Iphone 6 và iphone 6 plus

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Update Published November 11, 2020

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

Please cảnh báo that the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus have been discontinued. This Q&A has been updated with the latest iOS support details & more và can be quite helpful for anyone considering one of these models on the used market.

With even a casual glance at an iPhone 6 và 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 and iPhone 6 Plus models (four of each) and EveryiPhone.com has meticulously documented each one as always. This Q&A primarily details collective differences for simplicity"s sake.

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

External Differences và Similarities

Both the iPhone 6 và 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 & 5.5" (1920x1080) for the iPhone 6 Plus.Bothscreens are multitouch capable, have IPS technology, are LED-backlit and have a 500 cd/m2 typical maximum brightness as well as "dual-domain pixels" for a wider viewing angle.

However, the iPhone 6 has a superior 1400:1 contrast ratio compared to lớn 1300:1 for the iPhone 6 Plus. The iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, has a higher px density, 401 ppi compared to 326 ppi for the iPhone 6.Inpractice, these differences are minor -- và only those with extremely sharp vision will be able khổng lồ differentiate the higher pixel 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.

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

Each device is available in three màu sắc options -- silver, which has a white glass front & a silver colored aluminum back; gold, which has a white glass front và a gold colored aluminum back; và "space" gray, which has a đen glass front & a gray aluminum back.

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

Android fans might also cảnh báo that the back looks a bit similar to models in the previously released, and generally well regarded, smartphone htc One line, as well. The overall industrial design of the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus is similar to lớn Apple"s earlier iPod cảm ứng 5th Gen, with gently rounded sides, but the iPod cảm ứng has an entirely flat display whereas the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have glass displays that themselves curve toward the also rounded sides for a "completely smooth and continuous surface."

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Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 6/6 Plus - Curved Display Edge & Rounded Sides)

Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus additionally have an embedded "Touch ID" fingerprint sensor in the trang chủ button that allows for biometric identification rather than a mere passcode, a bottom mounted tai nghe jack, microphone, Lighting connector, và 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 & iPhone 6 Plus. The respected Consumer Reports scientifically determined that it requires a significant 70 pounds of pressure lớn bend the iPhone 6 & 90 pounds of pressure lớn 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, and the fairly slick finish combine khổng lồ make the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus rather easy lớn drop, too. For those with smaller hands, the iPhone 6 Plus, in particular, is quite easy to drop when trying khổng lồ reach across the display with one"s thumb while simultaneously holding the device in the same hand. Consequently, a case is highly recommended lớn 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 lớn potential structural weakness or rough handling, either one -- a sturdy case would provide overall protection, too. Regardless, do not sit on your iPhone!

Camera Differences

The iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus both have 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 a 1.2 megapixel sensor (1280x960), an f/2.2 aperture, and are capable of recording 720p video.

The rear-mounted iSight camera on both devices has an 8 megapixel sensor with 1.5µm pixels, an f/2.2 aperture, & is capable of recording 1080p clip 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" and continuous autofocus and cinematic video clip stabilization.

Both also have a five-element lens và 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" đoạn clip and much better low light photos compared khổng lồ the standard iPhone 6.

For those interested in minor details, the rear camera in both the iPhone 6 and 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 gone as far as referring to lớn this protrusion as "appalling" & others even have speculated as lớn why hãng apple apparently attempted to hide the camera bump altogether in some hàng hóa photos, this is unlikely khổng lồ be an issue for all but the most fastidious.

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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 đứng đầu if it is not held in a protective case.

Identification Differences

It is easy lớn 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 khổng lồ readily estimate the kích cỡ of a 4.7" or 5.5" display or who are not familiar with the dimensions of each device altogether, even collective visual identification can be difficult.

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

Nevertheless, the model numbers for each iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are:

iPhone

Model Number

iPhone 6 (GSM/North America)

A1549

iPhone 6 (CDMA/Verizon)

A1549

iPhone 6 (Global/Sprint)

A1586

iPhone 6 (China Mobile)

A1589

iPhone 6 Plus (GSM/North America)

A1522

iPhone 6 Plus (CDMA/Verizon)

A1522

iPhone 6 Plus (Global/Sprint)

A1524

iPhone 6 Plus (China Mobile)

A1593

As is clear from the above, model numbers A1549 & A1522 (in italics), for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, respectively, vị not correspond to lớn a single device. For the purpose of this Q&A, it is adequate to merely lưu ý that A1549 refers to an iPhone 6 & A1522 refers to 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 vancongnghiep.info tiện ích for quả táo 5 or later -- can precisely identify these iPhone models by Order Number (referred lớn as "Model" within the ios "Settings" tiện ích under General > About), và their Serial Numbers, as well.

Battery Life Differences

With a physically larger display & corresponding housing, táo khuyết took full advantage of the additional space in the iPhone 6 Plus and packed it with a higher capacity 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 clip Playback11 Hours14 Hours
Audio Playback50 Hours80 Hours

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

Wireless Connectivity & Data Differences

All iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus models tư vấn 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, & specifically 802.11ac with speeds up khổng lồ 433 Mbps, as well as bluetooth không dây 4.0 và GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz).

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Other connectivity varies accordingly:

iPhone mã sản phẩm ModelNo. UMTS/HSPA+DC-HSDPA CDMAEV-DOTD-SCDMALTE Bands (4G)
6 (GSM/North America)A1549850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHzUnofficialNone1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 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, 20, 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, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
6 (China 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, 20, 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, 20, 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, 20, 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, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)
6 Plus (China 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, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29); TD-LTE (38, 39, 40, 41)

Note that the china Mobile iPhone 6 and 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 & FDD-LTE formally are "only for international roaming" rather than for use within mainland China. No doubt clever hackers will figure out workarounds for mainland 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, the displays, cameras, and 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 vi xử lý core 1.4 GHz hãng apple A8 processor, have an M8 motion coprocessor that "continuously measures data from the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and a new barometer," và have 1 GB of RAM.

In a more detailed technical evaluation, Chipworks found that the táo bị cắn dở A8 formally is a 20 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 and March 2017, apple re-introduced 32 GB variants of the iPhone 6, but not the iPhone 6 Plus.

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

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

iOS support Similarities

The iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus both originally shipped pre-installed with ios 8 và subsequently shipped with game ios 9. Both lines provide full support for the operating system including táo khuyết Pay. They are supported by game ios 10, game ios 11, và iOS 12, too.

However, the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus models do not support tiện ích 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, và dimensions -- as well as other details and pricing information are summarized below:

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iPhone 6
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iPhone 6 PlusDisplay Size:Display Resolution: Pixel Density:Contrast Ratio:Bend Pressure:Front Camera:Rear Camera:Cinematic đoạn phim Stabilization:Continuous Autofocus Video:Optical Image Stabilization: Storage Options: Talk Time (3G): 3G Battery Life: 4G Battery Life: Wi-Fi Battery Life: clip Playback: Audio Playback:Standby Time:Connector Type:SIM Card: Apple Pay (NFC):Touch ID:Dimensions: Weight: Model No: Intro. Price (US):
4.7"5.5"
1334x7501920x1080
326 ppi401 ppi
1400:11300:1
70 Pounds90 Pounds
1.2 Megapixels1.2 Megapixels
8 Megapixels8 Megapixels
YesYes
YesYes
NoYes
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
LightningLightning
NanoNano
YesYes
YesYes
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)
A1549/A1586/A1589A1522/A1524/A1593
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 & contract không tính tiền 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 tightest of budgets, the newer iPhone 6s and 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 and less likely khổng lồ bend, stronger displays with more advanced touch 3d capability, faster performance, better cameras, more advanced connectivity, more recent game ios support, and more. The lack of current iOS support for the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus means that app tư vấn will start lớn taper off going forward.

However, for those on a tight budget, the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus remain well worth consideration. For someone considering only the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus, rather than newer models, the kích thước difference alone is enough lớn 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 và 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; tend to prefer khổng lồ carry your di động in a bag or purse rather than in your pockets; và you are willing to lớn use your di động in landscape (horizontal) mode with two hands much of the time, perhaps you would prefer the larger iPhone 6 Plus.

Among reviewers, the well respected John Gruber found the iPhone 6 size to 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 game ios helps those with smaller hands make the most of the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus by temporarily moving buttons closer to your fingers, but the smaller iPhone models still are easier to reach across for most people. If at all possible, EveryiPhone.com would strongly recommend thinking about whether reading and đoạn clip are more important to lớn you than one-handed usability và how you prefer to lớn carry the device. Then, handle both devices in person prior to lớn purchase to lớn make the best decision for you.

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

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

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