The iPhone 6s keeps the same design as the iPhone 6, but packs better cameras, a snappier processor and 3D Touch, a smart new way to get things done in fewer steps. Beyond that, the combination of iOS 9 and some well-built hardware help makes the 6s one of the best iPhones ever made… even if we wish it had some of the 6s Plus’ niceties.
Some people look a little unkindly on the so-called “S” years — those years when Apple updates the iPhone, but doesn’t change how it looks, and then sells that while secretly working on something flashier that will debut 12 months later. We don’t think that’s exactly fair. Those “S” years are when Apple adds some of its most useful features. Siri? Touch ID? Both valuable additions to the iPhone platform that have since grown in importance.
This year we get 3D Touch, a potentially awesome way to interact with iPhones. The thing is, a device’s worth isn’t just tied up in one feature: It’s about how all those moving parts work together. That’s why the new 6s and 6s Plus are such great phones. The combination of much-improved hardware and some polished software makes this year’s release far more than just a modest refresh.
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
4.7 inches (~65.6% screen-to-body ratio)
750 x 1334 pixels (~326 ppi pixel density)
Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
3D Touch display
12 MP camera, 4608 x 2592 pixels, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash camera
Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
5 MP secondary camera, 1080p@30fps, 720p@240fps, face detection, HDR, panorama
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Siri — Use your voice to send messages, set reminders and more
Listen to and identify songs
Height: 138.3 mm (5.44 inches)
Width: 67.1 mm (2.64 inches)
Depth: 7.1 mm (0.27 inches)
Weight: 143 grams (5.04 ounces)
Non-removable Li-Po 1715 mAh battery (6.9 Wh)
Talk time: Up to 14 hrs