August 11, 2022


The iPhone 6 and 6S may look equivalent from the surface, however their internals are vastly totally different. The 6S not solely provides the cursory tweaks, but additionally a number of key options, together with a considerably sooner processor, higher-resolution digicam, Reside Images and, most notably, 3D Contact display know-how. All of this makes the iPhone 6S greater than only a shinier iPhone 6.

Admittedly, the telephone had a number of issues with Reside Images when it was first launched in September 2015. These points have been quickly mounted in iOS 9.1, with the telephone now operating Apple’s newest working system, iOS 12.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Construct high quality

From the surface, you would be mistaken for pondering the iPhone 6S is an actual clone of the iPhone 6 – except, after all, you choose up the brand new “rose gold” mannequin (or “pink” to the remainder of us), as this color is unique to the 6S alongside the standard silver, gold and area gray choices. Look a little bit nearer, although, and you will find the iPhone 6S is a fraction fatter and heavier than the earlier mannequin, measuring 7.1mm thick and weighing 143g in comparison with the iPhone 6’s 129g, 6.9mm chassis.

A heavier, thicker telephone may sound unusual, however 14g of further bulk is virtually negligible and never one thing you actually discover. The iPhone 6S is supposed to be rather more sturdy this time round as properly, as Apple says its chassis is now created from 7,000 collection aluminium whereas its new glass panel makes use of a particular ion-exchange course of to assist make it much less prone to cracks and scratches.

Apple iPhone 6S side

Such claims are arduous to show with out long-term testing, after all, however to the contact it’s totally a lot enterprise as normal. The glass is simply as clean underneath your thumb as earlier than, and the sleek, curved chassis feels stable. Its seems are a matter of desire: in comparison with its Android competitors, I discover its design a little bit plain, notably if you put it alongside the beautiful Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, for example; different individuals love its easy seems. That is all about private desire and the principle factor is that the iPhone is constructed with Apple’s normal consideration to element and advantageous crafting, producing a telephone that is extremely properly made.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Show

One other carry-over from the iPhone 6 is its 4.7in, 1,134×750 show. Once more, not a lot has modified on this entrance, because it’s nonetheless simply as brilliant at 541.75cd/m2 and blacks are equally deep at 0.35cd/m2. Color accuracy’s slipped a bit all the way down to 93.3% of the sRGB color gamut, however the iPhone 6S nonetheless has very even protection throughout the gamut.

Apple iPhone 6S buttons

Reds and magentas are barely missing, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a beautiful-looking show that may simply sit alongside most different Android flagships. Likewise, with a distinction ratio of 1,542:1, there’s loads of element on present and viewing angles are excellent. In different phrases, there’s nothing to essentially complain about right here and the standard of the iPhone 6S’ show is superb. A decision of 1,134×750 might sound a little bit low by at present’s requirements, however with a pixel density of 326ppi, it is nonetheless very sharp. Larger decision telephones are a little bit sharper, however the it is a legislation of diminishing returns at this level and the iPhone 6S provides you greater than sufficient decision and sharpness at this measurement.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: 3D Contact

One of many iPhone 6S’s greatest options is 3D Contact. It is the cell equal of Apple’s Drive Contact know-how discovered within the Apple Watch and new Macbook, permitting you to press a little bit bit tougher on the display to entry further options, comparable to shortcuts from the house display, preview emails and extra.

It is the primary time this type of display know-how has made it right into a handset and, in some circumstances, it is a real time-saver, as having the ability to bounce straight to video mode on the digicam or ship a brand new message on Twitter with out having to navigate to the respective menu within the app itself, for instance, feels fairly sensible and sensible. There are nonetheless a number of third-party apps which it does not work with, although, together with Fb, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Kindle and Dropbox, for example, however it will change over time, because the iPhone is so standard. The haptic suggestions it supplies can also be glorious, as you get a small, single buzz if you press the display appropriately, and a triple vibration when the app does not help it; it actually lets you recognize ‘proper’ from ‘flawed’.

iOS 9 3D Touch screenshot

^ Press a little bit tougher on the display and 3D Contact will permit sure apps to provide you further choices you possibly can faucet 

In-app, 3D Contact helps as much as two ranges of strain for Peek and Pop. For instance, within the Mail app you possibly can press arduous to Peek at an e mail and examine a bit extra of its contents, so you possibly can see if you wish to learn your complete factor or eliminate the message; press down once more a bit tougher and also you Pop into the mail to edit it usually. Within the Peek view, you possibly can slide left to delete, proper to mark as learn/unread and as much as convey up a shortcut menu for Reply, Ahead and so forth. Peek and Pop work elsewhere within the OS, too, comparable to within the Digital camera app, the place you possibly can Peek on the preview picture to just remember to’ve captured an honest image; in the event you determine to do a little bit of modifying, you possibly can Pop into the editor to make your adjustments.

It might probably really feel a little bit unusual utilizing 3D Contact at first, because the pure intuition is to press as soon as after which press tougher to comply with up; one clean movement works significantly better, with the telephone very responsive and fast to reply. Nonetheless, when you get used to it, 3D Contact is a large enchancment in telephone interplay and one thing that is each genuinely new and genuinely helpful. The extra that I used it, the extra that I relied on it.

3D Contact may convey up the duty switcher in the event you press on the left-hand aspect of the display. I discovered it simpler to only double-tap the house button; arguably, it is a function higher suited to bigger iPhone 6S Plus, the place it is arduous to faucet the house button if you’re holding it one-handed.

When you get used to 3D Contact and the way in which it really works, it provides an additional dimension to the way in which that you just work together along with your telephone and is a real enchancment over the touchscreen within the iPhone 6. It could not show sufficient of a draw to make individuals improve from the earlier era handset, however 3D Contact is definitely an enchancment in telephone interfaces and we’re certain to see extra from it because the know-how matures and extra builders help it.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Digital camera

Apple has upgraded the digicam to make use of a 12-megapixel sensor, quite than the outdated 6’s 8-megapixel mannequin. After all, the large distinction is that you just get extra decision, which implies extra element in pictures. Publicity management is fairly much like that of the iPhone 6, which is not an enormous drawback as that telephone typically picked the appropriate automated settings to seize a scene.

Testing the telephone outdoors, I discovered that check photographs have been typically excellent. Leaving the telephone on its Auto HDR mode, I discovered that it managed to seize difficult photographs, such because the distinction between the darkish streets and brilliant sky within the picture beneath, fairly properly. When in comparison with its nearest competitors, the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s telephone produced more true colors and its higher-resolution sensor captured extra element; as compared, the iPhone 6S appears to course of the picture extra, sharpening the image. You may say that the S6’s picture is extra true to life, whereas the iPhone 6S produces a barely hyper-real model. Neither variations are flawed and each produce glorious photographs.

iPhone 6S outside shot HDR

When there’s much less dynamic vary within the picture, comparable to capturing a picture on a brilliant sunny day, the iPhone 6S does an excellent job, as you possibly can see from the check shot beneath. This picture is clear with lifelike colors, capturing the complete element within the picture. On the entire, there was little or no noise and I used to be typically very happy with every particular person shot.

Apple iPhone 6S camera test

^ In brighter climate, the iPhone 6S produced nice photos

Images in-doors are actually quite good. Evaluating the iPhone 6S to the Galaxy S6, I discovered that the iPhone produced a better-exposed picture and its auto white steadiness function naturally discovered the appropriate setting; Samsung’s digicam tended to make the picture a little bit too heat. Samsung additionally makes use of some quite aggressive noise discount strategies, which are inclined to blur out a number of the finer particulars. Whereas the iPhone 6S has a little bit extra picture noise (nevertheless it’s photographs are removed from noisy), it retains the finer element, as you possibly can see from my nonetheless life shot beneath, with the feel on the teddy bear’s fur. Briefly, the Galaxy S6 produces higher photographs outdoors, however the iPhone 6S is best indoors. Each have nice cameras.

If it will get too darkish to take photographs, the iPhone 6S has the true-tone flash, which makes use of dual-LEDs to match the scene’s ambient gentle. The outcomes are spectacular, with brilliant photographs that do not look as if they have been taken with a flash. This 12 months, the brand new 5-megapixel FaceTime digicam on the entrance can use Retina flash, which lets the display flare as much as match ambient gentle ranges and act as a flash for excellent selfies. It really works surprisingly properly and is nice in the event you’re attempting to take a shot in a darkish room.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Reside Images

Reside Images is a brand new mode, which information 1.5 seconds of video earlier than you’re taking a photograph and 1.5 seconds afterwards. If you use 3D Contact to press on a photograph, the video kicks into life, providing you with some context (and sound) across the remaining picture. With the iOS 9.1 replace (and additional updates, comparable to iOS 10), Apple has improved the way in which that Reside Images work. Now, the telephone checks its sensors in order that it will not document video in the event you’re elevating or decreasing the telephone. In testing, it meant that almost all of my Reside Images have been captured with video of the topic, not video of the telephone transferring out and in of place. That is a giant enchancment and makes the function much more helpful and the outcomes higher. For me, Reside Images is the right reminiscence refresher, including context to a photograph, so you possibly can keep in mind what occurred simply earlier than and simply after you took a shot.

I like to recommend leaving the function turned on: in the event you do not just like the video a part of a photograph it is easy sufficient to make use of the modifying instruments to take away the ‘Reside’ half, leaving you with the high-quality picture by itself.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Video modes

The upper decision video means that you could now shoot 4K video at 30fps. By default, the telephone is ready to document 1080p video at 30fps, however you possibly can change to the 4K mode by going to Settings -> Images & Digital camera. On this mode, you will get extra detailed video: the iPhone’s display cannot show video at full decision, however you possibly can watch it on one other system or use pinch-to-zoom to get extra element. As soon as a video’s in your laptop, you possibly can even seize an 8-megapixel body out of the footage and put it aside as an 8-megapixel shot. Whereas 4K video is probably not that helpful to most individuals, the brand new 1080p 60fps mode will likely be. That is twice the frame-rate of earlier telephones, which implies for smoother motion, notably in the event you’re taking pictures something fast-moving, comparable to sports activities. When taking pictures any video, you possibly can faucet the shutter button to take an 8-megapixel picture.

Sluggish movement has additionally been improved, and now you can shoot 240fps at 720p (as with the iPhone 6) and, new to the iPhone 6S Plus, 120fps at 1080p. It is nice enjoyable utilizing gradual movement and the selection between modes actually comes down as to if you need extra element or slower pictures: for me, 120fps at 1080p is the appropriate mode for many conditions.

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Efficiency

One factor I am unable to fault, although, is the 6S’s efficiency. iOS 9 and iOS 10 feels tremendous slick with Apple’s new dual-core 1.8GHz A9 chip and 2GB of RAM behind it, and it delivers a considerable efficiency increase over the iPhone 6. As an illustration, whereas the iPhone 6 scored simply 2,877 within the multicore check of Geekbench 3, which remains to be extremely respectable, the iPhone 6S virtually doubles that to 4,417. There is a related leap in Geekbench 3’s single core check as properly, with the iPhone 6S main the pack with 2,532 in comparison with the iPhone 6’s 1,601. These benchmarks have been carried out with the iPhone 6S operating iOS 9.

It isn’t fairly the quickest telephone round, although, because the Samsung’s Galaxy S6 household edge forward on the Geekbench leaderboard with a cushty lead of round 500 factors; nevertheless, this wants 4 cores to do that and it lags behind within the single-core check. On that degree, the iPhone 6S is the quickest smartphone and has greater than sufficient velocity and energy to run iOS 9, with the working system tremendous clean.

Apple iPhone 6S Geekbench graph

Likewise, internet efficiency was distinctive. iPhones have all the time been rather more environment friendly internet browsers than Android telephones, however the iPhone 6S’s huge Peacekeeper rating of 4,568 solely widens the hole additional. The quickest rating I’ve seen on an Android telephone, for example, is the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact’s 1,629, which pales as compared. Whereas nonetheless completely fast on Android, the iPhone 6S is in one other class completely, with silky clean scrolling it doesn’t matter what sort of internet web page is being rendered.

Likewise, iPhone 6S is an unparalleled cell gaming system, with scores of two,474 within the offscreen Manhattan check of GFX Bench GL and three,414 within the onscreen check. These equate to roughly 40fps and 55fps respectively, placing it streets forward of its Android rivals. Once more, the Xperia Z5 Compact comes closest with its offscreen rating of 1,545, however this solely works out to round 25fps, making the iPhone 6S twice as fast when dealing with complicated video games. Consequently, I had no drawback in any respect enjoying video games like Hearthstone or Asphalt 8, so it’s best to discover it greater than able to enjoying something you need that is presently accessible within the App Retailer.

Apple iPhone 6S GFX Bench graph

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Battery Life

Sadly, all this energy does come at the price of the iPhone 6S’s battery life, because it solely managed a reasonably common 11h 18m in our steady video playback check when the display brightness was set to 170cd/m2. The iPhone 6, alternatively, lasted virtually two hours extra underneath the identical circumstances. That is nonetheless completely acceptable for a 2015 flagship, nevertheless it’s a little bit disappointing to see one thing like this take a step backwards. Nonetheless, in day-to-day use, you will not see as a lot distinction. When the display’s not on, the Apple A9 chip sips energy even with heavy background synchronisation, so the telephone will simply final a day with heavy use.

Apple iPhone 6S battery life graph

Apple iPhone 6S assessment: Verdict

It’s a must to have a look at a smartphone as an total package deal, with it being the sum of its elements. Taken like this, the iPhone 6S is a superb smartphone: it is staggeringly fast, it is digicam is superb, 3D Contact is an actual enchancment and iOS 9 and iOS 10 are sensible and slick working techniques. Taken like that, anyone that buys this telephone goes to be extremely glad.

Apple iPhone 6S rear

Decreased battery life is a little bit annoying, in contrast with the iPhone 6. Given how good that telephone was, anybody with an iPhone 6 will not discover sufficient right here to make the improve worthwhile. For anybody with an iPhone 5S or older, the iPhone 6S is an excellent improve introducing a ton of latest options.

Nonetheless, the iPhone 6 nonetheless rears its head at this level, because it’s nonetheless an excellent telephone and, for the extra frugal purchaser, a decrease price possibility over the iPhone 7. On steadiness, the general package deal that the iPhone 6S delivers remains to be distinctive and, if you do not need the bigger iPhone 6S Plus, extra highly effective than its Android competitors.

If you happen to’re on the lookout for one thing else, our greatest smartphone information can have a cell phone that fits your wants.

Processor Twin-core 1.8GHz Apple A9
Display screen measurement 4.7in
Display screen decision 1,334×750
Display screen sort IPS
Entrance digicam 5 megapixels
Rear digicam 12 megapixels
Flash LED
GPS Sure
Compass Sure
Storage (free) 16GB (14.7GB)
Reminiscence card slot (equipped) None
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
NFC Sure
Wi-fi knowledge 3G, 4G
Dimension 138x67x7.1mm
Weight 143g
Working system iOS 9.0.1
Battery measurement N/A
Shopping for data
Guarantee One 12 months RTB
Value SIM-free (inc VAT) £539
Value on contract (inc VAT) Free on £44-per-month contract
Prepay value (inc VAT) £539
SIM-free provider
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