A mere six months after Apple unveiled its new flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company released the upgraded iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. We’ve played around with both versions and have reviewed the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the new iPhone 6s. So we thought we’d take a looked at the iPhone 6 v iPhone 6s and see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same to help you decided whether its worth the upgraded.

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Design

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In terms of the design – not much has changed. All the ports, buttons, slots, camera etc has stayed the same. The new 6s series also come in the same three, brushed aluminium finishes as the iPhone 6 series, namely Silver, Gold and Space Grey, with the addition of the beautiful new Rose Gold option. We’ve been using the new Rose Gold iPhone 6s and everyone seems to notice it, as the colour really stands out in terms of elegance and simplicity. Both versions of the iPhones feel like premium products, with the only design element we can fault being the fact that the cameras jag out, which is a concern for scratching or water damage.

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Where the iPhone 6s wins in terms of design upgrade is the fact that Apple addressed the #bendgate issues by encasing the new iPhones a stronger stronger 7000-series aluminum. The glass protecting the screen has also been given the revamp and it is claimed to be the strongest glass ever uses on a smartphone, which is a relief for users with butter fingers.

Performance

When you look at what’s under the hood between the iPhone 6 v iPhone 6s you immediately notice that the iPhone 6s has a better A9 processing chip, whereas the iPhone 6 runs on a A8 chip. The difference in performance is remarkable and right off the bat you will notice that the iPhone 6s is faster than the iPhone 6 running at 1.84Ghz compared to 1.2GHz of the previous phone. The iPhone 6s also ships with double the amount of RAM the iPhone 6 has, which also contributes to the faster speeds.

Display

In terms of display, both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s boast stunning 4.7″ Retina HD displays. However, where the iPhone 6s wins is the new 3D Touch technology.

This feature really changes the way you start using your iPhone, allowing you screen to detect different pressures you apply which enables you to:

  • Press down on folders to open options;
  • Peak into mails and messages; and
  • Apply pressure to songs on the music player to add them into playlists

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Camera

Where the iPhone 6 v iPhone 6s really gets decided is the camera. The 6s series come with a massive camera update from 8MP to 12MP iSight camera. The upgrade is obviously amazing and about time as well seeing as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 had near-identical cameras.

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The front-facing FaceTime HD camera also received a long overdue makeover and has been improved to 5MP. Another cool new feature the front facing camera has is what Apple calls Selfie Flash and it is really useful when snapping a selfie in bad lighting. The iPhone 6s’s FaceTime HD camera is the first front-facing iPhone camera we can actually take seriously and we’re really satisfied with the improvement.

Battery

When you look at battery performance between the two iPhones you will not notice any difference. You get as solid a performance in battery life in the new models than you did with the iPhone 6 series. Apple claims you’re able to get up to 14 hours of talk time on 3G, 11 hours on WiFi, up to 11 hours of HD video playback and up to 10 days of standby time.

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Verdict

It’s really difficult to choose a winner when it comes to the iPhone 6 v iPhone 6s as both have beautifully vibrant 4.7″ displays, good battery life and premium designs. However, with upgraded features like a 12MP rear-facing and 5MP front-facing camera, A9 chips, new Rose Gold colour option and much more, the iPhone 6s really stands out. Other features like Apple’s 3D Touch technology, stronger 7000-series aluminum encasing and improved 2GB RAM are well worth considering if you’re in the market to upgrade.