iPhone 6 in 2017 – still relevant?
While the iPhone 8 leaks and rumors are on the high i decided to take a step back and look at Apple’s flagship of 2014, the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6 was a welcome edition after the iPhone 5 and 5s as it had a larger , 4.7 ” screen, compared to its predecessors. This was the age of smartphones where ‘bigger’ meant ‘better’ and Apple decided to follow the trend. It was a very smart move as the iPhone 6 was one of the most successful iPhones ever. Apple also implemented a metal unibody design for the iPhone 6, with antenna lines going through the top and bottom, at the back of the phone.
The iPhone 6 is still very relevant in terms of software as Apple is still pushing out the latest updates for it. Thus, the iPhone 6 is updatable to iOS 10. There are, however, some differences between the iPhone 6 and its successors. For one, the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus have 3d touch technology which enables a user to press harder on the screen to get more options or features of an app. The screen on the iPhone 6 is not pressure sensitive and so no matter how hard you press you wont get the extra features. However many people don’t really use 3d touch very often and so people with the iPhone 6 wont miss out on much. Moving onto the iPhone 7, the 6th generation of the iPhone also doesn’t have dual speakers like the iPhone 7 does. There is one speaker on the top and one downward facing speaker at the bottom, just like the HTC 10 , on the iPhone 7. However on the iPhone 6 there’s only one downward facing speaker, which does get pretty loud but it isn’t the same thing as dual speakers or front firing speakers. Other than the speakers, the iPhone 6 also doesn’t have the water resistance that the iPhone 7 does. However one important thing that the iPhone 6 does have and the 7 doesn’t is the headphone jack. The 3.5mm headphone jack is used by pretty much everyone in the world and many criticized Apple for omitting it on their iPhone 7.
If you remember, at the time of release of the iPhone 6, there was the issue of bendgate. The phone would bend if excessive force was applied to it and this caused Apple to reinforce the materials used in later iPhone models.However this isn’t much of a problem as most of you dont keep your phone in your back pocket. The camera on the newer models was improved over the iPhone 6 but the iPhone 6 had a great camera which is still great for taking shots and it can be considered as a great point and shoot camera. The iPhone 6 sported a 8 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus rear camera which could shoot video in 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 240fps. Photos looked decent enough and in good lighting conditions , the camera showed its true potential. In low light however , noise crept in and the photos didn’t look as detailed but Apple shouldn’t be to blame here as every smartphone camera, even to this date has that same problem on various degrees. Here are some sample shots taken by the iPhone 6.
In terms of battery life, you’re really not missing out on much from the newer iPhone models as you pretty much get the same experience. It will last you around a full day on moderate use but on heavy usage, you will probably have to charge it during the day. Performance is still great and now with the iOS 10 update, the phone feels faster than ever. You’re not getting the same A10 fusion chip used in the iPhone 7 but you can still get a very decent experience. As you all already know, Apple isn’t big on using all the latest and greatest chips and RAM but is more about optimizing their software for their hardware and that has helped them a lot in pushing out updates and supporting older iPhone models.
All in all the iPhone 6 is still a great device and anyone looking to get the Apple experience, and is on a budget, should get the iPhone 6. You may not get the fancy 3d touch technology or the waterproofing but at least you can enjoy music with your friends and all you would need is an aux cable and a speaker.