By Paul Holston
On Sept. 10, Apple did yet another update for its worldly, renowned iPhone. The new versions, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, has already been available to pre-order since Sept. 12 and is set to be released to consumer hands in the United States by Sept. 25 in Apple Retail Stores nationwide. Phone prices for both versions are slated to be $650 and above outright and varying prices are between $100-$200 on contract depending on the carrier, according to CNET.
On Monday, Apple released a statement saying that they are on pace to beat last year’s iPhone first-weekend record. According to CNBC, an estimated 12 million units is set to be purchased in the first weekend with the quantity being a “reasonable expectation.”
What has changed with the latest iPhone since last year? What has stayed the same? Anything in particular that stands out? Below are the major updates that we can compare from the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with the previous iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:
If you are a type that stores one’s whole life into a phone, fear not, for the new iPhone 6s/iPhone 6 Plus will be available with 128GB space, which was not available with the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus. Not sure why one would need that much space, but hey, the more the merrier they say.
Unfortunately, the new iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus and the previous iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus are very similar, if not almost the exact same size in terms of screen and shape. The major difference with the newly iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus is that there will be two additional colors available to purchase, which are sleek colors Gold and Rose Gold. If you are looking for a new color to hold in your hands to showoff to your friends, then the new iPhones may be just for you. Never heard of the color Rose Gold myself, but definitely sounds somewhat lustrous.
Power and Battery:
Almost everyone in college cares about battery life in their phone. Most of us use it anytime and anyplace, and it’s important to still have a lot of juice within the phone when critical moments like making a Snapchat during Homecoming or taking selfies during the various parties in D.C. every weekend. Unfortunately, battery life has minimally changed at all with the new iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus. Better luck next time.
More than likely the biggest change with the newly iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus compared to the previous iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus will be the introduction to the “3D Touch.” According to Apple, for the ﬁrst time, iPhone senses how much pressure you apply to the display. In addition to familiar Multi‑Touch gestures like Tap, Swipe, and Pinch, 3D Touch introduces Peek and Pop. This brings a new dimension of functionality to the iPhone experience. And when you use 3D Touch, your iPhone responds with subtle taps. So not only will you see what a press can do — you’ll feel it. Additional features with “3D Touch” include quick actions which will allow quicker and fewer steps to get what one wants done, live photos which will capture motion and sound and dynamic wallpapers that can come alive. If you enjoy 3-D, then the new iPhone may be just for you.
[Story was Published in Howard University’s “The Hilltop” Student Newspaper 17Sept2015]