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Compare the iPhone 6s to the iPhone 7

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have seen the light of day. The changes may not seem big, but they're there. In this article, you can read exactly what the similarities and differences between the iPhone 6s and the new iPhone 7 are.

The home button

Who'd had ever thought: the iconic home button of the Apple iPhone is no longer. At least, it's no longer a button you can press. Instead, the home button has become touch sensitive and features a vibrate function. This offers lots of possibilities. Depending on the pressure you exert on the home button, I'm given different options. The vibrate function gives a haptic feedback when 'pressing' the button.

Physical button, yes or no?

iPhone 6s home button

Home button iPhone 6s: a physical button

The iPhone 6s's home button is comparable to that of the iPhone 6 and 5s. It's a physical button that you can feel when pressing it down. Just like the home button found on the iPhone 7, Touch ID has been integrated into the button.

iPhone 7 no home button

Home button iPhone 7: no physical button

It'll take some time getting used to: the iPhone 7's home button is no longer a button you can press. Instead, it feels like you're pressing down the entire lower half of the phone. That's because the iPhone 7 has an integrated vibration motor that starts working when you 'press' the button.


When it comes to design, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 can be considered twins. One difference that stands out to me is the placement of the antenna lines on the rear of the phone. On the iPhone 6 and 6s, they run centrally across the rear of the phone. On the iPhone 7, they no longer run along the back of the phone, but along the top and bottom of the phone. Because of this, I feel they've been incorporated much more subtly. Additionally, there are 2 new available colors. Gray (Space Gray) is no longer. Instead, you can now choose matte black or shiny black.

Other colors

iPhone 6s design

Design iPhone 6s: the old, familiar 'Space Gray'

For 3 years in a row, all iPhone models were available in the colors 'Space Gray:' the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6s. The iPhone 7 has now broken with this tradition.

Apple iPhone 7 design

Design iPhone 7: the camera bulge has been incorporated into the casing

Another difference with the iPhone 6s is the fact that the camera bulge has been incorporated into the rear of the phone. In the iPhone 6s, this is a separate part that's attached to the body of the phone.


An important addition, to me, is the inclusion of optical image stabilization on the iPhone 7. The iPhone 6s Plus already featured this function, but the smaller 6s didn't. This makes the iPhone 7 the first 4.7-inch iPhone to feature this function. The advantage of optical image stabilization is that your photos won't be blurry as quickly when you move the phone because the optical image stabilization compensates for any movements you make.

Without or with image stabilization?

iPhone 6s camera

Camera iPhone 6s: without optical image stabilization

No optical image stabilization for the iPhone 6s. This is only meant for the iPhone 6s Plus. This doesn't do away from the fact that the iPhone 6s has an excellent 12-megapixel camera. To me, the photos are very sharp and detailed.

iPhone 7 camera

Camera iPhone 7: with optical image stabilization

Both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus feature optical image stabilization. The main difference with the iPhone 6 without optical image stabilization can be seen when I'm filming. The optical image stabilization compensates for any movements you make with the phone. This allows for much more stabilized movies.

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