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9/30/2015
07:06 AM
Eric Zeman
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iPhone 6s Plus Hands-On: 10 Best Features

Apple's new iPhone 6s Plus is more than a simple update to last year's phablet. Here's our hands-on look at the smartphone's strongest offerings.
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Angelfuego
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Angelfuego,
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9/30/2015 | 9:04:48 AM
New and Improved
Reading your article makes me glad I did not purchase last year's phablet. It sounds like they added many new improvements and elements to the iPhone 6s, but I still have a question. Is the battery life better on this new model?
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 11:15:10 AM
Re: New and Improved
@Angelfuego,

I upgraded to the Iphone 6 from an Iphone 5C and using iOS 9. My wife also has an Iphone 6 but hasn't upgraded to the new OS. I can confirm that the battery life has greatly improved. When I get home in the evening, I'm still at 50% (even after some gaming and heavy web browsing). They've definitly made some great improvements. The new "Low Battery Mode" works really great, it really does extend the life when you're done to 10%.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 11:15:19 AM
Re: New and Improved
@Angelfuego,

I upgraded to the Iphone 6 from an Iphone 5C and using iOS 9. My wife also has an Iphone 6 but hasn't upgraded to the new OS. I can confirm that the battery life has greatly improved. When I get home in the evening, I'm still at 50% (even after some gaming and heavy web browsing). They've definitly made some great improvements. The new "Low Battery Mode" works really great, it really does extend the life when you're done to 10%.
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9/30/2015 | 11:15:38 AM
Re: New and Improved
@Angelfuego,

I upgraded to the Iphone 6 from an Iphone 5C and using iOS 9. My wife also has an Iphone 6 but hasn't upgraded to the new OS. I can confirm that the battery life has greatly improved. When I get home in the evening, I'm still at 50% (even after some gaming and heavy web browsing). They've definitly made some great improvements. The new "Low Battery Mode" works really great, it really does extend the life when you're done to 10%.
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 11:23:19 AM
New opportunities and avenues
Great article Eric,

 

"These small tools may seem insignificant at first, but their usefulness will grow over time as more third-party apps take advantage of the functionality."

Spot on! Apple is always at the front end when it comes to innovation (even thought sometimes it takes a cycle or two from them to truly output something new and different). The 64 bit processor was a major milestone, and know with the force touch it's oppening the doors to a new experience, and something as you pointed that developers will seek ways to take advantage of it.

It would be interesting to see if further down the road smartphones will be able to provide a certain type of functionality just by the way we grip the phone. Imagine being able to define ways to launch certain applications just by the way we hold our phones...would be cool and a real time saver.
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9/30/2015 | 3:20:07 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
Thank you for saving me the time of figuring this out on my own.  I'm exicted to use the 3D touch feature as I've always had issues swiping somewhere by accident.  The camera is outstanding and videos truly look like they are on film, the detail and clarity are truly amazing.  One thing I don't understand though is when you take a picture apparently it also captures moments before and after (kind of like the burst feature).  I'm still not sure how to pick the one I actually want yet.  Does anyone know?
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9/30/2015 | 5:33:54 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
"It would be interesting to see if further down the road smartphones will be able to provide a certain type of functionality just by the way we grip the phone. Imagine being able to define ways to launch certain applications just by the way we hold our phones...would be cool and a real time saver."

@mejiac: That does sound like a cool feature and I don't think it's that difficult to implement. You already have all the sensors in place that can detect. I believe it has to be a combination of touch and motion to give that input command.
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:33:00 PM
Re: New and Improved
@angelfuego- Today all users have the same problem with their smartphone batteries. As phones become more powerful it consumes much battery than we expect. I think its high time for manufactures to stop looking at high processing power and focus on power consumption, until we find a solution to have a longer lasting battery that fits the smartphone. 
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:36:01 PM
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@ mejiac – They do that by restricting your phones background processes which sometimes have an impact on the apps you use. That's fine as long as you save some power when you really need them. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:40:50 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@mejiac – Smartphones have come a long way and I am sure we could see some amazing ones in the near future. Manufacturers are forced to be innovative to keep up to the expectations. 
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