iPhone 6S gross sales have been disappointing. Not actual world disappointing, however disappointing for Apple. An enormous cause for that is the notion that there’s little distinction between the iPhone 6S and its stunningly profitable predecessor, the iPhone 6. However is that true…?
In brief: No. Whereas the iPhone 6S appears to be like equivalent to the iPhone 6, underneath the floor there are main variations between the 2 telephones.
So let’s break them down and see in case you discover Apple’s modifications compelling sufficient to warrant an improve – particularly with iPhone 7 leaks proving each worryingly miserable but extraordinarily controversial.
Design & Measurement – Larger, Heavier However Higher
Let’s get this one out the way in which – visually the iPhone 6S is a disappointment. Sure ‘S 12 months’ fashions usually change little on the skin however the place the iPhone 6S is barely completely different it’s for the more severe:
- iPhone 6 – 138.1 x 67 x 6.9mm (5.44 x 2.64 x zero.27in) and 129g (four.55oz)
- iPhone 6S – 138.three x 67.1 x 7.1mm (5.44 x 2.64 x zero.28in) and 143g (5.04oz)
Sure the iPhone 6S is definitely barely bigger than the iPhone 6 and 11% heavier. We are going to come to ‘why’ within the subsequent part, however the excellent news is the iPhone 6S does retain the identical premium construct high quality and really feel because the iPhone 6.
Extra importantly, nonetheless, it’s far stronger. Following the iPhone 6 Bendgate fiasco, Apple has upgraded the iPhone 6S chassis to make use of 7000 Collection aluminium which makes the cellphone virtually 3x stronger. Given the iPhone 6S can also be (unofficially) extremely water-proof, these are first rate trade-offs for the load acquire.
Shows – Ageing Magnificence However Smarter Brains
Wrongly many assume it’s the aforementioned 7000 Collection aluminium which makes the iPhone 6S heavier, however the materials truly weighs not more than the softer 6000 Collection within the iPhone 6.
As an alternative the added bulk comes from the iPhone 6S’s new show tech:
- iPhone 6 – four.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio
- iPhone 6S – four.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), 65.6% screen-to-body ratio. 3D Contact
Sure, the clear differentiator right here is the addition of 3D Contact. Right here a brand new module inserted underneath the iPhone 6S show permits it to detect the strain of display screen contact and so launch completely different instructions.
Apple calls these ‘Peek and Pop’ with a heavier contact primarily launching previews (for emails, net hyperlinks, and so on) with out truly opening them and additional enhance in strain inflicting them to ‘Pop’ open. 3D Contact can also be used for shortcuts on app icons to leap straight into completely different options and begin explicit instructions.
The issue is assist and consistency. Not all app third social gathering apps assist 3D Contact and implementation is inconsistent at finest making it largely guesswork as to the place the performance is obtainable. Consequently adoption by customers has been combined and its worth questioned regardless of the plain potential.
This isn’t helped by the actual fact the iPhone 6S additionally makes no important enhancements to its display screen high quality. With rivals like Samsung providing 2K (2560 x 1440) OLED panels, Apple’s iPhone 6S 750p LCD merely doesn’t match up – even when it appears to be like nice in isolation.
Efficiency – Main Velocity Upgrades
One space the place the iPhone 6S can’t be faulted, nonetheless, is its efficiency:
- iPhone 6 – Apple A8 – CPU: Twin-core 1.four GHz Cyclone; GPU: PowerVR GX6450, 1GB RAM
- iPhone 6S – Apple A9, CPU: Twin-core 1.84 GHz Tornado; GPU: PowerVR GT7600, 2GB RAM
Whereas the numbers suggest the iPhone 6S has a bonus, in actuality it delivers a hefty 70% enhance in CPU efficiency whereas GPU (graphics) efficiency is a large 90% higher. The iPhone 6 stays no slouch however, mixed with the efficiencies of iOS (regardless of its ongoing troubles), the iPhone 6S is blisteringly fast and silky easy to make use of.
That’s not the one velocity enchancment although because the iPhone 6S has a second technology Contact ID fingerprint reader which works twice as rapidly as Contact ID 1.zero on the iPhone 6. Because the latter wasn’t gradual so you could query how precious that is, however when you expertise it you received’t wish to return.
Lastly the iPhone 6S will get assist for quicker 4G with a 300Mbit-capable 4G modem in comparison with the 150MBit-capable iPhone 6. With 4G speeds usually far under 150Mbit although you’re unlikely to achieve a lot actual world profit from this.
Cameras – All Change For Little Profit
Having misplaced its pictures crown to the Galaxy S6, the iPhone 6S was anticipated to come back out with all weapons blazing and, wanting on the specs, you’d assume that was the case:
- iPhone 6S – Rear: 12 megapixel sensor, f2.2 aperture, Focus Pixels, EIS, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Entrance: 5MP Entrance Digital camera, f2.2 aperture, 720p video recording
- iPhone 6 – Rear: Eight megapixel sensor, f2.four aperture, Focus Pixels, EIS, dual-LED flash, 4K video recording. Entrance: 1.2MP Entrance Digital camera, f2.four aperture, 720p video recording
In actuality, nonetheless, the iPhone 6S digital camera is a disappointment.
Sure, it’s nonetheless wonderful nevertheless it provides little or no tangible enchancment to the iPhone 6.
In truth it truly performs worse than the iPhone 6 in low gentle and it nonetheless lacks optical picture stabilisation (OIS) just like the iPhone 6 Plus, as a substitute utilizing digital picture stabilisation (EIS) as an inexpensive substitute. This makes it no match for present champ, the Galaxy S7.
However it isn’t all unhealthy information. iPhone 6S house owners now get 4K video recording (even when that might be overkill for some) and the entrance dealing with digital camera has had a major – and lengthy overdue – improve from 1.2MP to 5MP with a quicker aperture. Right here selfie followers will rejoice.
Battery Life And Charging – Unacceptable Stagnation
If the iPhone 6S digital camera provided little enchancment from the iPhone 6, at the least it was ranging from a robust place however this merely isn’t true for battery life and charging. Each had been two of the iPhone 6’s largest weaknesses and Apple has scored an actual personal aim by making no effort to enhance this with the iPhone 6S:
- iPhone 6 – 1810 mAh capability battery
- iPhone 6S – 1715 mAh capability battery
Sure you learn that proper, the iPhone 6S truly has a smaller battery than the iPhone 6.
Due to optimisation within the new A9 chipset, the brand new iPhone doesn’t even have worse efficiency however there aren’t any enhancements by any means. Apple additionally continues to disregard quick charging applied sciences so its telephones take virtually two hours to cost (double that of rivals and who may fast cost to 30%+ in 10-15 minutes).
In brief Apple let everybody down right here and it has grow to be a key issue within the widespread notion that the corporate prioritised new gimmicks with the iPhone 6s forward of core enhancements the iPhone 6 wanted.
Storage And Value – The 16GB Curse Continues
And the iPhone 6S doesn’t end off its claims on your affections strongly both:
- iPhone 6 – 16GB ($549), 64GB ($649)
- iPhone 6S – 16GB ($649), 64GB ($749), 128GB ($849)
Sure in some way Apple has deemed it acceptable to proceed providing a 16GB base mannequin for a smartphone costing $650.
As unhealthy as this was with the iPhone 6, it’s worse with the iPhone 6S as a result of its 12MP digital camera sensor produces 50% bigger file sizes and 4K video recording requires double the house of 1080p making it the equal of an Eight-10GB iPhone 6.
Sure you possibly can scale down the iPhone 6S digital camera to 8MP in settings and drop 4K video recording to 1080p, however then you definately’re simply compromising two of the primary options of the brand new cellphone.
As I’ve mentioned earlier than, that is completely unacceptable however hopes are excessive it’ll change quickly.
Within the meantime the iPhone 6 continues to be accessible in 16GB and 64GB capacities with Apple providing $100 off its authentic asking worth. This makes selecting between the brand new and previous telephones tougher than it needs to be.
The iPhone 6S is a nice cellphone in isolation, however as a follow-up to the phenomenally profitable iPhone 6 it’s a disappointment.
The dearth of visible modifications are comprehensible for an S mannequin and the stronger chassis, quicker efficiency and potential of 3D Contact are all extremely commendable. However the iPhone 6S digital camera exhibits indicators of stagnation, its show high quality is nicely behind rivals and a 16GB base mannequin is exploitative.
Given a straight selection between the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6, everybody would (and will) select the iPhone 6S. However, regardless of Apple’s legitimate claims that there are numerous enhancements underneath the floor, it’s what stays the identical within the iPhone 6S as a lot as its variations which make it a lackluster improve.
My ideas? Check out the funds pleasant and surprisingly sensible iPhone SE…