The iPhone 6s was announced on September 9 and was officially released on October 2. It’s been a good two weeks. This is the tenth smartphone that Apple has released. I was lucky enough to be able to get the iPhone 6s the day it came. The biggest question here is: is it worth the upgrade?
1. Stability and Speed: Well let’s face it, whether you love them or hate them, Apple knows how to make a good product. Although they may not be the innovative, ground breaking company they were back when the iPhone was invented, Apple continues to be exceptional about making solid, functional products. IOS 9 runs flawlessly on the iPhone and the A9 processor chip makes it one of the fastest running phones on the market.
2. 3D Touch: One of the most notable implementations of the iPhone 6s is the new 3D touch feature. When touching different apps on your screen, things now pop out at you. This has added tons of new shortcuts in features, my favorite particularly being the shortcut to the camera that allows you to capture pictures and choose what setting you want the shot to be taken in.
3. Live Photos: Apple has now gifted the ability to snap 3-second live photos. There aren’t a lot of details as to how these photos will expand to be used elsewhere, but information is building. Until Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter adapt to the live photos, you’re stuck viewing them personally in your camera roll.
1. A bit underdeveloped: The Live Photo and 3D touch are great features. But at this point in time, there’s not a lot you can do with them. There’s huge potential, and in time most phones will go the route Apple has, but until then, they’re pretty much pointless.
2. Same as the 6: Besides a slightly better processor, new camera, 3D touch screen and Live Photo, the 6s is not much different from the 6. Honestly this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, most people know that the “s” model is just a slightly improved version of the first one.
I consider myself pretty unbiased when it comes to the Android vs Apple debate. My last phone was the HTC One M8. Recently I have been leaning towards Android, but Apple gives me a hard run for my money. The iPhone 6s is an exceptional phone. It’s the best phone Apple has made yet which it should be because it’s the newest. However, I would advise that if you already have the iPhone 6, don’t upgrade unless you get a free one.
The difference is not worth the amount of money you will have to pay. But if you’re an Android user looking to switch, have an out of date iPhone, or just have a carrier upgrade sitting around, get it. The iPhone 6s is a stable, solid phone, equipped with fun features to entertain and play around with.
Christian Dye is a senior studying Business Administration and Computing.