iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6: What’s New

We’ll show you what’s new on the iPhone 6s and how the iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 comparison stacks up and look at the new iPhone 6s features that may help you decide which iPhone to buy or if it is worth upgrading from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s.

On the outside there aren’t many changes that make the iPhone 6s look much different from the iPhone 6 — but there is a new Rose Gold option that stands out as a new iPhone.

Advertisement

From upgraded iPhone 6s specs and how they compare to the iPhone 6 to the exclusive new iPhone 6s features that Apple includes, here is the iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 comparison you need to read before you buy.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6: What's new with the iPhone 6s.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6: What’s new with the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 6s starts at $199 and the iPhone 6 at $99 on contract. While the two iPhones look very similar there are important changes under the hood that will influence the overall performance and use of the new device.

Advertisement

There is often a feeling that the iPhone “s” upgrades are not as big as a brand new iPhone 6 or iPhone 7, but looks are deceiving. Underneath a similar design is a new iPhone packed with upgrades we think users should be excited about and that we think users will use regularly.

Advertisement

Compare the iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6s specs in the table below and then dive into the new iPhone 6s features to see what’s new. Apple no longer sells the 128GB iPhone 6 and is phasing out the gold iPhone 6 color option.

 iPhone 6siPhone 6
Price$199, $299, $399$199, $299
Storage16GB, 64GB, 128GB16GB, 64GB
ColorsGold, Rose Gold, Silver, Space GraySilver, Space Gray
Display4.7-inch Retina HD with 3D Touch4.7-inch Retina HD
Resolution1,334 x 750 with 326 ppi1,334 x 750 with 326 ppi
Battery1,715mAh1,810mAg
Dimensions138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm138.1 x 67.0 x 6.9mm
Weight143 grams129 grams
Rear Camera12MP iSight with1.22µ pixels8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels
Front Camera5MP Photos with Retina flash on front, 720P Video1.2MP Photos, 720P Video
Video Recording4K1080P
NFCYes, Apple PayYes, Apple Pay
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 4.0
ProcessorApple A9 with M9 Co-Processor built-inApple A8 with M8 Co-Processor
WiFiDual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/acDual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
OSiOS 9iOS 9 Upgrade Available
SecurityFaster Touch ID gen 2Touch ID

In the slides below we combine photos, videos and descriptions of what’s new on the iPhone 6s compared to the iPhone 6. Many of these features work the same way for the iPhone 6s Plus vs iPhone 6 Plus as well.

3D Touch Display

1 / 16
3D Touch Display

The new 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus makes a plethora of features possible, some of which we will break out into sections.

In short the new iPhone 6s display is the same size and resolution as the iPhone 6 display, but it can now tell the difference between a tap, a press and a deeper press. This allows users to call up secondary actions in many apps and on the home screen as well as in games.

Advertisement

The video above shows the new 3D Touch display on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Even though the iPhone 6s display looks very similar to the iPhone 6 and both phones run iOS 9, you cannot use these new features on the old iPhone because the technology is not there.

3D Touch display actions work on the home screen, in Apple apps and in third-party apps.

1 / 16