The iPhone 6s, released on September 25, was met with the typical long lines of adoring Apple fans waiting for the latest model in the popular iPhone product line. In the past, people have always thought of the “s” models of iPhones as a small upgrade to the previous model. For the iPhone 6s, this is largely the case.
The 6s comes in both the regular and plus size, as does its predecessor, the iPhone 6. Aesthetically, the models of the 6 and the 6s are identical (save the rose gold color option for the 6s). The same goes with the interface on the two phones. Other than that, everything is a little different. Here is a quick rundown of the changes made to the iPhone 6s:
- 12-megapixel camera, 4k video
- 5-megapixel front facing camera and selfie flash
- Live photos
- 3D touch
- Worse battery life
- Almost twice as fast with A9 processor (compared to iPhone 6 A8)
Basically, the photo ability of the iPhone 6s is the biggest improvement. Photo quality has improved, and live photos allow for a succession of photos to be played like a video, and it even records the sound. Another great feature is the 3D touch. Basically, the 6s can sense how hard you’re pressing on the screen and will do different things depending on the pressure. The 3D touch is incredibly smooth, and you won’t find yourself mashing the screen to get the desired response.
One big drawback, however, is the battery life. The extended battery life of the iPhone 6 was huge, but the iPhone 6s takes a step backward. To compensate for the 3D touch, the battery size was reduced in the 6s. Although the faster, improved A9 processor doesn’t use as much battery life as the A8 processor, the total effect is a shorter battery life. However, the iPhone 6s opens and closes apps much faster than the 6, so the trade-off might be worth it.
The iPhone 6s’ biggest competitor, as usual, is Samsung, or more specifically the Galaxy S6. While the S6 has its own cool features, it’s still safe to say that the iPhone 6s is the most popular, and maybe even the best, smartphone on the market.
As with any iPhone product, the worst part is the price. Depending on your carrier, the new iPhone is going to run you around $300 or $400 to upgrade. However, the price should start to drop around this time next year when the world prepares for Apple’s newest smartphone, which will probably be the iPhone 7.
Overall, the iPhone 6s is another step forward for Apple as they continue to dominate the smartphone market.
By Thomas Short