The years of Apple launches that were simply modified versions of the iPhones before them, such as the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5S are over. The ‘S’ models weren’t very different from their predecessors. So after the initial hype of every Apple launch, there wasn’t much for people to get excited about.
However, this time, it is a bit different; the iPhone 6S, complete with the tag line “the only thing that has changed is everything”, is an excellent upgrade for those who are currently using the iPhone 5S. It is also a stunning phone in its own right. Here are some of the changes to review to see what’s on offer.
iPhone 6S Design
The stick that people have been using for beating the iPhone is still there. Yes, the iPhone 6S phone design is almost identical to last year’s redesigned iPhone 6. It has the same slightly protruding camera and ceramic metal feel. If you put them side by side, they look the same.
A marginal change you will find is that some thickness has been added for accommodating the new 3D Touch technology. But, there is no denying that the phone is a joy to hold as it manages to mix the feeling of a light and thin phone with a premium build.
What has changed is the use of 7000 series aluminum for improving the build and to eliminate the Bendgate problem that was discovered in the iPhone 6.
The biggest change made in the iPhone 6S is 3D Touch. While it may not be a reason to upgrade, it has indeed changed a lot for iPhone users. This nifty little trick will give you the ability of interacting with the on-screen instructions in various ways. The process is quite simple; you will tap the screen like before, but pressing harder on an icon will open a new menu. This is just like right-clicking a mouse for opening a secondary menu. The screen is just like its predecessor and looks beautiful.
The camera update was expected and it has arrived. There is a 12MP camera in the iPhone 6S and it seems as if it will deliver in spades. Apple has never felt the need to impress its users by adding in megapixels, but things have jumped forward this time. The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a 16MP camera that takes stunning photos while Sony Xperia Z5 is loaded with a 23MP sensor. The usual features such as slow motion and time lapse are still included.
A new feature called the Live Photo option has been added, which takes a 1.5 seconds video on either side of the shot. It has no impact on the shutter speed. The Face time HD sensor or the front-facing camera, as common people know it, is now of 5MP, which is a major upgrade. There is also a flash on board.
Of course, Apple has added an upgraded chipset in the form of A9 and will make the phone go faster and improve gaming experience among other things. 1 GB of RAM has also been added to speed things up for the 64-bit architecture.
Exciting features, right?
Will you be upgrading to the new iPhone 6S?
If you are, here’s some ideas for reusing or recycling your old iPhone. If you’re looking to turn your old phone into cash to contribute to the new iPhone, sites like this have good, historical data on what price you can get when selling your used phone.