch called ‘3D Touch’. This uses the same pressure sensitive panel as these devices to lớn distinguish between different types of touch and gives vibration feedback khổng lồ the user lớn confirm when force touches are recognised.

This isn’t new - BlackBerry offered something similar with its failed Storm điện thoại thông minh in 2008 - but what hãng apple seeks to vì chưng differently is make cảm biến 3 chiều an intuitive part of the quả táo 9 experience. Doing this means starting slowly to avoid bamboozling users and off the bat initial user examples are fairly straightforward:

apple Maps - deep press on a destination to jump khổng lồ turn-by-turn directions hãng apple Music - deep press on a track to lớn automatically địa chỉ cửa hàng it lớn a playlist Safari - deep press a link to preview the website Messages - deep press on a message to lớn preview the conversation Mail - deep press on an email to preview its contents Apps - deep press on their icon lớn launch to a specific area of the app or deep press in the tiện ích to bring up the multitasking mode

Inevitably, however, gaming is perhaps the area with greatest potential for 3d Touch. Unlike touch 3d in the táo apple Watch and MacBooks, cảm biến 3 chiều senses a range of pressures so, for example, the screen could be used like an accelerator in racing games.

How developers react will be crucial. 3d touch requires dedicated hardware so it will not come lớn older iPhones so the level of motivation lớn implement it in apps will make or break it.

As such, while cảm biến 3 chiều may not initially be the main reason users want to lớn buy an iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus, its ability lớn fundamentally change how game ios works (for the first time since 2007) means long term it is the most important addition lớn these new iPhones.

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Winner: N/A

Both models tư vấn 3D Touch

Cameras - A New Force khổng lồ Be Reckoned With

While cảm ứng 3 chiều is what has techies enthralled, for kết thúc users perhaps the biggest pull of the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus is their new camera technology:

iPhone 6S & 6S Plus – 12 megapixel sensor, F2.0 lens, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 4p clip recording. Front: 5 megapixel sensor, F2.0 lens, 1080p đoạn clip recording iPhone 6 và 6 Plus – 8 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, Focus Pixels, dual-LED flash – 1080p đoạn phim recording. Front: 1.2 megapixel sensor, F2.2 lens, 720p đoạn phim recording

While on paper these changes don’t appear to lớn be world changing, they drag the new iPhones back into a camera battle where both LG & Samsung had usurped earlier this year.

Yes, the megapixels and apertures on the back still don’t quite match what LG offers with the G4 or Samsung with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ and Galaxy lưu ý 5 (all use the same sensor) but 5MP front cameras run them close. More to lớn the point their combination with Apple’s legendary image processing software, may just mean the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S come close khổng lồ delivering the best phone camera experience once again.

Apple has also added a nice gimmick: "Live Photos" records 1.5 seconds of đoạn phim around a photo so it can be made lớn move, if a user prefers. This is something nokia users have had for several years, but it makes a nice addition to lớn iOS.

The big caveat: shockingly hãng apple has again snubbed the smaller iPhone with the 6S not receiving Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) like the 6S Plus. Instead it will have to put up with Digital Image Stabilisation (DIS) which should again give the iPhone phablet a noticeable advantage.

Winner: iPhone 6S Plus

The very disappointing absence of OIS from the iPhone 6S makes this an easy win

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Performance - Big Jump, But Memory The Key

As expected, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus debut Apple’s next generation táo apple A9 chipset. It also typically refused to lớn give away any technical details regarding clock speeds or even RAM (more later), but these should be revealed by teardowns in time.

Instead we get a simple bottom line: the A9 chipset will offer 70% greater CPU performance & 90% greater graphics performance compared lớn the A8 chipset in the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus.

While hãng apple has had bigger performance jumps in iPhone history (notably the iPhone 5S more than doubled the performance of the iPhone 5), little was needed this generation with the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus still racing around tiện ích ios without a hint of slowdown.

Instead where the most important change made be made is still a mystery: RAM. The iPhone 6S và iPhone 6S Plus are thought to be the first 2GB iPhones & this will be vital lớn the long term advanced multitasking plans in game ios 9.

Will there be any real world difference between the two? Actually yes. The higher resolution of the iPhone 6 Plus was found to impact its performance compared to lớn the iPhone 6 as it has to lớn drive more pixels for its display. That remains true again, though it shouldn’t make a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá of difference overall.

Winner: iPhone 6S

Though we can’t see the iPhone 6S Plus struggling khổng lồ keep up for quite some time

Note: both the iPhone 6S và iPhone 6S Plus also received upgraded LTE performance, now supporting speeds up to lớn 300Mbit per second. That’s nice, but something you’ll be highly unlikely khổng lồ achieve in real life.

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Touch ID 2.0 - Faster và More Secure

With táo apple Pay slowly gaining mainstream adoption, hãng apple has chosen an optimal time khổng lồ bring an upgraded version of cảm ứng ID to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

It is now even more accurate & has faster recognition than its predecessors, not that many were complaining about cảm biến ID on the iPhone 5S, (upgraded) iPhone 5C, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus…

Winner: N/A

Battery Life và Charging

Apple boasts that the A9 chipset is more efficient, but sadly it hasn’t coupled that new efficiency with the extra win of larger capacity batteries. Instead - to lớn much dismay - the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus are actually thought to thể thao smaller capacity batteries than the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus:

iPhone 6S: 1715 mAh, iPhone 6S Plus: 2750 mAh iPhone 6: 1810 mAh, iPhone 6 Plus: 2915 mAh

The good(ish) news is apple says this won’t mean reduced performance & the new phones will offer exactly the same battery life as their predecessors. This is fine for the long lasting iPhone 6S Plus, but very disappointing for the iPhone 6S as battery life was arguably the worst aspect to lớn the iPhone 6.

Furthermore táo continues khổng lồ snub fast charging and wireless charging, both increasingly standard features on rival phones. As such battery life is arguably the most disappointing aspect khổng lồ the new iPhones.

Winner: iPhone 6S Plus

But in reality both lose.

Cost - No Surprises, Storage - A Letdown

With the shift khổng lồ more expensive Series 7000 aluminium (as well as a more premium camera sensor and Touch ID technology) there had been fears iPhone 6S và iPhone 6S Plus prices would increase this year. Happily that hasn’t happened and identical price points remain:

iPhone 6S: $649 (16GB), $749 (64GB) và $849 (128GB) iPhone 6S Plus: $749 (16GB), $849 (64GB) and $949 (128GB)

Unfortunately you’ll also lưu ý that means táo bị cắn has kept the 16GB base model for both new iPhones. This is very disappointing, especially in combination with the jump up in camera and đoạn phim resolutions which will consumestorage space a lot quicker.

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I can’t defend táo bị cắn dở here. A 32GB entry point would be far more sensible and the cost difference at Apple’s scales would be negligible (sub $20). As such it appears the real reason is khổng lồ push customers lớn the 64GB sweet spot in the range, or sell more iCloud storage at a later date.

Hopefully come the iPhone 7 in 2016, 16GB will finally bite the dust.

Winners: iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus 64GB Editions

Separately táo bị cắn dở has announced the "iPhone nâng cấp Program" which allows owners on major carrier contracts to lớn upgrade their iPhones every year và take out táo bị cắn Care insurance. This starts at$32pm (16GB iPhone 6S) and includes hãng apple care, but requires you stick with your existing carrier and sign a new two year contract with each upgrade.

Whether this investment is better than simply selling your old iPhone and putting the money towards another unlocked iPhone is open to debate. Personally the idea of a rolling two year carrier contract doesn"t appeal, but the lure of annual iPhone upgrades will undoubtedly tempt many.

Early Verdict - hãng apple Did Enough, Without Amazing Us

For an ‘S’ year, the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus are fairly predictable: minor external differences belying significant internal change.

Long term 3d touch is the real news here and it could spell great (or needlessly complex) times ahead for iOS. Meanwhile the additional multitasking capabilities & camera improvements will be khuyễn mãi giảm giá clinchers for many.

That said I can’t see most iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users rushing lớn upgrade và particularly iPhone 6 users where táo hasn’t addressed its battery weaknesses nor the omission of OIS in the camera. The continuation of a 16GB base option on both models also looks nothing more than mean.

Given the iPhone 5S sold in far greater numbers than the iPhone 5 & those users are finishing their contracts, I still expect the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus to lớn sell in huge numbers. Probably even greater numbers than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Which makes the better first impression? like last year, if size doesn’t concern you, it is the Plus model which makes the bigger impact with display, battery life, camera và software advantages.

That said it feels lượt thích Apple has pinned an awful lot this year on 3d touch which may or may not revolutionise its phones. This should be clearer come the iPhone 7 next year by which time I would hope for significantly more interesting design and battery improvements.

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Winner: iPhone 6S Plus

All the strengths of the iPhone 6S, but without its compromises

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