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Review: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

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Company: Apple

Models: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

MSRP: $649-$949

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Pros: Upgraded cameras bring higher-quality photos and video to the iPhone. Live Photos are a neat, new feature. 3D Touch display adds a new dimension to the user interface, which makes navigating the home screen easier and opens up a number of new possibilities within apps. The A9 processor and 2GB of RAM make for a faster overall experience. Touch ID is super-fast and easy. The new aluminum alloy feels a bit nicer to hold. Both 6s phones appear to fit well in the vast majority of 6 cases and many 6 Plus cases.

Cons: Battery life in the iPhone 6s takes a step back. 16GB models aren’t worth it; we consider the 64GB model a better option by far. A lack of third-party apps supporting 3D Touch thus far make the feature a bit limited at this time. The iPhone 6s speaker is a bit disappointing — and the smaller phone doesn’t have quite the feature set of the 6s Plus.

Apple’s “s” iPhones have traditionally followed a pattern: the phone would have an unchanged body with upgraded internals, leaving larger form factor updates to the new numerical editions. In that way, Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus stick to tradition. But this time around, there was a bit of buzz before Apple’s announcement about the company possibly shunning the “s,” as some believed the latest iPhone would have enough upgrades to justify skipping ahead to the iPhone 7 name. The phone is faster, with more memory and new cameras — but the new 3D Touch is also enough of a user interface change for some to see these phones as brand new devices worthy of making the leap to the next number.

As with their predecessors, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come in three capacities — 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. Generally, for consumers interested in upgrading to the newest iPhone as soon as possible, the 16GB model is too small to consider. Lightning-based storage solutions are still relatively rare, and even if they weren’t, 16GB is too small considering the size of photos, apps, music, etc. We’re not alone in pushing for a 32GB base model iPhone, and we will continue to bang that drum. With carriers moving away from contract subsidies, we’ll list the prices as Apple does: $649/$749/$849 for iPhone 6s at 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB, and a $100 premium for the iPhone 6s Plus at the same capacities: $749/$849/$949.

In the next seven pages, we’ll take a look at the brand new features and changes in Apple’s newest iPhones — from the 3D Touch display to the new cameras to any other tweaks that might be a bit under-the-radar. We’ll put it all to the test, and hopefully, we’ll determine whether it’s worth your time and money to upgrade to the latest Apple flagship phone.

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