The iPhone 6S, which was unveiled on September 9, has brought a flurry of enthusiasm from Apple fans, smartphone lovers, and techies. Pre-orders for the coveted iPhone 6S even resulted in difficulties for Apple’s servers, causing a hassle for hopeful owners.
Like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6S will be available in a 4.7-inch screen model or a 5.5-inch “Plus” version, featuring the same outward appearance of the iPhone 6. Yet, the iPhone 6S has some notable changes over its predecessor.
Thinking about buying an iPhone 6S? Take a gander at 9 changes and improvements found in the new iPhone below.
Ends up costing $100 more for decent storage
For many, cost is a huge factor in deciding what electronics they purchase. As Forbes’ Gordon Kelly points out, the iPhone 6S easily ends up costing $100 more than previous flagship releases. This is because buying a 16GB iPhone model doesn’t cut it with the iPhone 6S; the 6S takes up more storage due to capturing higher quality photos and videos.
You could always get the 16GB model, but it’s smart to spend $100 more for 64GB. At least, if you want to natively store a good amount of photos and video.
Apple’s ‘S’ model iPhones traditionally introduce a new technology that’ll be carried into future products. For the iPhone 4S, it was Siri and for the iPhone 5S, it was Touch ID’s fingerprint reader.
In the iPhone 6S, Apple has incorporated 3D Touch, which reacts to increased pressure much like Force Touch does on the new Macbook and Apple Watch.
By pressing down harder on your screen, you can interact with the operating system in different ways, like opening up new menus or commands. The full potential of 3D Touch will be seen when developers start to utilize the feature in their apps.
Rose gold color
Similar to how the iPhone 5S came in a new champagne gold color, the iPhone 6S will now be available in a pinker rose gold version.
The iPhone 6S has upgraded its rear and front facing cameras to 12 megapixels and 5 megapixels, respectively.
Higher quality photos and videos
Photos snapped with the iPhone 6S’ 12-megapixel camera will be higher quality. Also, the iPhone 6S can shoot 4K video, which is four times richer than recording 1080p video on the iPhone 6.
Live Photos is a new feature that takes multiple stills before and after a photo is taken on the iPhone 6S. The feature is activated by default and can wind up storing a lot of extra pictures in your iPhone’s photo library.
Thanks to the iPhone 6S’ newly installed A9 chip, the handset is considerably faster than its predecessors. Apple claims the iPhone 6S should be 70 percent faster and have 90 percent better graphics performance over the iPhone 6’s A8 chip.
Tougher aluminum case
The iPhone 6S sports a stronger aluminum shell — but that doesn’t mean you should make a habit of dropping the new iPhone! The aluminum encasing the iPhone 6S, which Apple says is the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, is also found on the Apple Watch.
One downside is that the iPhone 6S is 11 percent heavier than the iPhone 6 (but this shouldn’t be very noticeable). Although the iPhone 6S’ stronger aluminum alloy is 2 grams heavier than the iPhone 6’s, the weight gain mainly comes from the smartphone’s 3D Touch screen.
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