There was a time when the smartphone market was dominated by PDAs, Pocket PC, Palms those were nerd devices. Then came the iPhone to market and it changed the smartphone market forever. It brought about the revolution of touch screen in our lives and ushered a new era. With its premium built, Apple’s and Steve Jobs aura surrounding this device was an instant hit. So much that once the powerhouses of smartphone games are nowhere to be seen today.
When iPhone was launched people in smartphone industry were not very enthusiast about it, but Steve Jobs and Apple were and you can see that Apple was correct. As iPhone’s popularity grew people around the world wanted the same for them and then following Apple’s lead a number of companies started making touchscreen smartphones, so much so that Apple and Samsung are fighting patent cases around the world for design copyright infringement, but that story is for another day.
Today we will take a look at the latest released phones from Apple iPhone 6S and iPhones 6S Plus. Last year when the world saw iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there was a design shift from iPhone 5S, and also this was the first time Apple moved to large screens. This year as expected Apple was not to introduce any new design but to improve upon what was released last year, as we have seen with the ‘S’ series of iPhones they do not deviate from their predecessor instead they have incremental updates and pave the way for the next iteration of changes.
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus do the same but the changes are not cosmetic, they run deep down and definitely shows there will be more changes coming on to iPhone 7 (yes it will come 🙂 for sure).
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus both carry on the trend started by their predecessors, one being a smaller sized and the other playing big brother. We will take a look at features and specs of both the and also what’s changed from iPhone 6.
Processor, RAM and Memory
Apple has used a 1.85GHz 64 bit architecture A9 chip, PowerVR GT7600 GPU, with M9 motion processor. Apple also upped the RAM in new iPhone 6s, now both the phones of 6s series have 2GB RAM, now coupled with a faster processor and larger RAM expect the new iPhones to be more zippy. Both the phones comes with three internal memory options- 16GB, 64GB and 128 GB, as always been the case with Apple no external SD card support is there.
A new camera: Long overdue
iPhone 4s was the first time Apple jumped to 8MP camera and since then has been using it until now. This time seeing its competition running ahead Apple improved its camera, not that iPhone’s old camera was bad or something but the competition is moving really fast, and are getting better. Samsung with its Galaxy S6 and LG with G4 have really upped the game in camera for smartphones and are one the best at present beating iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras.
So take on the competition head on this year Apple did changes to its camera module a new iSight Camera 12MP and a 5MP front camera comes with the new iPhone 6s. The camera supports 4K video recording (yes see Android we can do what you can 😛 ). A f/2.2 aperture, Panorama up to 63 megapixels, Hybrid IR filter, OIS (only for iPhone 6s Plus). Both these phones will come with latest release of iOS 9.
The new camera supports Slow motion video at 720p at 240fps, Time-lapse video with stabilization, Playback zoom, Face detection. Since the time of iPhone 4S the camera has been good and expect that Apple has done good with the camera this time also. Once the phone comes to market will definitely share my experience with the new camera on iPhone 6S.
Screen and Display
Coming on to screen sizes iPhone 6S is the smaller of the two with a 4.7” retina display LED-backlit widescreen with 1334×750 (326PPI). iPhone 6s Plus is more generous in real estate with a bigger 5.5” retina display with a resolution at 1960×1080 (401PPI).
This time Apple is using a new dual-ion-exchange glass to be more tough and scratch resistant. We have seen some great screen in phones in recent times, Sony even brought 4K screen to its latest flagship Xperia Z5 Premium.
Both the phones comes with Apple new 3D Touch, similar to its Apple Watch, and then again showed off in new Macbook. 3D Touch gives you option to peek, pop and view in apps. As of now only inbuilt apps do supports 3D but expect more apps developers to add support for 3D touch.
There is catch with 3D touch no older models will be getting 3D touch as this requires a new hardware: pressure sensitive which is not available on older iPhones.
Safety and Touch ID
Apple introduced fingerprint scanning called Touch ID with iPhone 5S. Now with the latest iPhones Apple has made it work faster and better. There is a new sensor which detects fingerprints faster and unlocks phone. Apple claims this time it to be two times faster than the last iteration. As of now wet finger won’t work with Touch ID, you be sure to wipe your hands dry before trying to unlock your phone.
Battery Size and Life
Apple introduced 3D touch this time and for that it needed to put Taptic engine inside the body of new iPhones, so something had to go and that thing is battery size. Apple reduced the battery size on both the models this year. iPhone 6S comes with a non-removable 1715mAH battery while the bigger iPhone 6S supports a 2750mAH battery, which as compared to Android and Windows flagship phone is nothing spectacular.
Design and built
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were the first time large screen were used by Apple. The design language of iPhone 5 was also left behind and a more rounded rectangular shape was used. This year there is no change in that part so much, so there are only minor differences of 0.1mm measurements between last year’s phone and new iPhones. Weight although increased over last year even with a smaller battery but that is due to 3D hardware requirements. Last year Apple faced the issue of bend gate to avoid that Apple this used 7000 series aluminum which is used in aerospace.
The phone is comes in four color options : Space gray, Silver , Gold and Rose Gold. I too liked Rose Gold, but as my husband says whatever Gold Apple claims it to be this is PINK and is definitely not for men 🙂 . Well, to be fair like most men he knows only twelve colors unlike thousand we girls know for each shade 😛 .
As of now iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are not available in India but do not worry they will be available from next week and you can pre-order from various websites like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Gadgets 360 .
Pricing is also revealed for all models, you can check out the prices below. Meanwhile what you think about these new iPhones, tell in comments below.
|iPhone 6S||iPhone 6S Plus|
|16GB||@ Rs 62,000/-||@ Rs 72,000/-|
|64GB||@ Rs 72,000/-||@ Rs 82,000/-|
|128GB||@ Rs 82,000/-||@ Rs 92,000/-|