Six things we want from the iPhone 6s and 6s PlusBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 9 September 2015 | Categories: news
Tonight is Apple's Fall showcase, and although we've been detailing rumours and leaked information about what the Cupertino-based company will be unveiling, we also have a few ideas of our own. Here, we list six improvements we'd like to see in both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, if that is indeed what they'll be called.
1. Get rid of the camera bump
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are great looking phones. They're made even more so by those slo-mo design videos voiced by Sir Jonathan Ive. In person however, one thing draws attention more than anything else - the camera bulge. It protrudes from the iPhone 6's and 6 Plus' unibody in a very unglamorous fashion, and seems like something that Apple simply could not fix in time for the smartphone's debut.
For the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, we want to see a camera lens that lines up flush with the unibody design. Consumers are paying in excess of R10 000 for these devices after all, the least they deserve is a smartphone that does not wobble when placed back down, sans cover.
2. Improve the shooter
Sticking with the iPhone's camera, which has not veered much from the 8 MP version first seen on the iPhone 4s (review), an upgrade is needed. While it's certainly not the worst option out there, it struggles in low light conditions and still produces an unsatisfactory amount of grain while zooming.
For smartphone users who want a premium camera, instead of opting for the iPhone, which they may have done in year's past, they are now going for the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 (review) and Huawei P8.
3. No more #bendgate
When the iPhone 6 Plus phablet was launched alongside its smaller brethren, the words of the now departed Steve Jobs came rushing back to us. "No one's going to buy a big phone," said Jobs. And while he was proven wrong on this matter, he should have rather said that everyone will bend such a big phone.
When the iPhone 6 Plus hits stores, people not buying the phablets decided to bend them in order to gain some short-lived internet popularity, and so #bendgate was born. Much like a cabriolet requires reinforcement in the undercarriage to cope with the lack of a roof, the new iPhone 6s Plus should feature a stronger grade of aluminum for its unibody design and put all #bendgate posts to rest.
4. A design change
Change is good, or so they say. In the case of the iPhone 6s, it is very much needed. The design of the iPhone 6 is not bad, the problem is that its design has been replicated too many times by competitors. We see different interpretations of it whenever a new flagship is released, and while imitation is the greatest form of flattery, it somewhat dents the iPhone's uniqueness.
While the chances of such a change are slim, given Apple's propensity to keep its 's' smartphones in line with the previous iterations, a design change would be a solid move from the Cupertino-based company.
5. Up the specs
The design change, or lack thereof, is a nice segway into one aspect we'd like to see in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. While both devices will no doubt be thinner than their forebears, in order to compensate for a lack of design change, we'd like to see Apple amp things up in the specs department.
The iPad Pro, expected to debut today, is rumoured to run a new A9X processor. Ideally, if this turns out to be true, seeing the same processor in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus would be great. A healthy dollop of RAM would be appreciated. The 1 GB of DDR3 RAM found in the iPhone 6 is solid enough, but upping to 3 GB would certainly make it more efficient multitasker in our opinion.
6. Wireless fast charging
Samsung and Huawei do it for their new flagships, and Nokia (now Microsoft) has been doing so for a long time now. Yes, wireless charging is what we want to see from Apple. The lightning port is great and all that, but having a wireless charging pad would place the iPhone on par with its peers on the battery front.
While we're at it, adding speed to that wireless charging functionality would not go amiss. The current iPhone flagship has a 1810 mAh battery internally which delivers one day's use, and while that is good enough, wireless fast charging would be a welcome addition.
We'll get a chance to see Apple's new flagship smartphone and phablet later tonight (9 September) at 19:00 PM. Joining them will hopefully be the much talked about iPad Pro, new iPad Mini and gaming-focused Apple TV. To keep in the loop, follow us at @TechSmartMag, as we'll be live tweeting all the news and debuts that Apple serves up.
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