What is the difference between iPhone 6s and iPhone 6?

BY Killian Bell

Published 28 Sep 2015


I’ve been showing off my iPhone 6s since it arrived on Friday, and the first thing anyone asks me when they see it is, “what’s different about it?” Without a new design, the latest iPhone looks exactly the same as its predecessor — but is isn’t.

Here is the long list of things that make iPhone 6s different to — and better than — iPhone 6.

  • Apple’s latest A9 processor, which is up to 70 percent faster than last year’s A8
    • Dual-core ARM v8 CPU clocked at 1.8GHz
    • PowerVR GT7600 graphics
    • M9 motion coprocessor
  • 2GB of RAM (twice as much as in the iPhone 6)
  • LTE-Advanced connectivity
  • MIMO Wi-Fi up to 866 Mbps
  • 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera (up from 8-megapixels)
    • 4K video
    • Live Photos
    • 63-megapixel panoramas
    • 1080p slo-mo video at 120 fps or 720p at 240 fps
  • 5-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera (up from 1.2-megapixels)
    • Retina Flash
    • Face detection
    • Exposure control
  • 3D Touch display with stronger Ion-X glass
  • Taptic Engine
  • New Rose Gold color option
  • Series 7000 aluminum (the same aluminum used for Apple Watch)
  • Always-on “Hey Siri” (iPhone no longer needs to be connected to a charger)
  • Faster second-generation Touch ID sensor

iPhone 6s might look a lot like the iPhone 6, then, but there are many things that differentiate it and make it the best iPhone to date. The next time your friends ask you what’s so special about the new model, just point them to this list — and then remind them how incredible 3D Touch is.

Apple’s slogan for iPhone 6s marketing campaign “The Only Thing That’s Changed is Everything” couldn’t have been more appropriate.

You can check the tech specs comparison table for more details.

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