The lastest in the iPhone range. The design has stayed the same as the iPhone 6 but there have been a number of improvements in the processor, cameras both front and back, faster siri, ID touch, introduction of 'pop' and 'peek' touch and 3D touch.
There's a lot to get excited about.
The iPhone 6s & 6s Plus are here. The launch was large and extravagant as usual, but does the 6s live up to the hype?
Visually, if you’re the owner of an iPhone 6 you won’t notice any difference. The same slim, beautiful design is still in place although Apple claim to have increased the strength of the chassis to avoid the ‘you can bend an iPhone’ conversations which followed the launch of the 6. The glass has also been strengthened. That said the need for a case is undisputable. If you damage the screen or dent the chassis it really does take away from the crisp design, let alone the cost of repairing the item.
So where are the changes? Well, like many a high performance cars, it’s under the hood you notice the difference and that’s very true of the 6s. There’s been an upgrade in the RAM and processing power which makes the phones speed of activation much faster. The phone is design to work on ios 9 which makes moving from email to apps to contacts seamless, providing the best user experience yet with an iPhone.
The screen is 4.7” on the 6s & 5.5” on the 6s Plus. With pixels so tightly packed it’s difficult to work out whether you’re looking at a real picture or one superimposed on a demo model. It’s excellent. A light double touch on the Home button will drop the entire screen halfway down for you, making all menus highly reachable. The home screen also has a helpful menu to the left called Proactive, which shows you recent apps, recent contacts, some news headlines, and nearby places to eat or drink. All useful and adds to accessibility at speed.
Probably the most high profile new addition that’s exclusive to the iPhone 6S is 3D Touch. Much like Force Touch for the Apple Watch, it lets you press on the screen a little harder to perform new types of interactions. Apple calls them Peek and Pop. If you Peek, you lightly press down on a photo in your gallery, a link in iMessage, or any number of other items, you get a pop-up preview window allowing you to “peek” at the page ahead. If you then Pop, you press a little harder and you’ll feel a vibration and then the next page will “pop” in. It’s slick and handy and once you get the hang of it, really useful.
The last of the major changes of note is the 6s is the camera. The rear camera is 12 megapixels, a huge increase over the poor 8-megapixel of previous offerings. This along with the improved pixel clustering makes 4k video a reality on iPhone for the first time. The final camera improvement is the front cam from 1.2-megapixels to 5. It’s welcome though the reality is it’s only playing catch up with Android.
There are two downsides to the 6s. Battery life is actually down by 95mAh from that in the 6. (The 6s plus has the larger battery size of before). With the extra features added to the phone it remains to be seen if this will cause problems with the phone battery not surviving a day of heavy use. Secondly, the entry level 16GB just isn’t sufficient. Going for a 64GB is a no brainer as multiple apps, photos and video will eat into the 16GB so quickly that the phone will slow down dramatically.
So would we recommend the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus?
For the Apple fan who wants the latest phone there’s enough in it to make you want to buy. If you own an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus then it may be a stretch to purchase one now, better to wait another year for the iPhone 7. If you have a 5s or lower or an android there are plenty of reasons from its beautiful looks, its simplicity of use and its improved speed and camera to rush out and buy one.