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This year’s iPhones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, are heavier than last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models and it’s not just due to their stronger Series 7000 aluminum body.

An article posted Monday by The Verge digs a little deeper into the iPhone 6s weight gain and you’ll be surprised to learn which new feature is making Apple’s new phones heavier than their predecessors.

Heavy 3D Touch

The extra heft comes almost solely from that new 3D Touch display.

It would seem that an entirely new capacitive pressure sensor built into the iPhone 6s’s backlight makes the entire screen assembly over two times heavier than before.

In terms of numbers, the iPhone 6s display weighs in at 29 grams versus just twelve grams for its predecessor. The display assembly on the iPhone 6s Plus weighs in at forty grams versus nineteen grams for the iPhone 6 Plus screen.

Light Series 7000 aluminum

As for the aerospace-grade aluminum alloy used in the iPhone 6s Plus—which Apple refers to as Series 7000 aluminum as opposed to Series 6000 aluminum on the previous iPhone generation—it only adds up an additional two grams to the heft.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 Series 7000 aluminum

Moreover, the aluminum alloy used for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s body actually weighs a gram less than that in the iPhone 6.

“The iPhone 6s enclosure is made from the same grade used in the aerospace industry,” according to Apple’s iPhone 6s webpage. “This aluminum is created from a unique composition of elements that make it the strongest alloy we’ve ever used in an iPhone.”

It’s also interesting that the cover glass is a tad heavier on the new phones.

The new cover glass is made using a special dual ion‑exchange process, which Apple claims makes it stronger at a molecular level and “the most durable in the smartphone industry.”

Component costs

An analysis of iPhone 6s bill of material conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch has pegged the cost of components that go into the 64GB edition of the device at $234, marking a very slight increase from an estimated $200-$247 in parts and labor to build the iPhone 6.

The estimate doesn’t account for a myriad of other costs, including those associated with research and development, assembly, shipping, marketing and other affiliated costs.

As my colleague Jeff pointed out the day the new iPhones were announced, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus weigh 14 and 20 grams more than the models they replace, respectively.

That being said, I don’t think the more than ten percent increase in weight should be an issue even if barely noticeable when you pick up your brand spanking new iPhone 6s in one hand and your existing iPhone 6 in the other.

Source: The Verge

  • Gregg

    Amazing we’re dissecting such tiny and inconsequential details… Slow news day, I guess…

  • leart

    I liked in the past when 4s “my current device :)” it was heavier than the 4, don’t know, im not a fan of having a ultralight device, it gives the sensation of owning a toy

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    If apple removed the haptic engine and got a thinner screen, it would be much lighter.

    • Disqus

      It would be thinner yet if they got rid of the screen altogether. Smaller. Smaller. Smaller… until it’s just a chip under your skin beaming info directly into the squishy thing in your head. It’ll happen, just give it time…

  • sNick

    I’m glad i’ve took the lighter 6s. I think a heavy device is no fun to use. I’m loving my 5s for it’s weight.

  • The S makes it heavier, obviously.

    • ravinigga

      Maybe Siri gains weight? We don’t know

  • Rob Jones

    “An analysis of iPhone 6s bill of material conducted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch has pegged the cost of components that go into the thirty-two gigabyte edition of the device at $234, marking a very slight increase from an estimated $200-$247 in parts and labor to build the iPhone 6.”

    Wow – they managed to find the 32 GB edition! I thought that was only found in legends and fairy tales these days!

  • Bugs Bunnay

    The real culprit is siri. She’s put on a bit of weight!

    • Anonomous.TECH.man

      If change her accent from American to Australian or British she’ll loose a few pounds.

      • The_Kingfish

        Because nobody likes tight pounds.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        –____–

      • Disqus

        Lose*

  • Dante Arellano

    The question is does touch 3d only does the little trick of short cuts? Whata waste! So that means next iphone 7 will have force touch fully funtional?

    • Farzam Imani

      it’s not just on the home screen. It’s integrated all around the phone and even in third party apps. Look it up 🙂

    • DevXav

      That, by far, is the only usefulness of this piece of technology.

      Calm down.. Wait for the new apps to roll out.
      Also, when you put your hands on this new iPhone and REALLY use it on a daily basis you’ll find out the REAL power behind that haptic engine, trust me.

      By December you will see Android devices TOTALLY DESPERATE copying this feature like crazy.

      Mark my words.

      • Gregg

        Maybe.

      • kickinghorse99

        Mark your words that Apple will copy others? Copy jailbreak community, android, Microsoft…

  • besrate hogsa

    it is the same thing like the iPhone 5s
    too much hype and then the iPhone 7 rumor mill will start and kill it’s momentum in four weeks we will start wondering about the iPhone 7
    So iPhone 6s people will be holding that phone while i start playing with my iPhone 7

    • Merman123

      What.

      • besrate hogsa

        YEAH! I JUST HAD IT WITH THIS THE 5S AND THE 6S BULLSHIT

      • besrate hogsa

        do you speak English in What ?

  • I like 3D touch. But I’m imagining the 7 will have a full week of battery life.

  • kickinghorse99

    So…What’s making iPhone 6S heavier than its predecessor?
    The Price Tag!!!

    • Troll

      • kickinghorse99

        That’s the only word you can say? Lol

      • Disqus

        You’re the troll. I would know..I see all you do. Don’t forget that..

  • TheDryChipper

    I’ll gladly take the extra weight. The lighter it gets the cheaper it feels.

    • HamptonWalley

      Yes, that is true. Hope for next generation they will use lead instead aluminium 7000.

      • Disqus

        Or a black hole. Now that’s heavy..

  • besrate hogsa

    since i am not a fan of the iPhone 6s
    i don’t care

    • So why read and comment on this article? Troll

      • besrate hogsa

        hey shithead
        don’t think too much because you will hurt shithead

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Will the new display work with tempered glass shields? I don’t want to use my iPhone unprotected!

  • Donovan

    3D touch jailbreak tweaks *heavy breathing*

  • iByron

    Geez, 20 whole grams heavier?

    I’d better start lifting.