New features of the new iPhone 6S from Apple

iPhone 6s

New features of the new iPhone 6S from Apple

Announced during its keynote of September 9, 2015, and released in September 25, 2015, the two new iPhones from Apple, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, have many novelties to the delight of fans.

Main innovations of the iPhone 6S

  • “3D Touch” technology : a pressure sensitive screen

The biggest innovation of the iPhone 6S is the new “3D Touch” screen which makes the phone react differently according to the level of pressure on the screen (up to 3 levels). This technology was first introduced by Apple in other devices like the Apple Watch or the trackpad of the last MacBook that has more pressure levels.

  • Improved of both rear and front cameras

The second big innovation is the improvement made to the iPhone 6S rear camera with a sensor capacity increased from 8 to 12 mpx leading to a better quality photos than the former iPhone 6 generation.

Another novelty of the iPhone 6S is the “Live Photo” function allowing to take photos just before and after pressing the shutter button and, thus, making your photos look animated like a high quality GIF. This function can be activated by clicking on the screen strongly, new feature permitted by the 3D Touch.

New iPhone 6S front camera (finally) evolved with a sensor capacity moving from 1.2 to 5 mpx which allows to take better quality selfies even in dark spaces thanks to the “True Tone” new front flash.

  • Technical features enhancement

The iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S are equipped with the Apple A9 chip with an M9 co-processor. It is 70% faster than the A8 equipping the former iPhone 6 and even 90% faster for graphics performance.

  • Design, colours, dimensions and weight

The design of the iPhone 6S is very similar to its predecessor except for the apparition of a new colour, called the“Rose Gold”, expanding the possible choices of colours from 3 to 4. This new colour is very nice looking and will probably appeal to female users.

The dimensions of the new generation of iPhones remained the same as those of the iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch screen and a resolution of 1334*750 pixels for the iPhone 6S and a 5.5 inches screen and a resolution of 1920*1080 pixels for the iPhone 6S Plus.

Both the two new smartphones are slightly heavier than their predecessors with a weight of 5.04 ounces for the iPhone 6S (+0.9 ounces) and 6.77 ounces for the iPhone 6S Plus (+0.7 ounces). This overweight is mainly due to the addition of a new pressure-sensitive layer to the “3D Touch” screen.

Prices of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

As usual, the prices of the new iPhones from Apple vary depending on their storage capacity:

  • Prices of the iPhone 6S :
    • 16 Go : € 749
    • 64 Go : € 859
    • 128 Go : € 969
  • Prices of the iPhone 6S Plus :
    • 16 Go : € 859
    • 64 Go : € 969
    • 128 Go : € 1079

Conclusion

To conclude, it seems obvious that Apple has brought many innovations to its new generation smartphones. Nevertheless, the new iPhone 6S and 6S+ still have some weaknesses, such as their limited battery life and their camera that, even though enhanced, remained below its competitors (like the Galaxy 6S from Samsung).

What do we really know about 5G?

What do we really know about 5G?

As presented in our last article, telecom networks never stopped evolving over the last few years and so are the data transfer rates. Despite 4G is quite new and currently being deployed in many countries of the world, telecom experts have already started talking about and experimenting 5G.

Several information and rumors circulated here and there about 5G, but what do we really know nowadays about the 5G? When will it be available? Will it really be gainful for users?

Background of the 5G standard development

As for its predecessors, 5G stands for the 5th generation of telecom mobile networks. The development of 5G standards is still in its infancy and, knowing that standards achievement of the last 4G network has taken about 10 years, telecom experts are expecting the first 5G networks to start being deployed from 2020 onwards.

Several organizations are racing to develop the 5G standard like the 5GPPP, ITU and NGMN but ITU is probably playing the most important role by having established the timeline, known as IMT-2020, for the development of the 5G standardization. This planning is expected to start on 2016 and to having the standard agreement completed by 2020. Seemingly, the other two organizations involved (5GPPP and NGMN) chose to stick to the ITU schedule.

Expected characteristics of 5G network

According to telecom experts, 5G technology should allow a data transfer rate of several gigabits per second, 100 times faster than 4G. These are theoretical rates which can greatly vary depending on several factors such as the distance to a telecommunications terminal or if one person is in motion or not.

Issues and challenges of 5G

The 5th generation of mobile networks must deal with several problems such as obtaining permissions to use specific radio wave ranges, covering a large territory and renewing the existing telecom facilities (already deployed for 2G, 3G and 4G) which can be expensive and discouraging for telecom operators.

Moreover, 5G will have to face many challenges as the generalization of internet use to connected objects leading to the notion of Internet of Things (IoT) and, more recently, the Internet of Everything (IoE) notion promoted by a report of Cisco, one of the world leaders in network infrastructure, that includes not only IoT, but also data, processes… and people themselves (via their smartphones and their social networks).