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iPhone Q&A

Update Published October 5, 2019

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What are all the differences between the iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus & the earlier iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s? Are any of these models still a usable option?

Please lưu ý that all of these models have been discontinued. However, this Q&A has been updated with current iOS support details và more & can be particularly helpful for anyone buying one of these models on the used market.

With even a quick glance at the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5s compared to lớn the subsequently introduced, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it is obvious that the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus are substantially larger and pack much larger displays.

This immediate observation is correct, but there are many other differences that are also useful khổng lồ evaluate in detail. It also is worth noting that there actually are a whopping twenty nine different models in these lines -- five iPhone 5 models, eight iPhone 5c models, eight iPhone 5s models, four iPhone 6 models, and four iPhone 6 Plus models -- but this Q&A mostly covers collective differences for relative simplicity & explains who should still consider these devices.

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Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, & iPhone 6 Plus)

External thiết kế Differences

Although these models look similar from the front, the overall designs are rather different, which is quite apparent from the back. The iPhone 5 & iPhone 5s are largely aluminum & have a "chamfered cut" flat edge whereas the iPhone 5c uses a polycarbonate over steel case.

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Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 5 - Left, iPhone 5c - Center, iPhone 5s - Right)

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, on the other hand, also have a largely aluminum case, but they are thinner than these other models with an almost entirely aluminum back without the glass top and bottom portions lượt thích the iPhone 5 và iPhone 5s.

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

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models also have gently rounded sides rather than a flat edge, which gives them an overall look similar to the previously released iPod touch 5th Gen.

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Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus - Rounded Edges)

Color options are different between these models as well, with the iPhone 5 offered in black and slate or white and silver; iPhone 5c models all offered with a đen front và the choice of a glossy polycarbonate back in white, pink, yellow, blue, or green; & the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, & iPhone 6 Plus each originally offered in black & space gray, white & silver, or white & gold. However, on September 9, 2015, táo bị cắn eliminated the gold màu sắc option for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, và iPhone 6 Plus. On the used market, of course, gold remains available.

All of these models have a bottom mounted headphone jack, microphone, Lightning connector, and a single speaker. Each ships, or shipped, with "EarPod" headphones that include the integrated Remote và Mic, too.

However, the iPhone 5 & iPhone 5c bởi vì not have the embedded biometric "Touch ID" sensor in the home button whereas the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, và iPhone 6 Plus each do.

Display Differences

All of these iPhone models have a multitouch-capable IPS LED-backlit display, but there are significant differences in kích cỡ and quality.

iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, & iPhone 5s models all have a 4" display, whereas the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have 4.7" và 5.5" displays, respectively. Other specific differences include:

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6 Plus
Display Size:4"4"4"4.7"5.5"
Resolution:1136x6401136x6401136x6401334x7501920x1080
Pixel Density:326 ppi326 ppi326 ppi326 ppi401 ppi
Contrast Ratio:800:1800:1800:11400:11300:1
Max Brightness:500 cd/m2500 cd/m2500 cd/m2500 cd/m2500 cd/m2
Dual-Domain Pixels:NoNoNoYesYes

All of these displays are high quality, & only those with excellent eyesight even will be able khổng lồ differentiate between the 401 ppi of the iPhone 6 Plus và the 326 ppi of the other devices. However, it is important to lưu ý that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are not just larger, but better quality, as well, with a noticeable "pop" provided by the enhanced contrast ratios as well as wider viewing angles provided by the "dual-domain pixels."

Bendability & Durability Differences

Shortly after their introduction, there was a great khuyễn mãi giảm giá of chatter across the blogosphere about the potential "bendability" of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It is worth noting that there also have been a small number of reports of bent iPhone 5 và iPhone 5s models over the years.

However, the "bendgate" discussion was louder for the iPhone 6 và iPhone 6 Plus than earlier models,no doubt at least partially because one early reviewer from Wired bent his iPhone 6 Plus in testing. It also is worth noting that this reviewer "probably" sat on it.

táo officially stated that "with normal use a bend in iPhone is extremely rare" & in the first six days of shipping only "nine customers" reported a bent iPhone 6 Plus khổng lồ the company. It is an interesting qualifier that the company acknowledged the number of bent iPhone 6 Plus models alone rather than together with the iPhone 6, but this may be in direct response to lớn Wired"s findings for the iPhone 6 Plus, specifically.

In an effort to showroom a bit of scientific rigor to customer observations, the respected Consumer Reports tested the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, và iPhone 6 Plus -- as well as three game android mobiles -- with an Instron compression chạy thử machine: