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iPhone 6s/6s+ Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 155
Article Title = iPhone 6s/6s+ Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 14th August 2015
Article Last Updated = 28th September 2015
Article URL = http://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?155

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the iPhone 6s/6s+
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Q. When is the iPhone 6s UK launch date?
A. The iPhone 6s/6s+ launched in the UK on the 25th September 2015 and is now available to buy online.
Q. What models are available?
A. The iPhone 6s comes in two models: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s+
Q. What's the difference between the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s+?
A. Primarily, the iPhone 6s has a 4.7" display (1334x750 pixels at 326ppi) whereas the iPhone 6s+ has a larger 5.5" display (1920x1080 pixels at 401ppi). The iPhone 6s+ also has optical image stabilisation, a longer battery life and because of the larger display offers a better horizontal viewing mode in compatible apps.
Q. What are the primary new/upgraded features of the iPhone 6s compared to the 6?
  • 3D Touch (Force Touch) with taptic engine
  • A9 processor
  • M9 motion coprocessor
  • 2nd generation Touch ID
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with mimo
  • Better primary camera - 12MP, panorama (up to 63 megapixels), 4K video recording (3840x2160) at 30 fps + take 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, playback zoom
  • Better front camera - 5MP + front camera flash via the display aka Retina Flash
  • Live photos
  • 23 4G/LTE bands supported with speeds up to 300Mbps speeds
See Apple UK's comparison chart for a full feature by feature comparison.
Q. What is "3D Touch"?
A. 3D Touch is a touch screen that is pressure sensitive so the harder your press different things will happen. It is best demonstrated by this Apple video:
Q. What storage capacities is the iPhone 6s available in?
A. 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.
Q. What colours is the iPhone 6s available in?
A. Silver, space grey, gold and rose gold.
Q. What are the system requirements for using an iPhone 6s?
A. The following are required:
  • An Apple ID (for some features)
  • Internet access
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires
Q. I'm not running OS X 10.7.5 or later. What can I do?
A. Check to see if you can upgrade to OS X 10.7.5 or later.
Q. How much does the iPhone 6s cost?
A. iPhone 6s 16GB = £539, 64GB = £619 or 128GB = £699 unlocked.
iPhone 6s+ 16GB = £619, 64GB = £699 or 128GB = £789 unlocked.
Cheaper prices may be available on contract from other companies.
Q. Where can I buy the iPhone 6s or get an iPhone on contract in the UK?
A. Several places will offer it for sale:
Q. iPhone 6s supports 4G/LTE in other countries outside of the USA. Can I take advantage of this in the UK?
A. Yes. The iPhone 6s now supports 23 LTE/4G bands including those used in the UK.
Q. The iPhone 6s comes with a "Lightning" connector. Can I still connect it to my computer/older devices?
A. Potentially, yes. The iPhone 6s only comes with a Lightning to USB connector cable in the box which allows you to connect the iPhone 6s to your Mac or Windows PC. If you need compatibility with other devices you may need one of the following products:
  • Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter
  • Lightning Earpods
  • Lightning to 30-pin Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to 30-pin Adapter (0.2m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to USB Cable (0.5m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to USB Cable (1.0m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to USB Cable (2.0m) Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to Micro USB Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning to VGA Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Lightning Digital AV Adapter Buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • NOTE: The Lightning to 30-pin Adapter is not compatible with everything. Apple states "This adapter lets you connect devices with a Lightning connector to many of your 30-pin accessories. Support for analog audio output, USB audio, as well as syncing and charging. Video output not supported."
Q. Are older models of iPhone still available to buy?
A. Yes. The iPhone 6/6+ and 5s are still available to buy:
  • iPhone 6/6+ 16GB/64GB from £459 unlocked.
  • iPhone 5s 16GB/32GB from £379 unlocked. It may also be possible to obtain it free on contract.
Q. Is the iPhone 6s different in size to the iPhone 6?
A. Yes but there is only a very slight difference in thickness with the new 6s models being thicker (due to the new 3D Touch capable screen).
Q. Will my iPhone 6/6+ case fit the new 6s/6s+?
A. Most likely but there is a very slight difference in thickness between the two models (due to the new 3D Touch capable screen) so it is best to check with the manufacturer of your case first.
Q. What mobile frequencies does the iPhone 6s support?
A. See this article.
Q. Does the fingerprint identity sensor system store images of my fingerprint?
A. Apple has officially stated that the iPhone doesn't store actual images of users' fingerprints on the device only fingerprint data which is encrypted within the processor. Third-party applications cannot use the scanner facility. Those who wish the use Touch ID also have to create a passcode as a backup. Only that passcode (not a finger) can unlock the phone if the phone is rebooted or hasn't been unlocked for 48 hours. This feature is meant to block hackers from stalling for time as they try to find a way to circumvent the fingerprint scanner. See Apple's official tech note on the subject.
Q. What version of iOS does the iPhone 6s come with?
A. It comes with iOS 9 and also includes the following apps free: Photos, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote and Garageband.
Q. Is the iPhone 6s/6+ going to be too big to use with one hand?
A. Physically it's quite large but Apple have a created a software feature called "Touch Assist" that when activated groups icons towards the bottom of the screen within easy reach for even those people with small fingers and thumbs.
Q. Can the sensitivity of 3D Touch/Force Touch by changed?
A. Yes. Go to Settings app > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch and adjust the sensitivity as required. It can also be turned fully on or off here too.
Q. I've heard that Siri is always listening to what you say ("Proactive Siri"). Is this true and can this "feature" be switched off?
A. Yes it's true - Siri listens out for you to say "Hey Siri". Apple have officially explained how this works to TechCrunch but basically "Hey Siri" is an optional feature that a user must opt into during iOS 9's setup process, nothing is actually recorded until Hey Siri is activated and you can also train Siri to identify your voice and not other people saying "Hey Siri".
Q. Are there official Apple cases and docks available for the iPhone 6s?
A. Yes - they are available from the Apple Store.
Q. I've heard something about AppleCare+. What is it?
A. AppleCare+ is now available to buy in the UK. It includes an extra year of warranty (a total of 2 years) and up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling, each subject to a £79 excess fee.
Q. I've heard something about an official iPhone Upgrade Program from Apple which, if I pay monthly, gets me a new iPhone when it is released. Is this service available in the UK?
A. The program is being launched in the USA first but Apple did state it will be rolled out to other countries. We'll update this article once we know more - please check back.
Q. I don't want iOS 9. Can I install/run an earlier version of iOS?
A. No.

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