iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6S vs iPhone 6: What’s the difference?

Apple finally announced a new 4-inch iPhone, following months and months of rumours. The iPhone SE was unveiled at an event in Cupertino in March and it replaces the existing iPhone 5S.

For those wondering how it compares to the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S, we are here to help. This feature explains the differences and similarities between the iPhone SE, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S to help you decide which is the right iPhone for you.

iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Design

The Apple iPhone 6 measures 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm and weighs 129g. The iPhone 6S measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm and hits the scales at 143g. Both offer aluminium bodies and although the iPhone 6S is made from a different metal to the iPhone 6, the design on both models is fabulous.

They both offer beautiful curved edges, slim builds and there isn’t a single sharp edge in sight. A fingerprint sensor sits within the Home button on both, but the iPhone 6S has the second-generation of Touch ID, which is a little faster than the iPhone 6.

The iPhone SE on the other hand, takes the majority of its design cues from the iPhone 5S, but with a couple of changes, including matte edges. It’s smaller, more compact and more pocketable than the iPhone 6 and 6S, and it opts for flat edges over round, as well as a lighter build of just 113g. An aluminium body is featured here too so you don’t lose the premium appeal, while its measurements sit 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, making it a little thicker than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S.

It offers Touch ID, but it’s the same technology as the iPhone 6, rather than the second-generation found on the iPhone 6S so it won’t be quite as fast as the 6S.
The iPhone SE is offered in the same colours as the iPhone 6S however, with silver, space grey, gold and rose gold all available. The iPhone 6 only comes in silver and space grey colour options.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Display

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S both have 4.7-inch Retina HD displays. Both their resolutions sit at 1334 x 750, delivering pixel densities of 326ppi. The only difference between the two devices is the iPhone 6S has 3D Touch, which is Apple’s version of a pressure sensitive display allowing for different actions based on the force with which you press. It’s a great feature, but it does require you to reprogramme the way you use your iPhone.
The iPhone SE offers a smaller 4-inch display, appealing to those who don’t want a larger smartphone. Those who have stuck with their iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. The resolution is the same as the iPhone 5S, which puts it at 1336 x 640. Because of the size difference, it means the iPhone SE still offers a pixel density of 326ppi like the iPhone 6 and 6S however, meaning ample sharpness with no softness or blur to images.

The SE doesn’t offer 3D Touch, but its biggest issue to is trying to cram everything onto its smaller display now that the iOS software has evolved. The 4-inch display will probably feel small to those that have used a larger device, but it is great for one-handed use.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Camera

The Apple iPhone 6 offers an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1.5µm pixels and an aperture of f/2.2. It is capable of 1080p video recording and there is a True Tone flash on board. The front camera is 1.2-megapixels, also with an f/2.2 aperture and both are great performers.

The iPhone 6S takes things up a notch in the camera department offering a 12-megapixel rear snapper with 1.22µm pixels and a f/2.2 aperture. Video recording capabilities increase to 4K and the True Tone flash remains intact. The front camera also sees a bump to 5-megapixels and while the aperture remains at f/2.2, it comes with a Retina flash.

Like the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 5S, the improvements are clear with the iPhone 6S compared to the iPhone 6. We found the iPhone 6S performs as well as many compact cameras we have come across, producing images with natural colours and tones.

The iPhone SE opts for the same 12-megapixel rear sensor as the iPhone 6S, meaning it is capable of 4K video recording and Live Photos. It also means you get a fantastic camera in your pocket and it’s a big leap from the iPhone 5S.

There is a 1.2-megapixel front camera with an aperture of f/2.4 however, so it doesn’t take from the iPhone 6S here, aside from also offering a Retina flash. The lower resolution is evident in the performance, with images a little soft and lacking in detail.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Hardware and specs

The Apple iPhone 6 comes with the A8 chip and M8 motion co-processor, supported by 1GB of RAM. It is thought to have a 1810mAh battery on board and it is available in 16GB and 64GB storage options. It’s more powerful than the iPhone 5S, as you might expect and it offers great graphics. In terms of battery life, you’ll get around a day with normal use, but the Low Power Mode will help squeeze a few extra hours.

The iPhone 6S has a newer and faster chip on board with the A9 and M9 motion co-processor, supported by double the RAM at 2GB. It is faster than the iPhone 6 and as we mentioned previously, Touch ID is also quicker to respond. The battery is said to be 1715mAh, which is a little smaller than the iPhone 6, but we found performance is actually better than the iPhone 6.

The iPhone SE features the A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor like the iPhone 6S so as with the iPhone 6S, performance is great. There is 2GB of RAM and a battery capacity of what is thought to be 1642mAh, making it just shy of the iPhone 6S. We managed to get to 10pm with 20 per cent of battery left so the iPhone SE doesn’t do too bad.

Apple Pay is supported on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S but it wasn’t on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone SE also supports Apple Pay so no differences between big and small there.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Software

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S both come with iOS 9, as does the iPhone SE.

Ultimately, the iPhone SE offers almost the same experience as the iPhone 6 but with the addition of Live Photos. The one feature missing is the double-tap function that allows the top of the screen to be accessible with your thumb but as it is smaller, it’s not really necessary.

Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Conclusion

The Apple iPhone SE has some pretty interesting specs for its €449 starting price.

It may look like the iPhone 5S but it has the processing and graphics power of the flagship iPhone 6S, as well as its rear camera, despite being almost €249 cheaper.

The iPhone SE is essentially a smaller version of the the iPhone 6S, minus 3D Touch and a couple of other features such as a higher resolution front-facing camera. For those after a smaller iPhone, you aren’t comprising on much and you’re saving on the pennies. Bigger is normally always better, but sometimes great things come in small packages too, which is exactly the case for the iPhone SE.

iPhone 6s Review

The iPhone 6s delivers the best smartphone experience for general users with better cameras, ease of use, feature-packed software and many other improvements across the board.

Apple’s iPhone 6s may not include the highest resolution screen and we still aren’t satisfied with the iPhone 6s battery life. But with a new 3D Touch feature that allows us to use common apps and features faster and the insanely fast Touch ID sensor, there is a lot to love.

Externally the iPhone 6s looks almost identical to the iPhone 6, but with smart new features, a more rugged design and improvements to key areas. As a result, the iPhone 6s earns a Gotta Be Mobile Editor’s Choice Award.

Is the iPhone 6s worth buying?

What We Like About the iPhone 6s

Here are the things we like about the iPhone 6s, after upgrading from the iPhone 6.

– Faster Performance & Touch ID
– Better Cameras on Front and Back
– 3D Touch: Speeds Up Access to Common Tasks
– Tougher, Slightly Easier to Grip Metal

What We Don’t Like About the iPhone 6s

Here are some areas the iPhone 6s falls short, including a common complaint from our time with the iPhone 6.

– iPhone 6s Battery Life is too short for Power Users
– 16GB of Storage Isn’t Enough

iPhone 6s Review: The Bottom Line

Apple boasts that, “The only thing that’s changed is Everything” in the iPhone 6s ads on TV. This is a bold claim for an iPhone “S” model that looks the same other than a new Rose Gold color option, but it is a fitting way to describe the upgrades that Apple includes with the iPhone 6s.


Even though many users will not need all the processing power packed into the new processor, it enables new Live Photos and 4K recording. The new cameras on the front and back of the iPhone 6s place the iPhone at the top of the class. It is easy to take good photos with the iPhone 6s, and that’s not something that we can say about every Android phone on the market.

Users who already own the iPhone 6 may not find enough reasons to upgrade to the new iPhone 6s, but for owners of the iPhone 5s or older this is an upgrade that delivers two year’s worth of important changes to users.

Apple fixes bendgate with new stronger, lighter frame for iPhone 6S

No more Bendgate ... Apple has designed the iPhone 6S to be stronger at its most vulnerable spot.
No more Bendgate … Apple has designed the iPhone 6S to be stronger at its most vulnerable spot.

A NEW video claiming to show leaked parts of the next Apple iPhone shows how the technology giant plans to kill Bendgate — the flaw in the iPhone 6 Plus design that had some people folding their giant smartphones.

The video at Unbox Therapy shows what is claimed to be leaked parts of the Apple iPhone 6S, the smaller of the two new iPhones that Apple is expected to unveil at a rumoured launch on September 9.

No More Bendgate

Shortly after the release of Apple’s first phablet, the iPhone 6 Plus, some customers complained that the 5.5-inch smartphone had a weakness in the frame that meant they bent if you applied force in a particular way, such as sitting on it.

Apple later admitted the problem although it said it was “extremely rare”.

The Unbox Therapy video out today shows the backplate for the iPhone 6S, the smaller of the new iPhones, compared with the backplate of the iPhone 6.

The new design is slightly bigger: 138.2mm tall by 67.16mm wide versus the current design of 138.09mm by 66.91mm. Yet despite the slight increase in size, the new frame is 2g lighter, suggesting that Apple is using a higher grade aluminium which it uses in the Apple Watch Sport.

The key design change means that the Apple iPhone 6 is stronger in its most vulnerable point.

The video today is a sign that Apple is keen not to have another Bendgate, although it should be viewed with a few qualifications.

Firstly, the leaked iPhone 6 backplate might not be a final version. Also, Bendgate was only a problem with the bigger phone, and the video does not show proof that the new design is across both models of iPhone.