Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Everything you need to know

Apple is facing a lawsuit in regards to the charging system used in its iPhone 6s

Apple unveiled its latest iPhones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at a special event held on 9 September, both of which are now available to buy in store and online.

Read on for everything you need to know about the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, including release date, features, specs, price and analysis

Apple iPhone 6s: At-a-glance

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus revealed at "Special Event" on 9 September, before going on sale on 25 September
  • Read our 6s review here
  • New features include 3D Touch display, "Harry Potter-like" moving photos, and upgraded camera
  • UK pricing starts from 539 for the iPhone 6s and 619 for the iPhone 6s plus sim-free, both including VAT
  • In the UK, the new phones are available fromThree, O2, EE, Vodafone, and Virgin Mobile.

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Latest news

13/07/2016: Apple is facing a lawsuit by Texas-based company Somaltus LLC, claiming that the iPhone 6s' charging system violates a patent owned by Snap-On Technologies since 2010.

The technology in question is what allows the iPhone to charge quickly up to the point of 80 per cent, reports 9to5Mac, after which is switches to a slower method that improves battery performance over time.

Somaltus LLC's use of the 'integrated battery service system' does not appear to be related to smartphones, tablets or computers, but the company has previously sued Nissan, Ford and others with it alongside Apple, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

Somaltus is seeking royalties on the sale of Apple's infringing devices, or an unspecified amount of damages.

23/02/2016: TheiPhone 5se, Apple's rumoured 4in iPhone, will sport the same A9 chip as the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, according to reports.

The news comes from Bloomberg, citing "a person familiar" with the company's future plans, who claims that the smaller budget iPhone will feature an A9 chip, the same used in its most recent releases.

Additionally, Bloomberg's interview with Cupertino's chief chipmaker, Johny Srouji, reveals that the iPhone 5se could debut alongside the iPad Air 3, which will be similarly as powerful as its predecessor, the iPad Pro.

That the 5se will be as powerful as the 6s and 6s Plus is notable, because it has been seen as a budget option, following the discontinuation of the iPhone 5s.

According to the most recent rumours, the new 4in device is likely to arrive at a special event taking place on 18 March.

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18/01/2016: Apple has admitted that a software bug in its handset could cause the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to display more charge than the phone's battery actually contains.

The fault means the phones fail to update the battery percentage indicator, leading some users to find their phones have shut down before they can recharge them.

Apple said the bug occurs when users manually change the time on their iPhones or move between time zones. A fix is in the works, but, in the meantime, Apple has recommended that users should first restart their iPhones, then enable the automatic time setting within the Date & Time settings menu.

Battery issues have been a recurring complaint from users of Apple's handsets. In an acutely un-Apple move, the company released an official battery pack for the iPhone 6 and 6s series, which also doubles as a case, last month.

06/01/2016:Apple is set to slash production of the iPhone 6s by 30 per cent this quarter compared with previous plans, according toNikkei.

Citing sources within Apple's supply chain,Nikkei said the company had instructed parts suppliers to keep production at the same level as for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. However, "inventories of the two models launched last September have piled up at retailers in markets ranging from China and Japan to Europe and the US amid lacklustre sales", the publication claimed.

However, once dealers have sold the current backlog production is expected to return to normal levels.

08/12/2015:Apple is now selling its own battery cases for the iPhone 6 and 6s, priced at 79.

It means that iPhone users no longer have to worry about running out of juice out of the house, with the Smart Battery Case containing a sizeable extra battery to boost the devices' charge when they run low.

The tech giant claimed the case improves the 6 and 6s's battery life to 25 hours talk time, LTE internet use to 18 hours, and 20 hours of video playback.

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While third-party battery cases do exist, many must be clipped around the iPhone, whereas Apple's own battery case lets users slip the iPhone inside it.

Available in charcoal grey and white, the Smart Battery Case can be charged simultaneously with the iPhone, according to Apple.

01/12/2015:The next iPhone could lose the headphone jack in a bid to trim up. Accordingto Japanese Applerumour mill Macotakara, the new iPhone could shave 1mm off the thickness of the current iPhone 6s by doing so.

Apple would then provide a set of its EarPos headphones with a digital-to-analogueconverter integrated into them. Old headphones would need an adaptortouse the new phone.

A number of manufacturers already make headphones that connect to the Lightning port on iPhones, including Philips and JBL.

11/11/2015: It barely feels like the iPhone 6s has been out five minutes, but rumours are already flying about Apple's next handset.

The most popular gossip says that Apple is gearing up to release a smaller budget handset, in the vein of the iPhone 5c.

The phone will reportedly be a four-inch model, with slightly less powerful hardware and a cheaper price tag.

Forbes claimed that the handset will supposedly be used mainly to upsell customers to larger, more expensive devices.

There were rumours of a similar device prior to the launch of the iPhone 6s but these ones are more credible, according to Gadgets 360, which said thatKGI analyst and source of the leaks Ming-Chi Kuo has "an accurate track record".

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03/11/2015:Production of the iPhone 6 in Shanghai is to be cut back, with manufacturer Pegatron confirming rumours that many production lines are being shut down and some employees could be laid off.

As reported by Cult of Mac, the closures are in aid of some of the iPhone 6s' production moving to Kushan, eastern China, with respective employees who don't want to move facing unemployment.

As noted by the site, this could be a sign that production is generally beginning to slow down.

28/10/2015: Apple has announced its results for the last quarter and unsurprisingly, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus made a big impact on the market - especially in China. Apple decided to launch the devices in China at the same time as in the US this time around and this super-speedy release meant revenues in the country nearly doubled year-on-year from $6.29bn (4.11bn) to $12.52bn (8bn).

Apple sold 48.046 million iPhones in the fiscal fourth quarter, and made $32bn (20.92bn) in revenue from those sales. However, it's important to note that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus weren't wholly responsible for that, because they were only on sale for a portion of the quarter. Last quarter, Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones, accounting for $31bn (20.27bn) in revenues from the sales.

09/10/2015: Apple has addressed accounts of differing battery performance between A9 chipssome made by TSMC, others by Samsungused in new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices. Users have compared devices using both versions of the chip and have suggested discrepancies of up to 50-minutes of battery life. Apple maintained that the actual battery life varies only 2 to 3 per cent between the new devices, based on its own testing and data gathered from customers.

Apple is aware of certain differences between Samsung's 14nm chip and TMSC's 16nm chip but reiterated the unrealistic circumstances created by "manufactured" tests like those suggesting a 20 per cent battery life reduction.

"Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It's a misleading way to measure real-world battery life," Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch.

Apple likewise stressed that regardless of the manufacturer, each A9 chip meets its performance standards and will provide users with an equivalent user experience.

05/10/2015: The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are water resistant, or so it would appear.

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YouTuber Zach Straley has posted a video showing both phones each being immersed in a bowl of water for an hour, apparently to no ill effect.

In a follow-up investigation, iFixit has attributed this new, if un-promoted, feature to a sealant around the edge of the phone, individual silicon seals on each cable connector on the logic board.

02/10/2015:Owners of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus claim their new phones are randomly shutting themselves down.

Even with good battery charge, Apple's latest range of phones seem to be turning themselves off even when users are not touching the devices.

News of the issue was reported by MacRumors, and iPhone owners have complained about the alleged problem on Reddit, as well as official Apple forums.

Some users reported the TouchID home button overheating while one Redditor, Finding_Happyness, said only holding the power and home buttons down together would restart the phone.

The user wrote: "The only way the phone would turn on was when I held the power and home button together for like 10 seconds. When the phone came to life, it had 100% battery and everything else seemed normal."

28/09/2015:Apple claims to have sold more than 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices just three days since they went on sale.

The number marks a record haul for Apple beating the 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Pluses it sold over the first weekend of release last year partly thanks to the devices' immediate availability in China.

CEO Tim Cook said in a statement: "Customers' feedback is incredible, and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos.

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"We can't wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9."

25/09/2015: The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus go on general sale today, or if you were one of the lucky ones who managed to pre-order it, your shiny new device will be landing on your doorstep.

According to uSwitch's mobile tracker, the rose gold version of the device is the most popular, suggesting it may quickly sell out. In fact, the iPhone 6s is the second most popular device when it comes to searches on the comparison website, behind the older iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s Plus came in tenth on the list.

"The early popularity of the iPhone 6s shows people have no problems investing in Apple off-plan. Not even last year's bendgate' when some new owners found that keeping their phones in their pockets resulted in a curved handset has put people off being among the first to own the latest iPhone," Ernest Doku, technology expert at uSwitch said.

"With queues already starting to form outside Apple's flagship stores, and staggering social media hype too, it won't be long until the iPhone 6s rocks to the top of the list. If anyone can convince people they need the most expensive new smartphone on the market, it's Tim Cook's crack team."

21/09/2015: iPhone fans in New York and Philadelphia may miss out on getting their hands on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus because of the Pope's visit to the US, which runs from 24 to 26 September.

According to this report by MacRumors, UPS posted a temporary service notice on its website that states no pickups and deliveries will be available in certain areas of both cities due to security measures put in place around the visit.

17/09/2015: Research has shown that Apple is set to make less money on sales of each iPhone 6s than on its predecessor.

Data published by Business Insider and obtained by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch claims that the 64GB iPhone 6s costs $234 to manufacture, compared to $222.8 for the 64GB iPhone 6.

This five per cent increase is expected to impact Apple's profits from the new device, potentially losing the company money.

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However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the company has ordered 10 million more units of the iPhone 6s than the previous model, implying that it may be able to recoup these losses with a higher volume of sales.

14/09/2015: The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are on track to become Apple's best-selling smartphone to date, beating even the iPhone 6's bumper results.

The iPhone 6s Plus has already sold out online, according to the FT's Tim Bradshaw.

While Apple didn't provide exact pre-order figures, it told the newspaper: "Customer response to the iPhone 6s and plus has been very strong around the world we are on pace beat last year's 10 million unit first-weekend record when new iphones go on sale September 25.

"As many customers noticed online demand for exceptionally exceeded our own forecasts preorder period. We are working catch up quickly can, and we will have iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday".

12/09/2015: The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now both available to pre-order directly from Apple and from most UK network providers. Ordering sim-free from apple will cost from 539 to 699 for the iPhone 6s and from 619 to 789 for the iPhone 6s Plus. Networks are offering the phones on contract from around 50 per month for the iPhone 6s and from around 60 for the iPhone 6s Plus.

A new 12-megapixel iSight camera can take photos with 50 per cent more pixels than the iPhone 6, and videos with eight million pixels in each frame.

The 6s models' A9 chip has a motion processor called M9 built in, allowing the 6s and 6s Plus to keep track of your health and fitness data all the time - because it is built into the chip, it always stays on.

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