The release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus last fall upped the game in the smartphone market. With several noteworthy features and upgrades all packed into a sleek, classy exterior, it's easy to see why so many people have traded in their Android phones to get their hands on a brand new iPhone! The newest in the iPhone lineup, the 6s and 6s Plus, saw several upgrades in build quality, function and performance but three brand new features took center stage as the top three best features seen on the iPhone (or arguably any phone) so far! Keep reading to learn more about the newest features, and then take the quiz to find out which iPhone 6s is
The iPhone 6s lineup has two screen sizes, three storage sizes (16GB, 64GB and 128GB) and four color options to choose from (with Rose Gold being the newest color choice). The 6s has a 4.7-inch Retina HD screen with 1334-by-750-pixel resolution, while the 6s Plus gets you a 5.5-inch Retina HD display with 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution. Both phones come with the newest Apple A9 processor and Touch ID capability. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are available for use on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint networks. Along with performance and style upgrades, Apple has included three exciting new features on both new iPhones - 3D Touch, "Hey Siri" and Live Photos.
Of the top three best features on the 6s and 6s Plus, 3D touch takes center stage as one of the most innovative features seen on any smartphone so far. Unlike the Android long-press function, 3D Touch uses state-of-the-art technology that changes how your phone screen reacts to various amounts of pressure. Along with the normal tap function to open apps and navigate your phone, a slightly harder press will open quick menus on 3D Touch enabled apps, allowing you to get where you want to go and complete tasks more quickly. In messaging, you can press down for a quick popup of messages that allow you to read them without opening them up fully, and an even harder press will pop the window into view, so you can respond quickly and easily. 3D Touch can even be used in the web browser to preview links before opening them! There's no doubt that 3D Touch has changed the way people use their phones, and the feature quickly becomes second-nature. The only downside is the lack of 3D Touch capability on all apps.
Another great new feature is "Hey Siri," which allows you to access Siri completely hands-free. Unlike previous iPhone versions that required the phone to be plugged in and charging in order to access the "Hey Siri" feature, the new 6s and 6s Plus allow you to access the feature whether your phone is charging or not. This can be especially useful when doing other tasks, like cooking or driving. Simply saying "Hey Siri find the nearest gas station!" will activate Siri and begin a search for nearby gas stations. Siri will even ask you if the first pick on the list is the one you want, and if so, Maps will open so you can easily get directions. The "Hey Siri" feature may seem minor compared to other, more advanced features like 3D Touch, but in everyday use, the feature is a huge hit. Siri can even read you your messages and respond to them for you, all without ever touching your phone!
Finally, the Live Photos feature makes your photos come alive by recording a few seconds before and after each shot. While the Live Photos feature is currently only viewable on capable iPhones, work is currently underway to make them sharable across social media and with non-iPhone users, as well! Simply turn on the Live Photos feature from your camera screen and watch every photo come to life with a hard press using the 3D Touch technology!
Thinking of purchasing an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, but not sure which one to buy? Take the quiz below to find out which phone is right for you!