Andrew Cunningham’s extensive review of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus for ArsTechnica:
- 3D Touch is still new, but once users get used to it and developers have time to add support to their apps it’s a genuinely useful feature.
- The A9 is much faster than the A8 and totally resolves the Plus’ minor GPU performance issues. It’s also got no obvious problems with heat or throttling.
- 2GB of RAM noticeably improves the user experience, especially when it comes to switching between Safari tabs and apps.
- New camera isn’t revelatory but delivers subtle improvements in detail and noise reduction without any obvious downsides.
- Taptic Engine is a quieter vibration motor that can still get your attention.
- You should see small improvements to battery life when gaming.
- “Hey Siri” will respond to just about anyone and can send texts, make appointments, and do other things without requiring a passcode.
- 3D Touch and the traditional long press conflict sometimes—you’ll need some practice if you want to long press without accidentally triggering 3D Touch.
- The camera bump and antenna cutouts are still awkward design touches.
- Live Photos are kind of whatever.
- Small reduction in battery life during mostly idle use.