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24 hours with the iPhone 6s

The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus was made available on Friday 25th September. Externally the iPhone 6s looks exactly like its predecessor, which is to be expected of an ‘S’ release, you’ll find the big changes internally. Ive had my iPhone 6s for about a day now, this is my experience so far…

Coming from an iPhone 5, it’s easily apparent that the iPhone 6s is a great improvement over the 3 year old device. I was impressed by both old features and new, the Touch I.D., larger 4.7-inch screen, 3D Touch, improved camera all felt new.

The first feature I’ll be talking about is the Touch I.D, which Apple states is faster than the iPhone 6. Though I can’t say if it is or isn’t, I can say that it is fast, ive lost count of how many times I’ve accidentely unlocked the device using my fingerprint when all I wanted to do was wake the device to check the time. You might say just use the Power button to wake your device but I’m so used to waking the device with the Home button that I only use the Power button to completely switch off my phone, which is rarely.

One of the main features of the iPhone 6s is 3D Touch, 3D Touch allows users to open up a menu of options or quick shortcuts by pressing on the new pressure-sensitive screen of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. With ‘Peek’ and ‘Pop’, I found myself just using 3D Touch more and more. There was no need for me to open complete emails now, I could just ‘Peek’ by pressing firmly, then if I wanted to see more of the email I’d just press deeper to open the email into full screen view. More and more third-party apps are starting to take advantage of 3D Touch – see here.

In Safari, it’s a little bit more cool, you can blow up (‘Peek’) any image on the web with a firm press then open it into the current tab by pressing a little deeper (‘Pop’). Another useful feature of 3D Touch is that you activate the App Switcher by firmly swiping from the left edge of the screen, this is an absolute God send, because I’m so used to not using the double tap Home button to activate App Switcher. Swiping from left to right in one full swipe will switch to the last used app, stopping your swipe half way will open the App Switcher.

The iPhone 6s comes with a 12MP camera and is able to shoot 4K video. I haven’t really had the time to shoot some videos but I’ve snapped a couple of photos at home, and I really like the speed of the auto-focus, it’s almost instant. A faster auto-focus means I can concentrate more on my actual subject and less on the iPhone’s camera settings.

With the A9 processor, everything is buttery smooth and blazing fast, games load faster and play more smoothly. I have yet to try out some really graphic intensive games but right now im confident the A9 chip will take anything I throw at it. The M9 motion coprocessor is integrated into the A9 chip which means Siri is always-on, and you can call upon your assistant by saying ‘Hey Siri’ without having to hold the Home button.

The battery life seems pretty good, an understatement really, with half the day gone by I haven’t even hit 60%, and this is with moderate use, thats snapping pictures, browsing Safari, playing a couple of games and not to mention having the ‘always-on’ Siri feature. The last time I ‘felt’ my battery was this good was when I had an iPod Touch 5th generation, which was over 3 years ago.

What has been your experience with the new iPhones so far?
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