iPhone 6s: "The Only Thing That's Changed Is Everything", or Has It?

Its official, the new iPhone 6s has finally landed in Apple stores as fans around the world rejoice. Last week I did a writeup up about what you could expect from this latest model based on the information Apple had fed into the public domain to date. Now that it's arrived in-store, opinions of what the phone is actually like and capable of have already started to emerge after the first set of users managed to get their hands on one.


Apple's tag line with the launch of the iPhone 6s has been "The only thing that's changed is everything". The company has taken the usual coy approach to releasing detailed information ahead of time regarding the exact specifications of the 6s. This made me curious as to whether or not that tag line was actually true, or at least to what degree.


Is the iPhone 6S really as different to its predecessors as suggested?

The internal components of a smartphone are essentially what can make or break the device's success in the marketplace. Samsung are always very quick to boast about Octo-core processors, curved screens, huge cameras etc., but Apple never does. My belief is that the company is sneakily trying to find more ways to sell iPhone lovers less for more, without dampening the hype pre-launch.

Yet, whilst Apple won't tell you what it's putting in its new phone, it will happily rave about how much faster and smoother your experience will be with the new handset without any kind of justification. One of the biggest gripes with smartphones these days is battery life and if there is anything that a company needs to shout about more, it’s how big the battery will be. Instead, Apple likes to focus on the little things; lets take for example the Pentalobe screws on the bottom edge of the phone. Look closely and you will see those tiny insignificant screws match the colour of your device. Cute huh?


The Battery

What is really important is the hardware modules or the vital organs of the phone. Funnily enough whilst all new smartphones these days appear to be getting bigger batteries, the iPhone 6s actually has a smaller one compared to its predecessor. The iPhone 6 had a 1810mAh, whereas the iPhone 6s has a 1715mAh battery. On top of that, the 6s is a tiny bit bigger, heavier and it's now apparent that Apple had to cut down the battery size in order to accommodate a new ‘Taptic Engine’.

iPhone 6 dissection



3D Touch and Camera

Another noticeable difference, and one which does in fact represent a significant change, is the ‘3D Touch Technology’ in the 6s. This is basically a whole new layer that’s been added to the display to make it pressure sensitive, similar to the tech under latest 2015 MacBook Pro touchpad. This includes new capacity sensors being installed into the display backlight. However, although the camera has been ramped up and the sensors are different, the surrounding camera components are identical to the previous model, most likely a cost cutting method.

The New 3D Touch technology within the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus


Chipset and Memory

The iPhone 6s, as is plastered all over their website, is powered by their new A9 (APL0898 SoC) chip which is paired with a Samsung built LPDDR4 RAM. Its network connectivity is driven by a Qualcomm’s MDM9635M LTE Cat. 6 modem along with a Universal Scientific Industrial 339S00043 Wi-Fi module. Finally, another aspect many users place the most importance around, is the memory which in the basic model is a 16GB NAND flash storage system built by Toshiba.


The Body

The iPhone 6s in Pink or Rose Gold as Apple call itApple mentioned in their keynote speech that the new iPhone will be built with a stronger spacecraft grade 7000 series aluminium body which makes it much stronger. The company said this should lead to less incidents of phones bending this year. Plus, along with stronger materials, Apple have also created a new Pink coloured iPhone to meet growing demand which has been well received my numerous women around the globe.


So in terms of what's different about this latest phone...well, that's pretty much it! Hardly what I would call a ground breaking set of new and exciting specifications compared to what other smartphone manufacturers have done with the launch of their latest flagship phones in recent times. I'm sure that the unwavering loyalty of most Apple customer's will mean they'll jump on the band wagon and upgrade to the 6s. Although, when it comes to any customers out there sitting on the fence as far as choosing a new mobile platform goes, my feeling is that they'll probably be far less impressed about this phone.


Finally, the next most obvious question is how much does the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus actually cost to buy today. Here are a few examples of prices around Oz if you're interested.


iPhone 6s (16GB)

iPhone 6s Plus (16GB)

Apple Store $1,079 $1,229
Dick Smith $1,079 $1,229
The Good Guys $1,079 $1,229
Kogan $1,079 $1,229

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