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9/30/2015
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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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3D Touch
The touchscreen of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus has an extra layer of technology that can sense microscopic differences in pressure on the glass. It's this technology that forms the basis of 3D Touch. The iPhone 6s Plus (and the smaller iPhone 6s) are able to offer alternate functions depending on how firmly people press the screen.
The screen responds to normal swipes, flicks, and taps as it has for years. When touched with a bit more force, the 6s Plus recognizes the difference and offers up secondary menus and tools depending on the app with which the user is interacting. For example, a 3D press of the clock will let you quickly create a new alarm, while a 3D press of the phone app will let you quickly call the last person who called you.
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. Already, marquee apps such as Twitter and Instagram have hopped on the 3D Touch bandwagon with new and exciting tools that make it easier to create new posts or message others.
3D Touch is the future, and it gives the 6s Plus a serious boost in power.
(Image: Eric Zeman)

3D Touch

The touchscreen of the Apple iPhone 6s Plus has an extra layer of technology that can sense microscopic differences in pressure on the glass. It's this technology that forms the basis of 3D Touch. The iPhone 6s Plus (and the smaller iPhone 6s) are able to offer alternate functions depending on how firmly people press the screen.

The screen responds to normal swipes, flicks, and taps as it has for years. When touched with a bit more force, the 6s Plus recognizes the difference and offers up secondary menus and tools depending on the app with which the user is interacting. For example, a 3D press of the clock will let you quickly create a new alarm, while a 3D press of the phone app will let you quickly call the last person who called you.

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. Already, marquee apps such as Twitter and Instagram have hopped on the 3D Touch bandwagon with new and exciting tools that make it easier to create new posts or message others.

3D Touch is the future, and it gives the 6s Plus a serious boost in power.

(Image: Eric Zeman)

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Angelfuego
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10/10/2015 | 10:14:24 AM
Re: New and Improved
@shakeeb, I have an LG F6. I must say that I am impressed with the battery life. It has the best battery of any of my phones thus far.
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Angelfuego,
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10/10/2015 | 10:10:50 AM
Re: New and Improved
@mejiac< I am glad to hear that. Extended battery life is a very appealing feature to me. I am no longer willing to buy devices with a short battery life. I have been there and done that!
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 11:27:58 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@mejiac- Today manufacturers would love to see you throwing the phone just because they could easily sell you another unit. 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 11:26:54 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@mejiac- Durability is not something that manufacturers consider priority at present. Today you drop your smartphone and it will definitely harm the device. Sometime back you could even throw your device at a person and your phone will still work.

 
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 11:23:43 PM
Re: New and Improved
@mejaic - I am hoping they would come up with such an app with some of these basic features very soon. Probably by mid of 2016.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 10:10:13 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@tzubair Thanks for your comment. I think by this can lead to many more applications that can really be useful... But guess manufacturers woukd need to redisgng the phones housingto to make it more durable What do you think ?
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mejiac,
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9/30/2015 | 10:04:41 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@shakeeb Agreed What, I'm eagerd to see is integration with other hardware and business strategies... Like health care and the automobile industry
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9/30/2015 | 10:01:12 PM
Re: New and Improved
@shakeeb Thanks for your comments You would think that this would have been implemented sooner, but giventhat many apps require to be online it'll be interesting to see how third party developers mitigate this
shakeeb
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:58:14 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@ tzubair- Exactly we could probably just need an app to recognise these sensor readings and initiate a pre specified task.  
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shakeeb,
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9/30/2015 | 7:55:20 PM
Re: New opportunities and avenues
@vnewman2 – Apple has always been ahead in innovation and these features are amazing. Sometime back our smartphones could capture pictures of very low quality, but today its equivalent to a DSLR camera. 
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