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10 things you should know before buying the iPhone 6S Plus

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It’s no longer news that the iPhone 6S plus was launched together with iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, new Apple TV recently at the Apple Event held in San Francisco. Lots of iPhone fans and mobile freaks were excited and even to the ordinarily users but not all really get to know the real new added features that will make it stands out for purchase. At this junction, let’s analyse 10 real facts that might supercharge one’s mindset towards buying or disregarding the anticipated gadgets. Below are the 10 things one need to really have an idea on before dipping out your wallet for the iPhone 6S plus.

1. No Size Difference

iphone_6S_plusApple hasn’t messed with the size of the iPhone 6S Plus. No surprise there. It only blew the design up to 5.5 inches in 2014, and now would just be too soon to make the phone even bigger.

It has a 5.5-inch screen as before, and still has a 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD screen. Apple clearly thinks the 4K Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is bonkers just like we do. For the spec-heads out there, the display gets you density of 401ppi.

2. Available in rose gold colour

Tired of space grey and and silver? Wouldn’t touch a gold phone with a bargepole? Apple will now make its phones in ‘rose gold’.

It’s not really gold at all, but a sort of pinky shade that is probably not going to be embraced by big burly blokes whose pecs you can see through their shirts. But, hey, who knows?

If you won’t want the new shade, you can still get the iPhone 6S Plus in gold, space grey or silver.

3. Powered by Apple A9 CPU

The iPhone 6S Plus predictably has a much faster CPU than the old model. And, sure enough, it keeps the same naming convention. It has an Apple A9 CPU. Apple says it the CPU part is 70 percent faster, and the GPU an impressive-sounding 90 percent faster.

Not bad, right? That means more fancy graphics, more enemies on-screen at once and all that jazz. Pity 90 percent of the games out there will still be free-to-play casual dross.

However, efficiency improvements may actually end up being more noticeable for some. Apple says the architecture has changed. It hasn’t exactly told us what to, but it’s not hard to work it out: the Apple A8 is made using a 20nm process and the Apple A9 will be made with a 14nm process. We’d bet our last Rolo on it.

We’ve seen this kind of architecture in Samsung’s latest phones including the Samsung Galaxy S6. It helped keep those phones nice and efficient, and should hopefully help the iPhone 6S Plus in the same manner too.

4. Largest megapixels in iPhone history

Apple hasn’t increased the iPhone camera resolution since 2011. It was eight megapixels all the way from the iPhone 4S, until now. The iPhone 6S Plus has a 12-megapixel main camera sensor.

iphone-6s-plus-cameraWhile Apple hasn’t told us exactly how big the camera sensor is, by the way it was described it suggests there has been a significant hit to the size of the sensor pixels. In other words, the size of the sensor itself hasn’t been dramatically increased from the 1/3-inch iPhone 6 sensor.

To keep noise down Apple has used similar deep trench isolation to what we saw in the Samsung ISOCELL sensor, used in the Samsung Galaxy S5 and other phones since. What this does is to reduce crosstalk between the sensor pixels for an all-round cleaner images: less noise, better colour.

Apple didn’t mention about optical image stabilisation, but we image it’ll stay as-is: the iPhone 6S Plus gets it, the iPhone 6 doesn’t.

5. 3D Touch Features, the ForceTouch

Probably the main new exciting tech to obsess over this year is something called 3D Touch. You may have seen this rumoured as ForceTouch, but apparently Apple’s not calling the technology this for its iPhones.

iphone-6s-3d-touchIt gets you the same basic function as we saw in the new MacBook though: the iPhone 6S Plus can tell between hard presses and softer ones.

How? It uses a sensor layer to discern the subtle differences in the distance between the front glass layer and the backlight as you press down. Yep, your phone isn’t quite as immovable as it seems. What this will let iOS 9 do is to give you quicker access to some of your favourite features, and bring up quick menus in apps before they’re even launched. Devs will also be able to use it as a ‘gesture’ within apps, we imagine.

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