iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 5S: By the numbers

iphone 6 vs 5s iphone6 5sheader
It’s happened. The long-awaited Apple announcement was made, and the world was given the iPhone 6. We now have facts, images, and a U2 album to hold us over until the iPhone 6 ships on September 19. The real question on everyone’s lips is how does the new kid in town compare to the classic iPhone 5S? Let’s see how the specs pair up.

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

iPhone 6

iPhone 6

Size 4.87 x 2.31 x .299 inches  5.44 x 2.64 x .27 inches
Weight 3.95 oz  4.55 ounces
Screen 4.0-inch LCD  4.7-inch
Resolution 1136 x 640 pixels  1334 x 750 pixels
OS iOS 7.1  iOS 8
Storage 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB  16, 64, 128 GB
SD Card Slot No  No
Processor 64-bit A7 chip  Apple A8
RAM 1GB  1 GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, LTE, HSPA+   4G LTE, 802.11ac
Camera Front 1.2MP, Rear 8MP  Front 2.1MP, Rear 8MP
Water Resistant No  Yes
Fingerprint Sensor TouchID  TouchID
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.0  4.0
Battery 1570mAh  14 hours of talk time
Charger Lightning connector  Lightning
Marketplace Apple App Store   Apple App Store
Ave. Price $100 with 2-year  $200 with 2-year contract
Availability AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mob  Ships on September 19
DT Review 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Comparison Video

Power

To start things off with a bang, the iPhone 6 is powered by an Apple A8 processor, which is 25 percent faster than the iPhone 5S’s A7. The A8 is also 50 percent more energy efficient, and has 50 perfect faster graphics performance. The 6 also rocks the M8 coprocessor, which is a motion processor and pairs well with fitness and health apps. It can tell the difference between walking, running, and cycling. It also measures elevation, distance and weather. The battery on the iPhone 6 can last for up to 14 hours, it supports LTE and VoLTE, and you can make calls over Wi-Fi with certain carriers. Both phones can run iOS 8 that is available for download on September 17.

Design

The iPhone 6 is just as sleek and futuristic looking as the 5S, if not more. You can get it in the same three colors as the 5S gold, silver, and the ever-popular “space-grey.” The real difference comes in the screen size, with the 6 measuring at 4.7 inches, 0.7 inches larger than the 5S. The iPhone 6 is thinner, at 6.9 mm thick and features the power button on the side so you don’t strain yourself reaching to the top of the extended phone. Both include the TouchID fingerprint sensor on the Home button.

Related: iPhone 6 release date, news, and rumors

Camera

Apple brought the heat with the iPhone 6 camera. On the back it has an 8-megapixel shooter which is the same as the 5S. Where it really shines with the true tone flash, 1.5 micron pixels, and a f/2.2 aperture. The phase-detection autofocus is twice as fast as the 5S. Apple also introduced digital image stabilization, which stabilizes a video with lens movement instead of software manipulation. It can shoot video at 1080p at 30 or 40 frames a second. Another new feature is Burst Mode, which takes a bunch of photos in a row and recommends the best one. You can now shoot panoramas at 43 megapixels.

Finally, the 6 front camera can now shoot in HDR and use the Burst Mode technology.

Price

A 16GB iPhone 6 starts at $200 on a 2-year contract, 64GB for $300, and $400 for the 128GB version. The iPhone 5s averages $100 for 16GB and $150 for the 32GB.

Conclusion

The iPhone 6 is thinner with a bigger screen, faster processor, and beefed up camera. As usual, Apple has made improvements to the iPhone 5S with its newest installment. With any new iPhone, it all comes down to consumer preference. Each new installment is going to be better, but it’s up to you to decide if the upgrade is worth the money. If you’ve ever had issues with the size of the iPhone, we highly advise you to check out the new model.

Related: iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5C

Mobile

Google to end support for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich

Anyone with an old phone that is still running Android 4.0 may want to look into upgrading their phone, as Google has announced that it will be ending support for this older version of Android.
Deals

The best iPhone deals for December 2018

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for December 2018.
Mobile

The best weather apps for the iPhone

Don't rely solely on your local meteorologist to stay up to date on the weather. Take matters into your own hands with one of these weather apps, each of which brings something unique to the table.
Mobile

Which new iPhone is the best? iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone XR

Apple has three new iPhone models to choose from this year, making the choice a little harder than usual. What's the difference between the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, and which is best?
Mobile

Best iPhone: Which Apple smartphone should you buy?

There are three main iPhone models available, and prices vary significantly, so it's important to make the right decision. We've used them all, and we break down what makes each one great, and which model will be best for you.
Mobile

Amazon knocks $30 off its Paperwhite ebook reader in limited-time deal

Amazon is running a couple of limited-time deals for its Paperwhite ebook reader. One offers a $30 discount, while the other throws in a pair of headphones and a free, extended Audible trial.
Product Review

The iPad Pro is the best tablet ever. But don't sell your laptop just yet

Apple has unveiled a big redesign for the iPad Pro, slimming down the bezels, adding Face ID, and the ability to attach and charge the Apple Pencil. All of this comes at a high cost however, as the iPad Pro starts at $799.
Mobile

New Galaxy S10 leaks showcase display sizes, confirm headphone jack return

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
Mobile

Android 9.0 updates to stretch into 2019 -- will your phone get a slice of Pie?

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Mobile

LG G7 owners experiencing dreaded bootloop will have to wait a few days for fix

If you’ve picked up LG’s flagship and it’s not behaving itself, then you might find a solution here. We’ve rounded up the most common LG G7 ThinQ problems and tracked down workarounds and possible fixes.
Mobile

A render video gives us a 360-degree look at the midrange Pixels

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL.
Mobile

Honor to out-megapixel the competition with 48MP camera on upcoming View 20

After its phenomenal success with the View 10 in 2018, it looks like Honor is getting ready up the ante with its forthcoming Honor View 20. Here's everything we know about it so far.
Mobile

Xiaomi is preparing to set records with 48-megapixel phone camera

Bigger doesn't always mean better, but it certainly makes headlines. Chinese mobile giant Xiaomi is set to release a phone camera with a staggeringly large 48 megapixels on a single sensor.
Apple

Patent highlights Apple's sky-high ambitions for AirPower wireless charger

At its September event last year, Apple unveiled the AirPower -- its new wireless charging mat that will allow you to charge multiple devices at one time. It has not yet been released. Here's everything we know about the device so far.