How different is the iPhone 6 to its predecessors?

30th October 2014
How different is the iPhone 6 to its predecessor?

Every year, the world waits with expectantly to see what new creation Apple will bring out – and to see how it will revolutionise the smartphone market. 

Whether it's a bigger screen size, faster processor or a better camera, the features normally wow the crowds and whet the appetites of tech-hungry consumers. 

But how different is each iteration of the phone? Looking at the iPhone 6 in comparison to the first model that came onto the scene in 2007, has much actually changed? 


One of the most notable changes is that the iPhone 6 is bigger than its predecessors. Coming in at 4.7 inches, it eclipses the four-inch screen of the iPhone 5 range, which in itself was bigger than the 3.5-inch display of all previous iterations. All in all, this marks a 34 per cent rise in screen size. Over the last few years, smartphones in general have been getting bigger as consumers use them for more features – especially watching television through Netflix or using maps applications. 

Having previously hinted that the firm would not follow the trend by introducing larger screens, it will be interesting to see whether or not it's a decision Tim Cook and his team will live to regret. With ten million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold in the first weekend – not to mention impressive fourth quarter sales reports from the Cupertino business – consumers seem to be a fan of the additional space. 


As the iPhone fulfils so many functions, it is only natural that there will be extra pressure on the storage facilities. With photos, apps, videos and music to store, there are few things more frustrating than having to delete photos so you can use the camera, or not being able to have all your favourite tunes on your device at the same time.

The initial iPhone came with either 4 GB or 8 GB of storage. Neither of those options are available on the iPhone 6, with 16 GB being the smallest. For those who want their handset to be a powerhouse, there's the option to pay a little more and have 64 GB or 128 GB of space. 

One thing that should be noted is how Apple has refused to allow removable storage, like many of its competitors. While this is likely to be a turn off for some, it could just be one of those habits that Apple likes to maintain to stand out from the crowd and not bow to public demand. 


Arguably the greatest sign of gradual, incremental changes to the phone is the camera. While other smartphones are leading the way with double-digit megapixel cameras, Apple has fallen behind the competition with its eight-megapixel offering. 

While it is still a remarkable camera with stunning picture quality, the iPhone 5s also had eight megapixels, despite it being rumoured this could increase to 13 megapixels. 

Considering the first iteration of the handset came with a two-megapixel device, it's not a substantial development to be on eight considering the technological advancements that have taken place since its initial release. 

Posted by The EnerGenie

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