iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Weigh More Primarily Due to 3D Touch Display

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While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are designed with Series 7000 aluminum, which has a stronger and marginally thicker composition compared to Series 6000 aluminum used on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new smartphones weigh more primarily due to their 3D Touch displays.

Apple published Environmental Reports for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that reveal the devices are about 11% heavier than their predecessors, as first noted by The Verge. But the additional weight comes almost entirely from the 3D Touch display, which weighs nearly twice as much as a regular ion-strengthened display.


The material breakdowns for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus list the display weighing 29 grams and 40 grams respectively, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays weigh 12 grams and 19 grams respectively.

Meanwhile, the individual weights of the aluminum, battery, stainless steel, glass, circuit boards, plastic and other materials on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are very similar to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus weigh 143 grams (5.04 ounces) and 192 grams (6.77 ounces) respectively, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus weigh 129 grams (4.55 ounces) and 172 grams (6.07 ounces) respectively.

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east85

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Hopefully this brings a little bit more heft to the iPhone line so it feels better in the hands once again.

As for the smaller battery I'm not too worried due to new software features on iOS 9 such as low power mode.
 
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nia820

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Don't care about the weight as long as j can still use my iPhone 6 plus cases. I've spent quite a bit in cases. One case I have cost me $60. So I'm just hoping it fits my future iPhone 6s plus case.
 

supersalo

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Are we seriously complaining about an increase of HALF AN OUNCE?

Just because the battery is smaller doesn't mean it automatically lasts less than last year's model. This year's processor (like always) is more power efficient.

This is a non-issue.
 

Piggie

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Battery life has not changed for years on iPhone. I don't get the constant complaining. It will last at least a day with normal use.
In reality all your statement says is:
This is bad, however, I have got used to it being bad now, so that now I don't see any reason for it to be better.

Tell me, if battery life of just 1 day is perfectly fine for you.
I expect you would feel absolutely fine if every battery operated device you own or ever bought also only lasted 1 day between charges.... yes?
 

k995

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3d touch seems nice but the 6s plus is now the biggest and heaviest 5.5" phone out there.

Sorry apple mayor fail that every brand can design a smaller phone while keeping the rest.

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3d touch seems nice but the 6s plus is now the biggest and heaviest 5.5" phone out there.

Sorry apple mayor fail that every brand can design a smaller phone while keeping the rest.

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Lets not leave reality here. Some weight added is very good. At least you can feel the phone better. You get that feeling of something solid in your hand.
 

thekeyring

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I assumed the S models were always heavier, as it's the year they *don't* talk about design and how much thinner/lighter they've made something.
 

John Mcgregor

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That would explain why 3D Touch didn't make its way on to the iPad Pro.
It would be around two pounds.

Edit:

Assuming that additional weight per inch of the screen is same 12.9 inch panel would have almost 100 grams of additional weight from 3D touch.

Nothing to bad. 1.57 or 1.67 is nothing really.
 
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