Engadget hands-on with iPhone 6s/Plus: Using 3D Touch feels completely natural

“At some point while I was snapping photos of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, I started feeling a little silly — these things look damned-near identical to the iPhones we already have,” Chris Velazco writes for Engadget. “That notion starts to evaporate when you pick them up. The aesthetic might be identical, but there’s just a little extra heft around the phones’ waists and what feels like a few more grams baked into their bodies. Most of you won’t even notice the shift, but it’s there and it gives the phones a sense of density that the 6 and 6 Plus sorely missed.”

“Of course, all of the big changes have taken place inside those aluminum bodies. These things are tricked out with new A9 chipsets, a fact that isn’t all that apparent when you pick one up and start fiddling with it. The current generation iPhones aren’t exactly slow, and I didn’t notice much gap in performance while swiping through homescreens and pulling down the notifications blind like a frenzied nutbar,” Velazco writes. “What makes this new batch of devices feel like such a step forward from the original 6 twins is the addition of 3D Touch, which adds an even more sensitive version of the screen-pressing mechanic we first got on the Apple Watch.”

Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

“Using Force Touch on the Apple Watch can be sort of weird because the watch is a tiny target on your wrist,” Velazco writes. “That’s obviously not the case here. The biggest compliment I can pay 3D Touch right now is that it feels completely natural.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Like Apple Watch, 3D Touch will save users bits of time throughout each day that really add up vs. those with inferior smartphones (yes, that now includes iPhone 6/Plus and older). Those with 3D Touch iPhones will be like those wearing Apple Watches: Faster and more productive than those without.

Apple unveils the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with 3D Touch, Apple A9, 12MP iSight camera, 4K video and more – September 9, 2015


    1. If waiting is an issue, go to the Apple store when they arrive and use the upgrade option from Apple. No waiting for the iPhone 7, just practice on the 6s/6sPlus until the next iPhone 7 and trade up!

      1. If you haven’t used an app for days it has most likely already been closed by the OS.

        If you don’t believe me, restart your phone and then double press the home home button. There they all are! but none of them are running. It isn’t a running apps display, but rather a recent apps display.

  1. I’ve been more than happy with my lovely 5c, but when the contract is up for renewal in February, hopefully my mobile provider will toss me a “free” 6.

    Yes, some of us may not be cutting edge, but we’re happy!

    (In the meantime, good luck with the “3D Touch”, I’ll be joining you around 2018!)

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