Apple is notorious for spearheading the mobile technology development with every new device to hit the market. Apple is now gearing up for the release of the iPhone 6. If you are an iPhone enthusiast, you are probably wondering whether the upgrade from the iPhone 5 to 6 is worth it. If we overlook the fact that iPhone 5 prices are bound to fall after the debut of the iPhone 6, here is a comparison of how these two devices stack up against each other.
If you have been using the iPhone 5 for the last year or so, you are probably very impressed by its slim design. If you thought the iPhone could not get any slimmer, the iPhone 6 will come as a surprise. It is slimmer at (6.9mm) compared to the iPhone 5 (7.9mm). Compared to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 6 is more rounded with a new impressive design that complements the phone. The lock button on the iPhone 6 is on the side while, on the iPhone 5 it is at the top.
The iPhone 6 is has a mammoth screen (4.7”) compared to the 4” on the iPhone 5. It terms of design the iPhone 5 has the advantage over the latter because it weighs less (112g) compared to 129g for the iPhone 6. Both phones come in three colors: gold, space gray and silver.
When it comes to the display, both phones have the same amounts of pixel density. The only difference is that the iPhone 6 comes with a bigger screen and a higher contrast ratio. The later phone also has dual-domain pixel, which according to Apple offers better display viewing angles. In terms of processor speed, the iPhone 6 deploys an A8 processor compared to the A7 processor in the iPhone 5. The A8 processor on the iPhone 6 offers 25% more CPU power and 50% more GPU power, and this offers more efficiency compared to the A7 processor on the iPhone 5.
Whether the superior computing powers of the A8 processor will translate directly into everyday use remains a mystery since the A7 processor on the iPhone 5 is also very fluid and powerful. But more computing power never hurt anyone, right? The iPhone 6 uses an M8 co-processor while the earlier iPhone 5 employs an M7 processor. The M8 coprocessor on the iPhone 6 is capable of determining when you are running, walking, or cycling, it can also estimate the elevation and distance covered. Both phones have 4G LTE support, but Apple has added a 20 LTE bands support on the iPhone 6 compared to 13 on the iPhone 5.
Before the debut of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 5 was available in 64, 32, and 16 GB. Now, it’s only available in 16 and 32 GB. In regards to battery life, Apple claims that the iPhone 6 talk time has increased by 4 hours to 14 hours, compared to 10 hours on the iPhone 5. If you are an internet fanatic (aren’t we all) the iPhone 6 is the best option, Apple has hinted that the latter will have an increased internet access time of 10 hours compared to 8 hours on the iPhone 5. Video playback on iPhone six improved by an hour, while audio playback has improved by 10 hours.
Both phones have an 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera, but the camera on the iPhone 6 has seen major improvements. The iPhone 6 camera has a new focus pixel feature that gives better image autofocus, and it also offers digital image stabilization features. Both cameras have an aperture of f/2.2 and a micron pixel of 1.5. On the other hand, the front-facing camera on the sixth generation iPhone has a better aperture of f/2.2 designed to capture better images in low light.
The iPhone 6 ships with the new iOS 8 preinstalled, while the iPhone 5 can be upgraded to iOS 8 just a day ahead of the release of the iPhone 6. iOS 8 offers features such as fingerprint lock and screen reachability, plus many more.