The iPhone 6S was revealed by Apple in September 2015, and represents a significant improvement on the already-impressive iPhone 6. Whilst they may look similar, the 6S packs several new features and upgrades which make it as much an object of desire as its predecessor.
Australians have had several months to acquaint themselves with this new iPhone and find out how it works day to day, so we thought we’d find out just what the public thinks of it. We surveyed hundreds of Aussies across the country about their experiences with the new hardware – so how did it go?
The iPhone 6S features the latest updates to Apple’s class-leading camera, processing power and useability, as well as an even higher-quality body case. The exterior is made from the highest-grade aluminium and glass Apple has ever used in a phone, with the entire body being formed as a single piece. The screen staring you in the face still comes in 4.7 or 5.5 inch sizes, both with full HD displays. Apple’s reputation for beautiful industrial design is clearly still strong, with several of our survey respondents commenting on how stylish and well-designed their 6S is.
In addition to Apple’s latest A9 chip under the hood, the 6S packs in its latest innovation under the screen – 3D Touch. The use of capacitive sensors built into the new touchscreen allows the new iPhone to sense how much pressure you’re applying with your finger, enabling you to access different functions and menus simply by pressing more firmly.
Apple has also beefed up the iPhone’s main camera to 12MP and added optical image stabilisation, as well as the ability to shoot 4K resolution video. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to 5MP, along with a selfie-friendly true tone flash. However, it seems Apple may not be the industry leader in the camera department – some of our survey respondents loved their iPhone’s images, but others said they weren’t as good as the competition!
The iPhone 6S runs on iOS 9, Apple’s latest and greatest mobile operating system. Apple’s native apps are fully supportive of 3D Touch functionality, letting you access a variety of options from the home screen without even entering the app. The software also comes with a number of little tweaks, like adding landscape app support for the larger iPhone 6S Plus, a new News app and a revamped Notes tool, vastly decreased update size and a longer device PIN for increased security.
It seems that most of Apple’s changes have gone down a treat with Aussie customers, many of whom remarked how easy and intuitive their iPhone was to use, not to mention the device’s speed and responsiveness. Several users also like some of iOS’s less heralded features, such as the ease of migrating to iOS from another operating system, or the Handoff feature that lets you create documents on your phone and continue working on them from your Mac or iPad.
Is the iPhone 6S value for money?
So what are the downsides to Apple’s flagship product? As you might expect, the single biggest gripe that Aussie customers had was the price. Apple unashamedly aims to make high-end smartphones that seek to be the best on the market, meaning they’re always going to demand a high price. Apple currently lists the following prices for the iPhone 6S.
- 16GB storage – $1,079
- 64GB storage – $1,229
- 128GB storage – $1,379
Battery life was also a negative for several iPhone owners, with the combination of large screens and multiple functions no doubt taking its toll on the iPhone’s power reserves.
Despite these issues, a significant number of users could think of no negatives at all, and if that’s not the highest praise you can give a product, we’re not sure what is. To learn more, find out how Apple fared against its competitors in our customer satisfaction ratings for smartphones.