We’re back with a special TechCrunch Disrupt SF edition of Fly or Die, where we had an early preview of the new iPhone 6s.
As is now routine with iPhone releases, the 6s is an off-year incremental upgrade, focusing on upgraded internals instead of exterior aesthetics.
The most notable upgrade is probably the rear-facing camera, which is now 12MP and capable of capturing 4K video. The 6s also has a “Live Photos” feature, which records a brief video clip from before and after a photo is taken.
The 6s also incorporates 3D-Touch, which Apple first introduced in the Apple Watch. This feature allows the screen to measure different levels of pressure, which opens the door to a bunch of new interactions and shortcuts. For example, users can now press a little harder on the camera icon, pulling up options to directly open Selfie or Time-Lapse mode.
In terms of upgraded performance, TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino saw a 56.5 percent speed increase from the iPhone 6 Plus to the iPhone 6s Plus. This means that iOS 9 on the 6s is incredibly speedy, with none of the lag that some have seen on older devices running the new software.
Overall, the new 6s may look familiar, but is a totally new beast. But will it Fly or Die?