PRE­MIUM SMART­PHONES Ap­ple iPhone 6s Plus

The high-end smart­phone cat­e­gory is one of the most com­pet­i­tive con­sumer mar­kets out there. It’s the place man­u­fac­tur­ers show­case their lat­est and great­est de­vel­op­ments, plus the most lux­u­ri­ous de­signs. We’ve rounded up five flag­ships to find out which is

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The iPhone 6s Plus is the larger of Ap­ple’s two flag­ship smart­phones, and looks es­sen­tially the same as last year’s 6 Plus. It’s a frac­tion of a mil­lime­ter wider, longer and thicker, but you won’t be able to tell the dif­fer­ence. It is 20g heav­ier than the 6 Plus though, due to the new 3D Touch sen­sors and the hap­tic feed­back en­gine un­der the dis­play.

The 6s Plus is made from 7000-se­ries alu­minum - the same ma­te­rial Ap­ple uses on the Ap­ple Watch Sport. It is tougher than last year, but is oth­er­wise in­dis­tin­guish­able. The glass cov­er­ing the screen is made us­ing a dual-ion ex­change process that makes it less prone to shattering and more re­sis­tant to scratches too.

The rear iSight cam­era has been up­graded to 12MP with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion that now works for both videos and pho­tos. The front cam­era has also been up­graded to 5MP. Be­sides hard­ware, Ap­ple in­tro­duced Live Pho­tos, a mode that records 1.5 sec­onds of video be­fore and af­ter hit­ting the shut­ter but­ton. Press and hold a Live Photo when view­ing and it will turn into a three-se­cond loop­ing video com­plete with au­dio. It’s re­ally clever and adds a bit of fun and con­text to your pic­tures. Live Pho­tos works with both the front- and rear-fac­ing cam­era.

While dis­play res­o­lu­tion is iden­ti­cal to its pre­de­ces­sor – 1,920 x 1,080 pix­els (401ppi) – the game changer is a new fea­ture that lets it reg­is­ter vary­ing lev­els of pres­sure; Ap­ple calls this 3D Touch. On the home­screen, press harder than nor­mal on an app, and a Quick Ac­tions menu will ap­pear with short­cuts re­lated to that app - like tak­ing a selfie with the cam­era, or call­ing one of your fa­vorite con­tacts. Within an app, you can hard-press on web URLs, mes­sages, maps or im­ages to cre­ate a ‘Peek’ win­dow that lets you pre­view that con­tent. Press harder a se­cond time to ‘Pop’ that con­tent open in its re­lated app. 3D Touch is a revo­lu­tion­ary ad­di­tion to the touch­screen in­ter­face that creates a new way to in­ter­act with your phone. It makes ev­ery­thing more ef­fi­cient and con­ve­nient.

Pow­er­ing all this is a new, more pow­er­ful 1.8GHz A9 pro­ces­sor. It’s still a dual-core chip, but with an in­te­grated M9 mo­tion co-pro­ces­sor, mak­ing it much more power ef­fi­cient. An­other ben­e­fit is the abil­ity to lis­ten for a ‘Hey Siri’ prompt at all times, not just when the phone plugged-in like with older mod­els. The 6s Plus also ben­e­fits from 2GB RAM, twice as much as the 6 Plus. Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, this re­sults in a 70-per­cent faster CPU, and 90-per­cent faster GPU.

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