News by Luke Jones on Wednesday September 09, 2015.
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How do you keep what is an incremental update fresh and exciting, something consumers want to buy? It is a problem Apple has tackled in recent years with its iPhone s devices and 2015's iPhone 6s is certainly no different as like its predecessors it does not chance anything in terms of aesthetics. So, it looks the same as the regular iPhone 6, so why do we think it's a worthy successor and why are many of you going to buy it in your millions?Design Nothing to see here, please move along. The iPhone 6s looks exactly the same as the outgoing iPhone 6 and even in terms of software iOS 9 (which launches with this smartphone) is nothing new aesthetically even if it does add new features. However, while the design is not changed, last year the iPhone 6 was a refresh of the series so Apple's new look still seems fresh and there is no doubt that the all-metal iPhone 6s is very good-looking. Speaking of the metal body, the aluminum is tougher here so hopefully we will not be subjected to Bendgate 2015 over the coming months. As we now expect, Touch ID is back, the fingerprint scaner still nestling in the Home button. Display On the surface it is a head scratcher why Apple does not make the screen on the iPhone 6s 1080p Full HD, and if we were feeling harsh we could say it's downright backwards. Android rivals are besting Cupertino in terms of resolutions by moving to Quad HD while Apple can barely be bothered with 1080p. The iPhone 6s Plus gets Full HD, so perhaps Apple wants to differentiate its handsets, but we think size alone is enough to do that. Instead the iPhone 6s gets the 4.7-inch IPS display with 750 x 1334 resolution and a pixel density of 326ppi that we saw last year. This may seem like a huge gripe on our part, but the truth is we are merely stating the facts that Apple lags behind in terms of raw specs, in practice the iPhone 6 had a very good display and we expect the iPhone 6s to follow suit. It would be a mistake to think you are getting standard 720p technology here. Force Touch was introduced with the Apple Watch earlier in the year and now the company has updated it to 3D Touch for its flagship smartphones. Essentially this technology reads the pressure you are putting on the screen and reacts according, giving you more features and things to do. It's a nice touch and unique at this point, but of course only time will tell if it is here to stay or merely a passing gimmick. We are currently writing a report on everything you need to know about 3D Touch, so expect that in the coming days. Processor, Storage, and Siri Apple is using the, ahem, Samsung made A9X chipset here, the company's newest processor that is all but guaranteed to keep the iPhone 6s near the top of the market in terms of performance. The beauty if iOS is that Apple can keep RAM low and still deliver blazing speed, which is why the company does not really get drawn into talk on raw specs. The company says that the A9 is 80% faster than last year's A8 in CPU tasks and a massive 90% faster in GPU tasks. That?s a bold claim, but if true it is spectacular on Apple's part to have gotten such a performance hike in the space of one year. The silicon is also more power efficient, which means battery life is smoother and performance enhanced, which in turn allows Siri to always be on in standby mode. Battery life will look something like this: Talk time: Up to 14 hours on 3G Internet use: Up to 10 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 11 hours on Wi?Fi HD video playback: Up to 11 hours Audio playback: Up to 50 hours Standby time: Up to 10 days Apple has always been frustrating in terms of storage, mainly because the company does not include a micro SD card slot, while also offering a base 16GB iPhone model. That has not changed with the entry level iPhone 6s coming with just 16GB of native storage, so prepare for the Cloud to be your best friend again. We really think it's time for Apple to offer at least 32GB as a base storage, but at least consumers can also choose either 64GB or 128GB variants. Camera Apple has been the shining light in showing that megapixels are not super important when thinking of photography tech. The company has been offering an 8 megapixel lens in recent years while Android rivals went bigger and bigger, but yet the iPhone has consistently been one of the best "camera phones" on the market. So you can color us excited to see what Apple's iPhone 6s can do with a 12 megapixel lens. The images the company showed off (apparently untouched) at the launch event suggest they can do quite a lot with the increased resolution. Until we get the 6s in our hands though we will reserve judgement. We will be doing a dedicated iPhone 6s camera report in the coming days, so hold on for that to get the full details including information about the new 4K recording feature.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.