New MacBook? New iMac with Retina 5k display? A fully armed Mac Pro? iPad Pro? Nope. Dan Frommer loves what 13-million new owners love.
I wasn’t expecting much. The iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s first giant-screen phone, was a game-changer for me; I called it the “best computer I’ve ever had.” It has gotten a bit slow, noticeably showing some of its hardware constraints. But I was happy to ride it out.
The new iPhone, however, feels crazy fast, with upgrades across the board. This is evident in real usage and on paper. Unlocking the phone with my fingerprint—something I do dozens of times per day—is now instantaneous, as is launching apps. Web pages seem to remain in memory longer, and don’t refresh as often. A speed test indicates the iPhone 6S Plus is as fast as Apple’s new MacBook.
Live Photos is a remarkably innocuous new feature that works incredibly well. And the iPhone 6s Plus is blazing fast. The carrot for Frommer?
But in addition to the new iPhone’s speed boosts and features, Apple has introduced a new way of buying one, called the iPhone Upgrade Program, which allows you to lease an unlocked iPhone and upgrade to a new phone annually.
It’s a bit more expensive than other installment plans available from carriers, and Apple is only offering it in the US so far. Also, the idea of renting a highly personal gadget—instead of owning it outright—still feels a bit strange.