Apple’s been decidedly kind and kept to the same pattern again – the iPhone 6S is almost identical to 2014’s iPhone 6, to the point that we could barely tell the difference between the two in the hand, with a little extra thickness and weight to give you the clue that you’re holding a next-gem phone in your hand.
But while the outside is identical, the stuff that Cook’s Crew crammed inside is supposed to be a big change – hence Apple’s decision to give this phone the tagline: ‘The Only Thing That’s Changed Is Everything’.
The screen on the iPhone 6S is identical to last year’s model as well, with the same 4.7-inch, 750p display adorning the handset. It’s easy to be snobbish and say that’s terrible for a phone that costs well over £500, but it still looks stunning thanks to being laminated close to the glass.
Then again, it’s not in the same league as the Super AMOLED of the Samsung Galaxy S6, with its QHD resolution starting to offer a better experience for everything from photo viewing to web browsing.
Perhaps we don’t need that level of clarity just yet, but 1080p wouldn’t have gone amiss here to add a little bit of shine to the screen.
Here’s what the iPhone 6S looks like in the flesh.
3D Touch is littered throughout the iPhone 6S, and it’s almost a game to work out where Apple has enabled it. You can see movie previews, check out pictures you’ve just taken or manipulate the cursor on the screen with ease.
The other big change to the iPhone 6S is to the camera – not just the 12MP sensor that’s packed in there, but the fact that pictures have now been imbued with magic. Live Photos, which is enabled by default (but can be easily toggled off with a switch in the bottom corner of the screen) adds a sprinkling of Harry Potter to your snaps by taking a 1.5 second video before and after the snap, recording a cheeky a bit of audio as well. The front-facing Facetime HD camera is probably the biggest upgrade within the phone, in terms of raw output. Up from 1.2MP to 5MP, the new sensor takes some great self portraits, with clarity and definition all over the place.
The battery life of Apple’s phones has never been that good, but at least the iPhone 6 managed to bring things up to the level of other Android phones. However, it still wasn’t long enough to last the whole day, and the iPhone 6S Plus actually seems to have managed to go a little bit backwards