iPhone 6s delivers on promises to improve durability, hardware

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Last month, Apple released the all new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with the tagline ‘The only thing that’s changed is everything.’ Moved by the enticing prospect, I preordered the iPhone 6s Plus from Sprint with the new “iPhone Forever” plan and received the device on Sept. 25, agreeing to ship back my Galaxy S5.

After months of rumors and leaked photos scattered around the Internet, there weren’t many surprises for dedicated Apple fanatics. Since this is an “S” upgrade, there were only a few hardware changes that iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users may or may not notice.

The overall phone casing is the same with these devices. Although they are the same fundamentally, they are a bit heavier and a little thicker. This is most likely because Apple is trying out a feature that they haven’t advertised yet. Repair company iFixit recently discovered that there are now seals all over the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to help with water resistance. There is a small gasket around the entire display, along with silicone sealing over the logic board.

This doesn’t, however, mean that the new devices are waterproof. The ports on the bottom of the phones are still completely vulnerable to liquids. Since we don’t have any official word from Apple on the subject, it probably wouldn’t be a great idea to test this out.

Due to Apple not advertising this feature, it’s reasonable to assume they are testing out waterproofing devices for a fully fledged release of a waterproofed device in the near future. Some reporters believe this may be a feature of the iPhone 7, which is most likely to be released next year.

One of the biggest upgrades Apple has been advertising is the new 12 megapixel camera in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, upgraded from the 8 megapixel camera on the iPhone 6. This may sound impressive, like the new models can produce a lot more detail in the photos they produce. However, the difference is nonexistent.

Another main feature of the new devices is 3D touch, which basically does the same thing a long press does on an Android device. I have found this feature to be pretty useful. While browsing through emails, I can press somewhat hard on an email thread to view the email. If I swipe up on the email, I get some options like Reply, Forward, etc. If I press harder on the email, it opens the actual email.

Additionally, a unique feature of 3D touch resides on the home screen. If you press somewhat hard on a 3D touch enabled app, such as Twitter, Instagram, Messages, Phone, etc., you get a quick menu of things you usually do with the app. For example, if you press somewhat hard on the Phone app icon, you get a list of the people you call the most.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have a few neat features, but it’s not ground breaking technology. We’ve seen the technology in these devices before. The main reason I purchased the iPhone 6s Plus is because of the Apple ecosystem. I like the seamless connectivity between all of my Apple products.

Apple’s main concern for every device they produce is the experience using it. They would rather have a more polished user experience, instead of have unless, beefier internal specifications, like most other mobile devices on the market currently.

Is it a huge upgrade from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? No. They only have a few more, arguably gimmicky, features. But if you have the iPhone 5 or 5s, I think the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are definitely worth looking into. After a short affair with the Galaxy S5, I am happy to have an iPhone back in my hands.