The time is here once again. Apple have blessed us with the new generation of iPhones and although the keynote didn’t unveil a new look iPhone or even the iPhone 7, Apple are pretty sure we’re going to love the 6s and all its new features.
As with just about every iPhone before it, the new release looks to spell more success for the company formerly headed by Steve Jobs. The 6s and 6s Plus boast some new additions, fancy features and improvements to the 6. Here’s all you need to know about the two handsets.
Before the keynote one of the major rumours floating around was that Apple were set to announce the next step in the iPhone series by unveiling the brand new iPhone 7. This didn’t turn out to be the case with Apple opting to make half a step with the 6s rather than full step to the 7. A little disappointing if you didn’t like the 6 and were hoping for something not yet previously seen.
Releasing a ‘s’ variant of last year’s 6 does make a lot of sense and is a move you should be used to by now. We’ve seen speedier improved versions of the iPhone every other year since the 4 and is a trend that allows Apple to improve current flagships based on technological advancements. The colossal 6 Plus also receives a ‘s’ update too, with the 6s Plus also announced by Tim Cook.
With the 6s Plus’s 5.5 inch and 6s’s 4.7 inch displays, they’re no different from the 6 Plus and 6 respectively. Apple has a well known love for thinner, slimmer and sleeker and although the 6s Plus is taller, wider and even heavier than it’s predecessor, the difference is only minuscule. Compared to the 6 Plus the s is 0.01 inches taller at 6.23 inches, 0.01 inches wider with a width of 3.07 inches and weighs 20 grams more at 192 grams.
The smaller 6s comes in at exactly the same size as the 6 before it, with the only difference being it’s added 14 grams of weight which gives it an increased depth of 7.1mm compared to the 6’s 6.9mm.
The differences between last year’s 6’s and this year’s are hardly noticeable at all. Apple have opted for the same design theme again sticking with rounded edges and those back bands that split so many opinions before. Apple work on a two year design cycle so if this handset wasn’t to your liking at least we know this time next year we’ll be looking at a fresh design.
Apple may have gone for the same design but there is a change that’s there that you can’t see. The 6 and 6 Plus were made from anodized 6000 series aluminum which was the centre of #bendgate (remember that?). Jonny Ives and the gang look to avoid any such scandals this time round by using a new alloy of 7000 series aluminum for the chassis. A type of metal so unbendable it is “used in the aerospace industry”.
Coming in space gray and silver, gold and rose gold are new colour options for the 6s and 6s Plus. Apple also claim their new phones use the most durable glass found on any smartphone for their screens. The displays of both 6s and 6s Plus have been improved too as 3D Touch comes in. Not to be confused with Force Touch, 3D Touch gives users an advanced level of sensitivity from their screens. 3D Touch is a whole lot more sensitive than Force Touch and allows for different levels of action based on how firmly you press it.
With relatively little changes to the exterior of the 6 to make it the 6s, you’ll be glad to know most of the improvements are under the hood. For starters both 6s and 6s Plus feature an A9 chip with 64-bit architecture which work alongside a M9 motion coprocessor. This is an improvement on the A8/M8 chip and coprocessor that powered the 6 and 6 Plus. An improvement Apple says gives the latest line of iPhones a 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU. In terms of performance the switch to A9 from A8 will be the most important change we see.
Apple Pay and Touch ID both feature as before, with Touch ID enjoying improvements in its second generation. The second huge improvement is in the iPhone’s camera. The 6 and 6 Plus both employed the same 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facing camera. Both did pretty good jobs but Apple have upped the ante by sticking a 12MP camera on the back and 5MP on the front of both. The 6s and 6 Plus are capable of recording in beautiful 4K, however only the Plus enjoys optical image stabilisation.
For all that stunning footage you’ll now be taking on your shiny new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus you’ll need storage space. Apple have thought of this too and have introduced 128GB versions of both 6s and 6s Plus, a move that’s a bit more user friendly as Apple have never been in the business of expandable storage but also maybe an admission that people aren’t taking to iCloud as much as they would’ve hoped.
A faster more powerful processing unit, improved touch sensitivity, great improvements to the cameras and increased storage options. Apart from that, the 6s and 6s Plus are relatively unchanged from the iPhones that came before them.
Here’s where you might start to sweat. Apple have always been of the notion that if you want a premium smartphone, you’re going to have to pay for it and they certainly haven’t forgotten that mantra here. The 6s is priced from £539 for the 16GB, £619 for the 64GB and £699 for the 128GB model. The 6s Plus starts at £619 for the 16GB model, £699 for the 64GB and £789 for the 128GB version.
American users get the added joy of being able to pay a monthly fee to guarantee a new iPhone in a year’s time when a new model is released. Customers can pay either $32.41/$36.58 per month for the 16GB 6s/6s Plus respectively, $36.58/$40.75 for the 64GB 6s/6s Plus or $40.75/$44.91 for the 128GB 6s/6s Plus models and when the iPhone 7 (we’re banking on that being the next one) is released they’ll receive one without needing to pay a penny. It’s a pretty sweet deal that we hope can make its way to the UK sometime soon.
By now you must be thinking “I want a brand new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus immediately”. No, in fact you must be thinking “I need a brand new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus immediately”. Well you’re going to have to wait. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are released online and in store on September 25th. Anyone familiar with these releases knows that release day isn’t the best time to try and grab one with the queues of people who’ve slept rough to get one. So to avoid disappointment you can pre-order one from Apple directly from September 12th.