The iPhone 7 is Apple’s newest iPhone, but is it worth upgrading from iPhone 6s to iPhone 7? Here is iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s Comparison to help you decide between the two.
iPhone 7 vs iPhone 6s Comparison
First, lets take a look at specs comparison between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s.
|Specs||iPhone 7||iPhone 6s|
|Size (L x W)||138.3 x 67.1 mm||138.3 x 67.1 mm|
|Thickness||7.1 mm||7.1 mm|
|Weight||138 grams||143 grams|
|Screen||4.7 Inches||4.7 Inches|
|Resolution||1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)||1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)|
|OS||iOS 10||iOS 10|
|RAM||2 GB||2 GB|
|Storage||32, 128 and 256 GB||32 and 128 GB|
|Processor||64-bit Quad Core Apple A10 Fusion||64-bit Dual Core Apple A9|
|Front Camera||7 MP||5 MP (720p)|
|Rear Camera||12 MP (4,128 x 3,096 pixels)||12 MP (4,128 x 3,096 pixels)|
|Battery||Not Known||1,715 mAh|
|Others||GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, Dual Band Wi-Fi||GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, Dual Band Wi-Fi|
|Price||$649, $749, $849||$549, $649|
*Indicated prices are for phones with no contract.
At first glance, iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s look similar, but iPhone 7 has a faster processor and better cameras, as you will see in detailed comparison below.
Size and Weight
- iPhone 7 – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, (138 grams)
- iPhone 6s – 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm, (143 grams)
iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s are practically the same in size and weight, with iPhone 7 being just 5 grams lighter than iPhone 6s.
Although iPhone 7 has the same shape and size of iPhone 6s, there are some notable design changes in iPhone 7.
Apple has done away with the Headphone jack in iPhone 7, paving way for a new way to listen to music. iPhone 7 ships with a pair of EarPods that are designed to connect to the iPhone via its lightning cable, instead of using the HeadPhone jack.
Another notable design change in iPhone 7 is the absence of Antenna bands on the back of the phone. These were removed to provide a more streamlined look to the phone.
- iPhone 7 – IPX67 Waterproof and Dustproof Rating
- iPhone 6s – Not Waterproof
Unlike iPhone 6S, you can expect iPhone 7 to withstand splashes of water and even full submersion in water.
iPhone 7 has been designed to a waterproof rating of IPX67, which means it can tolerate full submersion in 1 metre deep water for up to 30 minutes.
- iPhone 7 – 12 MP Rear, 7 MP Front
- iPhone 6s – 12 MP Rear, 5 MP Front
As you can see from above comparison, the front camera in iPhone 7 has been upgraded to a 7 MP Camera, as compared to a 5 MP front facing camera in iPhone 6s.
While the rear Camera of iPhone 7 has the same 12 megapixels, it features a bigger lens to allow more light into the camera.
Apple has also doubled the number of LED’s powering the Flash of iPhone 7. The new iPhone has 4 LED’s, compared to 2 LED’s in iPhone 6S.
Ram & Storage
- iPhone 7 – 2 GB RAM, 32, 128, 256 GB Storage
- iPhone 6s – 2 GB RAM, 32 and 128 GB Storage
Both iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s feature the same amount of RAM, and the same base storage options of 32 GB.
The iPhone 7 also offers 128 GB and 256 GB variants, while the iPhone 6s only has a 128 GB variant.
- iPhone 7 – 64-bit Quad Core Apple A10 Fusion
- iPhone 6s – 64-bit Dual Core Apple A9
The iPhone 7 features an upgraded Quad core Apple A10 Fusion processor, rated 40% faster than the Apple A9 processor in iPhone 6s.
- iPhone 7 – 2 Hours Longer than iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s – 1,715 mAh
The iPhone 7 features a battery which on average runs 2 hours longer than the iPhone 6s’ battery.
- iPhone 7 – Dual Stereo Speakers, EarPods
- iPhone 6s – Single Mono Speaker, Headphone Jack
Audio between the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s is a big difference with the iPhone 7 packing dual stereo speakers, rated 2 times louder than the iPhone 6s’ single speaker.
As mentioned earlier, the iPhone 7 does not contain a headphone jack, instead the lightning connector is being used to convey music to EarPods.
- iPhone 7 – Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Black, Jet Black
- iPhone 6s – Silver, Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray
iPhone 7 is available in two new colours – Black and Jet Black, in addition to Silver, Gold and Rose Gold that iPhone 6s currently offers.
- iPhone 7 – $649, $749 and $849
- iPhone 6 – $549 and $649
iPhone 7 is priced at $649 for the 32 GB version, $749 for the 128 GB version and $849 for the 256 GB version.
In comparison the iPhone 6s is priced at $100 cheaper, at $549 for the 32 GB version and $649 for the 128 GB version.
While both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s are great phones, iPhone 7 has advantages over iPhone 6s due to its better cameras, upgraded processor, improved battery life and the fact that it is Waterproof.
But if you do not like the idea of an iPhone without a headphone jack, then you should go for iPhone 6s and save some money.