The new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus look the same (except for the metallic-pink rose gold model) as last year's iPhones. In a lot of ways they also feel the same. But there are hidden advantages at play. The newest, boldest tech is a new pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology called 3D Touch. There are lots of other improvements, too: better cameras. Better overall system speed. And always-on (and I mean always-on -- unless you turn it off) Siri. And, something I didn't even get a chance to test fully: a completely redesigned construction with a reinforced glass screen, which Apple promises is sturdier all-around. We'll get to that in the next few weeks, but that alone could make a difference for a lot of would-be buyers.
3D Touch might be the "Next Big Idea" in touchscreens and interfaces, But does it make these new iPhones must-haves for that reason alone? I think it will, down the road, when more apps are here, But right now, its software look at you! iphone case advantages are subtle, I spent a week with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus (in rose gold and gold, respectively), taking them everywhere I went, from farmer's markets in New Jersey to tailgating at a New York Jets game, to commuting on New Jersey Transit through the Meadowlands and to my kid's meet-the-teacher night, I showed them to my friends, my family, anyone I met and got their opinions, too, (For on-the-fly impressions, check out my weekend diary.)..
I might take the miracle of tiny, powerful smartphones for granted, but I can't shake the feeling that the iPhone 6S doesn't, at this moment, have the "one big thing" to make people want to upgrade from the 6. That doesn't mean it's not a better phone, of course it is. Right now, however, it's a promising upgrade from the iPhone 6, not a revolution. But if you've been holding off on getting an iPhone for a while, don't wait anymore. Get this one (or its big-screen sibling, the 6S Plus). Just make sure you don't buy the 16GB model.
Pop-up menus: one of the new features of 3D Touch, Press in on the iPhone 6S screen and new fascinating things happen, A pop-out window emerges, Little menus appear, You feel a buzz, or a light click, Much like the Apple Watch , these iPhones let you push in on the screen to accomplish small tasks, Apple calls this 3D Touch, And it's the boldest new tech on these iPhones by a mile, It's a cool idea, but as I've discovered showing it to my family and friends, it's not entirely intuitive at first, Yes, its promises could be vast, But 3D Touch ends up being used very tentatively in the iPhone look at you! iphone case 6S and 6S Plus software at the current moment: it mostly adds either pop-up "quick action" menus from apps on the home screen, or adds "peek" and "pop" to apps, expanding links or messages into previews that you can then open up fully, or tuck back away by lifting your finger, Some apps do a lot with these new ideas, especially Mail..
Peeking-and-filing emails can transform how that app is used. But a lot of people who try it for the first time don't realize how to take advantage of 3D Touch. There's no tutorial. And for the most part, 3D Touch isn't essential yet. Until it starts to be incorporated into more apps -- and in a more useful fashion -- I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people forget that it even exists. I like using 3D Touch to preview links, or to pop-up related apps. When I hold an app and see a menu of extra options under my thumb, it feels almost like a computer, not a phone (the latest MacBooks, which utilize a similar but less sensor-studded trackpad technology Apple calls Force Touch, have pop-up previews in Safari, too). Apple's building a common language, and evolving what your phone-sized computer can do.