Top 20 iPhone 6s Features Hero

After an agonizing two week wait, the iPhone 6s is finally here. Although this is an ‘S’ model year, a time when most of the changes are internal, there are lots and lots of new and notable additions to the iPhone 6s.

In this video overview, I consider 20 new features that you’ll find in Apple’s new flagship phones. Some claim that not much has changed with the iPhone 6s when compared to last year’s model, but this lengthy list says otherwise.

  • 2GB RAM
  • Rose Gold color
  • 7000 series aluminum
  • Ion-X Glass screen
  • 12 megapixel rear camera
  • 5 megapixel front camera
  • Retina Flash
  • 4K video
  • OIS for video (iPhone 6s Plus only)
  • Live Photos
  • Live Wallpaper
  • Faster Touch ID
  • Faster LTE
  • Faster Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • 3D Touch
  • Taptic Engine
  • A9 processor
  • M9 motion coprocessor
  • Untethered Hey Siri

Of course, you will always find additional features that weren’t included (such as the new keyboard trackpad mode with 3D Touch), but these are some of the main bullet point items. If you want to get technical, you could probably throw iOS 9 as a whole on that list as well.

Which new feature found in the iPhone 6s happens to be your favorite? Personally speaking, I have to say that having 2GB of RAM in an iPhone feels downright awesome. That’s my favorite new feature. What about yours?

  • Julio M.

    Slight typo, you have 5 megapixel rear camera, instead of front-facing.

    And while I’m commenting, do you know how Live wallpapers work? I selected one but it doesn’t move.

    • @sebastien can you hire a copy editor? 😛

    • Live wallpapers work by shooting a little video before and after the picture is snapped.

      • Julio M.

        Lol. Jeff, I’m talking about in the Settings > Wallpaper > Choose new wallpaper.
        It has the option for Live, but they don’t actually move. Is that ok purpose??

      • SkyFall

        You have to force touch the wallpaper.

      • They don’t move on their own, as SkyFall stated you’d have to fore touch it overtime you want to see it in action..

      • Julio M.

        But I take it only on the lock screen, I can’t seem to get the home screen to move.

      • Yes it is only ‘live’ on the lock screen and in the photos app for now.

      • James

        They also don’t seem to work if your battery power is 20% or less.

      • John

        Not related to low-power mode, is it?

  • besrate hogsa

    – OIS for video (iPhone 6 Plus only)
    – 5 megapixel rear camera
    are those errors?

    • See. This is why I do videos and don’t write. They’ve been fixed.

      • Eikast

        All good Jeff. It’s iPhone day. Enjoy your new iPhone. I got my iPhone 6s + 128GB today from the Apple Store through the iPhone upgrade program. Only problem that I’m noticing in sometimes the phone will freeze up (sometimes ,not always) when unlocking and/or when unlocking and opening a folder quickly. Other than that I love the upgrade. I came from a 6+ 128GB.

      • Manuel Molina

        I heard a rumor that 128GB’s iPhones use to freeze like that on the 6 Plus and 6. Take that shit back if it does and request a new one if it gets bad.

      • Eikast

        Yeah I remember that. It had to do with the flash storage manufactured by a certain company and version number. It was fixed way back then and only occurred when users used 60-80% of the storage. I only have 20-30 GB used so far so I don’t think that’s the reason. Maybe it’s just indexing and stuff since I restored from my backup.

      • kickinghorse99

        Same here for the 6

      • Carl

        Yes I have the same phone and I’ve noticed that too. I originally had the 6s and that was fine. I changed within the two weeks to the plus and noticed straight away the freezing issues.

  • Tylor Jackson

    Jeff, you buy two iPhone 6s and 6s plus?! 😮

    • Guito Mendez

      Dude, Jeff is rolling in it. Of course he buys two.

  • Manny A. Canales

    Jeff, that line up, thou! (At 3:56) Lol

  • Xee

    I agree with all except the Rose Gold…

  • Merman123

    Great video Jeff! Awesome shots and quality. All your named features are on point except for the Rose Gold, which I just can’t sport. I’m sure you do so great though!

  • AOGV

    Is untethered hey Siri an iPhone 6S exclusive or is it for iOS9?

    • coLin

      iPhone 6s exclusive because the M9 coprocessor is embedded in the main processor

      • AOGV

        Are you sure because I’m running ios9 and I can use hey Siri untethered. Keep in mind I did have untethered hey Siri when I was jailbroken. Maybe that’s why? Doubt it. But I also tested it on a friends device and his did the same. Although he was also jailbroken

      • John

        yup, that tweak/hack (whatever its called) carried over to iOS if you upgraded from a jailbroken device. It was mentioned in the comments in a previous article.

      • AOGV

        No way seriously? Awesome! Which article?

  • Abe Masri

    When you’re comparing the boot speed, the other phone is jailbroken which kind of makes it unfair.

  • William Melendez

    I love my rose gold iPhone 6 Plus !

  • Felix Dai

    I didn’t get mine yet, its says arriving on 25th, gold 64g

  • Nick Conforti

    Yall act like 2gb of ram is shocking it’s been in android phones for a few years now.

    • Richard

      yes, some android phones have 3gb of ram and still run like SHIT!!!

      • Nick Conforti

        The shitty oem phones when I mention android I’m talking about nexus phones which are fast, guess what? The nexus phone this year is going to only have 2gb and run just fine like iOS!

      • kickinghorse99

        Thanks to Steve Jobs since he doesn’t like to create “garbage” stuffs.

    • DevXav

      Well, I wanted 4gb RAM, but, answering your comment, yeah, for iOS environment 2gb of ram IS shockingly good, you’d be surprised.

      • Nick Conforti

        I know I had a 6+ I switched over to a nexus because of stock android and I was integrated into googles services

    • iDude

      i agree. but 2gb of ram on ios is way better than having 3-4gb ram on android.

      • Nick Conforti

        Yeah it’s way better, unless your talking about nexus phones which the nexus 5x this year is getting 2gb of ram

    • Beat Modz

      It’s been proven that 2gb on this new iPhone’s is faster than any android out. That’s why it’s shocking lol.

      • Nick Conforti

        Until you can provide evidence then no, just no. One of the nexus phones this year is getting 2gb of ram and will run just fine because its stock android, non nexus phones are garbage in my opinion because of the bloat

      • rigaritax

        Go enjoy your phone and get lost

      • Nick Conforti

        I just got back from being lost, rigar.

  • M L

    Did we just actually see the REAL Jeff?!??! I feel like I just saw the magical unicorn in the forest!

    • Martynet

      Jeff’s face was first shown when Sebastien posted some pics from jailbreak con…2013-2014? 🙂

      • Merman123

        Even before that.

  • iDude

    I just realized that Jeff is a ventriloquist. Did you see his face on front-face camera mode? his mouth is not moving while the audio still narrating that feature. wow.. just wow 😀

  • JayDee917

    Wow the new Touch ID is lightening quick. So fast that it’s hard to turn on the screen without unlocking the phone if you press the home button.

  • Dace

    Agonising? Lengthy list of new and notable?

    I used to stay followin your blog even after migrating to Android to keep up to date with the “news” about the iPhone.
    This article has me unsubscribed. So little has changed in the new iPhone, and perpetuating the idea that it’s a huge change has made everyone who believes this article as fact a little bit more stupid.

    Let’s celebrate real progress please.

    • Merman123

      What’s real progress to you, sir ?

      • rigaritax

        Not ever getting os upgrades maybe?

  • Chris

    Damn it, @JeffBenjam:disqus, I only paid off my iPhone 6 last week, now I really want to upgrade.

    • Pulkit Maloo

      Wanna sell it?

  • Dante Arellano

    Why the weather app dont display nothing with touch 3d??????

    • rockdude094

      that’s the first thing I tried to 3D touch. There is so much more work to be done before 3D touch actually becomes practical.

      • socrates

        3D Touch is most practical when used for multitasking.

  • Is there anything left for next year? I wonder what features the 7 will boast…?

    • A ton of what’s in 6s comes from Jailbreaks. So I would just look at what has been released on that front this year. Some of those may end up on the feature list for “7”

  • RubbaNeck

    My Live Photos do not slightly animate when flicking through camera roll…any ideas what’s up?

  • kickinghorse99

    It sounds so depressing to own an iPhone 6 ;(

  • The Mazaya

    the number one is the camera

  • Alberto Espinal

    Instagram in The 6s is so damn cool just peek in the photos and videos!

    • John

      …so much easier to like images too.

      Imagine Instagram letting you add filters to Live Photos and posting them.

  • Joey

    7000 series aluminum
    Ion-X Glass screen
    Faster LTE
    Faster Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth 4.2

    are these things even noticable to the average phone user?

    • John

      When compared with what?
      What’s the variable you are comparing it too?

      My boss who is upgrading from an iPhone 4s – Absolutely.
      My colleague who is updating from an iPhone 6 – Maybe not so much.

  • Lobo555

    Hey Jeff, not sure if u know this but if you are inside an app, and bring up siri and say. Open settings. It takes you to that apps portion in the settings app. I noticed yesterday witht he automatic app.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      With iOS 9 you can tell Siri to open specific settings panes. example: “open Siri settings”

  • Rob_Huska

    So apparently I can’t put my backups from my 6 Plus of iOS 8.4.x on my new 6S Plus. Every time I do, the phone goes to restart after the restore and I get a boot loop. I have to put the phone into DFU mode and restore as new. I am even on iOS 9.0.4.

    As a matter of fact I tried updating my 6 Plus from iOS 8.4 to 9.0.1 and got the same result. Fortunately they are still signing 8.4.1. Since I was able to downgrade I could put my backup on the old device. But I lost my jailbreak…

    Has anyone else had issues with their backups?

  • socrates

    Jeff’s true form is revealed.

    Also, I think by far the most underrated feature in these new phones is the fact that 3D Touch can act as a multitasking tool.

    Many people are unaware of this since Apple doesn’t present a tutorial on 3D Touch.

  • Snailpo

    I’ve got a question… Apple claimed that they had that new chip so that there is always on hey Siri and that’s why it wasn’t in the last iPhone… However with a simple jailbreak tweak you did have always on Siri. It just didn’t make sense on why this different chip made it possible when it was so very possible to begin with.

  • Steve

    Am I the only one where the Facebook 3D Touch feature isn’t working, I deleted and reinstalled app and still not working.

  • This Phone is first class. But Rose Gold; is really Pink. Someone had to say it.

  • Djabula

    I really like the fact that is has 2 gb of ram, live photos, 3d touch and toughter bodyshell. I’m not a big fan of photo shoting so the camera doesen’t make a diferance for me

  • SGuaDi

    What is the gentle double tap of the home button for? I don’t mean double clicking it to view your open apps I mean two gentle double taps. My screen slides down almost half way but it just shows blank space at the top of my screen. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to activate something for it or if I’m supposed to view something in that area. Thanks!