Every year, Apple delivers a new “thrilling” array of new devices. We say thrilling as it seemed to be the most used word in Tim Cook’s script. However, most years, when you really strip things back, what we really get is incremental improvement over what was announced the year before.
But, with the iPhone, that’s been a little different. Last year, Apple revealed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, bolstering screen size significantly and adding features such as Apple Pay, which we’re still waiting for, as well as support for HealthKit, HomeKit and other under-the-covers changes.
So, is this year’s new iPhone worth upgrading to? We think it is.
Here are five reasons to upgrade to the new iPhone 6S or iPhone 6S Plus.
1 – 3D Touch
This is perhaps THE centrepiece feature of the iPhone 6S. The engineering required to not only detect minute pressure difference but to to send the right haptic feedback to you, via the display, is quite stunning.
The trouble with 3D Touch is that it will seem intuitive and simple. As a result, many will think of it as a minor upgrade but this is a very complex piece of technology that will change the way we use smartphones.
Without a doubt, this is the feature competitors will be looking at closely. And we think it will be worth upgrading to the iPhone 6S just for this.
2 – Retina Flash
Like it or not, we live in the era of the selfie. But getting a well-lit selfie can be challenging. Apple has found a way to perfectly time a 300% increase in screen brightness and using their patented True Tone flash system with the camera shutter, thus using the display as a flash.
3 – The need for speed
iOS 9 is promising to breathe new life into older devices and the new iPhone boasts the latest version of Apple’s in-house developed processor the A9x.
Through these two developments together and we’re expecting the iPhone 6S to be the fastest iPhone yet. And not just in textbook benchmark tests but in the real world.
4 – Huge boost to rear camera
Most smartphone makers would simply play the speeds and feeds game, adding more megapixels to the rear camera. But Apple’s approach was to look at the entire engineering feat.
When Phil Schiller started talking about “deep trench isolation” I thought he was going a little Captain Nemo on the audience. But what he was really talking about was how Apple had engineered the camera sensor so that light doesn’t bleed between sensor elements. This is a challenge in high resolution cameras.
Bundle that with the ability to shoot 4K video and enough processor grunt to edit directly on the iPhone 6S and you’re suddenly carrying the kind of photo and video kit pros spent thousands of dollars on in your pocket.
5 – Battery battery life
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was passionate – perhaps even obsessive – about reducing the number of chips needed to make something work. Apple has done that with the iPhone 6S by integrating the M9, Apple’s motion coprocessor into the processor.
The folks from Cupertino are saying we can expect 70% faster CPU and 90% faster GPU performance than the A8, all with gains in energy efficiency.
Given iOS9 will be optimised for the A9 we’re expecting better battery life.