As we are used to by now, new models of smartphones are coming out almost every year or even two or three times within the same calendar year. This means that the technology quickly becomes old and certain features of “older” phones are no longer interesting, or they are not used at all. A lot of elements that were revolutionary and amazing just a year or two ago are now completely irrelevant and superior methods pushed them aside. The battle of two giants, Apple and Samsung, or better to say the war between iOS and Android, is certainly a fun thing to watch and we are the ones who benefit the most from the competition since we get better and better models, but what if these two companies are over-producing and should they maybe release new versions only when they have a real reason to do so?
In the autumn of last year, or to be more precise on September 9th, Apple released their new model – iPhone 6S, which is basically an upgraded and improved version of its predecessor – iPhone 6. As always, the official release was awaited with excitement and people hoped that the new version will bring a lot of additions and that it will be worth spending a lot of money. Flagship models of both Apple and Samsung are not so cheap, and most people have to carefully reconsider their options and hope that they will buy a phone that will serve them for a couple of years, at least.
So, is it worth it? Well, this is a highly personal question, and it cannot be answered in a short manner, mostly because people have different expectations and want different things from their smartphones. But, we can go over the most prominent differences and improvements, and then we can make a final decision.
Fist of all, when it comes to the design – iPhone 6S brings absolutely nothing to the table, and this model looks exactly the same as his older brother, the iPhone 6. Except for some extra weight, which comes from the fact that there are more sensors under the touchscreen, you may even have a hard time differentiating the models. Luckily, there is the famous S on the back of the phone, so this task is made slightly easier. Memory and the operating system (iOS 9.0) are kept the same a well, and the screen size is also identical.
However, there are some new features which make this an entirely new phone. Besides longer battery life and stronger chassis, there is the revolutionary 3D Touch and Live Photos, which are both introduced into Apple smartphones for the first time. It remains to be seen if these two systems will become popular and used by a lot of people, but they certainly look promising and it seems like Apple once again made a good call. “S” versions are usually reserved for experiments and introduction of new technological solutions, and the same thing happened with iPhone 6S.
Being a witness of a battle between two giants is sometimes wonderful, mostly because we get the chance to watch amazing scenes and we sometimes benefit from the competition. Just like basketball is better with LeBron and Curry, tennis improved tremendously with Djokovic and Federer and soccer has its glory days in the epic battle of Messi and Cristiano – the world of smartphones is currently undergoing a fast transition since two giants – Apple and Samsung, are locked in a tight grip and it seems that there will be no winners soon.
New models of phones and improved performances are the main benefits we get from this war, and we are certainly not complaining. They want to make better models and we need good phones – a win/win situation. Since this competition between iOS and Android models gives us a chance to enjoy amazing and completely new features, people are excited when a new model is announced and they are impatiently waiting for the official release. A similar scenario happened with the new iPhone 6S, which is a log-waited upgrade on the iPhone 6. The official release of the new version was scheduled for September 9th, 2015, and here are the most important differences between the “old” and the “new” version.
When it comes to the design and the outside look of the phone, there is not much difference and it could be said that the models look completely the same. However, the real advantages of the S version are visible when we “pop the hood” and take a look inside. For example, a new touch-system, called 3D Touch, is added into this new model and this solution looks very promising, mostly because Apple expect it to become even better once it gets the full support from app developers. This new technology means that you now have another dimension when using your phone, and by holding your finger longer or pressing harder it looks like you “poke into the display” and this causes a reaction from the iOS operating system. By the way, iPhone 6S comes equipped with the ninth generation of this system, and most users are very happy with the ways in which iOS 9.0 behaves and works on their phones.
The other new thing is the addition called Live Photos, which means that the camera takes a small video clip while you press the button to take a picture. This three seconds long video, 1.5 seconds before and after the actual moment, is something that most people will like, but a lot of customers say that they are not so amazed by this option and that it just takes up memory for nothing.
Since we know that the famous S models of Apple’s phones usually bring new and revolutionary additions, the same was expected with the iPhone 6S. The improved model 4 introduced Siri while the fifth iPhone generation brought us Touch ID and dual-LED flash in its S series. It seems that Apple uses their S models to test and introduce new technological solutions and new ways of doing things, and they were highly successful in the recent years. It remains to be seen if the iPhone 6S will be as good as his predecessors were, and if innovations incorporated into this model will become the norm for all smartphones of the future.
On September 9th, 2015 Apple released an upgraded version of its iPhone 6 model and they, of course, named it iPhone 6S. Since the upgrades and changes are minimal and almost impossible to see on the “outside” of the phone, Apple had to engage in a marketing campaign that focused on informing the public that the real differences are on the “inside”. Their phrase “the only thing that is changed is everything” may seem exaggerated, but it depicts their intention of separating the two models and drawing a line between these two versions of their flagship smartphone.
As we said, there is almost no difference in the design, and the new iPhone 6S looks completely the same as its predecessor – the excellent iPhone 6. However, once you have both phones in your hands you can feel that the new model is slightly heavier and that it gives an impression of a more robust and sturdier phone. The reason for this is, as Apple stated, is the fact that iPhone 6S has a significantly bigger number of sensors under the touchscreen and that they add to the overall weight. Also, it has a stronger chassis, mostly because it was built of a 7000 series aluminum alloy and the customers now do not need to worry about bending their phone in their pockets.
iPhone 6S comes equipped with the new iOS 9.0 operating system, which works flawlessly and offers a great user experience. Smooth performance means that the famously slick apps are present on this model as well, and Apple lovers will be happy with this news. Screen size remained the same, which means that you have 4.7 inches of working space. The colors are vibrant and clear, although the overall resolution and quality of the screen slightly fall behind when compared with Samsung’s flagship models from the Galaxy series.
One of the improvements that come with the new model is present in the camera, which has a 12 MP lens. This camera will provide you with enough quality to make the bets photos and most users are satisfied with the ways in which this segment of the phone works. However, opinions are divided about the addition called Live Photos, which is a completely new introduction to iOS models. This feature means that the camera captures a small video clip when you take a standard picture, 1.5 seconds before and after the actual moment when you take the photograph. Video capturing technique is subtle and does not affect the performances of the camera, but some users are concerned with the (mostly) unnecessary usage of the phone’s memory that happens this way.
Another revolutionary addition comes in the form of 3D Touch display, which basically gives a feeling of poking into the screen and adds another dimension of control and usage of the phone. This feature is still relatively new, and Apple expects it to grow in the future when app developers take a hold of this technique, but the concept is certainly promising and it seems that iPhone 6S will lead smartphones into a new era.
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