Whenever Apple releases a new iPhone, there are myriad questions we all need answered. Will the charger change (again)? Will the battery life be any better? Will it even fit into my back pocket? Where can I score an iPhone 6 case? And, of course, the most important question of all: Will the iPhone 6 make my selfies better?! Luckily for you, here at Bustle, we aren't afraid to dive deep into the land of gonzo journalism to find the answers to these burning queries.
According to Apple's website, the 8 megapixel front-facing camera on the iPhone 6 has a few sweet new features to ostensibly make it the better choice for all your selfie needs. There's a new face detection sensor (perf, since selfies = just your face), "Focus Pixels" (which, I assume, has to do with the annoying bluriness that happens when you try to click the shutter button with one hand while throwing a peace sign with the other), plus exposure control (for all your pre-AfterLight editing needs).
Great. That sounds pretty promising, but does it really make a difference? After all, we're used to Apple making big sounding changes that offer only the tiniest improvement. So I (wearing makeup and glasses) and our Senior News Editor/Resident Selfie Expert, Jenny, (wearing less makeup and no glasses) took our respective iPhone 5s and 6s to the test.
Wait, did the iPhone 6 just make my face look smaller? Or does the iPhone 5 make it look wider? What is happening? Either way, the colors are definitely brighter on the 6.
Wow! Same for Jenny! Even with her hair more out of her face, her chin still looks narrower on the 6. This is weird.
Outside, there's less of a difference between the two shots. The iPhone 6 selfie is definitely slightly brighter and clearer, but the upgrade is negligible.
As for my favorite Brit, the iPhone 6 really made her glow in an outside setting. Check out that clear blue sky!
Listen, I'm not going to say that the iPhone 6 front facing camera is guaranteed to make your face look thinner. And, honestly, I care a lot more about the fact that the photos comes out less pixelated — even if it's by the very smallest amount — than any auto Photoshopping that comes with the new phone. But still. This is very weird.