Should You Or Shouldn’t You?

Apple has just launched the new and feature packed iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, we find out if it is really worth the switch

Another year, another iPhone to add to the list. This time, Apple seems to have made significant technological improvements to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Although it’s external sleek design is similar to its predecessor the iPhone 6, the main improvements take place on the inside.

In keeping up with its predecessor, the new iPhone comes in two distinctively different sizes but with the same internal make up. The iPhone 6s has a 4.7” Retina HD display at 326ppi, while the iPhone 6s Plus has a relatively larger 5.5” Retina HD display at 401ppi – its display size is similar to its predecessor.

The dimensions for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are slightly larger (0.1mm), but significantly heavier than its predecessor. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus weigh in at 129g and 172g respectively, while the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus weighs a hefty 143g and 192g respectively.


Soft And Hard Improvements

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is powered by the third-generation 64bit A9 chip, this will give you 70 percent faster CPU and 90 percent faster GPU if compared to its predecessor the A8. Advancements in the A9 chip also spells for better battery life this time around.

Both iPhones will come preloaded with the latest iOS 9. Amongst its long list of new feature, we feel that its best feature is how it learns your Smartphone usage patterns. It will update the content in your apps at specific times like when your device is in use or when connected to Wi-Fi. All of which translates to, up to date content without draining on battery life.

Bid goodbye to ‘Bengate’. Both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are made using a stronger and more durable material named, 7000 series aluminium. This accounts for its slightly larger dimensions and hopefully means no more bendy iPhones. *fingers-crossed*

Notable New Feature: The 3D Touch

This is a new feature by Apple for the multitasking extraordinaire. The new iPhones will be able to sense pressure and in this way, allow you to use the new Peek and Pop gesture feature. A light press will allow you to Peek at a photo or email and if you press a little harder, the content will Pop out. So you don’t exactly have to move away from the main screen where you are at, but still be able to see the details of your email or a recently taken photograph. 


Big Improvement On Both Cameras

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are equipped with a 12MP rear-facing camera and 5MP front-facing camera - significantly more powerful cameras than its predecessor.

First, the 12MP, f2.2 aperture rear-facing camera. This is a whopping 4MP improvement which is by Apple’s standards, a large enhancement. To add on to this, it also as a new image sensor, image signal processor, improved noise reduction and local tone mapping - to give you better true-to-life colours and sharper photos.

It is also able to film stunning videos in amazing 4K resolution at 30fps (frames per second), which is one of the highest resolutions any Smartphone can record now. If you are a multitasker and would like to take photos as you record your video, it is now possible. You are able to take photos in 8MP while still recording a 4K video.

Now about the front-facing camera. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are equipped with a 5MP, f2.2 aperture camera, which allows you to not only take awesome selfies but record videos in 720p HD as well. This is also a big jump in specifications as its predecessor only had a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

Ever had to give a selfie or wefie a pass because of bad lighting conditions like when you are at a bar? Well, Apple has come up with the Retina Flash to ensure that never happens again. The new iPhone’s Retina HD Display will now double-up and act as a flash when you are taking using the front-facing camera under low light conditions. Pretty neat huh? 


Both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available in Singapore from 25 September onward and pre-orders are already open. Both models will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new highly anticipated rose gold metallic.

The iPhone 6s will retail at SG$1048 for the 16GB model, SG$1218 for the 64GB model and SG$1388 for the 128GB model.

The iPhone 6s Plus will retail for SG$1218 for the 16GB model, SG$1388 for the 64GB model and SG$1558 for the 128GB model. 


Final Say

Is it really worth the switch? Well, there are some great new features on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus like the new A9 processor, improved camera and 4K video recording capability. Wait, did we mention the new rose gold metallic finish? A tasteful shade of pink is introduced for the first time in the Apple iPhone line up. Looks like Apple has just upped its game on aesthetics once again.

However, it really depends if you are a pre-existing iPhone user and which model you are currently using. If you are using an iPhone 5s or an earlier version, well this would be a significant upgrade for you. You not only get to choose how big of a display you prefer but also be able to take better pictures – even selfies in the dark. 



By Geralyne Kaye Ong / September 14, 2015 5:40PM GMT+8


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