iPhone 6 > iPhone 6S

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by manishans, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. manishans macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2013
    Hi All!

    I know you guys have seen this type of threads everyday but I need some feedback from anyone who has moved from a iPhone 6 to a iPhone 6S.

    How much has the camera improved? Do you see day and night difference between 6 and 6S images?
    I know the 6S is fast but how fast is it? Do you feel the difference?
    How useful is 3D Touch and Live Photos?

    Thanks in advance people!
  2. Truefan31 macrumors 68040


    Aug 25, 2012
    The camera improvement is somewhat incremental imo.

    The phone is noticeably faster to me mainly because apps don't refresh as often.

    I like 3D Touch mainly to peek @ links in safari.

    I upgrade every year anyway but overall I've been pleased with the 6s
  3. MeganRae macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2015
    It's got tougher case, for the camera you can see the difference especially when you zoom in the photo, and yes 3D touch is nice when you want to peek on something. I've tried gaming and it's really smooth since they changed the GPU from 4-cores to six so if you want to upgrade, it's worth it.
  4. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    If you know there are already a lot of threads about this topic why not read over those instead of starting a new thread?
  5. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    I thought this thread was about how the 6 is greater than the 6s and I was about to go into rage mode.

    Anyway, camera is a bit better, but not massively. Speed is improved, but again not massively. The increased RAM does improve multi-tasking a lot. The new features, such as 3D Touch, are really cool. I enjoy them a lot.

    If you're a heavy/enthusiast user, you'll enjoy the improvements. For a light user, it's better to upgrade every other year.
  6. yep-sure macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Camera: a little bit better.
    Speed: a lot faster.
    3D Touch: awesome.
    Live Photos: useless to me so far.

    I was happy with the 6, but upgraded to the 6S because I could do so for no upfront fee or extra cost. I love it, it's a really great phone. If you had to pay the $1299+ (AUD) for it to upgrade from a 6, I would say save your money.
  7. Cowboy1629 macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
    I'm surprised no one mentioned how much faster touch ID is...
  8. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    The extra RAM is a great improvement, in my opinion.
  9. nordique, Oct 20, 2015
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2015

    nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    Its a big processor/spec upgrade

    The iPhone 6 was essentially an iPhone 5s in terms of hardware and processing power, notably chip performance and RAM, plus NFC and a larger screen... Its not a stretch to compare the A7 & A8, viewing the two chips in similar light, given their capabilities, and further the two phones used the exact same type and quantity of RAM. The cameras were very similar as well.

    The 6S camera is improved from the 6, imo, but as others stated its not as noticeable a difference as say the 4s was over the 4, or the 4 was over the 3gs.

    The main upgrades come in features and processing power:

    - 3D touch isn't going to be a big deal for everyone, and some will use it more than others, however speaking for myself I find it an excellent interface and use it daily. Its now how I access the app switcher and it makes multitasking so much smoother and "flow" better over all. Also, I am getting the hand of "peek and pop" and when using an older iPhone, I wish I was able to do that. It becomes natural and it is much less of a gimmick than I thought it would be.

    - The "second gen" touch ID is super fast. I love it.

    - The new taptic motor is how phones should vibrate. It feels great and works like a true, silent vibrate - not like the small motor which is still audible to everyone.

    - Live photos is nice, and neat, and I use it, but its not a "must have" feature. It looks cool when you have it as your lock screen wallpaper and activate it via 3d touch.

    - The processor is the first big leap in CPU and GPU power since 2013. The 6s is powerful, the benchmarks are crazy good and it reflects in how it feels - fast, though in every day usage for general items like searching emails and sending texts, making phone calls etc.. it isn't significantly faster on iOS 9 from the 6 or 5s. They all run iOS 9 well, and to the average user the speed increase is incremental. That said, from the perspective of raw power and future proofing, the processor should keep tempo with later updates, which is big if you plan to keep the phone for a few years.

    - 2GB of RAM is the big one. Had the 6 come with 2GB of RAM, I probably wouldn't have purchased a 6S. This is the biggest difference in terms of day-to-day use, since pages stay loaded, apps stay loaded, and there is no app refreshing or anything of the sort I have come across yet. On my 6, I couldn't have more than 1 other app running plus 3 Safari tabs without any refreshing - this was a pain with multitasking, editing documents, filling out forms etc... with the 6s, I have not yet run into a single app refresh or single safari tab reload. Most I have tested are about 12 Safari tabs and 5 other apps, 4 of which were Microsoft related (powerpoint, excel, one note, outlook) and the 5th being safari. That is a huge difference.

    These were probably the most notable things for me, and made the upgrade worth it. It all depends on what you use your phone for - for me, it is a full tablet replacement and I do much of my work on the go so I need something that can provide me with this level of workflow. When I used my 4s over the summer, I hauled my laptop around too and used my phone more for social media/messaging/phone calls.

    Now I can keep my laptop at home or in my bag most of the time, only using it when needed or sitting down somewhere comfortably.

    Not everyone will need a phone for that kind of usage though, and if you aren't crazy about multitasking and are happy with the 6, the 6 is a fantastic phone and very powerful today. It still takes some of the best pictures on a smartphone and, in my opinion, has a fantastic & comfortable design.
  10. Sanlitun macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014

    The big news with the camera is the stabilization in video with the 6S Plus. Photos are better, but the video is much much better than the 6 Plus.

    If it's a matter of comparing the 6 and 6S I would probably wait until the 7. The speed is nice, but there is nothing that is a fundamental difference between the old and new.
  11. manishans thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2013
    Thanks for taking your time to give a good feedback!

    I check work emails, abit of picture taking, social media and alot of music so I think I am alright with the 6
  12. eastamherstbias macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2012
    6s is superior. 7 will be superior. 7s will be superior.....
  13. neborakufe macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2015
  14. super chimp macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2008
    The main reason I will probably upgrade is I need more storage & if I am going to change phones anyway I might as well get the latest version.
  15. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    I guess we all take Touch ID for granted these days, but yes, it is amazingly fast now. It literally looks like just pushing the button unlocks the phone now. Must look a bit bizarre and insecure to watchers unfamiliar with iPhone!
  16. rsnhakan macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I like the speed of the phone. Not really sure if the camera is much better than my previous 5s. Atleast it's not worth the upgrade if it would be for the camera imho.

    3D touch is nice for Safari links! Very useful. The second gen Touch ID is awesome. Live Photo's is nice to have, but not really a future you should upgrade for.
  17. rowdt1 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2015
    The Netherlands
    I was really hoping for a rant as to why the iPhone 6 is better than the iPhone 6s :-(
  18. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    The 6s is a totally different beast IMHO. There's nothing wrong with the 6, but the 6s is just very much superior in every way except for the camera which I would say is about the same...

    The A9 is a huge leap over the A8 which IMO was just an overclocked A7 chip with still only 1GB of RAM. The extra gig of ram is what makes this phone worth the upgrade. Had the 6 came with 2 gigs of RAM it would be perfectly fine, but it didn't and that's what makes the 6s superior to the 6 IMO
  19. AleXXXa macrumors 6502


    Feb 22, 2015
    I say stick with the 6 and wait for the next iphone.

    I regret i bought the 6s. It's slightly faster than the 6, but that's it. The camera is about the same, no real improvement there. Live photo is just a gimmick, i turned it off. 3D Touch is interesting, but you can get it on the 6 if you jailbreak.
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Without getting too technical, the overall UI lag is totally gone on the 6s. It actually runs buttery smooth on IOS 9. When I upgraded my 6 to IOS 9 I constantly felt FPS lag across the entire UI. The 6s totally changed that. The most noticeable places are when multi-tasking or swiping right to get to the new search. Those were areas where the 6 struggled to maintain FPS.

    With that said, if you have a 6 you will be perfectly fine with waiting for the 7. If you are getting a new phone and plan to keep it for 2 years, the 6s is a no brainer solely for the CPU, GPU, and RAM upgrades.
  21. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Fine with the iPhone 5 for that, possibly even the 4S. No need to get the powerhouse 6S.
  22. super chimp macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2008
    Those issues appear fixed on the 6 (not as if for me at least they felt that big to start with) with iOS 9.1 which indicate to me at least that they were more software than hardware originated.
  23. decafjava macrumors 68040


    Feb 7, 2011
    Please explain, 3D Touch is a hardware thing how can jailbreak help with that??
  24. kimjongun macrumors newbie


    Oct 5, 2015
  25. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    It probably just uses different lengths of time in how long you press. Basically a long press but holding it down in different intervals does different things.

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