With only one day to go to the biggest tech release of the year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans are eagerly awaiting getting their hands on their pre-ordered iPhone 6 devices for the first time. With Apple releasing two models of the iPhone, it will be looking for particularly outstanding sales figures. But how do the new iPhone 6 devices compare to their previous generation predecessors? Let’s firstly take a look at how the iPhone 6 compares to the iPhone 5c.
iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c – The Comparison
Probably the most noticeable difference between the two devices is that the Apple iPhone 6 has been fitted with a much higher quality display than its predecessor. Firstly, the screen is much bigger, being 4.7-inches in size. This compares to the iPhone 5c, which had a 4-inch screen.
The iPhone 6 is additionally capable of much better image quality, with its display resolution being 750 x 1,334 pixels, as opposed to the 640 x 1136 pixel resolution of the iPhone 5c. It will be intriguing to see an Apple smartphone-sized device with such a high resolution screen.
Apple has slightly updated the camera in the iPhone 6 from its iPhone 5c predecessor. On the face of it, there aren’t huge differences between the two, but the iPhone 6 features a 1.5µm pixel size, while the earlier iPhone 5c was marginally less well endowed in this department with a 1.4 µm pixel size. Additionally, the iPhone 6 will also shoot 1080p video at 16 frames per second, and its 720p shooting capabilities are particularly impressive, given that it can achieve a whopping 240 frames per second. This makes the new iPhone 6 a more valid video camera than its previous iteration.
Processor and Chipset
One of the big plus points of the new iPhone 6 range is its updated processor and chipset. Firstly, the iPhone 6 has been armed with a dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone processor, which is said to perform significantly faster than the processor in the iPhone 5c. According to Apple, the iPhone 6 has a 20% faster CPU and 50% faster GPU than its predecessor.
The A8 chipset included in the iPhone 6 will also give the device a great deal of clout. Comparing this to the A6 chipset in the iPhone 5c suggests that the iPhone 6 will be a considerably more powerful and nifty performer than the iPhone 5c handset.
Battery life is another area where Apple has significantly improved the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 5c. On the face of it, the difference between the two seems to be pretty minimal, with the iPhone 6 producing four hours more talk time and ten hours more music play time than the iPhone 5c. But bear in mind that the new Apple handset also features a significantly larger screen. This puts the battery gains into its true perspective, and it is clear that the new iPhone at 6 performs considerably better than its predecessor. This will be a major selling point for many people.
So the iPhone 6 does stand out from the previous Apple smartphone in many respects. Now let’s compare the new iPhone 6 Plus with the previous premium iPhone, the 5s model. It is important to remember that we are not entirely comparing like with like here, as the iPhone 6 Plus is technically considered to be a phablet.
The iPhone 6 Plus is by far the biggest device of its type that Apple has produced so far, fitted as it is with a 5.5-inch screen. And it also delivers a much higher screen resolution, with the iPhone 6 Plus being the first full HD capable iPhone that Apple has produced. Thus, the iPhone 6 Plus delivers a screen resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels; a pretty vast improvement over the iPhone 5s which was only capable of displaying 640 x 1,136 pixels.
This large and high resolution screen will undoubtedly be one of the major selling points of the iPhone 6 Plus.
Another interesting aspect of the iPhone 6 Plus is that it is slightly slimmer than the iPhone 5s despite being much larger overall. The fact that its screen is over 15 percent larger than the previous iteration of the iPhone, yet is still slimmer, is a pretty major technical achievement.
Processor, Chipset and Camera
The situation with the processor chipset and camera within the iPhone 6 Plus is pretty much the same as with the smaller iPhone 6 device and the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 6 will outperform the iPhone 5s in each of these categories, and has been fitted with very similar internal mechanisms and components to the smaller iPhone 6.
One major difference is that the iPhone 6 Plus features a very advanced optical image stabilization system in its camera, which separates itself from both the smaller iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s handset. The iPhone 6 Plus is certainly the camera in the Apple smartphone range – although technically a phablet – which would suit the serious photographer.
The iPhone 5s was subject to criticism for possessing a pretty weedy battery. In fact, the battery included in the iPhone 5s was little better than its smaller 5c companion device. It is very much with this criticism in mind that Apple has greatly upgraded the battery capabilities of the iPhone 6 Plus. According to Apple, the iPhone 6 Plus will provide it users with double the music play time, more than double the talk time, and considerably longer on stand-by than the iPhone 5s. Apple even claims that the iPhone 6 outperforms the Galaxy Note phablet series, so this will certainly be worth waiting for, given the vast improvement that it represents over the iPhone 5s.
NFC and Mobile Payment
Finally, a big innovation in the new iPhone 6 devices is that they both support NFC mobile payment systems. Reports have indicated recently that these will be set up to run the Apple Pay system; hardly a massive surprise.