4K iMovie Export Test iPhone 6s Mac

By now, it’s well documented how fast the new A9 processor is in the iPhone 6s. The benchmarks show a marked improvement over last year’s iPhone 6, and it even compares nicely with the iPad Air 2.

The iPhone 6s benchmarks better than the entry-level 12″ MacBook, and compares nicely with some the earlier generations of MacBook Airs. Needless to say, this device is quite something from a technical perspective. So much so, that I thought it would be fun to compare it with my MacBook Pro.

I decided to install iMovie on my Mac, and compare a 4K export between it and the iPhone 6s. By no means is this a scientific test, but the results paint a general picture that may surprise some people.

In the first test, I used an unmodified 4K video shot directly from my Panasonic GH4. In the second test, I used a 4K video shot on the iPhone 6s Plus.

By the way, this MacBook is a Late-2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It features an Intel i7 2.3 Ghz processor with integrated Iris Pro graphics capable of driving a 4K monitor at 60Hz. It also features 16GB of RAM.

Watch the video, and see for yourself. Once you do, please share your thoughts below. How well do you think the iPhone 6s Plus performed?

  • [RECØИ1]

    Wow. Jeff using a screen protector and a case. I’m shocked. Lol.

    • Tim

      And it looks ugly with all that extra weight

      • Merman123

        You know what looks even uglier ?

      • sguyx

        Transparent silicone also known as iphone condom?

      • sguyx

        That was mu thought too… Silicone case? And unfitting tempered glass.. Looks like a child toy, no offense… But hope they do better tglass, that looks awful.

  • Brandon

    i didn’t watch the video, but could el capitan and metal change the expected outcome when it’s released?

  • Martynet

    hey guys, just curious… how are the 3rd party keyboards doing on iPhone 6S? Is there any improvement? thanks

    • Merman123

      Oh shoot I forgot 3rd party keyboards !

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I’d say the 6S Plus does the job well, but do you really want to edit 4K or any video on the device itself? I find iMovie, and most of the 3rd party editors to lack features that Sony Vegas or Camtasia Studio have.

    So while the 6S Plus can indeed record and export briliant 4K, it is useless unless you can edit that video (for youtube for example).

  • rockdude094

    This makes me wanna update my 5s to 6s, but ill just hold off until the 7s

    • Merman123

      You’re going to wait 4 years total to upgrade ?

      • rockdude094

        2 years mate.. this phone is still actually kicking android ass so I’ll skip for now

    • Gerardo Castro

      Forget that, do the iPhone Upgrade Program, get this phone, upgrade to the next major phone, and keep it.

      That’s my plan, anyhow.

      • rockdude094

        That’s just 200 dollars short of buying the phone. you can easily resell your phone and get 400-500 hundred dollars for your next purchase

  • jerome71

    It might be nice to say that your MacBook Pro is a 15-inch model, since 15-inch MBPs have quad-core CPUs as 13-inch MBPs have dual-core CPUs.
    That makes your test even more impressive. The iPhone is probably just as fast as a brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro!