The new iPhone 6S Plus in its box and ready to be opened. This is the 128GB model in Space Gray. Credit: Michael deAgonia
The latest iPhones from Apple -- the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus -- are finally in customers' hands -- including my own 128GB Space Gray iPhone 6S Plus. Unlike last year, I went for the larger of the two phones, and I'm glad I did.
This year's release -- unveiled by Apple on Sept. 9 and finally available to customers on Friday -- is the second generation to feature the 4.7-in. and 5.5-in. displays. Although they're ever so slightly larger and heavier, by and large the new models look just like their predecessors, although there is a new "Rose Gold" color.
This year's iPhone's look just like last year's -- with one exception. They're now offered in Rose Gold, in addition to Space Gray, Silver and Gold. (This is the 6S Plus.) Credit: Ken Mingis
Other than appearance, the new iPhone 6S models are completely different. From the use of a new 7000 Series aluminum alloy to help create a sturdier, less bendable casing to updated cameras, a faster Touch ID system, and pressure-sensitive multitouch display, the latest iPhone represents more than a typical evolutionary update. No wonder Apple is saying early sales will break past records.
The iPhone 6S is faster, too; a lot faster. Last year's iPhone offered a significant performance leap over its predecessor, and that change was perceptible in even normal use. This year's model offers an even bigger jump, due to the improvements in Apple's custom-built A9 processor and the increase from 1GB of internal memory to 2GB. Apple says the new chip is 70% faster than last year's, and graphics are 90% faster. It certainly feels like it in routine use.
There is a lot to discuss concerning the new iPhones, much of which I'll detail in my formal review after I've spent serious time with my new phone. But there's a number of things I've noticed about this new model right off the bat, all of them good.
When I chose the iPhone 6 over the 6 Plus last year, I did so because I didn't think I'd really enjoy carrying around the larger phone. After spending some time with a 6 Plus, however, I realized how wrong I was. I quickly grew accustomed to the Plus' larger display, and going back to my own, smaller iPhone 6 at the end of the review period felt like going back to the iPhone 5. I missed that screen.
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