Monday, November 16, 2015

iPhone 6S "The Dreams Come True'

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6
Apple first intoduced the Iphone “S” variants in 2009. The Label released with a Positive reaction from consumer. S model are typically initiative by modest refinement,and while they traditionally afford at least one defining features.

What is the iPhone 6S Plus?

A year ago, Apple decided to get with the program and finally offer us a big-screened phone – the 5.5-inch screen was a massive increase on previous 4-inch phones. This year, like clockwork, the company has launched its "S" upgrade, with the iPhone 6S Plus receiving the same minor update as seen with the 4S and 5S handsets.
Or has it?
Both the 4S and 5S introduced useful additions to iconic phones, the first with Siri and the second with Touch ID. A few other performance improvements were thrown in for good measure.
These were great phones, but they didn’t set the heart aflutter.
And yes, I came to love the Plus for its pro-type features, and even for its near-tablet feel. For videos, and games. But as a normal phone, its size never seemed truly comfortable to me.
Just like last year, the new iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6S are nearly similar except for a few key advantages on the larger model. The Plus gets you a 5.5-inch display instead of the 4.7-inch one of the iPhone 6S. And while the Plus's camera sensor and resolution is identical to that on the smaller iPhone, it adds optical image stabilization, which can deliver more blur-free photos in certain light conditions (especially if you're zooming). Unlike last year's Plus, that stabilization works when shooting videos, too. And you get a bigger battery that lasts just a bit longer. It costs more, but its perks are worth it if you're a mission-critical user of your phone camera.
SUMMARY

The iPhone 6s Plus has 3D Touch, iOS 9, a pair of improved cameras and the powerful A9 chipset, just like its smaller sibling. A long-lasting battery and optical image stabilization for its 12-megapixel rear camera help give the iPhone 6s Plus a slight edge over the regular 6s, although we wish it were a little easier to hold.
Super-powered with 3D Touch and better speed
For more on what the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus offer, read my whole iPhone 6S review. Know that the new A9 processor and double the RAM (2GB) from last year's iPhones means faster-feeling system speed, and apps that load better when you swap between them. And the extra perk of always-on Siri means that, especially for drivers, hands-free operation works even the phone's not plugged in.

3D Touch is the promise of a whole new type of interaction with the touchscreen; this phone has a pressure-sensitive display that does different things when you press in with your finger. Everything from pop-out menus to previews of Web links before you open them, and a growing library of apps and games that are starting to make the most of this tech. It can measure a whole range of pressure gradients, which means this could be used for sketching and art apps in particular. On a larger-screened tablet-type phone, that could get very interesting. At the moment, however, 3D Touch is more subtle additions and potential than anything eye-popping or world-changing. It's definitely worth keeping an eye on, however, because iOS is bound to transform to take advantage of it down the road.

Hardware


No, your eyes don't deceive you: The 6s and 6s Plus look nearly identical to last year's models, save for a new rose gold color option that oscillates between "vaguely lavender" and "shiny new penny" depending on the light. The sleek, rounded aesthetic might not raise as many eyebrows as it did last year, but it's still one of my favorite iPhone designs. Aside from the pink color option, the other changes aren't particularly noticeable. Both phones are now made from 7000-series aluminum, an alloy used in the aerospace industry that, when compared to last year's phones, makes for a sturdier but similarly lightweight design. The regulatory icons that used to live on the iPhone's back have been removed too, leaving a teensy "S" logo to let the world know you've upgraded.


Meanwhile, we're still left with the same 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options as last year, and you're almost certainly going to want one of the latter two. I was hoping against hope Apple would finally give the 16GB model the heave-ho  and raise the baseline to 32GB of space. That was clearly silly of me. Economies of scale aside, iOS 9's smaller footprint and new developer tools like app slicing make the 16GB iPhone a little easier to make do with, though the inclusion of an upgraded 12-megapixel camera, 4K video shooting and animated Live Photos (which are turned on by default) means some will have a tough time keeping free space available.

As it happens, both phones are a touch thicker and heavier than before, but they're still comfortable to hold, and the change in thickness specifically is so subtle that it's nearly imperceptible. As for the weight, the 6s and 6s Plus do indeed feel noticeably weightier: The 6s weighs in at 143 grams, up from 129, while the bigger 6s Plus now comes in at 192 grams, up from 172. Not that that's a bad thing. All told, this is one of the few times an iPhone has gotten beefier (the 4s was slightly heavier than the 4), and I'm actually quite pleased about it. At some point, there has to be a lower limit to how thin a phone can get and still be comfortable to use. I'd much rather see companies abandon that ceaseless march toward cartoonishly thin designs and instead work to make better use of the sizes they've already achieved. Bigger batteries, anyone?

DISPLAY

At first glance, you probably wouldn't notice anything different about the IPS screens on the 6s and 6s Plus. After all, they're the same size as before (4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively) with the same pixel density (326 ppi, or 401 ppi on the Plus). You won't even notice the improved glass covering them until you drop it (please don't). The eagle-eyed among you might catch that both screens are a touch brighter with slightly better color reproduction. There is, of course, something much more important at play here. It's called 3D Touch, and it's the biggest change in how we interact with iPhones since Siri.

Let's start with the broad strokes: If you press your finger down on, say, an app icon, you'll get a small menu of quick actions that you'd usually have to be inside the app to use. You'll also feel a brief vibration from the Taptic Engine as a sort of tactile "thumbs up." Like any new behavior, applying force to your iPhone's screen will take getting used to. The whole thing is made a little trickier by the fact that it's initially easy to mix up a 3D Touch and a long-press (like the one used to rearrange your app icons). It didn't take more than a day or two for my muscle memory to learn the amount of pressure needed to make 3D Touch work, but hey -- your mileage may vary.

Those 96 3D Touch sensors can also take precise measurements as you push down and release. Imagine, for instance, playing a racing game and being able to press the screen to accelerate past the chump who just whiffed while taking a corner. If that's the future of smartphones, bring it on.





This all might sound complex, but trust me: It's not. Once more developers get on board, people will be able to zip around their home screens and just do things, as opposed to constantly jumping in and out of apps. It's also a tremendously useful tool for getting quick bits of context -- why yes, I would love to see a map of that sweet poutinerie in Berkeley, thanks very much.

After I got used to using 3D Touch, going back to the plain screen on my iPhone 6 was almost painful. Heck, even if you use the 6s and 6s Plus full-time, most developers haven't had the chance to build 3D Touch support into their apps yet. I can't tell you the number of times I was reading something in a non-supported app like Twitter, and pressed my thumb down on a link only to have nothing happen. Whoops! The mild twinge of annoyance I felt every time that happened speaks to how powerful 3D Touch is: It might seem like a gimmick at first, but it quickly became a feature I wanted to use all the time.


Software

I've already penned  a few thousand words on iOS 9, and its focus on cohesiveness and efficiency makes a great match for the new iPhones. Most of the software tweaks on the 6s and 6s Plus are centered on those lovely little 3D Touch interactions, but there's one more trick that's currently only available on these things. Jump into Siri's settings and you'll find that you can now enable "Hey Siri" -- Apple's always-on listening mode -- to work even when you're not connected to a power source. The feature launched with iOS 9 just a few weeks back, but it works best with the new iPhones' more efficient M9 co-processor helping out under the hood. Weird as it sounds, I've taken to just talking to her sometimes when I want to listen to some Capital Cities in Apple Music, add yet another event to my stupid-packed calendar or turn on Airplane Mode when it's time for some shut-eye.

What's more, one of my favorite features from recent iPads has reached the new iPhones: 3D-Touching the keyboard while pecking out a text turns it into a trackpad for precise placement of the cursor when an inevitable typo pops up. If you lump in these tweaks with all the other thoughtful design changes in iOS 9, you're left with a tightly integrated package that tries to give us the apps and info we want at just the right time.

iPhone 6s “Camera and Live Photos”

Apples’s fingerprint authorization system built into the Home button is back better than ever.In fact,it may be too good. Touch ID is now incredibly fast,unlocking the phone almost instantaneously. This present a problem when you simply want to check the time or a notification on the lock screen and may force you to use an unauthorized finger or press the power button to do so without unlocking the phone.
Something else that’s been upgraded is the rear i-Sight Camera. Apple has traded in its 8-megapixel rear shooter for a 12-megapixel variant with 1.22 ยต pixels,offering 50% more pixels than before. The camera features a five-element lens withF/2.2 aperture  and a sapphire lens cover.there’s also the familiar true tone flash and optical image stabilization althought the latter is only a feature of the 6S Plus.

12-megapixel rear, optical image stabilisation (OIS), true-tone flash, deep-trench technology, focus pixels, Live Photos, 4K video, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, front-screen flash
3D Touch may be the new headline feature of the 6S Plus, but both cameras have also been improved.

The rear camera has been increased from 8 to 12 megapixels, bringing it closer in line to its Android competition.
As we all know, megapixels alone don’t make a good camera – the size of the sensor and pixels, autofocus, colour isolation and lens aperture and quality all play a big part, as does the image signal processor on the new A9 chip.
The iPhone 6S Plus examples are on the left, the 6 Plus on the right. In most conditions, the differences aren't pronounced. But these two examples highlight the extra detail and better colour definition of the new phone.

Apple claims to have reduced cross-talk and noise by minimising the colour leak between pixels. Called deep-trench technology, this feature does appear to offer better colours. It adds a little more depth to photos too.
Right, so how do photos actually look? Pretty great. Colors look nicely saturated, but naturally so, while the standard Photo mode handles dynamic range and exposure better than I expected. This becomes especially apparent in landscape shots; neither the 6s nor 6s Plus blew out the sky on bright days, which made for some great shots of Toronto's famous Honest Ed's superstore. Once you get a little closer to your subject, though, things start to go slightly awry. Just about all of the photos I shot using the 6s and 6s Plus's main cameras were crisp with clear color separation, but zooming in didn't reveal much more detail than in photos I took with the iPhone 6. That's not to say the 6s' photos were worse than ones taken with last year's iPhone; they just weren't always the dramatic leap forward I was hoping for.

All told, then, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have great cameras. And yes, that's "cameras" as in plural. Here's the rub, though: The competition hasn't exactly been sitting on their haunches these past few years, and devices like the Galaxy S6 line and Motorola's Moto X Pure edition are powerful pocket cameras in their own right. Are these new iPhones definitively the best mobile cameras on the market? No, but they're very strong options that stack up nicely against the rest of the greats. We're all better off for the competition.

4K Video


The iPhone 6S Plus can now shoot video in 4K – that’s four times as many pixels as you used to get.
You need to access this setting via the Settings app, rather than the Camera app, which makes it a little buried. You’ll also need a 4K TV or monitor to view the videos in their full resolution. The iPhone 6S Plus still has only a 1080p screen, unlike the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium's 5.5in 4K panel.
Apple has also enabled the OIS for video, which means better low-light performance.

“THE GOOD” Improved speed, better cameras, always-on Siri, and pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display compared to last year's 6 Plus. And it has slightly better battery life, a bigger higher resolution screen, and optical image stabilization for photos and video that can make a difference.
“THE BAD”  It's really big. It costs more than the smaller iPhone. Other phablet-sized phones offer longer battery life.
“THE BOTTOM LINE” The iPhone 6S Plus has a few key advantages that give it an edge for serious iPhone users, but its big body still may not fit for a lot of people.
iPhone 6S Plus – Call quality and speakers

The iPhone 6S Plus has a loud and clear ear speaker with noise-cancelling microphones to ensure clarity at both ends of the line.
The speakers are solid: you'll happily be able to watch a bit of Netflix or catch-up TV using them. The issue is is their location.
Mounted at the bottom of the phone, it's all too easy to muffle them with your palm when holding the handset in landscape mode.

Should I buy the iPhone 6S Plus?

If you’re not a fan of more sizeable phones then you should forget about the iPhone 6S Plus – they don’t get much bigger than this. You'd be better off considering the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S (below) instead.
However, if the larger form factor isn't an issue for you then the iPhone 6S plus is an excellent phone and one that I fully recommend.
In the past, I'd often shied away from recommending an upgrade from an iPhone to its "S" version. With the iPhone 6S Plus, however, that’s changed.
3D Touch and improvements to the camera and performance make this a worthwhile upgrade even from last year’s model, and it’s leagues ahead of the iPhone 5S and those before it.

The iPhone 6S Plus has a loud and clear ear speaker with noise-cancelling microphones to ensure clarity at both ends of the line.
The speakers are solid: you'll happily be able to watch a bit of Netflix or catch-up TV using them. The issue is is their location.
Mounted at the bottom of the phone, it's all too easy to muffle them with your palm when holding the handset in landscape mode.

Should I buy the iPhone 6S Plus?

If you’re not a fan of more sizeable phones then you should forget about the iPhone 6S Plus – they don’t get much bigger than this. You'd be better off considering the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S (below) instead.
However, if the larger form factor isn't an issue for you then the iPhone 6S plus is an excellent phone and one that I fully recommend.
In the past, I'd often shied away from recommending an upgrade from an iPhone to its "S" version. With the iPhone 6S Plus, however, that’s changed.
3D Touch and improvements to the camera and performance make this a worthwhile upgrade even from last year’s model, and it’s leagues ahead of the iPhone 5S and those before it.

The iPhone 6S Plus is an expensive phone – like every previous iPhone – but it isn't bad value. As a brand, iPhones retain their value well and Apple’s customer service is second to none – points worth considering when making a purchase.
I’ve already mentioned some of the other options. The LG G4 offers a great camera and screen and costs far less than the 6S Plus, although it lacks its design cachet.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the other obvious candidate alongside the the Galaxy Note 5 is (although it's not officially available in the UK). The former looks better than the 6S Plus and has benefited from a significant reduction in price recently. However, it lacks some of the ground-breaking features of Apple’s handset.

Conclusion


It's fair to say that the iPhone 6 Plus is something completely different from Apple, and something that the company wouldn't even have attempted a year ago. The real question comes down to whether or not you think that the company has gone too far and the handset is too large. That's something that we can't answer for you: you'll need to go into an Apple store and pick up the phone for yourself to see if you're happy with the size. As far as we're concerned, the phone is big, but it's definitely not too big and we didn't have a problem carrying it around. If you think it's too large, then there's always the iPhone 6 for you.

Verdict

If there were ever any doubts over Apple’s ability to innovate following the passing of Steve Jobs then 3D Touch emphatically quashes them. The iPhone 6S Plus is a touch of genius, even if it is a little larger than it needs to be.

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