Okay it’s that time of the year again!
So on the 25th of September 2015, Apple released the next installment in the iPhone series, the iPhone 6S – so what do we think?
Alright so with all the media hype and Apple going bananas over their new device, lets break it down and really look at whether it’s worth upgrading or if we are just looking at 3D touch being the only interesting feature of the new iPhone 6S.
This will be quite lengthy so stay with me as we go over several sections that Apple have posted about, which will include; The statement ‘The only thing that has changed is everything’ really?, tech specs, 3D touch and how it benefits us, the camera, the new A9 processor chip, IOS9 and the design – has it changed?
Before we get into anything serious let’s look at the big picture.
The iPhone 6S, I will give it to them, that is a great play on words, ‘Success.’ The phone is being released on the 29th of September 2015 around the world and is claimed to be the most advanced Smartphone to date. With it boasting new innovations in screen technology and power, iPhone could be changing its face for the better. The classic iPhone camera is being updated along with a new operating system to create a new way of looking at photos with ‘Live Photos,’ a brand new ‘Rose Gold’ colour and many more features which we will progress through.
So let’s dive into the first point!
This is actually a really cool feature, I’ve had the chance to play around with this a bit after getting my hands on one of these bad boys and I was quite surprised at how the phone reacts with the force touch in different areas of the phone.
So what even is it?
The idea behind it is to allow for a new level of multi touch gestures outside the general ‘swipe, tap and pinch’ by adding ‘capacitive pressure sensors’ under the Retina HD display to form the ‘Force Touch’ gesture.
For example, if you tap the Messages app normally it takes you straight in but if you push a little harder on the app it shows a few quick options such as ‘New message’ or allowing you to jump straight to someone you message the most. Other apps have similar options as well such as Maps and Camera allowing you to quickly mark your location or jump straight into taking a selfie.
So what do you think?
Playing around with it I feel like the first stage of the 3D touch giving quick actions to the apps is a great idea however I personally can do some of those actions quicker than it can keep up with. I do think that it has potential for other more advanced commands in the future that normal touch sensors can’t perform and that is where I will give it thumbs up.
‘The only thing that’s changed is everything.’ – Apple.
Now at first glance of this new phone it literally doesn’t look any different but these tables compares the physical differences in height, weight and depth.
iPhone 6 iPhone 6S
As you see there are very little differences physically in the devices body size, shape and weight so let’s dive deeper and look at the new digital technology that the iPhone 6S brings. Now enough of that boring stuff, let’s check out more of the fun stuff!
Ever since the 4S, iPhone has used an 8 MP camera, after 4 years they are finally upgrading!
The iPhone 6S comes with a flash 12MP iSight camera capable of recording 4k videos and introducing the new ‘Live Photo’ feature.
I know what you’re saying, ‘Only 12MP!? The Samsung S6 Edge has 16MP and Sony Z3’s are running 20.7 MP!’
I hear you, all this hype for the lowest MP camera of the generation compared to others is a little disheartening to Apple fans however after taking some photos on the new iSight camera trust me, the size of the MP don’t matter. Apple defends:
‘The iSight camera captures beautiful 12-megapixel still photos. But great photos aren’t just measured in megapixels. That’s why we’ve added a state-of-the-art sensor, a new image signal processor, advanced pixel technology, Focus Pixels, improved local tone mapping, and optical image stabilization.1 What does that all mean? It means we’ve taken care of the technology. All you have to do is find something beautiful and tap the shutter button for the best, most awe-inspiring photos you’ve ever taken.’ – http://www.apple.com/iphone-6s/cameras
Okay so what’s with this Live Photo business?
Live Photo is an advancement on the still photo, creating a 1.5 second video before and after you take a shot giving a 3 second ‘Live’ effect. This actually wasn’t Apple’s original idea as HTC actually had created something similar called ‘Zoe’ with the HTC M7 in 2013. The problem that Zoe ran into was it did not have enough social media support, Facebook and Instagram did not jump on board with the idea so it was forgotten until now with the iPhone 6S.
With that put aside though it opens up to a world of possibilities with photography. As a side feature to the Live Photo, Apple has finally introduced dynamic wallpapers! You can also set you Live Photos as dynamic wallpapers – to activate, use Force Touch on the lock screen!
The next step in video recording is the 4K resolution.
‘4K resolution, also called 4K, refers to a display device or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels. Several 4K resolutions exist in the fields of digital television and digital cinematography. In the movie projection industry, Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) is the dominant 4K standard.’ Source: Wikipedia.
With 8milion pixels, the iPhone 6S is ready for 4K media and also boasts iMovie’s ability to edit split screen 4k videos which they say is a challenge for most PC’s. That’s pretty cool, not sure that I agree with a phone being more powerful than a PC though. 😛
Selfies are everywhere, there is even heaps of them in this blog. The iPhone 6S has a 5MP FaceTime HD camera which Apple has developed further into using the Retina HD display as a flash. This is crazy! I never thought this would ever become a thing, this genuinely surprised me, great work guys.
Anyway enough about the camera.
The A9 Processor Chip and IOS9
The new processor that iPhone 6S is using is quite powerful, Apple claims that is up to 70% more powerful than the previous chip and has up to 90% more graphic performance. I’m interested to see what gaming developers come up with in this generation!
Speaking of this generation, IOS9 is looking pretty sweet with a side scrolling multitasking set up instead of the classic side-by-side look, an improved spotlight search, new siri features and last but not least – improved notes app, and much much more.
Well after all of that let’s give an overall rating and verdict.
As this is my first review I am going to create a rating system based on each individual feature and then create a percentage from that. All ratings will be based on the predecessor of the device rather than comparing to other brands relieve tension between fanboys.
3D touch: 8/10
I rate this 8/10 because I love the innovation of the new technology and the features that it brings, I believe that this will have great potential with future technologies.
Design is hardly different from the previous version therefore getting an average rating, especially when Apple claims that ‘everything’ is different. The Rose Gold colour however does get a special mention as it will be a popular colour change from the standard colours.
I love the new features and the fact that they have updated the camera after so long. I am a little surprised that they aren’t using a higher MP in their iSight camera to compete stats-wise with other brands, however I realise that it doesn’t matter in practise because the production of the photo at this point are quite beautiful.
Processing power and gaming performance: 9/10
I am a gamer, no doubt about it so I am attracted to the performance and gaming aspects. To bring out a phone that has increased its power by almost double gets a thumbs up from me.
IOS9 is not much different from IOS8 apart from the improved apps and Siri so this doesn’t rate too high for me in all honesty it doesn’t stand out enough.
My final score for this phone is 7/10. Overall I think this phone is worth getting if you don’t already have an iPhone 6. If you do then probably wait until the next installment in the iPhone series.
Thank you all for checking out this review. This is all my opinion, if you have comments to anything else to add please leave a comment down below and we will discuss!
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– Michael. 🙂