iPhone 6 vs iPhone 5s – Actual upgrade or more of the same?

The iPhone 6 is pretty much the best handset you can ask for if you’re a fan of Apple and their products. But what if you already own one of the previous models such as the iPhone 5s? Most of the time it’s not worth investing in a new handset if your current one still holds up. With that in mind, we figured that we should take a look at both smartphones and see if it’s worth upgrading if you haven’t already, or if you’re just better off waiting until the iPhone 7. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the iPhone 6 and try to figure out if it’s an actual upgrade over the iPhone 5s or if it just more of the same.

Display and Design

Apple certainly wanted something different this year when it comes to the display and decided that bigger is in fact better. The company pretty much went all out with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, but they kept the regular model at a reasonable 4.7 with 750 x 1334 resolution and 326 pixel density. Still, this is an interesting change when compared to the 4.0-inch iPhone 5s with 640 x 1136 resolution and the same 326 pixel density. In short, the image quality is very similar to how it was before but the screen is quite a bit bigger. Apple also swapped the Corning Gorilla Glass found on the iPhone 5s with shatter proof glass for the iPhone 6, which should offer more protection than before. Design-wise, we’re looking at a few changes, with the most noticeable one being the rounded edges. The screen-to-body ratio is still pretty bad, at least if we were to compare the iPhone 6 with some of the Android flagships. If we were to compare it to the iPhone 5s however, there’s a bit of improvement, although nothing to write home about.

Hardware and Software

Now we’re getting into the thick of things. The main highlight here is Apple’s new 64-bit A8 chipset with Cyclone dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. Many have criticized Apple for offering only 1 GB of RAM (again) when other manufacturers are constantly offering 3 GB, although the iPhone 6 runs pretty smoothly all things considered even so. However, this is not an improvement over the iPhone 5s and neither are the 8MP and 1.2MP cameras. On the other hand, the processor is an upgrade as the iPhone 5s is powered by the last-gen A7 chipset with dual-core Cyclone @ 1.3 GHz CPU. Additionally, the iPhone 6 comes with a bigger 1,810 mAh battery than its predecessor’s  1,560 mAh unit. It’s also worth mentioning that the iPhone 6 feature a 128 GB storage option, unlike the iPhone 5s. In terms of software, there’s not a whole lot to talk about since both phones currently run on the iOS 8.1.2 operating system. Granted, the iPhone 5s comes with iOS 7.1.2 from the get-go, but you can upgrade to the latest version whenever you feel like it.


Price is always important when considering an upgrade, but it’s even more so here given that Apple is notorious for their expensive smartphones. The difference in price between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5s can potentially be very big, although it all depends on how much storage memory you want on your the device. This decision will be pretty important as there is no microSD card slot, which means that you won’t be able to add more storage at a later time even if you wanted to. Now, you can get a new iPhone 5s for as low as $550 for the 16GB model or $600 for the 64GB version. If you want an iPhone 6 on the other hand, the prices are as follows: $650 (16GB), $750 (64GB), and $850 (128GB). This is definitely not a cheap smartphone.

Final Thoughts

If you do decide to upgrade, know that you’ll be getting a bigger screen with better protection, a bit more performance and battery life, potentially more storage memory, and some new features including Apple Pay. For that you will end up paying between $100 and $300 more than what you payed for the iPhone 5s. Is it worth it? Naturally, that depends entirely on you and what you’re looking for in a smartphone. As mentioned at the start of this article, the iPhone 6 is the best smartphone you can ask for if you already like iOS handsets. An upgrade now could be worth it since the iPhone 7 is definitely not launching any time soon. But at the end of the day, the improvements are overall not that substantial. So ,if you like the iPhone 5s and don’t care about what’s trending right now, I suggest you stick with it a bit longer as the differences between the two devices are not all that impressive. Apple could have done a better job with the iPhone 6 if you ask me.

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Tags: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, Price, upgrade