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Compare the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 6

On 9 September, Apple introduced the iPhone 6s. Such a big launch is usually a moment for smartphone owners to consider and think about whether they need a new phone or not. There's the appeal of owning the latest stuff, of course, but is the Apple iPhone 6s a real upgrade? Isn't it better to invest in the – not that old – Apple iPhone 6? In short: what are the differences between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s and which ones will you really notice in daily use?

In short: should I upgrade?

Are you frequently clumsy with your phone? You are? In that case, you should upgrade.
Do you enjoy looking at your travel photos and videos in a large size? You are? In that case, you should upgrade.
Do you want to open menus with one tap, that would normally require 6 taps? You are? In that case, you should upgrade.
Always want to play the newest and most high-end games? You are? In that case, you should upgrade.
Just want the latest iPhone? You are? In that case, you should upgrade.

The appearance

The appearance of the iPhone 6s is hasn't changed a bit compared to the iPhone 6. It was to be expected that the biggest upgrades would take place under the hood. After all, that has always been the case with the s upgrades so far. Is that bad? We don't think so. The Apple iPhone 6s has a nice finish made of high-quality aluminum. This brings us to the first change. The iPhone 6s is made of a special aluminum that makes it a lot stronger than its predecessor. Apple is probably eager to avoid a second Bendgate. On top of that, a new color was added to the iPhone series. The iPhone 6s is also available in Rose Gold.

The camera

iPhone 6s camera

The camera of the iPhone 6s

The camera of the iPhone 6s has gotten a big upgrade. The 12-megapixel sensor shows more detail and offers better zoom range. The phone is also one of the first that offers the option to record videos in razor-sharp 4K. Completely new is Live Photos. This function also captures the few seconds before and after you take a picture. When you tap this photo, the iPhone 6s will show you these moments. Apple doesn't call it a video, but we can't think of another way to describe it. No matter what you call it, it'll take you back to the moment when you took the picture.

iPhone 6 camera

The camera of the iPhone 6

The camera on the iPhone 6 is very decent. Under normal conditions, the 8-megapixel camera will take well-lit photos even in darker conditions. Colors will remain looking natural. Faces are in sharp focus. You can let the automatic settings take care of making a good photo. We think that's where things get a bit boring, though. There aren't a lot of options to personalize the photos. That doesn't have to be a problem, but if you like to edit photos like a professional, you have to find apps to help you do that. This device doesn't support 4K, but the 1080p HD resolution is perfectly fine for recording nice videos.

The screen

iPhone 6s screen

The screen of the iPhone 6s

There doesn't seem to be much difference between the screen on the iPhone 6s and the one on the iPhone 6. That is, until we get to how you control the phone. The addition of 3D Touch lets you access apps and features on the Apple iPhone 6s in a very different way. Before, many functions could only be accessed via elaborate submenus. Now, the force of your touch on the screen determines which menus you open up. It does take some practice though. Luckily, the specially developed vibrate function will help you determine the pressure of your touch.

iPhone 6 screen

The screen on the iPhone 6

Apple seems to be very happy with the screen on the iPhone 6. In terms of size and pixels, there are very few differences compared to the iPhone 6s. The only thing the screen is missing is the addition of 3D Touch: a pressure sensor that determines how you control your phone based on the pressure of your touch. The possibilities for 3D Touch look very slick, but you have to wonder how quickly developers will incorporate this technology in their apps. In short: will you be using that addition a lot?

The processor

iPhone 6s processor

The processor in the iPhone 6s

If one nation on earth knows how to make quick processors, it's the Koreans. "Why develop it yourself, if you can borrow something better?" is what Apple thought when they called their friends at Samsung. That was smart, because the A9 processor delivers impressive performance. According to Apple, the processor is 80 percent faster than its predecessor, the A8. Graphically, it even performs 90 percent better. It's best to take marketing claims like that with a grain of salt, but you can expect better performance. Apps will open quickly and even the most high-end games can be played smoothly.

iPhone 6 processor

The processor in the iPhone 6

The A9 processor is almost twice as fast as its predecessor, the A8. That means the the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 is officially out of date. Is that bad, though? Sure, games might not look as perfect. Yes, multitasking won't go as smoothly. Still, if you're a 'regular' user who takes a photo every now and then, checks their email, and plays a game occasionally, the A8 processor will serve you well. It's still a fast processor. It might not be number 1 of the processors, but believe us; you won't be able to keep up with the guy who came in 2nd on the 100-meter sprint either.

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