Every year Apple releases a new generation of its flagship iPhone and consumers are left wondering: Is an upgrade worth it? This year their answer should be an unqualified “yes.” Released in September, the iPhone 6s isn’t just an old phone in a new suit. It offers several useful refinements and an array of new features that truly make it the complete package. Need a little more convincing? Here are five reasons why the iPhone 6s is the real deal:
Brilliant Photos and Videos
The 6s’ user-facing camera allows for 1.2-megapixel photos and full 720p HD video. You can also make FaceTime calls over a Wi-Fi or cellular connection without experiencing a drop in quality. Gone are the days of grainy, jittery video calls. You can now FaceTime with friends and family while walking down a busy street.
Flip the 6s over to experience the new 8-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash. This one is capable of full 1080p HD video recording and can even shoot in slow motion at 240 frames per second. No other phone even comes close to offering this much power and flexibility.
A New Level of Touch
The original iPhone’s multi-touch feature was a groundbreaking piece of tech that more than made up for the lack of a built-in keyboard. Now with the iPhone 6s, 3D Touch takes things a step further by offering pressure-sensitive functionality. It also adds two new words to your vocabulary: peek and pop. Now, if you want to Shazam a song without having to open the app, just firmly press down, or “pop,” the app’s icon to access its most-used features. Or you can “peek” at website links or email content without having to leave the app you’re in. The 3D Touch feature completely streamlines the iOS experience, and it should be interesting to see how third-party developers find new ways to implement this most excellent feature.
A Savvier Siri
The latest iOS update gives users a new function that they’ve been asking for since Siri was introduced three years ago. Even if the phone is across the room, you can activate Siri with a simple “Hey Siri.” Make phone calls, send texts, activate playlists in Spotify or make dinner reservations without having your phone in your hand. With each new generation, Siri becomes a more and more integral part of the iPhone experience, and the 6s represents a huge leap forward.
Always in Motion
The iPhone 6s borrows a trick from the iWatch by incorporating an M8 motion coprocessor, which tracks your speed and distance without the need for GPS. This saves on battery life while providing more precise directions in cities where an unobstructed GPS signal can be hard to come by. It even has a built-in barometer for judging your elevation. Whether you’re going for a long run or looking for a sushi restaurant, the motion processor adds a level refinement to your journey.
More Power Under the Hood
The iPhone has always been a processing powerhouse, but the iPhone 6s’ A8 chip and 12 gigs of memory take things to a whole new level. The phone can go from totally asleep to snapping high-definition photos in less than a second. Graphic-intensive games like “Real Racing 3” have truly never looked better or run smoother. And it’s all right there in one gorgeous, lightweight device. What more could you want?