What’s different about the iPhone 6S?
Hitting our pockets and handbags last week, the new iPhone 6S has been released!
Though it looks practically identical to the iPhone 6 (who can spot an extra 0.1mm on the dimensions?), there’s a host of extra features and improvements under the hood.
This new device is faster than ever – from now on you can blame any WiFi lags on your router. And with a CPU that’s 70% faster than the iPhone 6 and double the RAM, it’s the most powerful iPhone yet (and the second fastest phone on the market).
For those hit by #Bendgate with the last model, it’s survived an independent bend test. They’re using an “entirely new aluminium” for the model called 7000-series aluminium, which sounds definitively futuristic and high-tech.
And apparently the screen glass is the “strongest in the industry”, though we don’t recommend mistreating your phone!
The downside is that the battery is smaller in this model, though with iOS 9 it doesn’t shave much time off the battery life.
There’s nothing to brag about here – no upgrade to the screen size or resolution means it’s still lagging behind competitors from Samsung and Sony, and it’s still not possible to watch in HD. But the display looks crisp enough for games, the colours are natural and the comparatively low resolution and brightness help with battery life.
The big new innovation is 3D Touch, which works a little like a “right click”, gives users a new way to interact with apps. By applying a little extra pressure, users can “Peek” or “Pop” on apps without ever having to open them. Mirroring the Force Touch feature on MacBook and Apple Watch, this offers tons of new ways to interact with your phone in ever simpler ways – preview emails, open new tabs, and much more once the app developers get their hands on it.
An exciting addition is the long-awaited improved camera. Their new sensor means incredible depth of field, meaning everything from close-ups to panoramas look stunning. We could throw a few specs and stats your way, but take it from us that the new camera certainly rivals that on the leading Samsung models.
For those taking selfies by night, there’s the added bonus of “Retina Flash”, which lights up the screen three times brighter than normal.
Other small tweaks include the addition of a Rose Gold model, the ability to activate Siri with “Hey Siri” at any time, and the introduction of “Retina Flash” which lights up the screen three times brighter than normal for those night-time selfies.
Finally, Touch ID is now integrated into the home button, so as you’re asking your phone to unlock it’s checking your fingerprint at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking!
Price-wise, the iPhone 6S starts at £539 for 16GB, and the iPhone 6S Plus at £619, though chances are you’ll struggle with that little storage. Plumping for the 64MB or 128MB is a better bet.
The S models aren’t normally great strides forward, more modifications to improve an already good phone. But the addition of 3D Touch and the overall better specs mean this model is worth a look – and of course if you’re an Apple fanatic, you’ve probably already got one. As for us, we’re excited to see how app developers incorporate the new features, as well as how responsive websites are going to display on this stunning new Apple device.