"All your queries on the iPhone 6s Plus, answered"
2015 is an 's' year for Apple. On the 's' years, Apple doesn't tamper much with the design of the previous year's iPhone model, but focusses instead on introducing key innovations. With the iPhone 4s, Apple introduced its voice-assistant Siri (it was a big deal at the time), and with the 5s, it debuted the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. This year, Apple launched the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which are physically hard to tell apart from their predecessors, but as expected, feature some major changes underneath that shiny metal exterior. We've got the top-end iPhone 6s Plus 128GB (first impressions) in our labs, and we're going to be answering some of your commonly asked questions about the smartphone. Read on.
The iPhone 6s Plus and 6s are differentiated mainly by screen size - while the 6s Plus features a 5.5-inch display, the 6s is fitted with a more compact 4.7-inch screen. The 6s also gets a lower screen resolution of 1,334 x 750 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 326ppi. The 6s is slimmer at 7.1mm, and of course lighter, weighing in at 143g. While both smartphones offer the same camera configuration, the 6s misses out on Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), which is present in the 6s Plus' primary camera. The 6s, owing to its smaller size, also gets a smaller battery, with a capacity of 1,715mAh.
The iPhone 6s Plus ships with standard Apple fare, including a two-pin wall charger, USB to Lightning cable, wired stereo headset with a microphone, a SIM-ejector tool and standard documentation. You can check out our unboxing for more details.
As we mentioned earlier, the iPhone 6s Plus is fitted with a 12MP primary camera, a significant improvement over the 8MP shooter on its predecessor. The camera lens is protected by Sapphire Glass, and is complemented by a True Tone dual-LED flash. The camera features an f/2.2 aperture, five-element lens, BSI sensor, OIS, hybrid IR filter, and Focus Pixels, which is just a fancy term for phase detection autofocus (PDAF). It is also capable of recording video in 4K. The front camera has also been bumped up from 1.2MP to 5MP, and now offers a front-facing 'Retina' flash, which illuminates the display for better low-light selfies. Other features of the cameras are standard, including Auto HDR, Panorama, Slo-Mo, Time Lapse, Timer and filters.
The iPhone 6s Plus ships with iOS 9 out-of-the-box, although you'll be able to upgrade to iOS 9.1 now. iOS 9 is packed with improvements designed to make iOS work better. One of the major new features is the new Search screen, which is accessible by swiping to the left of the homescreen. Here you'll find Siri Suggestions, consisting of frequently used contacts and suggested apps you might want to access, depending on your past usage patterns. Another handy new feature is the Low Power mode, which extends battery life by curbing background app refresh, Hey Siri, automatic download and more. Apart from this, iOS 9 is packed with improved native apps, improved security and faster performance, and more.
Apple didn't make any modifications to its Touch ID fingerprint sensor with the 6/6 Plus – not that it made much difference, considering Touch ID on older generation iPhones is still among the best and most accurate smartphone fingerprint sensors. With the new iPhones though, Apple has upgraded Touch ID to version 2.0, which is faster and more advanced than the previous iteration.
As a matter of fact, it did. Apple's voice-assistant Siri has been around for a few generations now, and while its features have considerably improved since inception, accessing it always required the cumbersome process of long-pressing the home button. The option to say the 'Hey Siri' voice command was introduced in iOS 8, but required the iPhone to be plugged into a power source. With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you can access 'Hey Siri' at any time – just like you'd say 'OK Google' on an Android device.
Yes, it does. Just like its predecessors, you can double tap (not press), the Home button to shrink the screen to half its size, which is helpful when you want to navigate the iPhone 6s Plus one-handed.
Before launch, there were hopes that Apple would finally get rid of the 16GB base model, given that expandable storage isn't supported on iPhones. Unfortunately, this isn't the case, and you still get the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options for the 6s and 6s Plus. In terms of colour options, you can get the smartphone in Silver, Space Grey, Gold and the new Rose Gold hue.
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