Upgrade from 6 not been worth it

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gadget123, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. gadget123 macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I upgraded from the 6 to the 6S and I like the latest and greatest so I will do so every year however in terms of upgrade its not been great.

    Touch ID is faster so I now use that only 2 generations on as it never worked before.

    3D Touch no need for this.

    12mp and 4K not been on any holidays yet so never required yet.

    Selfie flash never use this.

    Live Photos used a few times but now turned it off as it messes my photos up.

    Most of the S features are good to show off but you never use them much until a few generations later. E.g 4K may be popular once we all have 4K TVs and a larger entry model storage.

    The 3D Touch is quite flawed as when you want to delete an app it thinks you are using force touch.

    I never use Apple Pay either.

    Processor wise the 6 was never that slow and I am sure it's still decent on ios9.

    I feel this way with most S models. I've read 3D Touch is not poplar with everybody anyway.
  2. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I upgraded for the RAM and increased CPU/GPU performance. Nothing else.
  3. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    I felt the same way so I actually went back to a 6 to keep the better battery life. No regrets. The 6S is indeed faster but the 6 was always fast enough so not much gained there.
  4. gadget123 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Apr 17, 2011
    United Kingdom
    I never noticed much difference in the battery life but I await the iPhone 7. The s models are always heavier.
  5. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    Battery life better? I think this is subjective. I've had the 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus and all of them have the same battery. In some cases the 6s has better battery then the 6.

    The 6s is very MUCH faster then the 6. The speed of the 6s is almost ridiculous
  6. Ternary macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2015
    If you don't think it's worth it, why don't you return the 6s and stay with your 6 for another year?

    I understand you want the latest and greatest, but from this viewpoint, you're better off getting your money back.
  7. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    I went from the 6 to the 6S Plus. Now THAT was a worthwhile upgrade.

    I think 3D Touch is great and will continue to get better as it becomes a standard rather than a rarity. Live Photos I agree is a little useless. It's neat, but that's about it. I turned it off and tend to keep it off.
  8. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Not in my experience. I had 2x 6S and both were noticeable worse. The first one was horrible. The second better but still noticeable worse than the 6.

    I don't argue the 6S is faster. It is. But the 6 was never slow so that gain in speed is not worth much (to me).
  9. Tthomas612 macrumors 65816


    Aug 24, 2013
    I will agree that the speed difference won't matter to everyone. Because there comes a time where fast is fast enough if you know what I'm saying...

    However I have to ask how are you using your phone for the battery to be "noticeably" worse? For one the batteries aren't that much smaller and two iOS 9 and theA9 is built to "optimize". I would agree that the battery life is similar, but I just can't understand how you're getting noticeably worse battery life!
  10. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    The general advice is to upgrade every 2 years.

    So those with iPhone 6 should not NEED to upgrade to iPhone 6S. Key word being need.

    However those where money isn't a big factor who own an iPhone 6 Plus (in my opnion) should upgrade. The iPhone 6 Plus will end up being the iPad 3 of iPhones (newer resolution where processor is barely able to support it and lag shows up).
  11. Jeff R macrumors 6502

    Jeff R

    Jan 28, 2014
    I use 3D touch a lot as a cursor/pointer using the keyboard as a trackpad.
  12. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    You're not supposed to press to delete apps. It works the same way it always did.
  13. EdisEdward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    Upgraded from 6+ to 6s+. Safari not reloading every tab is the only reason why I upgraded. Troof story
  14. pixel_junkie macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2015
    Same usage pattern, same way to set up my phone from day one which is turn everything unnecessary off and keep it all minimal... The 6 seems to "sip" from the battery, the 6S was noticeably eating the battery. With the 6, I am actually impressed with battery life, it's always lasted me just enough (even if I've come close to running out of juice at the end of the day its been justified). I travel all the time and use that little phone constantly for Uber, emails, sms, checking flight schedules, entertaining my self while I wait at airports, hotel reservations, and it always seems to get me through each day without a problem (often not fully depleted when I plug it in). I'm talking about 16-17 hr days. With the 6S, I was going through a 5th of the battery by the time I check all my emails in the morning. But the time my day was fully on, the phone is 2/3rds to half way through. Every look at the screen seemed to eat 2-3% which was way excessive in comparison.

    It was obvious that the battery life is going to be vastly different from the first few hours I owned the 6S. Exchanged it, the second one was better than the first but still worse than the 6. Trust me, I wanted to keep the 6S for all the extra stuff it came with but battery life is high on my must have priority list so I had to "downgrade" which I personally don't mind one bit. None of the so called "upgrades" are worth it (to me).
  15. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    I upgraded from 5S to 6S; however, i can related to some of that.

    I do not care for 4k video; however, I do enjoy better camera.

    do not care for selfie flash

    Touch ID - I am annoyed because it is too fast as sometimes I just want to see the front screen without unlocking it!!! I actually like it better on iPhone 5S/6 or iPad Air 2.

    Live photos - total gimmick - used it 2-3 times and disabled it.

    3d touch - same as above - just a gimmick - it is now disabled so it does not interfere with when I trie to delete an app or open a new Safari window in a background.

    the only things that feels like an upgrade is obviously the screen size; however, I do hate the look of the iPhone 6 or 6s for that matter - too cheap looking/feel, very slippery, protruding camera does not belong on a premium product.
    I do appreciate the faster CPU/GPU and 2GB of ram and I do love Apple Pay. Over all, I like the new phone, but I am not totally blown away by it. I am really hoping that iPhone 7 will bring back the true Apple design, less bezel and better feel.
  16. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    2GB of RAM alone was reason enough to upgrade. The contant reloading on my 6+ was absolutely disgusting
  17. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Aside from the multiple QC returns, the only thing I dislike about the 6S+ is the loudspeaker. It's junk for listening to music. The 6+ had a fantastic speaker; warm and non-fatiguing with a rich, full sound. The new phone has a tinny sound with less bass and a harsh, painful top end. I'm annoyed actually because I had got into the habit of listening to music through my old 6+ loudspeaker because it was so good and now I've had to stop doing so. Why the backwards step? I had assumed the new phone would have exactly the same speaker. I appreciate that most people don't listen to music through their loudspeaker but I did.....
  18. sanke1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2010
    Why don't you get Harman Kardon Onyx bluetooth speaker? It also supports Airplay through WiFi. The sound quality will blow your mind!

  19. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    OP, you may need more time. Enjoy and take your time. In my case, 3D Touch had become new habit. Once you got used you will rarely mistaken with the delete apps gesture. Whatsapp, call, notes, reminder, DayOne - I use them a lot every day with 3D Touch.
    Also 2gb ram will make your browsing and heavy apps run smoother.
    There is minimal noticeable visual change in S version. They focus internally for future proofing.


  20. tl01 macrumors 68020

    Jun 20, 2010
    Lol! I have kids so I don't wait until a vacation for pics. I love seeing the evolution of photos since my kids were babies through today with my iPhone there to catch every moment. I also prefer the speed and RAM I my new S plus vs my 6 plus a clearly switched screen sizes. I use Apple Pay many times a week sometimes many times a day so the improved speed is appreciated there too. So overall for me the upgrade has been a win!
  21. IphoneIssues macrumors 65816

    Dec 30, 2010
    Nobody NEEDS 3D Touch, but I've found it to be pretty useful, in the short time I've had the phone.

    As for the problems people are talking about, when it comes the pressure sensitivity required to do different things, I haven't had any problems. Touch, and leave your finger on, to activate the whole app movement/deletion mode. Press, and maintain the pressure, to activate peek. Press harder to pop in. Press harder to activate the app 3D touch menus. With the last two, it's pretty instantaneous.
  22. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Well said!

    I bought two 6S + models instead of three to start. Each for my wife and daughter. I wanted to compare it to my excellent 6+.

    The one thing I've learned after owning every iPhone model since the original is newer is not always better. Mine sees heavy usage. When I swapped with my wife I used her 6S+ for one week. The battery life just doesn't do the job. My 6+ lasts much longer.

    Hers is a bit faster but in real world use not enough to give up the battery life.

    I will buy the upcoming 7 for all three of us. The ladies don't use the "hyped features" of the 6S either so we decided to start fresh when we can pre-order the 7+.
  23. the caveman macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007

    While i agree with most of what you said, but i have to disagree with force touch, it is actually works flawlessly as long as you actually "force" touch not long press where it thinks you want to delete an app.
  24. freepomme Suspended

    Oct 30, 2015
    Boston, MA
  25. nordique, Nov 8, 2015
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    nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014

    Interestingly enough, this is how I felt about the iPhone 6 coming from a 5s; but for me it was mostly the fact that the iPhone 6 ended up being similarly specced (performance-wise) to the 5s yet I paid so much more for the new device, for what ended up being a mostly screen/size upgrade. I couldn't justify the difference in price I paid and I ended up with the first time I had ever regretted an iPhone purchase.

    At least the 6s has (imo) justifiable hardware upgrades, with the significant processor gains over the A8 and the additional ram along with new features like 3D touch. The RAM makes power use absolutely wonderful. Feels like a brand new device. When I try using a 6 now, it feels "lacking" and if I try multitasking with it the same way I use my 6s, the differences are very noticeable.

    That said, I can also understand why those who don't feel like "S" upgrades are worth the expense feel that way...I used to be in that camp. If all you do primarily is check your email, phone calls, texts and the odd internet search here and there, then there really isn't any point I don't think in going with a 6s when aftermarket iphone 6 phones are getting close to half the price if not 2/3's at the most. That can lead to significant savings, and you still get the advantage of a powerful device (A8 is no slouch even today) and you can still take advantage of a very good camera along with the bigger screen that is a big selling point for many people.

    But OP, not to mean any offence, but the 6s is a very solid upgrade worth the difference in price between the 6 and 6s. I think its even more pronounced if you are going from a 6 plus to a 6s plus. There are more features the phone has beyond the ones you stated. Little things such as a more durable shell and stronger glass, better water resistance and significantly better front facing camera, and for future proofing the 2GB of RAM along with the 2x faster LTE and WiFi ac speeds over the 6 will see benefit a few years from now (though the LTE and Wifi speeds aren't noticeable today except in very, very small limited real world settings, when the faster Wifi and LTE becomes more of a standard the phone won't age as quickly as the 6 would...so if you're one of those people who buys a phone and hold on it for 2-3 years, it will age much better than the 6 in areas beyond processing power because the 6s has newer LTE and Wifi chips capable of 2x faster speeds)

    The 2GB of RAM makes a world of difference in work flow and multitasking. Ask anyone who was fed-up with the iPad Air and went to the Air 2; or the Mini 2/3 and went to Mini 4; or now the 6 & 6 plus to 6s & 6s plus. It makes a legitimate difference (in multitasking)

    Ultimately though, I think those who feel like it was not a big upgrade and those who feel like it was indeed a big upgrade are both correct; everyone has different needs.

    For some, processing power is a bigger incentive than a case redesign. For others, for their use, the extra power and RAM doesn't change how they use their phones. If all they want is a big screen, then the 6 is still a fantastic phone.

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