Apple iPhone 6S

The Good Compared to iPhone 6, it has improved speed everywhere (new processor, faster wireless, quicker Touch ID sensor); a sturdier body; better front and rear cameras; and a bold new 3D Touch pressure-sensitive display which offers new iOS shortcuts.

The Bad It has the same battery life as the iPhone 6. You'll need to buy a larger iPhone 6S Plus or upgrade to an iPhone 7 for better battery life, plus optical image stabilization for photos and video.

The Bottom Line The iPhone 7 may be the new hot stuff, but -- particularly with a price drop and a storage upgrade -- the iPhone 6S is still a great deal.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
  • Camera 9.0
  • Battery 7.0
8.9 Overall

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Review

There's never been a better time to buy last year's iPhone

Oct 2015

Update, September 2016

The iPhone 7 is here, and there's very little question that it'll be a better phone than the iPhone 6S. It has:

  • A faster quad-core processor (we're still testing this)
  • A brighter screen
  • A better camera (finally with optical image stabilization!)
  • A water-resistant case
  • Stereo speakers
  • Double the storage for the same price
  • Two additional hours of battery life

But is it a better phone for you?

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Apple
  • Service Provider not specified, Sprint, T-Mobile
  • Diagonal Size 4.7 in
  • Weight 5.04 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, three-axis gyro sensor, digital compass, barometer
  • Technology CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS) / TD-SCDMA, TD-SCDMA / WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features AirDrop function, AirPlay wireless streaming, AirPrint wireless printing, Apple TV support (2nd, 3rd), CarPlay function, FaceTime, Family Sharing feature, M9 motion coprocessor, MIMO technology, Notification Center, QuickType keyboard, Spotlight Search, Wi-Fi Calling, iBeacon microlocation, iCloud Keychain, iCloud Photo Sharing, multitasking
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