In what was arguably the smartphone event of the year, Apple went all guns blazing as it announced the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Mini 4 and the new Apple TV box. However, now that we’ve had time to digest everything Apple revealed, it’s time to seriously consider the legitimacy of some of the new hardware.
The biggest question which most people would like answered is whether the iPhone 6s is genuinely good enough to warrant an upgrade. Well, we’ve decided to try and give you an answer to that question! So, if you’re still considering making the move from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6s, give this a read, as it might come in handy!
Essentially, there is little that meets the eye in terms of changes of the iPhone 6s design, but not a whole lot was expected to change in fairness to Apple. But whilst the look might be near identical to last time out, there are a couple of differences between the 6s and the older iPhone 6.
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The first is the change in material; whilst the aluminium construction may well feel the same to the touch, it’s actually Series 7000 aluminium that’s included on the 6s. This new metal is actually much stronger than the material used on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, making the newer models less prone to bending, something ‘bendgate’ victims will know all about.
Similarly, there’s also an improved glass being used by Apple on the display, helping to reduce the chance of scratches or cracks appearing on your iPhone 6s screen after an inadvertent bump or scrape.
Topping things off is a brand new colour for the iPhone 6s, which is listed as rose gold, but strikes us as pink. This comes in both 6s and 6s Plus models, but won’t be coming to the iPhone 6 in any format, so if you’re a fan of pink hues, then the 6s will have the upper hand on the 6.
This is where the real magic happens on the iPhone 6s, Apple has crammed in plenty of new hardware into the handset, and it has a real effect on its performance.
First up is the brand new Apple A9 chipset that makes its debut appearance. It comes in at almost twice the speed as the much-loved A8 version, which was previously available on the iPhone 6, and is also much more efficient.
Apple is also using its M9 co-processor with the phone as well, which should also boost performance, whilst 2GB RAM also makes the cut. This finally puts the iPhone above the 1GB level which it seemed content with for so long, and will help when multitasking.
The memory options stay the same however, with 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions of each phone up for grabs. This is actually a bit of a disappointment, as very few of us can now survive with just 16GB, although Apple is offering a reduced price on its iCloud storage offering, but that doesn’t quite fit the bill for many.
Elsewhere, there’s a big improvement in the camera department, with Apple upping the iPhone 6’s set-up from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels on the back of the handset. On top of this, we also get a brand new 5 megapixel FaceTime lens, which is much more powerful than the 1.2 megapixel lens on the iPhone 6.
The only area that the iPhone 6s falls down on is that of the battery, which drops from the 1810mAh size of the iPhone 6, down to just 1715mAh. Apple does claim that you won’t notice the difference in battery due to the more efficient internal specs, but this is still quite far behind some of the competition.
The latest batch of iPhones are also rocking a new selection of features for us to make use of, the biggest of these being the introduction of 3D Touch. This basically works the same way as Force Touch on the Apple Watch, using some very smart technology under the screen.
This allows the phone to know just how hard you’re pressing the display, letting you perform different actions with differing presses. A light tap for example, will let you peek into messages or emails, whilst a harder press will open the message as a whole. This might not seem to be massively useful, but it does look genuinely cool.
Also, thanks to the development of the new camera, we can now record video in 4K quality. This provides a level of recording we’ve never seen before on an iPhone, although you will need to make use of a 4K display if you want to experience the quality when watching it.
Sticking with the camera, Live Photos are also being introduced as a default feature with every picture we happen to take. This works by recording a couple seconds of video before and after each picture, making for some interesting clips, especially in interesting landscapes.
Elsewhere, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is now much improved, and can read your prints much faster than ever before. This means faster phone unlocking and faster Apple payments, although we don’t get any extra uses for it just yet.
Finally, the iPhone 6s is also promising faster LTE (4G) and faster Wi-Fi connections thanks to its improved antenna. This basically means that your apps will download quicker and you will also be able to browse the web a bit quicker as well, although your network connection will play a part as well.
Admittedly, there isn’t much in terms of looks between these two Apple handsets, but there is plenty being mixed up behind the scenes. This makes the iPhone 6s a much better handset overall, and proves to be well worth serious consideration should you have the cash spare to upgrade after just one year.
It might seem a bit pricey at the moment, but if you’re desperate for the new camera, power and added features, it could well be a smart move!
Written by Luke Hatfield