Review iPhone 6S with plus 3D Touch

Apple’s iPhone 6S is the phone that can’t come as much of a surprise to many. Every odd-numbered year has yielded an ‘S’ variant of the previous year’s phone, offering a few upgrades to the handset but largely keeping the same design and chasis.

The iPhone 6S is almost identical to 2014’s iPhone 6, to the point that we could barely tell the difference between the two in the hand, with a little extra thickness and weight to give you the clue that you’re holding a next-gem phone in your hand.

But while the outside is identical, the stuff that Cook’s Crew crammed inside is supposed to be a big change – hence Apple’s decision to give this phone the tagline: ‘The Only Thing That’s Changed Is Everything’.

With an all-new way of touching the phone, an improved chassis and a pseudo-magical way at viewing your photos, will this be the first iPhone ‘S’ variant that is just a polished version of the previous year’s model?

iPhone 6S design

The design of the iPhone 6S is, well, the iPhone 6 with 0.2mm thickness and 14g more weight. That’s it.

Everything else is the same as the iPhone 6, with even the same cases from last year slipping snugly around its svelte form.

The same ceramic-feeling metal is in effect once more, but this time it’s been given a 7000 series aluminium upgrade – the same as used in space programs to make rockets that little bit stronger.

If it wasn’t for the hoopla around Bendgate last year, you’d say that this was an utterly unnecessary upgrade – after all, you’d hope that Apple wouldn’t have made a phone that bent in the first place, so needing to strengthen it should be necessary.

The screen on the iPhone 6S is identical to last year’s model as well, with the same 4.7-inch, 750p display adorning the handset. It’s easy to be snobbish and say that’s terrible for a phone that costs well over £500, but it still looks stunning thanks to being laminated close to the glass.

Then again, it’s not in the same league as the Super AMOLED of the Samsung Galaxy S6, with its QHD resolution starting to offer a better experience for everything from photo viewing to web browsing.

Perhaps we don’t need that level of clarity just yet, but 1080p wouldn’t have gone amiss here to add a little bit of shine to the screen.