iPhone 6s First Impressions: Touch ID is Super Fast, Live Photos Are a Gimmick and Rose Gold is Not Too Pink
We're well into the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch day, which means people all over the world are receiving their devices either via delivery or from Apple retail locations. On the MacRumors forums, customers who have an iPhone in hand have started sharing their first impressions of the device, giving us a look at release reactions from the general public.
We're highlighting some interesting tidbits and thoughts on the iPhones below, and we'll link to a number of forum threads that are well worth checking out.
Initial reactions from customers receiving their devices are similar to the thoughts we saw in the first reviews. Customers are liking the new flagship feature, 3D Touch, and say Touch ID is a whole lot faster than it was on the iPhone 6. Some even think it's too fast. From MacRumors forum member Conan86:
Touch ID is so fast that just tapping the Home Button to access shortcuts such as the Control Center or Swipe up for Camera would just unlock the device.
On the slight size increase, MacRumors readers feel that it's definitely a noticeable change, with the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone 6s feeling heavier. With the addition of 3D Touch, the weight of the two devices jumped to 143 grams (iPhone 6s) and 192 grams (iPhone 6s Plus), up from 129 grams and 172 grams, respectively, in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
A lot of new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners are unimpressed with Live Photos, and several have called the feature a "gimmick." The new always on "Hey Siri" feature works great according to AppleRobert, PedCrossing says the Taptic Engine "feels fantastic" and "makes much less noise," and JD2015 says the iPhone 6s Plus is "noticeably faster" than the iPhone 6 Plus. From forum member yep-sure:
Live Photos are a terrible gimmick. I just don't understand the point. If you want a photo, you take a photo, if you want video, you shoot some video. All recent iPhones do this very well. Live Photo looks like a great high quality image, then it goes to a lower quality, choppy/low frame rate video for a few seconds. This is a feature that I would turn off immediately/never use.
In a thread on the Rose Gold iPhone 6s, readers are sharing their thoughts on the new color. Most people think the Rose Gold iPhone is less pink than they expected.
Of course, there's still debate over its color, with reader asleep calling saying "It's 'no doubt about it' pink in daylight." From forum member Nazifur:
I don't know what all these people were talking about earlier.
The rose gold colour is veryyy nice.
It's definitely not that light pink pink... it has a copper look when you hold it in certain angle.
Over all it's diffidently a mix of gold and pink which looks awesome.
New iPhone owners are also discussing which existing iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cases fit the new thicker, taller devices. The iPhone 6 Plus Silicone case fits the iPhone 6s Plus "perfectly," and the Leather iPhone 6 case fits the iPhone 6s. Westcoastcyc helpfully points out that Best Buy has relabeled most cases as suitable for the iPhone 6 and 6s, so most cases will fit both devices despite the small size difference.
A full list of the threads cited above is included below, along with some additional threads that include interesting information on the two new devices.
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus First Impressions - Share Your Photos
- Rose Gold iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Impressions
- iPhone 6s Plus - First Thoughts
- Will Old iPhone Cases Fit the iPhone 6s/6s Plus?
- Cases for the Rose Gold iPhone 6s
- Full Price AT&T Phone Comes Unlocked
- Tim Cook Visits Georgetown Apple Store for iPhone 6s Launch
- iPhone 6s Yellow Tint?
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Dock Impressions
Make sure to check out the iPhone Forum to join in on the discussion about the two new iPhones, or visit the iPhone Accessories Forum for advice on which cases might look best with the new devices and which existing cases fit. For apps that take advantage of the new 3D Touch feature, make sure to check out the iOS Apps Forum.