Apple iPhone 6s Plus: the specs review22
Anyway, we'll be doing an initial review of the new iPhone 6s Plus' spec sheet, mostly taking a look at the improvements made in the smartphone's display, processor and camera components. These are the areas that Apple doubled down on, and for all we know, the iPhone 6s Plus is every bit of an improvement over its very successful predecessor. Come on in, let's have a look!
Not much has changed on the surface since the iPhone 6 Plus first introduced an enlarged variant of the iPhone 6's look, which boasted a laminated screen and comfortably round corners. This time around, though, Apple is beating its chest for incorporating Series 7000 aluminum instead of the anodized aluminum it's been traditionally using. Anodizing increases the material's resistance to corrosion and wear by adding an oxide layer outside of it. Combined with dye, the process is also used for coloring metal.
7000 Series aluminum, however, is a different alloy that combines aluminum, zink, and magnesium for a significantly tougher, but harder to work with material. Apple altered the recipe in unspecified ways, creating a material 60% stronger than most aluminum at one-third the density of stainless steel. The stuff is also used in the Apple Watch Sport and the iPhone 6s. Hopefully, it's going to make the hablet less prone to damage such as, you know, bending and such.
At 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches (138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm), the iPhone 6s matches the size of its predecessor. It's certainly one of the most reasonably sized smartphones around, even if the screen to body ratio of 66% isn't exactly an example of efficiency.
Save from the addition of pressure sensitivity, which we will refer to in a minute, the screen on the iPhone 6s Plus is virtually unchanged from what the one before it. This is a 5.5-inch panel with the ubiquitious 1080x1920 resolution, which accounts for a sufficient pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. It's a fine example of an IPS LCD screen, even if its properties don't have the sheer impressiveness of Samsung and LG's Quad-HD displays, not to mention the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's outlandish 4K screen. While we don't the have exact display measurements, we expect what has become typical of Apple screens — a tolerably cool color temperature, nicely evened out color balance, near perfect gamma response, and fantastic viewing angles. It is these characteristics, and not obscenely high pixel counts or super wide color gamuts that make for a high quality display, though we don't have anything much against the latter!
Processor and Memory
The iPhone 6s Plus introduces a major hardware upgrade in the form of the new A9 chipset and an increase to 2GB of RAM memory. The A9, which is fabricated by Samsung and TSMC's foundries, has not been properly documented yet. However, we know that the chip is produced on a 14nm or 16nm process, rather than the A8/A8X's 20nm process. Thanks to that, the A9 packs more transistors on the same surface area as the A8, theoretically boasting better performance and power efficiency characteristics.
To provide another perspective, the Apple A9 could very well be in the same league as the 2009 iMacs, 2010 MacBook Pros, and 2011 MacBook Airs in terms of raw performance, yet more power-efficient to the point of not requiring external cooling. However, this is mostly speculation we're dealing here, so hold your horses until we're able to throw more reliable information your way!
Memory-wise, the iPhone 6s Plus comes with either 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB variants. It still uses eMMC solid-state technology, so don't expect SSD-like reading and writing speeds.
The iPhone 6 Plus' camera setup was somewhat aged upon the handset's very reveal, so an upgrade in this important category was long due. What do you know, Apple finally delivered — a restrained, but certainly well thought-out 12MP rear camera bump (up from 8MP), and a comparatively generous increase to 5MP for the front cam (from just 1.2MP). Photo quality improvements aside, the most notable new addition is 4K (3840x2160) video recording, which puts the iPhone's camcorder on par with Android flagships.
A notable difference between the iPhone 6 Plus and its minute compatriot is the addition of an optical image stabilization module in the former. In the large one, it is enabled while taking photos, but video shooting employs software image stabilization. It's probably the same ordeal with the iPhone 6s Plus.
The iPhone 6s has a battery at about 2900-3000mAh capacity. Its predecessor managed to rack up a score of 5 hours, 22 minutes, which is far from the Galaxy S6 edge+'s impressive result, but still decent for most people. Unfortunately, the iPhone 6s couldn't catch up to the fast charging developments of Android for some reason. Maybe Apple is being complacent. Maybe integrating fast charging or wireless charging comes at the expense of something else that's more valuable to the typical iPhone user. Only the gang at Cupertino knows, but regardless, fast charging tech is pretty high on our list of iPhone demands, and the same goes for any other up and coming expensive smartphone, actually!
The iPhone 6s Plus goes pretty far for what's considered an incremental upgrade by Apple standards. The increase in hardware and camera power is quite welcome, and the addition of Force Touch makes for a nice usability improvement, not to mention being a classic case of Apple introducing polished (hopefully) new technology for users and app developers to tinker with. For what it is, the iPhone 6s Plus makes for a good, meaningful yearly upgrade over its predecessor.