iPhone buying guide: iPhone 6
Who is the iPhone 6 best for? Similar to the iPhone 6 Plus: those who would like a bigger screen (for games and films in particular, but also work apps and a generally more immersive experience) but want a more portable device. The iPhone 6 is easier to slip into a pocket (and easier to use one-handed) than the iPhone 6 Plus. It's also a bit more affordable.
If you've got an iPhone 6... Again, you're unlikely to be considering an upgrade, unless this taste of a larger screen has whetted your appetite for the even bigger iPhone 6 Plus. (And if you afford to buy an iPhone 6 and an iPhone 6 Plus in the space of a couple of months, any chance you could lend me a tenner?) Your next upgrade could be next year — Apple may release a new big-screen iPhone as part of the iPhone 7 series — but many iPhone owners upgrade every other year. It might make sense to hold on to the iPhone 6 until 2016.
This is the iPhone Apple introduced in September 2013. It's available in gold, silver or grey and has a Touch ID button allowing fingerprint scanning for security, rather than the older style home button with a square in the middle. The Touch ID button is the most obvious difference. It uses a Nano-SIM. Apple is now only selling only the 16GB and 32GB models. Read our iPhone 5s review. and our iPhone 5s vs iPhone 6 comparison review.
If you've got an iPhone 5s... The main question is this: should you upgrade to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus?
Apple's iPhone evolution usually allows owners to skip a generation without too much worry, but the new bigger screen on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be a big temptation for many iPhone 5s owners. The big question will be whether to go for the iPhone 6, with its 4.7in screen, or the iPhone 6 Plus with its 5.5in screen.
If you really don't feel the need for a bigger screen then there is no harm in skipping a generation. Apple may one day update the iPhone 5s with a faster processor and other features, but keep the same screen size.
If you decide to upgrade your phone you could sell your current iPhone 5s and get a reasonable price for it, which will no doubt help with the cost of the new iPhone.
New features offered by the iPhone 6 Plus that aren't in the iPhone 5s:
- Retina HD display
- 5.5-inch display (compared to 4-inch)
- 1920-by-1080 pixel resolution at 401ppi (compared to 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi)
- 1300:1 contrast ratio (compared to 800:1 contrast ratio)
- Dual-domain pixels for wider viewing angles
- Display Zoom
- A8 & M8 chips (compared to A7 & M7)
- Autofocus with Focus Pixels
- Optical image stabilization
- Improved face detection
- Panorama, up to 43 megapixels
- 1080p HD video recording, 30 fps or 60 fps (was 30 fps)
- Slo-mo video, 120 fps or 240 fps (was 120 fps)
- Cinematic video stabilization
- Continuous autofocus video
- Improved face detection on both cameras
- ’/2.2 aperture for FaceTime camera (compared to ’/2.4 aperture)
- Auto HDR for photos and videos on FaceTime camera (previously Auto HDR only)
- Burst mode on FaceTime camera
- Pay with your iPhone using Touch ID in stores and in apps
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- FaceTime over cellular uses H.264/H.265
- Voice over LTE (VoLTE)3
- Up to 24 hours talk time on 3G (was 10)
- Up to 16 days/384 hours standby time (was 10 days, 250 hours)
- Up to 12 hours internet on 3G, up to 12 hours on LTE, and up to 11 hours on Wi-Fi (was 8 , 10 and 11)
- Up to 14 hours video playback (was 10)
- Up to 80 hours audio playback (was 40)
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