January 12, 2017
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7: The Ultimate Comparison
iPhone 7 was announced back in September, and here is how it compares with iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Design
From a design standpoint, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 are almost identical, at least on the outside.
This is most evident by taking a look at the specifications for each phone:
iPhone 6 - 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 in.) and 129 g (4.55 oz.)
iPhone 7 - 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in.) and 138 g (4.87 oz.)
As you can see, they are almost identical in size and weight. However, there are some other surface differences that are new to iPhone 7. For one, iPhone 7 is made with Series 7000 aluminum and is water resistant. iPhone 7 introduces IP67 waterproofing and can survive fully-submersed for up to 30 minutes. It can even take photos underwater and is dust resistant as well.
Speaking of the camera, Apple has integrated the camera module in iPhone 7. Unlike iPhone 6 and its successor, iPhone 6s, where the camera is streamlined into the body of the phone, the camera for iPhone 7 has a noticeable bump.
Other changes include the antenna strips on the back of the phone have been moved to the top for a cleaner look, and the Home button has been redesigned as well for improved security. The old physical Home button with Touch ID has been replaced by a new solid-state button with haptic feedback standing in for a physical click. This may take some getting used to, but the added security should deem it a worthy update.
iPhone 7 also has new color options, adding Black and Jet Black, but removing Space Grey. It is also still available in Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. And for the first time, iPhone 7 has boosted earpiece speakers, allowing for loud external stereo sound. These speakers pump out twice the volume of iPhone 6s.
That brings us to the design change that has brought the most buzz: the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. iPhone 7 owners have to use the Lightning port for both charging and wired Lightning headphones. Those with wireless headphones won’t have any problems with this, but owners of premium wired headphones will need to carry around a 3.5mm to Lightning adapter in order for their headphones to work with the device. Apple does also include a new pair of Lightning EarPods with iPhone 7.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Display
Like with the design, a quick look at the specifications between the displays of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 won’t reveal many differences:
iPhone 6 - 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
iPhone 7 - 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio. 3D Touch.
The matching 1334 x 750 pixels and 326ppi densities of the screens means that iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 have the same sharpness. However, Apple claims iPhone 7’s display is 25 percent brighter and has a P3 color gamut, meaning the colors should be richer and more accurate. It is also less reflective, allowing for better viewing outdoors.
iPhone 7 also continues the 3D Touch introduced on iPhone 6s. This allows the phone to sense different levels of pressure for “peek and pop” shortcuts, mainly on icons and to preview emails and links. With the multidimensional 3D Touch, you can press deeply to launch actions instead of apps, reply to notifications, preview messages, and links, switch keyboards, switch apps, animate Live Photos, vary stroke width, and more. 3D Touch acts as a wormhole through iOS that lets you move around faster than ever.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Camera
It seems today that phones are now sold more for their camera capabilities than their qualities as an actual communication device. Apple has followed the trends and made large improvements to the camera in its iPhone.
The specs here show great leaps forward in terms of the camera capabilities of iPhone 7:
iPhone 6 - Rear: 8 megapixel sensor, f2.4 aperture, Focus Pixels, EIS, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Front: 1.2MP Front Camera, f2.4 aperture, 720p video recording
iPhone 7 - Rear: 12 megapixel wide angle sensor, f/1.8 aperture, Focus Pixels, Optical Image Stabilisation, quad-LED (dual tone) flash, 4K video recording. Front: 7MP sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p recording
So what do these updates to the camera mean?
First, the biggest difference is found in the 7MP front-facing camera, it is a large improvement over iPhone 6’s 1.2MP front-facing camera. iPhone 7's front-facing camera also has auto image stabilization for superior selfies, plus body detection and a wide color capture. iPhone 7 also supports the clever flash feature introduced on iPhone 6s, which uses the screen as a flash when taking selfies. But with iPhone 7, it is now 50 percent brighter.
For those who take lots of photos, iPhone 7 will be a good upgrade with its 12-megapixel camera and 6-element lens construction, a substantial upgrade from iPhone 6’s 8-megapixel camera. The optical image stabilization (OIS) and a larger f/1.8 aperture lens are also welcomed updates. The Retina Flash, first introduced on iPhone 6s, is onboard and the front-facing camera will record in 1080p, while the rear is capable of 4K.
iPhone 7 arrives with a new 12-megapixel sensor that sports an aperture of f/1.8 and a new six-element lens. Apple has added optical image stabilisation to the new device, along with a Quad-LED True Tone flash, along with the body detection and wide color capture. A second, 12-megapixel telephoto lens is found on iPhone 7 Plus, which gives users a degree of optical zoom.
iPhone 7’s updates compare well to iPhone 6's 8-megapixel camera, lack of OIS, and f/2.2 lens. iPhone 6 also does not have a front flash, is not capable of capturing Live Photos and cannot capture video in 4K. Neither of iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s comes with optical image stabilization, and they both have the dual-LED True Tone flash as opposed to iPhone 7’s Quad-LED.
This all boils down to iPhone 7 being capable of capturing brighter, sharper, steadier and more colorful images and video. It also performs significantly better in low-light situations thanks to the faster aperture. The True Tone flash system utilizes twice as many bulbs as iPhone 6. Essentially, iPhone 7 will produce slightly crisper, more color accurate images, and video.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Battery
Despite slight improvements in the battery capacity (iPhone 6 - 1810mAh, iPhone 7 - 1960mAh), iPhone 7 is pretty comparable to iPhone 6. In fact, the battery capacity for each is around 14 hours. With light use, users can get a full day out of their iPhone 7, while iPhone 6 users can generally stretch theirs out until bedtime. iPhone 7 Plus on the other hand has a much larger battery capacity.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Speed
One of the biggest motivators for updating your phone is the improvement in the phone’s performance, particularly when it comes to speed. Again, let’s take a look at the specs of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 here:
iPhone 6 - Apple A8: Dual Core CPU, Quad core GPU, 1GB RAM
iPhone 7 - Apple A10 Fusion: Quad Core CPU, Six Core GPU, 2GB RAM
Simply put, iPhone 7 is currently the fastest smartphone in the world. Only Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones come close in terms of speed. But how does the speed of iPhone 7 compare to iPhone 6? The numbers are actually staggering.
iPhone 7’s CPU is 110 percent faster than iPhone 6, while the GPU is 140 percent faster. iPhone 7 has twice as much RAM as iPhone 6, up from 1GB to 2GB of RAM. iPhone 7’s extra gig of RAM also helps to keep apps held longer in memory, which means they will take less time to reload when you are multitasking. More Ram means apps will most often open in the state you left them, rather than restarting.
This is particularly useful if you are web browsing with lots of open tabs. With more RAM, you can have more tabs open in the background, rather than having to reload them when you open them.
iPhone 7 comes with the new A10 Fusion processor, and its embedded M10 motion coprocessor is said to be 40 percent faster than the A9, and twice as fast as the A8, seen in previous generations of iPhone. The new A10 Fusion has four cores, consisting of two high-performance cores that run twice as fast as iPhone 6.
This extra capability is especially useful if you are someone who uses your phone to play lots of games or edit videos. You probably don’t need a phone that is 50 percent faster to check your email, but if you’re someone who uses a lot of apps, this is great news for you.
Lastly, iPhone 7 makes a big leap in the speed of its modem. It is now capable of hitting 450Mbit compared to 150Mbit of iPhone 6 or the 300Mbit on iPhone 6s.
Simply put, iPhone 7 will unlock quicker, your camera will boot up and be ready to take pictures faster, and you can more easily switch between apps quickly without having to wait for them to reload.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Storage
For iPhone 7, Apple got rid of its 16 GB base option. Storage capacity now starts at 32GB and goes all the way up to 128GB and 256GB. iPhone 6 was only available in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions. iPhone 6s also swapped the 16GB option for the 32GB model.
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 7 - Software
Along with Apple iPhone 7 is the debut of iOS 10, and a revamp of Messages. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s can also now update to iOS 10, so the user experience should be the same.
Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which debuted on iPhone 6s, carries over in a second generation to iPhone 7. It is now lightning quick and more accurate.
iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 7 - Conclusion
Phone updates might not be as exciting as they used to be, but if you’re thrilled with these changes from iPhone 6 to iPhone 7, then by all means, upgrade.
iPhone 6 is still a great phone, and is a hard, record-breaking act for iPhone 7 to follow. But if you’re someone who uses multiple apps at once, the upgrade will be worthwhile. On the other side, if you’re a light user of your phone, you might not benefit much from these performance improvements. You can get an iPhone 6s for near the same price as the 32GB iPhone 7, and you’ll get to keep the headphone jack.
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