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Is your iPhone 6s due an upgrade? Here's how much faster iPhone 11 is.

Iphone 11 Speed Test Screenshot
Iphone 11 Speed Test Screenshot (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple's iPhone 6s launched in September 2015.
  • Most owners will be overdue an upgrade.
  • This video shows how much faster iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro are.

When Apple launched iPhone 6s back in September of 2015 it was the best thing since sliced bread. Or, at least, since iPhone 6. But we're now almost four years down the line and it's starting to look a little long in the tooth. So maybe an iPhone 11 is in order, right? This video shows you what you're missing out on right now.

Shared by YouTuber PhoneBuff, the video takes one iPhone 6s and one iPhone 11 Pro and then puts them through a suite of app opening and multitasking tests to see which performs the best. There's even a robotic arm used to try and make everything as fair as possible. Cool, right?

You can watch the full video to see how things panned out, but the short version is that the iPhone 11 Pro smoked its older cousin. So much so that it arguably wasn't a fair fight and it just goes to show how impressive Apple's A13 Bionic processor is.

Don't worry if you don't want to splash the cash on iPhone 11 Pro, though. Apple puts the same chip in iPhone 11, so that'll be just as fast.

But as impressive as this video is, it's worth urging a little caution, too. There's plenty of debate as to whether these tests are all that useful because nobody actually uses their phones like this. Apple VP Craig Federighi even called them out during an interview last year.

Still, it beats watching videos of benchmark apps, right?

Oliver Haslam
Contributor

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • I did a side by side comparison with my iphone 8 and my 6s. there is essentially no difference. The 6s is the best iphone apple ever released. and still holds its own today!
  • I can't imagine anyone upgrades for speed now, they've been fast enough for a long time, the iPhone 6 is still really fast. The iPhone 4 was my favorite iPhone, the only problem I had with it was antennagate, but luckily that was easily remedied by a phone case. Gorgeous design, front camera, retina display, and easy to use with one hand. Back when it had its own YouTube app that wasn't riddled with ads, popups and problems, and innovative skeuomorphic interface design
  • I still have an iPhone 4. They should let us load iOS 13 on them. Same with the iPads. I have my original iPad 2. It’s now an always on alarm clock and nothing else at this time.