The expensive, unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handset you’ve been waiting for has arrived.
Two weeks after the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, Apple has added a new purchasing option for the devices to its online store. As of yesterday, customers can now buy an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus SIM-free, unlocked, and without a carrier.
The units arrive without a commitment to a carrier or carrier financing. Apple has also noted that the device does not come with a nano-SIM, meaning that customers can go to a carrier of their choice and get a SIM, assuming the carrier supports the wireless bands the iPhone has. The entire cost of the iPhone must be paid upfront.
Well, you can’t release a new iPhone without at least some scandal.
This year it may come down to the processor inside your new iPhone 6s or 6s Plus.
In the new “Chipgate” controversy, Apple may have shipped a series of processors that could affect battery life with the handset.
Apple, which used two suppliers (Samsung and TSMC) to build the chip, is facing feedback in which users are reporting that those with the Samsung chip could have up to 20 percent less battery life. Apple has yet to respond to the controversy.
The reports have come in praising the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ nigh-waterproof nature and while the handsets aren’t completely waterproof, they appear to be a huge step in the right direction.
With that in mind, the cool cats at iFixit began looking at the construction used in the units. The engineers found that while Apple hadn’t surrounded the iPhone’s logic board in water-resistant materials, but had essentially made the logic board itself more waterproof.
There may be some issues to sort out with the first batches of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets.
Following last week’s launch of the newest iPhones, a number of customers have reported issues ranging from overheating Touch ID buttons to random power-offs, significant audio distortion, and 3D Touch glitches.
The good news is that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets are pretty water resistant.
The bad news is that they’re not waterproof and it’s a bad idea to go swimming with them.
A group of YouTube users have put together some videos showcasing the results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, although the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.
The first video has both the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy S6 Edge being submerged in a few inches of water. The two handsets survived being submerged for 30 minutes and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after a brief minute facing the same test.
Apple on Monday announced that the company had sold over 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets in the opening three days of the device’s availability.
The company had previously stated it was on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit sales record and has cleanly done so, topping its previous record by 3 million units. Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in an additional 40 countries beginning October 9th, albeit China will not be part of the initial rollout.
Recently, Apple posted full instructions as to how to activate and deactivate Private Browsing in iOS 9. Private Browsing mode protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your behavior. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.
It was a good iPhone launch this year over in Berkeley, California and albeit the overnight camp out numbers for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus apparently weren’t as high as last year’s, the event still drew an enthusiastic crowd that spent both the previous afternoon and the night before.
This year proved different, as I decided to finally spend the full night as opposed to waking up abysmally early the morning of the launch and seeing where this put me. Having picked up a $20 foam sleep pad from REI, I chucked this, my camera, my sleeping bag and two pillows into the car and drove off to the Apple Store.