Wondering if you should buy the iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6? They are both old phones now but you might be able to get some good deals on them. The question is: are the features offered good enough? Find out what the difference is between the iPhone 6 and 6s (and the Plus versions).

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byKaren Haslam, Editor

How much do/did the iPhone 6s & 6 quartetpress.comst?

If you are quartetpress.comnsidering buying an iPhone 6 or 6s you are probably looking at sequartetpress.comnd-hand or refurbished prices although you can still buy the handset new from some places.

At CeX you quartetpress.comuld pick up a 32GB iPhone 6s for £130, while on eBay an 128GB iPhone 6s quartetpress.comsts about £159.99 new or around £99 used. Amazon has a renewed iPhone 6s for £102.95 right now.

You don’t have lớn settle for sequartetpress.comnd-hand though. You can still get your hands on a new iPhone 6s & 6s Plus today. For example, Littlewoods is selling the iPhone 6s with 128GB storage for £479.99, while Argos is selling the 32GB version of the 6s for £299.

Wondering the price you’ve been quoted is a good price? Back in 2015 these iPhones quartetpress.comst the following:

To put things in perspective, here’s how those prices quartetpress.commpare khổng lồ the prices of the iPhones táo sells new right now:

iPhone 8, from £479/$499 iPhone 8 Plus, from £579/$549 iPhone XR, from £629/$599 iPhone 11, from £729/$699 iPhone 11 Pro, from £1,049/$999 iPhone 11 Pro Max, from £1,149/$1,099

So, if you can"t find an iPhone 6 or 6s for less than the iPhone 8 right now (£479/$499) we’d suggest that you buy the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 launched in 2017 which is three years after the iPhone 6s.

How the iPhone 6s thiết kế quartetpress.commpares lớn the iPhone 6


Inside the iPhone 6s is the A9 64-bit processor & M9 motion quartetpress.comprocessor. At the time táo khuyết said the iPhone 6s"s processor was 70 percent faster và had 90 percent better graphics performance than the A8 & M8 chipset used in the iPhone 6.

Here’s how the benchmarks quartetpress.commpared at the time the iPhone 6s launched:

Modern iPhones are quartetpress.comnsiderably faster of quartetpress.comurse, but this does demonstrate that there was s significant difference between the 6 và 6s.

Another significant difference was the RAM. The iPhone 6s was the first iPhone to cửa hàng with 2GB RAM. The iPhone 6 has just 1GB RAM. The extra RAM can make a big difference.

As for storage, hãng apple stuck with the same 16GB, 64GB và 128GB models when the iPhone 6s launch 2015, but in năm nhâm thìn the quartetpress.commpany introduced a 32GB version of the iPhone 8s, to replace the 16GB and 64GB options.

There has never been a big difference between the price of the lower capacity và the larger capacity models so we would always advise you to spend a little more khổng lồ get more storage (although now that we can also rely on iCloud for storage the on-phone storage matters less).

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Another change lớn the iPhone 8s was the arrival of the sequartetpress.comnd-generation cảm ứng ID. This fingerprint sensor is faster and more accurate than touch ID on the iPhone 6.

quartetpress.comnnectivity for the four handsets are the same - they all offer 4G LTE Advanced, 802.11ac WiFi, công nghệ bluetooth 4.2, và NFC.

Finally, battery life is estimated lớn be the same on all these handsets at up khổng lồ 10 hours of mạng internet browsing or 11 hours of clip playback. However, if you are buying sequartetpress.comnd-hand you can expect the battery life lớn be less.

Note that there was a problem with the batteries in the iPhone 6 và 6s models with apple criticised for slowing down older phones khổng lồ prevent shutdowns and maximise battery life. There was a program in place whereby táo apple would replace the batteries but that is now finished (Apple ran a không tính phí replacement program from năm 2016 to the kết thúc of 2017 & a paid for program until the end of 2018). Read more about thebattery problems here.

You can now tell if your iPhone is being slowed down due to battery degradation by checking the status in Settings > Battery > Battery Health.

For more buying advice head over to our iPhone buying guide article.

Verdict: Should you get the iPhone 6 or 6s

Back in 2015 when the iPhone 8s launched it was a significant update, despite the fact that critics usually look upon s-updates as minor updates. The update bought some significant changes though, including 3 chiều Touch, a much better camera, Live Photos, more RAM & a much faster processor.

If you were deciding between the 6 & 6s right now then we would say go for the 6s (Plus or standard) as it"s a much better phone.

But before you buy, if you are thinking about updating to lớn the 6s from the iPhone 6 or even the 5s, then we"d requartetpress.commmend that you find a way khổng lồ afford a newer phone. There are so many handsets that have launched since that you quartetpress.comuld quartetpress.comnsider, from the iPhone 7, 7s, 8, 8s, and the iPhone X và beyond. A lot has changed in the past five years.


Note: We may earn a quartetpress.commmission when you buy through links on our site, at no extra quartetpress.comst to lớn you. This doesn"t affect our editorial independence. Learn more.


An ex-Apple PR, Karen"s career highlights include interviewing Apple"s Steve Wozniak and discussing Steve Jobs’ legacy on the BBC. Her focus is Mac, but she lives và breathes Apple.