iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 6 – Comparison of Performance, Price and Specifications

It’s another iPhone season again and most of us are once again faced with this tough decision of deciding between which of these two mobile phone devices are the most appropriate.

The decision of whether you should upgrade to iPhone 6 or remain with iPhone 5S while you wait for another year for a newer and much better device is very tough. Despite the difficulty in this decision, it is always easier to see the pros and cons that are associated with each device using a first-class old-fashioned comparison.

Display and Internal Storage

One area to largely base this comparison is the specifications of each of these gadgets. The iPhone 6 features an improved display of 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1,334 × 750 and a dual-core A8 Apple processor that is clocked at 1.4 GHZ. Furthermore, this new product from Apple features a RAM of 1GB and a storage capacity of up to 128GB.

On the other hand, the iPhone 5S features a display of 4 inches with a resolution of 1,136 × 640 and a dual-core A7 Apple processor that is clocked at 1.3GHZ. In addition, this older version of the iPhone operates on a RAM of 1GB and has a storage capacity of up to 64GB. Based on the size of the internal storage, the iPhone 6 provides users with an improved storage space as compared to iPhone 5S. However, it is the size of this iPhone 6 that may be a concern for users who don’t fancy large smart phones.

CPU Speed and Performance

Inside the new iPhone 6 is a new Apple A8 central processing unit that features 2bn transistors. This is twice as many as those found in iPhone 5S’s A7 processor. Furthermore, this new 20nm chip is 50% more powerful with respect to graphics than its predecessor and as a CPU, it is 25% faster than the iPhone 5S. This is great news, especially for lovers of games as this means performance is improved due to the smooth running of the phone’s operating system. Both processors of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 are 64-bit.

There has been an upgrade of the co-processor from an M7 to an M8 which can determine whether one is walking, running or cycling as well as estimate elevation and distance covered.

Connectivity

When matters of connectivity arise, both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 feature the 4G LTE support. However, the iPhone 6 is much upgraded as it supports 20 LTE bands as compared to the 13 that the iPhone 5S supports. Other connectivity features present in the new iPhone 6 model that are not found in the iPhone 5S model include 802.11 ac WiFi and NFC that work hand in hand with the Touch ID sensor in helping with the new Apple Pay mobile payment system.

Camera

On the front side of both devices are cameras of the same megapixels (1.2 MP) and video recording capabilities (720p). However, the iPhone 6 has a slightly upgraded rear camera but with similar quality of 8 megapixels as that held by the iPhone 5S model. The camera upgrade that the latest version gets is the introduction of Apple’s Focus Pixel technology that makes it easier to focus during photography or when recording videos.

Price

The price of the iPhone 5S is expected to be surpassed by that of the new iPhone 6 model. This can largely be attributed to the improved features of this new model. The price of the iPhone 6 is expected to be around $100 higher than that of its predecessor. The iPhone 5S 16GB model goes at around $199 with contract while the 32GB and 64 GB trade at around $299 and $399 respectively.

 

 

 

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