A grand phone: Apple’s iPhone 6s Plus reviewed
4.4Overall Score

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Manufacturer: Apple

If you’re in the market for a big phone, Apple is ready with a new phone, and if you want it to come with all the features everyone else has plus that lovely Apple touch, the news is very good.

Features

The second generation of the iPhone 6 is here, and with it a new moniker. Or an old moniker attached to a new generation, because we’ve seen Apple use the “S” before.

In 2015, you’ll find Apple’s “S” return for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, two variants that take last year’s basic models and upgrade them from the inside out, throwing in new screen technology, new processors, more memory, faster WiFi, faster 4G, and better cameras.

Sure, they may look the same, but the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus are totally different, so what’s changed?

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For starters, there’s a new chip underneath, with the Apple A9 processor the new piece of silicon found here, featuring an M9 motion coprocessor built into the unit and paired with 2GB RAM.

Apple’s iOS 9 runs here out of the box, which is the operating system other iPhones can upgrade to if they have some spare time, but on this phone it’s here waiting for you the moment you take it out.

Connection options have been improved a little, with 802.11a/b/g/n and 802.11/ac WiFi provided here, Bluetooth upgraded to 4.2 with A2DP and Low Energy (LE), while GPS and A-GPS make an appearance alongside a limited version of Near-Field Communication (NFC) used only for Apple’s payment technology “ApplePay” which has yet to be rolled out in Australia.

4G connectivity is also part of the package, providing a high speed LTE modem in the phone, capable of netting some super fast download speeds where they count.

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The cameras have also changed, and these start on the back, with that rear camera jumping from an 8 megapixel shooter with a dual-tone flash to a 12 megapixel camera with a dual-tone flash, complete with optical image stabilisation.

Video capture has also been boosted here, jumping from 1080p Full HD movie capture to 4K Ultra HD video capture, while the slow motion jumps from a capture in 720p in the iPhone 6 Plus to 1080p in the iPhone 6s Plus.

Optical image stabilisation has always been offered by the Plus models, too, something we’re told has to do with the size of the stabilisation technology and how it will only fit in the big model, and you’ll find it in the iPhone 6s Plus again, still not on the iPhone 6s, with this now able to stabilise video if need be.

The front camera has also taken a change, with a huge jump from a 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD camera to something a little more impressive, running with 5 megapixels instead.

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