Consumers line up for Apple’s new iPhones

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are on sale today.

The teardown team has become among the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 6S, and while other early adopters are likely at home caressing their new smartphone, iFixit has been quick to pull theirs to pieces.

This size reduction, which Apple promises won’t make for a reduction in battery life, is likely due to the new Taptic Engine under the hood, which iFixit notes “takes up a large chunk of space.” The display is chunkier than before, weighing in at 15g heavier at 60g, due to the extra capacitive sensors under the hood that enable 3D Touch. Ion-X glass, the same stuff found on some of the Apple Watch models, can also be found on the iPhone 6S, likely making the device less shatter-proof than its predecessors. iFixit’s disassembly also reveals some changes in the camera department.

It notes that the display removal process is nice and easy which should simplify screen repairs, and praises the straightforward battery removal process. You could also go the carrier route—the major four carriers are all fighting to help you buy an iPhone (and sign up for one of their wireless plans). It’s not all good news, though. iFixit moans that Touch ID’s pairing with the logic board might make repairs tricky, as does Apple’s use of proprietary pentalobe screws on the exterior, requiring a specialty screwdriver to remove.

Customers of AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon can check their upgrade eligibility directly on Apple’s site, which also has a detailed breakdown of plans by carrier. For the first time ever, Apple is offering an iPhone Upgrade Program for the 6s and 6s Plus, which allows you to pay Apple monthly installments for a new phone instead of paying your carrier. AT&T’s Next plans let you pay $0 down for your new phone and spread the payments over 20, 24, or 30 months, though you’ll be able to trade in your old phone after 12, 18, or 24 months and upgrade to a new version. With Sprint’s iPhone Forever program, Sprint customers can buy a 6s for as low as $1 a month and the 6s Plus for $5 a month—but only for trading in an old iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

If you have an iPhone 5s, you can still trade it in for an upgrade—$10 per month will get you a 16GB iPhone 6s, or $14 per month will get you a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus. There are also deals for older iPhones, from 4 through 5s, so Verizon customers should check out their trade-in options to see if the discount makes paying in-full an option.

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