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Thursday, April 21, 2016

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.
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, although the iPhone 6S is made from a different metal to the iPhone 6.
The design is almost identical however with curved edges, slim builds and a fingerprint sensor within the Home button. The iPhone 6S has the second-generation of Touch ID, which is a little faster than the iPhone 6 but both have Touch ID nonetheless.
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. An aluminium body is featured and it measures 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm, making it a little thicker than the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S. It is significantly lighter though, hitting the scales at just 113g.
It offers Touch ID, but it will be the same as the iPhone 6, rather than the second-generation found on the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone SE will come 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.
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 will still offer a pixel density of 326ppi like the iPhone 6 and 6S however.
The SE doesn't offer 3D Touch, so the new 4-incher will offer a slightly different experience to the iPhone 6S, but the same as the iPhone 6.
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-megapixel, also with an f/2.2 aperture.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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. The battery is said to be 1715mAh, which is a little smaller than the iPhone 6.
The iPhone SE will feature the A9 chip and M9 motion co-processor like the iPhone 6S. It is also expected to come with 2GB of RAM and the battery capacity is speculated at 1642mAh, which would make it just shy of the iPhone 6S, although this isn't currently clear as yet.
Apple Pay is supported on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S but it wasn't on the iPhone 5S. The iPhone SE will also support 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 and this will be the case for the iPhone SE too.
Apple tends not to even preview the new build of its iOS software until WWDC in June, releasing it with the next iPhone flagship in September but it did reveal some of the new features coming with iOS 9.3.
Ultimately, the iPhone SE will offer the same experience as the iPhone 6 but with the addition of Live Photos.
Apple iPhone SE vs iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6: Conclusion
The Apple iPhone SE has some pretty interesting specs for its £359 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 £200 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 though, you aren't comprising on much and you're saving on the pennies.

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