Apple Announces iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Here is the Difference Between These Two

Apple has finally announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The main difference between these devices is definitely the screen size. iPhone 6 is 4.7″ while iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5″ in size. It is to be noted that screen size is measured diagonally from the front side. Apart from the screen size, the other features are almost same in both the devices except the battery capacity. We posted a detailed comparison among iPhone 6, 6 plus and iPhone 5S after the fold.

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Other Differences Between iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6:

As iPhone 6 plus is larger than iPhone 6, the former is also bigger in height, width, thickness and heavier in weight than the latter. However, these two models are thinner than iPhone 5. The iPhone 6 is the thinnest among these three models.

Dimensions and Weight:

As far as weight is compared, iPhone 6 plus is the heaviest while iPhone 5S is the lightest mobile phone manufactured by Apple Inc. The detailed dimensions are tabulated below.

iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 iPhone 5S
Height 6.22 Inches (158.1mm) 5.44 Inches (138.1mm) 4.87Inches (123.8mm)
Width 3.06 inches (77.8mm) 2.64 inches (67.0mm) 2.31 inches (58.6mm)
Depth 0.28 inch (7.1mm) 0.27 inch (6.9mm) 0.30 inch (7.6mm)
Weight 172 grams 129 grams 112 grams


iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 iPhone 5S
Screen Size 5.5 inches 4.7 inches 4.0 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080 at 401ppi 1334 x 750 at 326ppi 1136 x 640 at 326 ppi
Contrast Ratio 1300:01 typical 1400:01 typical 800:01 typical


Though Apple never discloses the actual battery capacity installed in the iPhone models, but the stats shared during the event show that iPhone Plus has got bigger battery than iPhone 6 and 5S.

The following table would give you an estimated battery time while performing different functions on iPhone like listening music, playing videos, talking on 3G or simple cellular, surfing web etc.

iPhone 6 Plus iPhone 6 iPhone 5S
Talk Time on 3G 24 hours 14 hours 10 hours
Standby Time 16 days 10 days 10 days
Internet Use on 3G 12 hours 10 hours 8 hours
Internet Use on LTE 12 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Internet Use on Wifi 12 hours 11 hours 10 hours
Video Playback 14 hours 11 hours 10 hours
Audio Playback 80 hours 50 hours 40 hours

Other Features Which Are Specific to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

The following features are present only in iPhone 6 variants and are absent in previous models.


As iPhone 6 versions are larger in size, Apple made few changes at software level and one big change at hardware level to make devices usable with one hand.

The one and only important hardware change under this category includes the relocation of Power button. In previous models, the power button is present at the top, whereas in these newly announced phones the Power Button, which may also act as Sleep Button, Wake Up Button, Call Reject Button etc, is on the right side of the phone.

At software level, two tapping on home button brings down the entire screen to half level so that the user could access the top navigational options.

The iOS for iPhone 6 Plus is further tweaked to enable two panes in landscape mode. The keyboard also contains few more keys in iPhone 6 plus which don’t appear in other models.


iPhone 6 and 6 plus are powered by A8 processor with 64-bit architecture. iPhone 5S was the first device in which 64-bit architecture was introduced but it runs on A7 processor.

Motion Coprocessor is also upgraded to M8 version in the latest models. Whereas iPhone 5S contains M7 coprocessor.

Camera Improvements:

The camera power is same as that was in iPhone 5S. All three models are equipped with 8MP iSight camera. However, Autofocus feature is further enhanced with Focus Pixels feature in new models. Optical image stabilization is also added in iPhone 6 Plus’s camera only.

All three models offer utp 1080p video recording. However, the video can be recorded at 60fps too besides at the regular 30fps in the new models only.

NFC along with Mobile Payments:

The long awaiting NFC chip is also present in these phones which ultimately resulted in the introduction of Apple Pay feature. With Apply Pay, you could buy items from thousands of locations using your iPhone.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Price and Storage Capacity:

These two models are available with three storage options, 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. The 32GB storage option is not available in these phones.


Apple has also updated iPhone 6 official page with complete technical specifications. You can read more about the differences, similarities, specs, design, pricing etc at iPhone 6 page.

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Author: A. Usman

Loves new tech, especially from Apple and Google.


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