iPhone 6s plus
The sleek, rounded metal body continues to look and feel premium, with the build quality you’d expect from Apple. Both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sport what Apple is calling ‘7000 series aluminium’, which it claims is a lot stronger. The 6S Plus is still a beast in the hand, with Apple’s insistence on the sizeable bezels above and below the display ensuring its supersized dimensions.
The 6S Plus is ever so slightly thicker than its predecessor, gaining an additional 0.2mm in girth. You won’t notice the addition, and I suspect Apple needed a little extra space to squeeze in its 3D Touch technology.
Apple’s stuck with the same button placements too, with power/lock on the right and the volume keys on the left, just below the mute switch. During one-handed use, as the 6s Plus is bigger in size, it may be a struggle to reach the side functions.
The familiar design of the iPhone 6s Plus will be comforting to the Apple faithful, while outsiders may look on with raised eyebrows.
On first viewing the screen on the iPhone 6s Plus is the same as its predecessor, with the 5.5-inch panel sporting a full HD resolution and 401ppi pixel density.
That makes it sharper than the smaller iPhone 6S, which only musters a 1334 x 750 resolution, resulting in 326ppi.
Text and images are crisp and clear, colours are vibrant and images pop, especially if you whack the screen brightness up.
The screen is covered in toughened glass with fingerprint-resistant coating, and it does a better job than most at keeping the display relatively print-free.
It’s not perfect, and there were still times I had to give it a quick wipe, but compared to many of its Android rivals the iPhone 6s Plus is less of a smudge magnet.
As I’ve mentioned, hold the iPhone 6S Plus side by side to the iPhone 6 Plus and there are no visible differences between the two, but the 6S Plus has a hidden bonus feature: 3D Touch.
LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
5.5 inches (~67.7% screen-to-body ratio)
1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating
3D Touch display
12 MP front camer, 4608 x 2592 pixels, optical image stabilization, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
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 4.2 wireless technology
NFC (apple pay only)
Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Siri — Use your voice to send messages, set reminders and more
Fingerprint sensor (Touch ID v2)
Listen to and identify songs
Apple Pay (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX certified)
Height: 158.2 mm (6.23 inches)
Width: 77.9 mm (3.07 inches)
Depth: 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight: 143 grams (5.04 ounces)
Non-removable Li-Po 2915 mAh battery (11.1 Wh)
Talk time: Up to 24 hrs