AnandTech: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus preliminary results

“I wanted to share some of the first results that I’ve acquired over the course of testing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in the past few days,” Joshua Ho reports for AnandTech.

“The first, and probably biggest change that I haven’t seen addressed anywhere else yet is the storage solution of the iPhone 6s,” Ho reports. “In the case of the iPhone 6s, it seems that this means Apple has effectively taken their Macbook SSD controller and adapted it for use in a smartphone… The iPhone 6s in turn appears to use NVMe, which rules out both UFS and traditional eMMC. To my knowledge, there’s no publicly available mobile storage solution that uses PCI-E and NVMe, so this controller seems to have more in common with the Macbook SSD controller than anything in the mobile space.”

Ho reports, “Overall, while there’s still a great deal of work left to do to exhaustively evaluate the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the initial results are quite positive.”

Much more, including all of the initial benchmarks, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Our new iPhone 6s Plus units are certainly markedly snappier than our old iPhone 6 Plus units – and those weren’t exactly slouches, either!

Ars Technica reviews iPhone 6s/Plus: 3D Touch and the A9 chip are the stars of the show – September 28, 2015
John Gruber reviews Apple’s iPhone 6s/Plus: Everything is new – September 23, 2015
Insanely Great: iPhone 6s benchmarks as powerful as the Retina MacBook – September 22, 2015
TechCrunch reviews iPhone 6s/Plus: ‘The camera alone is worth the price of admission’ – September 22, 2015
Mossberg reviews iPhone 6s/Plus: ‘The best smartphone, period.’ – September 22, 2015
The Verge reviews iPhone 6s/Plus: ‘You should buy an iPhone 6S Plus’ – September 22, 2015
USA Today’s Baig reviews iPhone 6s/Plus: 3D Touch, great camera add up to tempting upgrade – September 22, 2015
Apple sees fastest iOS adoption ever with iOS 9 as iPhone 6s/Plus set to arrive on September 25th – September 21, 2015
Apple, enough with the stupid iPhone ‘S’ naming already – September 16, 2015


  1. SSD performance on a mobile platform?

    This is really good. It’s one more cut to Samsung’s throat. I have been working with other mobile solutions and the use of eMMC is kind of a pain in the butt. This is the cheapest way to manage storage, it’s also older than SD, and not really compatible with much of anything boot wise of OSs, other than the latest versions. I digress.

    This is a real performance boost and may account for a few percentage points to iPhone 6S over 6, on bench marks.

  2. The 6s models: There was reflexing mocking of Cook’s statement, but his tagline that “the only thing that’s changed is everything” is ringing truer by the day as the tech press has at the actual phones….

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