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What are all the differences between the iPhone 6 & the iPhone 6 Plus models? Which should I buy?

Please note that the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus have sầu been discontinued. This Q&A has been updated with the latest iOS tư vấn details and more and can be quite helpful for anyone considering one of these models on the used market.

With even a casual glance at an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus side-by-side, it is obvious that the iPhone 6 Plus is larger và has a correspondingly larger display.

Of course, these casual observations are correct, but there also are a number of other important differences that are not so obvious.

Additionally, it is worth noting that there actually are eight distinct iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus models (four of each) và EveryiPhone.com has meticulously documented each one as always. This Q&A primarily details collective differences for simplicity"s sake.

Photo Credit: Apple, Inc.(iPhone 6 Front - Left, iPhone 6 Plus Front - Right)

External Differences & Similarities

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use thin aluminum case designs with the front dominated by the display.

The displays are different, but they vary by more than the physical dimensions -- 4.7" (1334x750) for the iPhone 6 và 5.5" (1920x1080) for the iPhone 6 Plus.Bothscreens are multitouch capable, have sầu IPS công nghệ, are LED-backlit and have a 500 cd/m2 typical maximum brightness as well as "dual-domain name pixels" for a wider viewing angle.

However, the iPhone 6 has a superior 1400:1 contrast ratio compared lớn 1300:1 for the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a higher px density, 401 ppi compared lớn 326 ppi for the iPhone 6.Inpractice, these differences are minor -- & only those with extremely sharp vision will be able khổng lồ differentiate the higher px density of the iPhone 6 Plus -- but it is worth noting that the iPhone 6 Plus display is true "HD" (1920x1080), whereas the iPhone 6 display is not despite Apple"s identical "Retina HD" branding for the display in both models.

Phokhổng lồ Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 6 Baông chồng - Left, iPhone 6 Plus Back - Right)

Each device is available in three color options -- silver, which has a Trắng glass front và a silver colored aluminum back; gold, which has a trắng glass front & a gold colored aluminum back; and "space" gray, which has a blachồng glass front & a gray aluminum back.

Apple initially discontinued the gold option on September 9, 2015, but continued to lớn sell the silver and gray options until September 7, năm 2016. In February & March 2017, Apple re-introduced a 32 GB variant in gold in Trung Quốc and Taiwan và in Space Gray in the US, India, Europe, and other markets. These re-introduced models were once again discontinued on September 12, 2018.

Android fans might also note that the bachồng looks a bit similar khổng lồ models in the previously released, and generally well regarded, Điện thoại HTC One line, as well. The overall industrial thiết kế of the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus is similar to Apple"s earlier iPod touch 5th Gen, with gently rounded sides, but the iPod touch has an entirely flat display whereas the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus have sầu glass displays that themselves curve sầu toward the also rounded sides for a "completely smooth và continuous surface."

Phokhổng lồ Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 6/6 Plus - Curved Display Edge và Rounded Sides)

Both the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus additionally have an embedded "cảm biến ID" fingerprint sensor in the trang chủ button that allows for biometric identification rather than a mere passcode, a bottom mounted tai nghe jaông xã, microphone, Lighting connector, & a single built-in speaker as well as an on/off switch on the righthand side.

Durability Differences

When these models first were released, the blogosphere was quite obsessed with the potential "bendability" of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The respected Consumer Reports scientifically determined that it requires a significant 70 pounds of pressure to lớn bkết thúc the iPhone 6 and 90 pounds of pressure to bend the iPhone 6 Plus when the pressure is placed horizontally across the middle of each device.

It might be a bit surprising that the iPhone 6 Plus is stronger than the iPhone 6, given its larger surface area. However, the iPhone 6 Plus is slightly thicker -- 7.1 mm rather than 6.9 mm -- and this extra thickness no doubt provides a bit of extra strength, again, at least when the pressure is placed horizontally across the middle of each device.

Based on hands-on evaluation, EveryiPhone.com also has found that the thinness, rounded edges, và the fairly slick finish combine khổng lồ make the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus rather easy khổng lồ drop, too. For those with smaller hands, the iPhone 6 Plus, in particular, is quite easy to drop when trying lớn reach across the display with one"s thumb while simultaneously holding the device in the same h&. Consequently, a case is highly recommended khổng lồ reduce the risk of damaging either device.

Of course, if you are concerned about accidentally bending the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus -- whether due khổng lồ potential structural weakness or rough handling, either one -- a sturdy case would provide overall protection, too. Regardless, vày not sit on your iPhone!

Camera Differences

The iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus both have sầu an identical FaceTime HD camera on the front of the device, but the rear iSight cameras have one important difference.

Both front-facing FaceTime HD cameras have sầu a 1.2 megapx sensor (1280x960), an f/2.2 aperture, & are capable of recording 720p đoạn Clip.

The rear-mounted iSight camera on both devices has an 8 megapx sensor with 1.5µm pixels, an f/2.2 aperture, & is capable of recording 1080p đoạn phim at 30 fps or 60 fps (as well as 240 fps for slo-mo). They also have a new sensor "featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus" & continuous autofocus và cinematic Clip stabilization.

Both also have a five-element lens & a dual LED "True Tone" flash, but the iPhone 6 Plus adds optical image stabilization, which uses the gyroscope khổng lồ accommodate for shaky hands. Consequently, the iPhone 6 Plus camera provides slightly less "wiggly" video and much better low light photos compared to lớn the standard iPhone 6.

For those interested in minor details, the rear camera in both the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus protrudes slightly from the housing just as it does on the previously released iPod touch 5th Gen. Although some armchair commentators have sầu gone as far as referring to lớn this protrusion as "appalling" and others even have sầu speculated as khổng lồ why Apple apparently attempted khổng lồ hide the camera bump altogether in some product photos, this is unlikely to be an issue for all but the most fastidious.

Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 6/6 Plus Rear Camera)

However, it is worth noting that the camera "bump" means that the device will not sit entirely flat when placed on a table top if it is not held in a protective sầu case.

Identification Differences

It is easy to differentiate between the iPhone 6 & the iPhone 6 Plus when the two devices are side-by-side.

However, for those who may not be able lớn readily estimate the size of a 4.7" or 5.5" display or who are not familiar with the dimensions of each device altogether, even collective sầu visual identification can be difficult.

Many of the devices can be identified by Model Number, which is listed on the bachồng of each iPhone in tiny type, but unfortunately not all can be individually identified in this way, either.

Nevertheless, the Mã Sản Phẩm numbers for each iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus are:


Model Number

iPhone 6 (GSM/North America)


iPhone 6 (CDMA/Verizon)


iPhone 6 (Global/Sprint)


iPhone 6 (Trung Quốc Mobile)


iPhone 6 Plus (GSM/North America)


iPhone 6 Plus (CDMA/Verizon)


iPhone 6 Plus (Global/Sprint)


iPhone 6 Plus (Đài Loan Trung Quốc Mobile)


As is clear from the above, mã sản phẩm numbers A1549 & A1522 (in italics), for the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus, respectively, vày not correspond to lớn a single device. For the purpose of this Q&A, it is adequate khổng lồ merely note that A1549 refers lớn an iPhone 6 và A1522 refers lớn an iPhone 6 Plus.

However, if you need to lớn uniquely identify one of these iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus models, they also can be pinpointed by other identifiers.

Specifically, EveryiPhone.com"s Ultimate iLookup feature -- as well as the lasta.com.vn tiện ích for iOS 5 or later -- can precisely identify these iPhone models by Order Number (referred to lớn as "Model" within the iOS "Settings" phầm mềm under General > About), và their Serial Numbers, as well.

Battery Life Differences

With a physically larger display and corresponding housing, Apple took full advantage of the additional space in the iPhone 6 Plus & packed it with a higher capađô thị battery than the iPhone 6. In the site"s customary teardown, iFixit discovered that the iPhone 6 has a 1810 mAh, 6.91 watt-hour battery whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has a 2915 mAh, 11.1 watt-hour battery.

As one would expect given the roughly 60% higher watt-hour rating, the iPhone 6 Plus provides significantly better battery life than the iPhone 6:

iPhone 6iPhone 6 Plus
Talk Time (3G)14 Hours24 Hours
Internet Use (3G)10 Hours12 Hours
Internet Use (4G/LTE)10 Hours12 Hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi)11 Hours12 Hours
HD Video Playback11 Hours14 Hours
Audio Playback50 Hours80 Hours

The iPhone 6 Plus provides more standby time as well -- 16 days (384 hours) -- compared khổng lồ just 10 days (250 hours) for its smaller contemporary.

Wireless Connectivity & Data Differences

All iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models tư vấn 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, và specifically 802.11ac with speeds up to 433 Mbps, as well as Công nghệ Bluetooth 4.0 and GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz).

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Other connectivity varies accordingly:

6 (GSM/North America)A1549850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzUnofficialNone1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, trăng tròn, 25, 26, 28, 29
6 (CDMA/Verizon)A1549850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzNone1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, đôi mươi, 25, 26, 28, 29
6 (Global/Sprint)A1586850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 1900 (F), 2000 (A)FDD-LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, đôi mươi, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
6 (Trung Quốc Mobile)A1589850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzNone 1900 (F), 2000 (A)FDD-LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, trăng tròn, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
6 Plus (GSM/North America)A1522850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzUnofficialNone1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, đôi mươi, 25, 26, 28, 29
6 Plus (CDMA/Verizon)A1522850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzNone1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, đôi mươi, 25, 26, 28, 29
6 Plus (Global/Sprint)A1524850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz800, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz 1900 (F), 2000 (A)FDD-LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, đôi mươi, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
6 Plus (Trung Quốc Mobile)A1593850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzNone 1900 (F), 2000 (A)FDD-LTE (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, trăng tròn, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)

chú ý that the Trung Quốc di động iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus models tư vấn the WCDMA flavor of UMTS on the same frequencies as the other models as well as the same selection of FDD-LTE và TD-LTE bands as the "global" devices, but UMTS và FDD-LTE formally are "only for international roaming" rather than for use within mainl& Trung Quốc. No doubt clever hackers will figure out workarounds for mainl& use, too.

Internal Differences và Similarities

From a specific parts standpoint, there are many internal differences between the iPhone 6 & the iPhone 6 Plus. As noted above sầu, the displays, cameras, & batteries each are different, as are a variety of other internal components.

However, these devices also have a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá in common internally. Both are powered by a dual core 1.4 GHz Apple A8 processor, have an M8 motion coprocessor that "continuously measures data from the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and a new barometer," & have sầu 1 GB of RAM.

In a more detailed technical evaluation, Chipworks found that the Apple A8 formally is a trăng tròn nm TSCM manufactured processor dubbed APL1011. Additional analysis from AnandTech determined that the graphics processor is a four core PowerVR GX6450.

Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus originally were available with 16 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of storage, but the 128 GB options were discontinued on September 9, 2015. In February & March 2017, Apple re-introduced 32 GB variants of the iPhone 6, but not the iPhone 6 Plus.

Also note that the entry-cấp độ configurations have sầu 16 GB of storage whereas the original mid-màn chơi offering is 64 GB. The exact pricing varied by market, but in the US, the mid-màn chơi configuration originally provided 300% more storage for 50% more money.

Both devices also have an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip lớn allow digital payments in conjunction with "Apple Pay" software, too.

iOS Support Similarities

The iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus both originally shipped pre-installed with iOS 8 and subsequently shipped with iOS 9. Both lines provide full tư vấn for the operating system including Apple Pay. They are supported by iOS 10, iOS 11, and iOS 12, too.

However, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models vị not support iOS 13 or later versions of the iOS, including the current version.

iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Comparison Chart

These differences -- displays, durability, cameras, battery life, identifiers, and dimensions -- as well as other details and pricing information are summarized below:

iPhone 6
iPhone 6 PlusDisplay Size:Display Resolution: Pixel Density:Contrast Ratio:Bkết thúc Pressure:Front Camera:Rear Camera:Cinematic Video Stabilization:Continuous Autofocus Video:Optical Image Stabilization: Storage Options: Talk Time (3G): 3G Battery Life: 4G Battery Life: Wi-Fi Battery Life: Video Playback: Audio Playback:Standby Time:Connector Type:SIM Card: Apple Pay (NFC):cảm biến ID:Dimensions: Weight: Model No: Intro. Price (US):
326 ppi401 ppi
70 Pounds90 Pounds
1.2 Megapixels1.2 Megapixels
8 Megapixels8 Megapixels
16, 32, 64, 128 GB16, 64, 128 GB
14 Hours 24 Hours
10 Hours 12 Hours
10 Hours12 Hours
11 Hours 12 Hours
11 Hours 14 Hours
50 Hours 80 Hours
250 Hours 384 Hours
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27*6.22 x 3.06 x 0.28*
4.55 oz. (129 g)6.07 oz. (172 g)
US$199, US$299, US$399†US$299, US$399, US$499†

* In inches, height x width x depth.

† These prices require a two-year contract in the US. Unlocked và contract miễn phí models are available at a premium.

So, should I buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Which is best for me?

For those not on the tighdemo of budgets, the newer iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, or even newer models are a better choice than either the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The newer devices have a case that is stronger & less likely to lớn bover, stronger displays with more advanced 3D touch capability, faster performance, better cameras, more advanced connectivity, more recent iOS support, and more. The laông chồng of current iOS support for the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus means that tiện ích support will start lớn taper off going forward.

However, for those on a tight budget, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus remain well worth consideration. For someone considering only the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, rather than newer models, the size difference alone is enough khổng lồ decide between them for most users.

The iPhone 6 is noticeably larger than all earlier iPhone models, but still works well for one-handed use for most people. The iPhone 6 Plus, by contrast, really is too large for many people lớn use easily with one hand and may be too large to lớn fit comfortably, if at all, in the pockets in many pairs of pants.

Of course, if you place more importance on a large display for reading text, watching video, or gaming; tkết thúc lớn prefer to carry your điện thoại in a bag or purse rather than in your pockets; and you are willing lớn use your sản phẩm điện thoại in landscape (horizontal) mode with two hands much of the time, perhaps you would prefer the larger iPhone 6 Plus.

Among muốn reviewers, the well respected John Gruber found the iPhone 6 kích cỡ to lớn be generally more usable than the iPhone 6 Plus, whereas the also well respected Terry White found the iPhone 6 Plus ideal for his large hands. Of course, the only opinion that truly matters for you is your own.

Apple"s "Reachability" software tweak for the iOS helps those with smaller hands make the most of the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus by temporarily moving buttons closer to lớn your fingers, but the smaller iPhone models still are easier to reach across for most people. If at all possible, EveryiPhone.com would strongly recommkết thúc thinking about whether reading và đoạn Clip are more important khổng lồ you than one-handed usability & how you prefer to lớn carry the device. Then, handle both devices in person prior to purchase to lớn make the best decision for you.

For those who see advantages and disadvantages to lớn both sizes & their displays, the optical image stabilization & longer battery life may be enough khổng lồ convince you lớn go with the larger iPhone 6 Plus even if it means potentially less convenient usage và more awkward pocketability in addition lớn a higher upfront price.

On the other hand, if an even smaller điện thoại is desirable and/or an even lower price is important -- but display size, camera unique, battery life, and NFC payment capability (Apple Pay) are less important -- you might prefer a more compact and less expensive iPhone 5, Phone 5c or iPhone 5s or more compact & more powerful iPhone SE.

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