Apple iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6s Price Size

Featuring a 4-inch Retina display and starting price of $399, the newly unveiled Apple iPhone SE is noticeably smaller and cheaper than the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s. However, despite obvious differences in size, there are a great deal of similarities under the hood between the two. Here’s a closer look at how well the iPhone SE competes with its big brother based on price, hardware and intended use.

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The iPhone SE, while more like the 5s in design, offers similar hardware to that of the larger, more expensive 6s. However, there’s no 128GB storage option, the phone features an old Touch ID sensor, and it’s missing LTE Advanced, which ultimately warrants its lower $399 entry price. On the other hand, for those already used to a smaller screen and looking for a budget-friendly iPhone that can capture 4K video and take Live Photos, the SE may be the right fit.

Design and Size

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Small pockets? Not a problem. Tired of one-handed typing? Two hands are fine. The iPhone SE’s small size goes back to basics — but does its resemblance to the 5s hurt its overall appeal?

If you’re a fan of chamfered edges and a boxy appearance that dates back a few years, then no.

For those hoping for more visually appealing characteristics found in the 6s, the SE seems like a step backwards. To delve further into the size differences between the SE and 6s, the smaller SE weighs in at just under four ounces and is 7.6mm thick, while the 6s tips the scales at 5.04 ounces but is half a millimeter thinner at 7.1mm.

Color options are identical between the two devices – each is available in Silver, Space Gray, Gold and Rose Gold.

Processor

To gloss over the hardware similarities between the iPhone SE and 6s would be doing the SE a huge injustice. With a starting price of $399, which is 39 percent lower than the base 6s, the SE wins the affordability round.

But while the SE is more like the 5s from a design perspective, the hardware is very similar to that of the 6s. Both feature an A9 64-bit chip, which Apple states is twice as fast as the iPhone 5s in CPU performance and three times as fast in GPU capability. The embedded M9 motion coprocessor found in the A9 also allows for “Hey, Siri” functionality in both phones.

The iPhone SE is missing the 6s’ barometer, which allows it to count the number of floors climbed with its step tracker, among other capabilities. That omission may prove frustrating for fitness and outdoor enthusiasts.

Overall, though, preliminary benchmarks do pin the SE right up there with the 6s in performance.

Display

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As far as resolution goes, the SE’s small, 4-inch display outputs at 1136×640, while the 6s has a larger 4.7-inch screen that runs at 1334×750.

Keep in mind, though, that while both devices have the same pixel density (326 pixels per inch), the SE has a far lower contrast ratio (800:1) compared to the 6s (1400:1).

Let’s just say the $399 entry price helps make the SE’s lack of screen real estate easier to bear, especially if you’re looking to upgrade from a 5s. If you’re already used to a bigger screen, it’s tough to downsize.

Camera

Featuring the same 12-megapixel (MP) camera as the 6s, the iPhone SE seems like a clear winner in this category due the lower price point.

However, there’s a big different between the two devices when it comes to the front-facing camera. The SE has an older 1.2MP front-facing camera, while the 6s comes with a higher resolution (5MP) version. The result? Crisper selfies when using an iPhone 6s.

Both smartphones do support Live Photos, however.

Storage

When it comes to storage options, the iPhone SE offers two capacities: 16GB and 64GB. The lack of a third 128GB option, which can only be found in the 6s and 6s Plus, definitely limits the SE’s appeal.

If you back up photos and videos to the cloud regularly, sure, 64GB may be enough space. But for many, the lack of a 128GB option is a deal breaker and keeps sales of the 6s churning.

Touch ID

Another difference between the iPhone SE and 6s comes in the form of Touch ID. The SE utilizes the same first-generation Touch ID fingerprint sensor found in the 5s, while the 6s features a second-generation Touch ID sensor.

The difference between the two? Speed. On the bright side, the SE does support Apple Pay even with its first-gen Touch ID sensor.

No comparison between the iPhone SE and 6s is complete without going over differences in cellular technology. Plain and simple, the SE doesn’t support LTE Advanced technology, which is at least three times as fast as regular LTE.

However, carriers haven’t exactly rolled out LTE-A technology across the United States in a speedy manner, and many users can only utilize LTE-A in major cities using select carriers. The lack of LTE-A support does make the SE less future proof, but with Verizon already announcing plans to test 5G service, this could be a moot point depending on your geographic location.

Conclusion

The iPhone SE packs a lot of features into a device that’s competitively priced.

Users looking to upgrade from a 5s shouldn’t have nearly as much trouble handling the 4-inch screen as those who have grown accustomed to a larger display. The lack of LTE Advanced technology and a 128GB storage option aren’t future proof, but if you’re sticking to a budget, the SE is a great way to get into a iPhone without breaking the bank.


iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Two of the most popular smartphones have been pitted against one another in the ultimate speed test – and there is a very clear winner. iPhone 6S vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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But the big question is – how does the latest from Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge compare to the iPhone 6S?

A video clip posted on YouTube has revealed the major difference in speed. And the results might surprise you.

The popular video shows the Galaxy S7 Edge and iPhone 6S Plus cold-booting and then launching a selection common smartphone apps, including viral hit Angry Birds and high-speed racing simulator, Asphalt 8.

Each of the flagship smartphones has to start-up and open and close the apps twice before the clock is stopped.

And despite being almost six months older than the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung, the iPhone 6S Plus sped through the test.

The YouTube clip reveals the iPhone is a colossal 40 seconds faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

But while the Galaxy S7 Edge managed to open and close the handful of popular apps in 2 minutes 35 seconds, the iPhone blitzed through the same speed test in a nippy 1 minute 54 seconds.

Samsung has previously struggled with how aggressively its smartphones manage their RAM.

While the Apple iPhone 6S Plus can be seen to resume frozen iOS apps during the second round of the speed test, Samsung’s cutting-edge device will reload apps from scratch – losing valuable time.

That could account for the majority of the time between these two flagship smartphones.

Either way, the Galaxy S7 Edge can not be called sluggish. And even though it is a little slower than its main rival, it’s not all bad news.

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In side-by-side comparisons, the Galaxy S7 Edge appears to beat the Apple iPhone shooter – especially in low light.

iPhone 6s Photo Editing Tips Video

Snapping a photo used to be about capturing that perfect moment. With Live Photos in iPhone 6S it is about a lot more.

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Live Photos is turned on by default and captures three seconds of video with each image.
Having taken your picture, you don’t have to turn to a third-party apps to edit your masterpiece.
In this video, we look at simple to use but surprisingly powerful photo editing tools that are part of the native Apple Photos app.

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The iPhone 6s 3D Touch Using These Force Touch Tables

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are Apple’s most advanced iPhones yet, with one of the biggest upgrades being that the devices now allow users to input different controls based on how hard they press the screen. That feature is called 3D Touch, and it’s very similar to the Force Touch feature that was implemented into the MacBook trackpad earlier this year.

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Apple Stores in New York and San Francisco aren’t just using iPhone models to show users the new features, however, and have announced that users can give 3D Touch a try using 3D Touch tables that are being dubbed Force Touch tables.

The tables essentially have iPhones on top of a glass surface. The displays of the iPhones show fish swimming around, and when the user touches one of the displays, ripples of water flow out from the iPhone onto the table.

It’s important to note that the table itself doesn’t offer a touch surface, but instead extends feedback from the iPhone.

3D Touch and Force Touch are expected to completely change the smartphone industry, and rumors of other smartphone manufacturers making similar features for their smartphones have already surfaced. Many expect smartphones featuring Force Touch-like features to be released around CES.

The reason it’s such a big deal is because it offers a whole new level of input for users, which could be a very interesting for things like gaming, in which users could control different aspects of the game by pressing down a little harder on the display.

Apple hasn’t given any specifications about how the table works, however, only two of them are in existence and can be checked out in the New York or San Francisco Apple Stores.

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A9 Chip in Your iPhone

iPhone which means there’s a new iPhone hubbub. The latest one, though, is even more overblown than usual, so let’s get this out of the way: Your iPhone’s processor is fine, no matter who made it.

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If you have no idea what we’re talking about, congratulations. You’ve managed to avoid this year’s kerfuffle altogether. It’s worth catching up on, though, if only as an object lesson in how quickly hysterics can mount when you’re talking about the iPhone.

So what’s the brouhaha all about, you ask? Well, Apple tapped two different partners to manufacture the A9 processor that is the brain of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. The horror! What’s more, those vendors used different manufacturing processes, resulting in an A9 from TSMC that is ever so slightly bigger than the A9 from Samsung.

As you might expect, the Internet has gone absolutely bananas over this. A handful of anonymous forum members recently reported that iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets with Samsung inside have shown significantly worse battery life when running Geekbench, a popular processor benchmarking app. The fracas quickly moved beyond Apple forums and Reddit comments, spreading like a contagion from obscure tech blogs through the interwebs to esteemed generalist publications like The Guardian. The takeaway seems to be that there are “good” iPhones and “bad” iPhones.

There are almost certainly only good iPhones. Or rather, if there are bad iPhones, it’s not because of this.

Two Chips Diverged
Let’s go back to the source(s). Why would Apple lean on different suppliers for the same component in the first place? If only Samsung or only TMSC provided the A9, none of this would have become an issue. Although it’s common for handset makers to rely on multiple sources for things like memory and storage, it’s unusual to see them use a system-on-chip from different manufacturers, says Patrick Moorhead, president and founder of Moor Insights & Strategy.

“The reason is that each ‘fab,’ or chip factory, has different characteristics which could influence power draw and thermals,” he says.

In other words, it’s almost inevitable that A9s from different sources will show different battery life and thermal characteristics. And that inevitability may well be what sent people hunting for discrepancies to begin with. So why would Apple expose itself to that kind of scrutiny? Probably because it was better than the alternative.

“For Apple the use of multiple suppliers is like an insurance policy,” says Richard Fichera, principal analyst at Forrester Research. “If one of the designs should turn out to have flaws or be late, Apple has an allocation and shortage situation as opposed to a ‘We can’t ship product, our revenues tank for the quarter and our stock drops 25 percent’ kind of problem.”

Other smartphone manufacturers don’t see this issue because they aren’t moving the number of phones Apple is. Apple sold 13 million new iPhones in the first weekend; even the gaudiest projections for Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S6 topped out at 50 million units for the entire year. The kind of volume simply is too big to entrust to one supplier.

Using multiple vendors makes variability inevitable. But that does not mean Apple would let the performance of a key component of its flagship product be as random as pulling tiles from a Scrabble bag. As Anandtech explains, any chip manufacturing process—even within the same fab—will result in a range of performance, just as not every cookie baked from the same recipe will be exactly the same. By defining minimum tolerances, though, a customer like Apple can establish an acceptable range of performance. The chips that don’t live up to those minimums don’t make it into the devices. Those that do can still perform differently.

“This can only be reliably tested on a device, but if all else were equal, I could see single percentage points difference between Samsung and TSMC,” says Moorhead. Even testing on a single device, though, wouldn’t be enough, since a single system on chip doesn’t speak for all of them. You would need to test many, many devices to be sure of any significant differences.

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Fortunately, someone has done just that: Apple.

The Only Difference
It’s atypical for Apple to comment on situations like these, but in this case the company spoke up. In a statement to TechCrunch, it said:

“With the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple’s highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model.

Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life. Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other.”

That first paragraph doesn’t help much, unless you’re on Apple’s marketing team. The second, though, says quite a bit. Apple is arguing that even if GeekBench shows a wide performance gap, that has little to no bearing on real-world usage. Apple is correct.

GeekBench is plenty helpful, but it’s typically used to measure processor performance, not battery life (though the two are obviously associated). As such, it works by putting more sustained strain on the SoC than you would in an average day of web browsing, app refreshing, and Candy Crushing. That can make small differences in performance appear much larger when extrapolated out over an eight hour battery life.

There’s an exception to this. People who game intensively for hours on end will push their CPUs harder than an average user, in which case those hypothetical differences may become noticeable. Even then, though, it doesn’t appear that anyone has actually shared an example of it happening in real life. It’s all just anonymized software estimates. And even if someone did show real-world variance, it’s impossible to know whether it’s that specific chip, or the fab it came from. We’re right back where we started.

The only way to know what kind of real-world performance the iPhone puts out in the aggregate is to collect that data from a huge quantity of units, and the only company that’s done so is Apple (thanks to the “Diagnostics & Usage Data” it collects from those who opt in) and Apple’s on record that the differences are negligible. Frankly, there’s not much further to take this.

The best advice is to simply assume you have a TMSC iPhone and go on to live a full and happy life. If you simply must know which A9 you have, download Lirum Device Info Lite from the App Store (yes, it was gone, and now it’s back), and look to where it says Model. Here’s how to decode the results:

N71AP: Samsung 6S
N71MAP: TSMC 6S
N66AP: Samsung 6S
<>N66MAP: Samsung 6S Plus

Unless you find your iPhone dying halfway through your lunch break, though, don’t sweat it. Yes, the battery might crap out 2 or 3 percent sooner than the battery in the 6S held by the person sitting next to you. But that’s not a noticeable difference. “Actually,” volunteers Forrester’s Fichera, “I think getting two manufacturers within 2 to 3 percent is pretty good.”

10 Reasons the iPhone 6s Beats Android

Let me start by saying that I like Android phones. I love the variety of hardware and myriad software customization options. But when most friends and family ask me what phone to buy, I tend to recommend the iPhone over Android. Notice that I didn’t say “iOS over Android.” The reason to go the Apple route isn’t just the platform; it’s how the software and hardware complement each other. The 3D Touch feature in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is a perfect example.

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The iPhone also works seamlessly with other Apple gadgets, including Macs and the Apple Watch – there’s an ecosystem factor. Here are 10 reasons why the iPhone beats Android.

1. Better Hardware and Software Integration

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus introduce a new feature that no Android phone maker could copy. The 3D Touch display is smart enough to sense pressure, allowing you to take quick actions from the home screen just by long pressing on an app icon. Or you could peek at that email just by lightly tapping on it in your inbox. Sure, Android phones have offered haptic feedback for ages, but the Taptic engine in the new iPhones promises to be super efficient. Only Apple ties hardware and software together like this.

2. Great Cameras

The iPhone consistently produces pleasing photos with accurate color – generation after generation. And the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus up the ante with a sharper 12-MP camera with 4K video capture. Just as important as the bump in resolution is Apple’s homegrown image signal processor, which promises more realistic colors.

The new iPhones are also looking to take the selfie crown from Android phones. The FaceTime HD has a new Retina Flash feature that boosts the brightness of the screen to double as a flash.

In a face-off between the older iPhone 6 Plus and the Galaxy S6, Samsung’s camera produced better results in low light, but the iPhone delivered warmer shots outdoors, especially in direct sunlight. The photos from the S6 looked blown out under these conditions. We anticipate better results from the 6s and 6s Plus.

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Another upgrade for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is Live Photos, which captures video and audio during and just before and after your still. You animate the image during playback via the 3D Touch display. Other Android phones have offered similar features, such as HTC’s Zoe, but I suspect Live Photos will actually catch on because more people will be exposed to it and because Apple makes options like this easy to use. You just snap images like you normally do.

3. It’s the Easiest Phone to Use

Despite all the promises by Android phone makers to streamline their skins, the iPhone remains the easiest phone to use by far. There’s no separate app drawer for your apps and no annoying overlay to get in the way. Some may lament the lack of change in the look and feel of iOS over the years, but I consider it a plus that it works pretty much the same as it did way back in 2007. Pick it up, turn it on, touch the app to open.

Of course, Apple has folded in enhancements over the years, such as Siri and Control Center (though I think the Today Screen still isn’t useful enough), but the iPhone still has zero learning curve. With iOS 9, Apple is playing catch-up in some ways, especially by putting transit into in maps, but the proactive assistance features, improved search and smarter Siri add up to a better overall user experience than Android. We could do without the new News app, though.

4. OS Updates When You Want Them

This is going to hurt a little, Android fanbois. As of June 1, Android Lollipop (the latest version of Google’s software) was installed on a whopping 12 percent of devices. So just a little over 1 in 10 droid owners are taking advantage of features like the slicker Material design and Priority mode for letting only the most important notifications get through. Contrast that with the 83 percent of iPhones running the latest iOS 8 software as of early June.

The problem is this: with the exception of pure Android phones like the Nexus, the Samsungs, LGs and HTCs of the world have to jump through more hoops to bring you the latest version of Google’s OS, including carrier certification. Plus, phone makers typically drag their feet on updating older phones, so as to encourage folks to upgrade. All iPhone owners can update to the latest version of iOS on day 1 (or close to, depending on Apple’s servers). This dynamic isn’t going to change anytime soon.

5. The Best Apps First

Now that both iOS and Android have well over 1 million apps in their stores, the arms race is over, right? Not really. The iPhone is still favored by developers as the launch platform of choice for the hottest new apps.
The Google Play store is like the Netflix of app stores; it gets the hits, but usually after they see their first run on iOS. For instance, it took two years for Instagram to debut on Android after it launched for the iPhone. Other apps have taken only months to jump for iOS to Android, such as the Meerkat and Periscope video streaming apps and the highly rated Vainglory game. But the message is clear. If you don’t want to be treated like a second-class app citizen, the iPhone is still the king.

6. No Bloatware!

It’s not a good sign for prospective Android phone buyers that some of the most popular articles we do are bloatware-removal guides. Samsung and others have gotten better at minimizing the pain for users by lumping all carrier bloatware into a single folder, but it’s still just crap taking up space on your phone.

You won’t find a single piece of carrier software pre-loaded on an iPhone, making for a clean out-of-box experience. Now, Apple does include some apps you might not want or need, like Apple Watch, but it has much more restraint than other manufacturers when it comes to bundling its own stuff.

7. Works beautifully with Macs

If you haven’t tried a Mac in a while, you might be surprised to know just how well iPhones work with them. For instance, with the Continuity feature in OS X, you can use your MacBook to send and receive text messages and even receive and place calls. All you have to do is keep your iPhone nearby.

I find the Handoff feature a little less useful, but some may like that they can do things such as start an email on their Mac and then pick up where they left off on their iPhone – or vice versa. Thanks to iCloud keeping everything in sync, you’ll also have easy access to the photos you take on your iPhone from your Mac, as well as any notes or documents you create.

8. Apple Pay

Between the upcoming Android Pay and Samsung Pay services, Apple has plenty of rivals, but right now Apple Pay is most prevalent method for making mobile payments. It’s also dead-simple to use. All you have to do to use Apple Pay is bring your iPhone close to the supported payment terminal at the checkout counter, then press your finger on your phone’s Touch ID sensor.

Apple Pay is getting better with iOS 9, too, which will add reward cards from the likes of Dunkin’ Donuts, Panera and Walgreens. Store-issued credit card support is coming, too, with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Kohl’s and JCPenney on board so far. All of the above will be stored in the new Apple Wallet app.

9. Family Sharing

An Apple family that plays together, saves together. With Family Sharing on the iPhone, mom, dad and the kids can share purchases from the App Store, iTunes and iBooks with up to six people. You can still keep your own iTunes accounts, too. When Junior wants to make a purchase, you’ll receive an alert via the “Ask to Buy” feature, so you can keep better tabs on what he’s downloading and also prevent bill shock.

Other Family Sharing features include shared photo albums, a shared calendar and the ability to see where your kids are on a map at any time. Google doesn’t offer easy family sharing on Android devices.

10. Best Support and Help

When you have a problem with your Android phone, you can try online forums or calling your carrier. But with the iPhone, you can tap into a vast database of useful help articles on Apple’s website, get help via live chat, or you can schedule an appointment at an Apple Store Genius Bar. Google doesn’t have this kind of direct relationship with its customers. With Android, you’re on your own.

iPhone 6S v.s. Samsung Galaxy S6 The Challenge

It is said that there are two categories of mobile users in this world: Samsung and Apple, while the rest of the brands have a smaller importance. And fewer fans. So, we’ll continue to see more products being released every year and which will come with revolutionary features. The thing is that Apple has its proprietary software, which has nothing in common with Android, and the internal configuration has been adapted in order to match the software requirements. That’s why Apple’s previous iPhones had only 1GB of RAM, while the Android devices supported even 4GB of RAM – Android is not as memory-efficient as iOS.

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To make things even better, Apple reduced the size of the iOS 9 to 1.3GB, from 4.58GB, and doubled the RAM, making the iPhone 6S faster than before. iOS 9 brought also new features such as the Low Power Mode, which extends the battery life by 3 hours, new animations, support for 6-digit passcode and 3D Touch, the technology which triggers various actions depending on how the user presses the screen. Also, Siri has been improved and it suggests what features the users intend to open next, while Google worked on its Google Now to make it better than Apple’s feature.

In addition, iOS 9 had a “Back to” strip located at the top left of the screen, but this feature, which allows switching between applications, has been introduced by Android years ago.

Hardware
The iPhone 6S doesn’t have a different design, but inside, it houses a new A9 processor which it’s rumored to be from 70 to 90 percent faster, depending on what the user is doing. The device will offer a perfect gaming experience and higher-resolution videos.
On the other hand, Samsung improved its Exynos processor and the 7420 version won’t disappoint you, as it was built using a 14nm process and compared to the Snapdragon Qualcomm 810 processor, it doesn’t have heating problems. Also, the RAM capacity is 3GB, which is high enough to boost the performance.

Cameras
The iPhone 6S made a small progress from 8MP to 12MP, after this resolution has been introduced on the iPhone 4S. The upgrade was necessary and the images will most likely be more accurate thanks to the advanced individual pixel technology. Samsung is very proud of its camera technology and we won’t see a higher resolution too soon. For now, all Samsung flagships have cameras supporting 16MP.

Displays
The iPhone 6S kept the 4.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels (326 ppi). The Galaxy S6 supports a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels at 577 ppi and the size of the panel is 5.1-inch. There is another variant with a double-edged screen and a slightly bigger battery, which has the same life as the variant with the flat screen.

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Smartphone makers used to wow us with every new bell, whistle and fingerprint reader, but nowadays a slightly sharper display or crisper camera elicit little more than a shrug. It’s a dilemma the entire industry faces as the smartphone market matures. Just look at how Samsung’s sales have sputtered even with a steady stream of new Galaxy smartphones or how HTC’s tumbled after that company released its flagship One smartphone with minimal physical changes.

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There is no better poster child for this problem than the upcoming iPhone.

Next week, Apple will unveil its next iPhone, likely to be called the iPhone 6S, and it will look exactly like last year’s model. The appearance of that phone wasn’t all that different from Apple’s first smartphone, introduced eight years ago.

“What can they pull out of the iPhone bag to get people excited?” asked Kantar Worldpanel analyst Carolina Milanesi. “That’s what the big question is.”

The likely marquee feature for this year’s iPhone 6S will be the Force Touch technology used in the Apple Watch, a pressure-sensitive display that responds to various types of touches. A new color could be in the works as well. Some rumors say Apple may tweak the device’s display and materials and slightly alter the design to incorporate a bigger battery. None of that seems likely to spark consumers’ attention the way voice-activated digital assistant Siri did.

Our boredom doesn’t mean Apple won’t sell millions of phones, but it does mean consumers may think a little longer before shelling out cash for an iPhone 6S when their old devices are “good enough.”

Next week, other products may be the real attention-getters in what some reports have said will be a jam-packed launch event in San Francisco. Apple is expected to introduce new iPads (possibly including a long-awaited 12.9-inch iPad Pro) and an updated Apple TV, and it will launch its iOS 9 and Mac OS X El Capitan software, first shown in June.

Apple declined to comment ahead of its event.

The iPhone is by far the company’s most important device. It accounts for more than two-thirds of Apple’s revenue and easily outpaces other products in shipments and sales.

But the smartphone market overall isn’t growing as it once did. Shipments worldwide should rise only about 10 percent this year, according to IDC, well below the 28 percent increase in 2014, with China shouldering much of the responsibility for that slowdown.

Samsung and fellow smartphone makers including LG, HTC and Xiaomi have felt it, and not even Apple could avoid concerns during its most recently concluded quarter. In July, Apple reported fiscal third-quarter earnings that were better than analysts had forecast and revenue largely in line with expectations, but it wasn’t the blowout Wall Street has gotten used to. The company also projected weaker fiscal fourth-quarter sales than anticipated and said it sold fewer iPhones (47.5 million) in its third quarter than Wall Street analysts expected (49.4 million).

While the iPhone has seen notable changes over the years, it has essentially remained a rectangular box with a round home button since the first model arrived in 2007, and that design limits what Apple can do. It’s already boosted the overall size of the devices with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus that arrived a year ago.

Simply put, many consumers are finding their older smartphones to be snappy enough. Changes in the wireless market in the US are a factor too: Carriers have essentially done away with two-year contracts, so consumers may think a little harder about forking over $649 for an iPhone instead of the subsidized price of $200 they paid up front before.

For the iPhone 6S, those two-year upgraders will be crucial.

“Apple has always really embraced the two-year upgrade cycle, and its strategy has been to make sure the two-year upgrade is a compelling one,” Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson said. “Compare the 6S to the 5S, which is the comparison most would-be buyers will be making, and it’ll be a really significant upgrade.”

Apple has said many consumers still need to upgrade their phones, even though a record of people already jumped at the chance to buy the iPhone 6. According to Kantar Worldpanel, nearly one-third of both US and urban Chinese iPhone users — Apple’s two biggest markets — own iPhones that are at least two years old. If Apple manages to get everyone who hasn’t bought a new smartphone in a couple of years to upgrade, the device to be unveiled next week could surpass the success of the iPhone 6.

How to control you home with iPhone 6S

It seemed as if Apple was taking over the household with its Macs, iPhones, iPads and the Apple TV, but now the Cupertino company wants to control your smart home.

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That may happen starting with the iPhone 6S in September with its still vague HomeKit intentions. It wasn’t a big focus at June’s WWDC, but the company did add iOS 9 support for motorized window shades and new sensor classes, like motion and carbon-monoxide detectors.

Modest as they may seem, these impressive additions all work toward making your home more efficient. It could rival Google’s convenient and energy-efficient Nest innovations.

Will the iPhone 6S be the central hub for your smart home? Apple is clearly pushing its software in that direction from everything that we have seen so far.

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What is HomeKit?

Home automation is in a state of chaos, requiring an individual application for each smart home component you buy. Apple aims to simplify this through the HomeKit framework, which was originally thought to be built into iOS 8, but now we won’t see it until iOS 9 launches this fall alongside the iPhone 6S.

Apple created the HomeKit framework so that any smart home device from any manufacturer could be understood without the need for an individual application for each component you buy. Not only that, but HomeKit also takes advantage of Siri, allowing you to control your home with just your device and your voice.

In layman’s terms, HomeKit brings all smart home components under a single umbrella over its traditional, cluttered mess. This allows for simple, efficient, and easy access to all of your smart home products. In the words of Nest, home automation “focuses on the little things so you can focus on the big things.”

How is HomeKit being improved in iOS 9?

HomeKit is receiving some very nice improvements in iOS 9, all of which Apple introduced during WWDC 2015 in early June. There is now support for motorized window shades, along with the aforementioned new sensor classes, such as motion and carbon-monoxide detectors, to name a couple.

Another extremely useful addition is the compatibility with home security systems, which could mean that it will support popular services like ADT, Alarm Relay, Vivint, etc. There are also looming reports that Google and Apple could get into the home security business.

When it lands this autumn, iOS 9 will now let you securely access your home via iCloud, whether that be on your iPhone or Apple Watch (as of watchOS 2.0, which should launch this fall alongside or not long after iOS 9 hits devices).

The iPhone 6S could control your home

For the mobile world, smart homes are the next big thing, and many companies are jumping on this train, with Google even going as far as purchasing home automation company Nest early last year. That said, Apple needs to stay competitive in this field, and HomeKit is its weapon to do just that.

HomeKit will obviously be available on any device running iOS 9 or watchOS 2.0, but the coming iPhone 6S, thanks to iOS 9, will be able to easily control your home through Wi-Fi, and for some devices, maybe even Bluetooth. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of problems to solve before that becomes a full reality. At this point, manufacturers need to make their smart home devices compatible with HomeKit. While many are jumping on board, more well-known smart home companies may not agree, such as Nest, due to being a competitor in the field.

Despite that, the iPhone 6S, combined with the powers of HomeKit, will be able to power our houses in new ways through Wi-Fi technology. The iPhone 6S will no doubt act as the remote for everything, whether it be as setting scheduled thermostat settings to something as simple as turning on your TV. If HomeKit provides a good interface for the iPhone 6S to access all of this tech, home automation will have a big player in the field.

The iPhone 6S also has the potential to control the home through Bluetooth technology. This is purely speculation, but if Apple can make transferring files efficient, easy, and seamlessly through AirDrop and other technologies, there’s no doubt they’ll be able to take Bluetooth to a new level to offer seamless home automation. Imagine being able to shut your lights off or transfer files to your Apple TV through a two-step process. The technology is there, and Apple can easily implement it in the iPhone 6S.

That said, the iPhone 6S has the potential to control your home. There’s no doubt about this, however, compatible smart home components just aren’t available to the public yet. There’s also the aspect that many could be paranoid about smart home technologies due to just how new of a technology it is.

HomeKit is rather useful, but as of right now, it’s really only appealing to technology enthusiasts. It’ll take some time for the everyday person to accept the idea, as is the case with almost any new technology. Back when the Internet was in its infancy, it took awhile to catch on, and so did smartphones. It’s difficult to say, but many people are paranoid, and we’re just not ready to accept home automation from a cultural standpoint.

That’s the same reason why Google Glass hasn’t hit the ground running: people look at it and think it’s weird. I remember listening to an episode of the Vergecast where Joshua Topolsky, Chris Ziegler, and David Pierce discussed walking around New York City with Google’s wearable. He received many interesting remarks, one of which was “can you see through my clothes with that thing on your head?” People are paranoid, and that probably has a lot to deal with the lack of public excitement around wearables, smart home automation, and other technologies.

There’s also the aspect that consumers don’t see a need for smart home components yet. They don’t see how it will truly benefit their lives. We all know how smartphones have benefited us: we can send emails faster, schedule and track things more efficiently and complete tasks on the go. Smart homes are beneficial: they can automatically alert authorities in the case of a fire or break-in and change your thermostat from work, for starters. However, consumers have yet to decide whether they may “need” this simplifying technology, at least not yet.

So yes, HomeKit is useful, and with it, the iPhone 6S will be able to easily control our homes. But again, it won’t be a widely used feature – at least initially – because the public is wary of adapting to these new technologies yet.

How will HomeKit work with the iPhone 6S?

As of this writing, there’s no confirmation, but many expect Apple will offer an official app called Home alongside the 6S to control all of your HomeKit devices. However, other rumors indicate that HomeKit will be exclusively operated through Siri.

Again, there’s no indication in any official capacity, but you will allegedly be able to create visual representations of rooms with the Home app. This will allow you to easily organize your HomeKit devices for more efficient remote operation. It’ll be interesting to see how this works, especially if Apple decides against a central application and has HomeKit operated exclusively through the company’s voice assistant.

Either way, we’re not entirely sure what Apple’s plan of action is, and we likely won’t hear anything in an official capacity until we’re closer to launch day. Regardless, it’s already clear that the iPhone 6S and HomeKit have the potential to change how you interact with your home, specifically your living room.

The war for your living room

There are a lot of companies fighting for your living room, whether it be Microsoft with the Xbox One, Sony with the PS4, Google with the Android TV, or even Apple with its Apple TV and possibly a coming refresh this fall. The living room is largely unclaimed space, as far as technology goes. And Apple wants to be at the center of that with its Apple TV.

While there are some rumors that Apple will release a Home app to control your smart home technologies, other rumors say that the Apple TV will be the central hub for your smart home. That’s not to say it will replace the iPhone 6S as the gateway to your automated products, as the handset will easily be the go-to device while you’re away or moving about your home. After all, what do you always have next to you? Your smartphone.

With the iPhone 6S, you will not only be able to access your home entertainment, but also be able to adjust your thermostat, turn your lights on or off, monitor your home via smart security cameras, and so on. Apple’s goal to winning your living room is to make it not only as convenient as possible, but also to be the place for on-demand entertainment: that’s the primary goal of taking over your living room.

All of the hardware and software is available to do this, and more is being added every day – we’re just waiting on Apple to release the iPhone 6S. Paired with iOS 9’s HomeKit, the iPhone 6S will be the gateway to all of your smart home tech.

The only problem is that Apple is already seeing fierce competition in this regard. Amazon’s already offering the Amazon Echo, convenient grocery services like Amazon Fresh and the Dash buttons, and living room entertainment through Amazon Fire TV.

Remember, smart home technology is still in its infancy, and is expanding at a rapid rate, but it might not be the next big step. The next big leap could be completely based around convenience, as Amazon seems to think, not flashy gadgets.

Either way, the smart home is here, and while the iPhone 6S may not be able to control our entire home, it can control your living room really well. And, for right now, that seems to be all that matters to big players in the tech industry.

What about your entire home?

In 2015, creating an entirely automated home is difficult, particularly because of how many industries your home falls into: groceries, cookware, appliances, entertainment, the home office, books, the bedroom and so on. It’s an extremely difficult undertaking, something that all the big tech firms are working on. And Apple’s staking its claim for the home through HomeKit in the iPhone 6S.

Any company that comes out with a smart home product can make it HomeKit-compatible, thus bringing it into Apple’s ecosystem. So, while you may not be able to control your entire home in 2015 with the iPhone 6S, Apple is just waiting on smart home companies to provide those products.

Conclusion

There are a lot of devices out there to help further the smart home movement, but many of them aren’t even close to official availability. There are also some points that need to be defined regarding home automation. For instance, what does a smart home look like? And after answering that as an industry, products need to be made to reflect that answer.

In the end, smart home technology is here, and it should work wonderfully with the iPhone 6S, but Apple and its rivals could be jumping the gun here.

What do you think about the iPhone 6S and HomeKit? Could you imagine yourself purchasing a few HomeKit devices to see just how well it works? Better yet, could you imagine actively using smart home tech in your home?