Should You Upgrade To The New Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) IPhone Or Stick To Your Old Phone?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’ release of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus has dramatically expanded the selection of iPhones available in stores.

The question at this juncture is whether you should upgrade to iPhone 6S or stick to your old model. Here is a brief outline of how the new iPhone models compare with the earlier models.

Device size

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) these days prefers giving you larger iPhones, which are also a bit heavier than the previous model. The iPhone 6S comes with 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm in dimension and weighs 143g. The iPhone 6 has dimension of 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm and weighs 129g. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S both weigh 112g and have dimension of 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6.


Save for the 3D Touch in iPhone 6S, you don’t see any revolutionary display features in the device compared to earlier ones. What is easily noticeable is that since iPhone 6 last year, Apple has sought to make larger iPhones with a 4.7-inch screen.


The iPhone 6S features dramatic camera improvements. You have a 12MP rear capture and 5MP front shooter capable of 4K and 1080p video recording qualities. In the previous models, at least from iPhone 5 to iPhone 6, Apple offered 8MP back shooter and 1.2MP front capture.

The drawback is that Apple has maintained the base storage of iPhone at 16GB despite camera enhancement that will naturally require more storage space.


Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has not made any major improvement in iPhone battery life, and that could come as a serious limitation to those who want to take full advantage of the iPhone 6S features. The iPhone 6S features 1715 mAh battery capacity which compares with 1810 mAh of iPhone 6. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S had 1440 mAh and 1560 mAh, respectively of battery capacity.

Looking at iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has put a real difference between them an iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S in the past, but not much from iPhone 6.

Processor and Memory

Benchmarks have shown impressive gains over the iPhone 6’s A8 processor. Benchmarks conducted via Geekbench 3 showed scores that not only beat the iPhone 6, but beat the iPad Air 2. Apple’s A9 processor has made substantial gains which make the phone significantly more powerful. It’s also worth noting that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus come with 2GB of RAM versus 1GB in the previous generation.

Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has been in the financial space for over six years now. Gupta earned her MBA degree from Symbiosis Centre of Distance Learning in 2009 and her passion for finance led her to pursue Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) course. She has successfully completed Level II of her CFA. She is a veteran in article writing, which is depicted in her numerous pieces published on SeekingAlpha, Nextiphonenews, InsiderMonkey, MarketWatch, and Techinsider. Her crisp and eloquent writing finds its best place in Researchcows, where emphasis is given on developing rich content for various websites, products, business plans, trainings, and book writing.

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