Leaked specs of the iPhone 6S shows 3 issues
With the release date of the iPhone 6S and 6S plus fast approaching almost every feature of the new phone and the operating system has been revealed. Unfortunately this has shown up 3 things that are actually going to cause problems in the new iPhone, compared to the previous model.
I have no doubt Apple will gloss over these issues and try to sell them as benefits.
I feel it is my duty to lay out the problems in black and white so you can decide if they are important enough to avoid upgrading now and waiting for the iPhone 7 in 2016.
Issue 1 : The iPhone 6S battery is smaller
One of the most disappointing aspects of the iPhone 6 is it’s battery life. However MacRumors has learnt something very concerning about the new iPhones. Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will have reduced battery capacities:
iPhone 6 vs iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6: 1810 mAh
- iPhone 6S: 1715 mAh
This is a 5.3% decrease
iPhone 6 Plus vs iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone 6 Plus: 2910 mAh
- iPhone 6S Plus: 2750 mAh
This is a 5.5% decrease
I predict this change will be sold as a benefit by Apple as they will stress the increased battery life due to better performance of iOS 9. However you get this benefit regardless of the model of iPhone you have.
Issue 2: The iPhone 6S is heavier
The ever reliable MacRumors has further bad tidings.
The difference is minor at 49.4 grams to 51.2 grams, but Apple does not want any weight increase. This means it has made the rear of the iPhone 6S thinner to compensate.
Apple has also went with a stronger aluminum after the widely reported issue of iPhone 6’s bending in consumers pockets. In order to prevent bending the new aluminum is actually thicker in the internal side walls. This results in a smaller internal enclosure thus the need for a smaller battery.
Issue 3: The iPhone 6S will start at 16GB, not 32GB as widely expected
9to5Mac states that it has a source able to confirm earlier reports that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will not increase their base storage to 32GB. Instead Apple will maintain the same storage as previous models of 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.
Why should 16GB suddenly be a worry? Well the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will have a 6 lens camera capable of 4K ‘Ultra HD’ video and 12MP sensors.
4K video uses more than twice the storage capacity of the 1080p used on previous iPhones and it could fill 16GB with 25 minutes of video. Also 12MP photos are 50% larger so the combination of these means for all but the most camera shy, 16GB will be used up in no time at all.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why Apple has done this. They are very willing to sell you one of their iCloud packages to store your stuff so that you free up your device.
Is it worth upgrading?
- For iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners – No
- For iPhone 5/5C owners – Yes
The step up from an iPhone 5 or 5C will have provide performance and camera improvements. If you have a 6 or 6 Plus it probably isn’t worth it for the better camera or force touch feature.
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I have loved techie stuff since I played my first computer games in the early 1980’s. Since then I graduated on to computers, then smartphones, and tablets. I am a self-confessed Apple fanboy with a huge collection of iPods, iPads, MacBooks & iPhones. I enjoy helping people get the most from their Apple products.