iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus were released in a pretty unusual environment. Basically, they hit the market at the same time with Apple TV and iPad Pro. Some skeptics were unsure whether this was the best idea, as the two technologies were likely to get all the fame. Sure, the audience was eager to find out more about the smartphones as well, but then, only time can tell whether they will make the difference. When it comes to the actual iPhones, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned the extra power, better camera and top-notch aluminum elements.
Some people can barely wait for a new iPhone. Some others blame the frequent releases. But then, new products were proven to take over year after year. At the same time, new additions can also add to the innovative considerations like the pressure sensitive display behind a smartphone. There is one question left behind then. Can iPhone 6S actually compare to the wider version iPhone 6S Plus? What are the main differences between them?
Performance and Power
Every new iPhone comes with more power than the previous one. So far, it has been a rule of thumb for Apple. However, it is not always easy to determine what actually makes the difference in terms of performance and productivity. From this point of view, the two gadgets have been enhanced with the newly designed A9 processor. It is better known for the excellent energy efficiency, so chances are the battery will last more. When it comes to the actual performance, it might be hard to sense the difference. Apple claims that this processor is about 70% faster at various tasks and applications, especially when compared to the A8 chip. In terms of graphics, the new alternative is said to be 90% faster. Indeed, it feels faster, but it is impossible to tell by how much.
The new iPhones come with a co-processor as well, which allows data tracking and better fitness results. Hey Siri will also require less power to stay active. As both gadgets are based on the same processor, it is easy to realize that they are similar in performance. However, iPhone 6S Plus has a larger display, so it works slightly slower in processing performance. The difference is insignificant though. Other identical factors include the connectivity and RAM – 2GB.
iPhone 6S Plus is larger and obviously comes with a larger battery, which means that it offers a longer lifespan. For instance, you can use the 6S Plus model for 3G chatting for up to 24 hours. On the other hand, the 6S model can support you for about 14 hours. Sure, no one will spend so much time on the phone, but then, it is a good comparison to realize the battery potency.
Appearance and Design
The design is one of the varying elements in iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus when compared to previous generations. Apart from the classic finishes – gray, gold and silver, this model also has rose gold. The smartphones come with the 7000 series aluminum design too, which some people might know from Apple Watch. Another helpful feature from Apple Watch Sport is the Ion-X glass.
iPhone 6S comes with a 4.7 inch wide display, while iPhone 6S Plus measures 5.5 inches – this is the main difference. The larger variety is about 1.73 ounces heavier too. The maximum resolution in 6S Plus goes to 1,920×1,080 pixels. The smaller model brings in 1,334×750 pixels. Other than that, differences are null – both of them have Touch ID fingerprint sensors, the 3D Touch technology and the Taptic Engine.
Apple has always bragged with the camera whenever a new product was released. These smartphones make no exception either. The camera is identical in both of them. The rear model has 12MP and carries the iSight technologies. On the other hand, the front camera has 5MP. The rear camera can record 4K videos at 30fps. Also, you can opt for 1080p videos at 30 or 60fps, not to mention 720p videos going to 240fps. Do not forget the possibility to record in slow motion either. Other common features include impressive panoramas of up to 63MP, the burst mode and exposure control.
When it comes to differences, the camera in iPhone 6S Plus also has optical image stabilization. There are no other changes. Even the optical image stabilization may not be so obvious if you think about it, especially if you are not trying to become a photographer with a smartphone camera.
Costs and Availability
Just like you have probably expected, iPhone 6S Plus costs more than iPhone 6S. It is perfectly normal, as it has a few improvements. The two smartphones are mostly available with contracts, but they are also available with no commitments either. Along with these new releases, Apple has come up with a new program for its most enthusiastic fans – the possibility to upgrade year by year without any major commitments. People gathered up in long lines before the official release though – nothing unusual so far.
In the End…
Now that you know the differences between iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, you probably ask yourself which choice is better. Believe it or not, each of these smartphones can be better than the other. It is a matter of personal preferences. In terms of hardware, you are less likely to spot any differences. Just think about the larger battery, as well as the optical image stabilization for the rear camera. Regarding the design, the size is the one and only difference. Other than that, the two gadgets are simply identical. On the other hand, prices make a slight difference. But then, if you choose a contract, these differences can be easily neglected.
iPhone 6S Plus looks like a good choice for those who want more size from their smartphones, but they dislike carrying tablets. Basically, this is Apple’s introduction to the phablet segment. On the other hand, iPhone 6S is created for those who like practicability just like with other previous iPhones.