A Look at the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Introduction

A Look at the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus - Introduction

Autumn is upon us once again, evident each year by dropping temperatures, falling leaves, and new iPhone releases. Yes, Apple is back, as they are each year at this time, with their latest and most stunning iPhones yet. Is the new iPhone 6s/6s Plus worth the investment?

BFAds.net has cut through the marketing spin and brought you a comprehensive look at the hits and misses of the new iPhones, to help you decide if getting your hands on Apple’s newest offering is worth your hard earned cash, or if you should wait for the iPhone 7.


iPhone 6s/6s Plus Compared

iPhone 6s/6s Plus Compared

So with two phones from Apple hitting the market at the same time, what’s the difference between the two, and which is the better choice?

First, for the most part, the hardware in two phones are nearly identical. They both feature the new A9 processor and come with 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB storage capacity. If you want to make sure you’ve got the most horsepower, there is no difference between the two.

The main and most obvious difference is the screen size and overall form factor of the phones. The 6s features a 4.7” 1334x750 326ppi Retina display and the 6s Plus sports a 5.5” 1920x1080 401ppi Retina display. The larger screen increases the overall size of the 6s Plus and adds 1.7oz in heft to the device. That extra room in 6s Plus, however, also adds space for optical image stabilization to the camera, which is absent in the 6s.

So which is the better choice? It’s all personal preference. If thinnest and lightest is still where you like your phones to reside, 6s is for you. If you want the extra screen real-estate and don’t mind the added size, go with the 6s Plus. If you still can’t decide, try heading over to our 2015 Smartphone Buying Guide for a more in-depth look at the pros and cons of larger devices.


Design Changes

Design Changes

New phone launches are all about upgrades over the previous generation of phones. The bad news is that Apple’s famous s-line of hardware refreshes keep the tradition of maintaining the form-factor of the previous model. This means that there are no new design changes, and in fact, aside from a one or two tenths of a millimeter size increase over the iPhone 6/6 Plus, the size and shape of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus is exactly the same.

The advantage here is that if you’re upgrading from the 6 or 6 Plus, the minuscule size increase means that unless your existing phone case is an extremely tight fit, it will probably fit on the new devices.


3D Touch Screen

3D Touch Screen

The technical aspects of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus is where the upgrades begin. First and foremost is the new “3D touch” pressure sensitive display, which can distinguish between light and firm presses on the screen. This allows you to quickly and easily “peek and pop” into apps with a quick or firm press. Want to peek at a text or email? Press lightly on the screen to get a preview, and if it needs a reply, press a little harder to open the full email app.

You can even use the 3D touch to get a snapshot of webpages before you click through after a Google search. Not sure how hard you need to press? A new tactic feedback system gives your hands a small nudge to let you know when your press is just right.


A9 Processor and Battery Performance

A9 Processor and Battery Performance

Behind that shiny screen is Apple’s new 64-bit desktop-class A9 processor, which offers a massive increase in speed and performance over the A8 found in the 6/6 Plus. The performance increase has been found to be as great as 70% in some tests, and Apple boasts the new processor brings a 90% increase in video game performance, perfect for those who demand the most performance out of their smartphones.

The main drawback to stuffing a more powerful processor into a phone that does not have a new design means that the battery life will suffer. Compounding this problem is that Apple has actually decreased the battery capacity in both the 6s/6s Plus, offering poor battery life compared to the 6/6 Plus. While Apple claims that the talk and standby times are the same, real world tests have proven otherwise.


iSight Camera

iSight Camera

On the all-important camera front, the iPhone 6s/6s Plus ups the megapixel count from 8MP to 12MP, delivering the most detailed and beautiful photos ever taken on an iPhone. If you’re a shaky photographer, optical image stabilization is available in the iPhone 6s Plus, helping to ensure that your photos are always sharp and in focus. The 6s/6s Plus are also the first iPhones to feature 4k video recording.

The front-facing or “selfie” camera has received a boost up to 5MP and takes a page out of LG’s book by using the screen as a makeshift flash. With flash enabled, the screen will glow bright white, ensuring everyone on Facebook and Twitter gets a good look at what you’re up to.

Another interesting addition to the camera on the iPhone is Apple's new “Live Memories” feature. When enabled, the phone will actually save short 1.5 second video clips capturing the moments slightly before and after you snap a photo, adding a new dimension to scrolling through your camera roll and reliving moments past.


Other Notable Features

Other Notable Features

Rounding out the list of improvements over the previous generation of iPhones are some small but notable upgrades. For one, do you remember the infamous photos of bent iPhone 6 Plus phones? Whether it was the phone or skinny jeans to blame, Apple has addressed the issue and constructed the iPhone 6s/6s Plus bodies out of high-strength 7000 Series aerospace grade aluminum, keeping the phone safe from damage in the pocket of even painted-on jeans. To compliment that strong aluminum is a tougher and more durable screen glass, which Apple claims makes the iPhone 6s/6s Plus the most sturdy smartphone in the industry.

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which was known to be finicky at times, has had an upgrade that makes it faster, more accurate, and more easily recognizes your fingerprint. With Apple Pay gaining popularity at more and more retailers, a boost in the Touch ID sensor means you won’t be holding up the check-out line trying to convince your iPhone that you’re really you.

Finally, for OEM accessories, Apple has offered its own line of genuine tanned leather cases. These leather cases are lined with microfiber and made to perfectly match your choice of iPhone 6s/6s Plus finish, which is available in silver, gold, space grey, or the new rose gold.


Conclusion

Conclusion

If you’ve decided to make the jump to the new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, with Black Friday being only weeks away, it may be worth it to hold out and see if there is a deal to be found on Apple’s new flagship phones. Apple is widely known in Black Friday circles to be a bit of a Grinch, but over the last few years, retailers have been picking up the slack by throwing in gift cards or free accessories to help make a Black Friday iPhone purchase worthwhile.

As always, keep on top of these and all other price breaks by checking back with BFAds.net early and often, as we’ll be delivering the leaked ads and price drops as they happen. Just as in years past, we’ll be doing what we do best once the ads break: sort through the mayhem and bring you our signature buying guides, making sure you find the best deals possible this Thanksgiving.


October 19, 2015
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