3D Touch on the iPhone 6S vs. ‘2D Touch’ on iPhone 6

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus teardown: How the smartphones look from inside.

Repair firm iFixit has opened up an Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in its iPhone product teardown exercise and has revealed much that you would like to know. But everything else is different, making it a much better proposition to buyers than last year’s phone,” says Chris Smith, writer for Boy Genius Report, a site that focuses on the mobile and consumer electronic markets. Eager buyers – joined by at least one robot – flocked to Apple stores from Sydney to New York and San Francisco, itching to get their hands on new models boasting an improved camera and a screen feature Apple calls ‘3D Touch’, which performs different functions depending on how hard a user presses. “It’s very intuitive. As Apple defines it, 3D touch recognises ‘force which enables new gestures like Peek and Pop.’ At the launch event, Apple showed third party apps like Instagram and Facebook already taking advantage of this new feature.

Equally as inevitable are the rash of boring reviews stating the same thing over and over. “The best iPhone yet,” “Like the old iPhone but better!” So on and so on. I’m really excited to see what developers do with it,” Leah Bentley, a 22-year-old software developer from Emeryville, California, said inside Apple’s San Francisco store after purchasing her phone. Since we’ve never really been Apple’s best buds, we’ve only just received our first new iPhones just like everyone else in the world, so we’re going to spend the next week tearing into the iPhones’ newest features—from all the big stuff paraded on stage earlier this month to the small tweaks tucked in darker corners. For all the sophisticated technology packed into the new iPhones, customers interviewed by Reuters were most excited by a more low-tech feature: the ‘rose gold’ finish, a new shade that Apple introduced with the current phone.

The firm put the iPhone 6s under its knife and found that it packs 2 GB of RAM, twice than its predecessor, and is also faster than before with LPDDR4 standard. The novel hue – essentially sparkling pink – accounted for more than a third of early in-store sales, according to FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives, citing conversations with buyers. The iPhone has never historically had problems grabbing the longing attention of soon-to-be owners thanks in part to its primarily aluminum design, and like all s-series iPhones before it, it looks much like last year’s model, exactly in fact, minus a millimeter or a gram here and there. One store at least was buzzing, as Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook made a surprise visit to company’s store in Georgetown, Washington, to raucous cheers from employees and shoppers. The stronger screen should also lessen the chances of screen cracks, as Apple claims it’s made from the most durable glass in the smartphone industry, reports Joanna Stern for The Wall Street Journal.

Analysts expect 12 million to 13 million phones to fly off the shelves in the first weekend, up from more than 10 million last year when the launch of the hugely successful iPhone 6 was delayed in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market. As The Verge reports, “taking action within the app is a little awkward in this first implementation — Pin, Heart, and Send options pop up when you press on individual photos, but doing that requires two hands.” Apple’s iPhones are very popular in China and WeChat is the most popular social messaging platform in the country. This compromise is due to the inclusion of the new 3D Touch display that is larger than before, despite an overall size being similar to the predecessor. It usually announces first weekend sales on the following Monday. “I obviously have my work and other things to attend to and can’t spend two days lining up so my boss at work suggested I take one of the robots down and use it to stand in my place,” she said, via an iPad mounted on top of the wheeled robot. So all attention turns toward the iPhone innards and iOS 9, which comes with a portfolio of newness meant to entice you from whatever pocket computer your wielding to the new iPhone 6s.

A “deep” press on the email app for example gives you a preview of the email without fully entering the app, whereas a “deeper” press will open the app full screen. 3D Touch also allows for cursor control. “In a text entry field, press on the keyboard and you can slide your finger around as a cursor, to make text editing easier,” says Gizmag. Apple has said just a fraction of its customers have upgraded to the iPhone 6 – analysts estimate less than 30 per cent – suggesting there is room to grow. I’m mostly an Android user, but I’ve always appreciated the high-level of spit shine that Apple applies to smartphones, making them easily accessible for everyone. Still, Apple has only about 16 per cent of the global smartphone market compared to 81 percent for devices running Google Inc’s Android system, according to tech research firm IDC’s projections for this year. More important than customer appetite for upgrades is sales outside the United States, particularly in China, said Aaron Rakers, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus & Co.

Widgets (a relatively recent addition to iOS compared to Android) are all relegated to a drop down menu, and as a whole, the operating system just has limited optimization options where Android has legion. Shares of audio chipmaker Cirrus Logic Inc jumped 15 per cent after iFixit’s tear-down revealed that Apple had used its chips, as it did in previous iPhones. Lacklustre offerings this year from Samsung Electronics Co Ltd <005930.KS> will help Apple stand out in the marketplace, said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.

The added Proactive feature, which intelligently suggests apps, contacts, news, and all sorts of stuff, is one example of Apple opening up just a little bit. For example, instead of thinking “Open Instagram,” I’m already remembering some of the actions enabled by 3D Touch’s hard press, like “Direct,” “Search,” “View Activity” or “New Post.” I’m noticeably getting things done quicker.

Learning all the apps that work well with 3D Touch will require trial and error, and while many apps don’t use the feature yet, most likely will eventually. For example, I’m intrigued by Live Photos, which are are animated for a brief second before showing off the actual shot you took. (HTC and Nokia have been toying with this general concept for years.) The iPhone 6s’ 4K video might also set me clamoring to the Apple Store, but I still feel there aren’t very many ways to actually play 4K content.

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