This is why Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are noticeably heavier than their predecessors

This is why Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are noticeably heavier than their predecessors

The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are already up for pre-order, but as much as Apple has innovated with brand new features like the 3D Touch display, the new Apple A9 system chip and the new, 12-megapixel camera that is now capable of recording 4K video, it has somewhat surprisingly made these two new iPhones slightly thicker and noticeably heavier than last year's models.

That is a strange development for Apple, a company known to strive for sleek design with minimal thickness and airy weight. Obviously, this wasn't a choice that the company opted for voluntarily, there must be some component or components that brings significant innovation, enough to convince Apple in making its new phones heavier and thicker.

So which one is it?

This is why Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are noticeably heavier than their predecessors

The breakdown makes one thing abundantly clear: there is one component that is the overwhelming contributor to the added weight in the iPhone 6s, and that is the new display with 3D Touch. The new feature requires an additional layer of capacitive sensors integrated into the backlight of the display, and this extra layer contributes to the weight gain in the iPhone 6s: its screen weighs 29 g, more than twice as much as the 12 g weight of the screen on the iPhone 6.

The overall weight of the iPhone 6s stands at 143 g (5.04 oz), while the iPhone 6 tips the scales at 129 g (4.55 oz). This goes to show that while the display is the main contributor of weight, Apple has actually managed to offset its weight by using lighter circuit boards, less plastic and practically cut the weight of most other components.

This is why Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are noticeably heavier than their predecessors

The same goes for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus: its display is the single factor that contributes the most to the added weight of the device. The new iPhone 6s Plus 3D Touch display weighs 40 g, a huge gain over the 19 g of weight of the screen of the iPhone 6 Plus. Just as with the iPhone 6s, Apple offsets that fairly huge gain in weight by reducing the weight of components such as circuit boards and plastics.

The overall weight of the iPhone 6s Plus stands at 192 g (6.77 oz), considerably more than the 172 g (6.07 oz) weight of the iPhone 6 Plus.

source: Apple iPhone Environmental Report (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus)

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31 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Its shocking when you see how much technology comes packing in how much grams

3. wando77

Posts: 1166; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Shocking when you see more technology crammed into less grams on the note 5 and s6

14. TyrionLannister unregistered

Samsung is a hardware company, Apple is not. You can't expect more packing efficiency from Apple compared to Samsung. Compare it to other brands like HTC or oneplus and you'll see how much Apple is ahead.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

FALSE!!!! When you have $200BN in the bank, if you can't do it then pay someone else. Funny how Apple gets all the excuses in the world, just like females always have an excuse. yeah, lets give Apple more excuses for a half-ass thought out revision of last years model. I mean look at the bezels. Why do you need such a big gap from the display to the edge? Why is the top bezel so big? Samsung packs way more sensors at the top of their phone and look how small the area is. Look at the bottom. Sure Apple has a larger home button. So!? If you take it apear their arent that many electronics at the bottom. How is it Samsung has the same thing yet again smaller bezels? The difference is EXPERIENCE. It is amazing how Samsung managed to cram to innovations in a phone that is smaller than the iPhone yet is big on everything. Obviously the writer is an Apple loving fanboi.

28. jeff327

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

How can you possibly say Apple is not hardware company? That is ridiculous. Of course they are a hardware company. It is one of many things they do but of course they are a hardware company. What are Apple phones, mac laptops and desktops, iPad's, Etc.? Does someone else design them? Do they licenses their products out for someone to make however they want to? How many more questions do I need ask before you realize they are a hardware company? That is one of the silliest comments I have ever heard.

19. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

The est of everything in a 7.6 mm and a state of the art atylus.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Does that account for Pengate or Gapgate?

11. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yeah it's nice... those enviromental reports hide quite a lot of information Apple wouldn't anounce normally.

30. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

It's extra heavy because of all the condescending BS it's full of.

2. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

6s plus is very heavy for a 5.5 inch phone

9. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Really? Can you not hold 192 grams? Not long ago, everyone was moaning how they don't like "light" phones

13. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They can love any weight phones, excluding 112 129 143 172 and 192 grams. Any of those weights is too heavy/light for them, they are just blind iHatersheeps in the end.

17. Hashed unregistered

Exactly, weight is sign of reliability.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

False. Fat people are nor reliable...lol. In seriousness that is false. Heavy objects damage faster and quicker do to excess weight and the force of gravity. Let me explain. When you drop a light phone for example may bounce, but it give the phone a chance to absorb the hit making the next bounce less severe. A heavy phone wont bounce as much, which means the initial hit is much harder causing more damage and since the bounce is also heavy, means even more damage could be caused. Same as with cars. All cars have impact zones where they crumble. But if you take 2 SUV that may be the same in size, but different in weight, the larger vehicle will have more impact damage from a crash even if it was at the same speed of the other because since the vehicle is heavier, all that weight is being foreced to stop at once, which causes the impact area to crumble even more vs a smaller vehicle being lighter will stop faster mean less pressure on the impact zone. Which means both vehicles will have a different degree of damage. Also drop tests have shown the that phone made off poly-carbonate with similar weight as a metal phone, still took on less damage due to the material being more resilient. However, if you took that same shell and made the phone heavier, even the plastic would get more damage from adsorbing a heavier impact do to the weight of the device. For you to make the statement you made, you have to consider lots of factors liek unibody phones are not as durable as modular phones. Because unibody phones oonly have an outer shell to absorb an impact. On Samsung's older phones which were modular, there was an outer case shell, then there was a inner shell which was directly screwed to the piece that holds the display. This allowed 2 levels of crash absorption which would save the display as long as you didnt drop it on its face.

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

And same size battery.... fail...

20. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Why is it fail ? What if it has a longer battery life actually ?

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What if they left the battery the same as last year and had even MORE battery life?

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

All I read was Apple engineers were too incompetent to actually pack all the new tech and at least maintain the thickness of it's predecessor. Just like how they f-ed up the camera by making it protruding on the iP6. It's like the old "new iPad" all over again.I swear there is no other company in the world that would get away with making the successor phone thicker and not get a crap ton of backlash for it.

7. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Didn't motorola just release their flagship with a thicker body? And doesn't everyone praise the Moto Style/Pure? Perhaps it's because this is the first time you have noticed that a phone has gotten thicker because everyone is, infact, making a big deal out of it, unlike the other phones which got thicker this year

8. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The new iPad brought the retina display, this brings 3D touch, both technologies that are worth the added weight and thickness and will become much thinner/lighter in future - See iPad Air. But you are the main engineer, so go write a letter to Apple how to make their 3D touch panel lighter and thinner.

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Really? Brought new Retina display? I seem to recall the SGS2 having a 480p display, going to a 720P display on the S3, to a 1080P display on the S4, without getting thicker. And to add to that the iPhone's battery even got smaller on the 6S, while Galaxy batteries got bigger thru the iterations (except maybe the latest). And it gets thinner and lighter in future? Well we're not in the future are we? And am I going to be able to buy the slimmer and lighter iPhone 7 anytime soon? No. You're paying for the current iPhone 6S, which is thicker, whether it gets slimmer in future is irrelevant now. I don't need to work in a certain job to know if someone isn't doing their job right. All they did was take the iPhone 6 template, expand the chassis slightly and slip the new display in. Obviously no effort in slimming it down at all (except to make the battery smaller).

5. hateftotti

Posts: 224; Member since: May 03, 2011

S6 Edge+ = 153gr (5.7 inches) iPhone 6s Plus = 192gr (5.5 inches)

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What the iFanbois dont get is even though both Samsung and Apple are using 7000 series aluminum on their latest phones, Samsung could opt for a thinner metal chassis because they were also going to slap Gorilla Glass on the outside which with its thickness would be equal to a metal casing of the same thickness as a single piece. The advantage of the GG on top of metal vs when Apple did it, GG is strong already and pushed up against the metal and sealed with glue makes it stronger than that cheap silicate Apple used on the back of the iPhone 4's which was a removable piece. Making some assumption...a 4GB RAM chip am sure is bigger and heavier than 2GB, a 16MP sensor is likely slightly heavier than 12MP, having 2 Quadcore CPUs on one die, has to be heavier than just 2 cores on a die, having 2 piece of Gorilla Glass has to be heavier than one iON strengthen glass and a 5.7" display has to be heavier than a 5.5" one even if not by much. Yet the S6 Edge is smaller, lighter and thinner and offers far and away more innovation. Then when you consider the Galaxy Note. For the Note to work with WACOM digitizer, it too has an extra layer underneath the display. Is the writer discounting this fact when claiming innovation? Because the WACON digitizer layer is probably equally as thin and likely has similar weight than the layer Apple is using for force touch. Look here -https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Samsung+Galaxy+Note+4+Teardown/34359 - At step 8 in that Note 4, you can see the WACON digitizer film it cant be more than a MM or so thin. I mean this is 40grams of weight difference in a phone that does a bunch more force touch isnt adding all that by itself.

6. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

So those 96 (and deffinitelly more for the 6S Plus) ultra sensitive sensors are quite dense.... Gold made 3D touch ? That's going to be one of the main targets for weight and thickness reductions in iPhone 7 - Get that panel smaller and lighter and you won. Aplle has put so much effort into balancing out at least some of the added weight, a 25% lighter circuit board (and possibly much thinner) with more features and performance is a quite a big achievement just like the drastically stronger construction and glass at the same weight. It also looks like the battery didn't shrunk, but stayed the same huge size on the 6S Plus ! It's got the same weight despite jamming in yet another thick layer of advenced tech. And then how much the technology has improved... a 4,7" iPhone 6S is the heaviest iPhone to date, but how much you get for just 3g more weight than an iPhone 4S or 5 g more than an iPhone 5C ? It's amazing how much iTechnology has moved forward in just this year alone.

10. gaming64 unregistered

Would rather have Apple do this than never.

16. AntiFanBoyz unregistered

Now if they could all make phones thicker to accommodate a battery that lasts a few days.

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

I am more concerned about the bezels

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol Apple slipped up with this. All that extra weight just for a useless gimmick. Very HTC-esque move.

23. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It be ok if they add all the g for a bigger battery but no the battery gone down

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Innovations dont bring weight. Ask Samsung. The S6 has way more innovations as you call it, over the S5, yet its lighter. The difference is experience at doing such and non-experience doing such. Apple has no experience making phones. How could they, they've never made one before the iPhone vs other OEMs who have been making phones at least a decade prior to Apple. Force Touch is a waste of size and weight.If you going to add gimmicks, put them in software where they cant add weight to the phone itself. After all, I have "force touch" on my laptop and it didnt add any weight, didnt require any special layer in hardware either.

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