The iPhone 6 wasn’t the only model to receive the s update this year. The 6 Plus did as well. Like the iPhone 6s we unboxed earlier this morning, the 6s Plus also comes in the same four color options of Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and the new addition: Rose Gold. It’s also available in the same configurations of 16/64/128GB variants and cost $100 more than the 6s just like the 6 Plus and 6 last year. So let’s go ahead and unbox this.
Just like before: remove the shrink wrap, wiggle the top off and lifting the more substantial iPhone 6s Plus. Heavier than its predecessor, it feels more macho in the hand but it’s a nice type of macho. Setting it aside and beneath the iPhone 6s Plus lies your famous Apple documentations and stickers along with ear pods, a wall wart and lightning cable.
The new iPhone 6s Plus, like the iPhone 6s, is slightly larger in length, width and thickness. It’s not something you can measure with a ruler but a slight difference in the feel in the hand. However, the look of the iPhone 6s Plus is right out of the iPhone 6 Plus handbook. It’s made out of anodized aluminum, this time 7000 series of aluminum; and has glass on the front which has been made thicker and stronger to support 3D Touch.
Internally, the 6s Plus is running a dual-core A9 processor clocked in at 1.8GHz, an M9 motion co-processor, and 2GB of RAM. The display is still a beautiful 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD panel from last year with 401ppi. Also, like the 6s, the cameras have been updated on the 6s Plus. For the rear, it’s now a 12MP camera up from 8 and can now take things like Live Photos and 4K video. It also still has Optical Image Stabilization. The front-facing camera is also new—now a full 5MP camera and it has a nice feature of flashing the screen instead of mounting an actual flash in front of the phone. Software-wise, it’s running iOS 9.0 out of the box. But 9.0.1 has been rolled out over the air so if you’re buying one of these, make sure to update your phone when you get it.
The biggest feature of both new iPhones is 3D Touch, a re-branding of their Force Touch technology. This is an array of pressured sensors beneath the display which will allow you to input a 3D Touch; a software feature built into iOS 9 is the Peek and Pop feature that’s on Messages, email, and Safari applications. This allows you to put a slight pressure to peek at the content and then a full press down will pop the content open. It’s an interesting experience to say the least but one that I think you’ll have to grow into.
Other than that, the iPhone 6s Plus is a fairly typical standard Apple affair. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, you basically know what this phone feels like and what it’s all about. But perhaps the 6s Plus will reveal some new experiences throughout our testing. But until then, thanks for watching this video.