The "S" versions are the TRUE versions

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sterl320, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    I may be wrong about this, but I firmly believe that certain features are always left out of the number cycle iPhones for either:

    1) repackaging the same phone with new features so it can be sold twice, therefore revitalizing the sales or,

    2) certain features were simply not ready to be put in the phone, but were originally planned to go in the number cycle phones.

    I don't ever go for the number cycle of the phones because I would always feel that I got the short end of the stick once the "S" cycle is announced not even year after making my purchase. Even the tiniest upgrade is enough to make me jealous lol.

    and lastly, there's no way features like 3D Touch & Touch ID could have only been fully developed after the iPhone 6 & 5 came out. If Apple truly wanted to, they would have been in those phones.

    So for me, the iPhone 6s is the REAL iPhone 6.

    But that's just me. What do you guys think?
  2. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
  3. Orangeman13 macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2015
    I'm switching from numbered to "s" iPhones now myself. Antennagate and bendgate were enough to make me switch cycles.
  4. mranderson930 macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    I agree! I wish each makeover came with the S features. Dangit, Apple!
  5. MrGuder macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2012
    Let me guess you just bought a 6s and your trying to justify your purchase. Lol

    Enjoy it while you can because they are already working on the iPhone 7 and soon your 6s will no longer be the top gun.
  6. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    Valid points but either the supply has grown this year or the demand is much lower. I can still order the phone I want right now for delivery on launch day. Not so with the 6 or even the 5S. Just upgrade every year and you'll have no regrets!
  7. sterl320 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    lol haha I don't have to justify it. This is how i felt about every iPhone. And you're right, the 7 will be on top..... i mean you know until the 7s comes out lol.

    But hey, this cheap upgrade program I got now lets me upgrade whenever i want now. Actually, that's how I got my 6s, without having to drop a lump some of money lol.
  8. Havok83 macrumors regular

    May 12, 2012
    welcome to the past several
  9. BSben macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2012
    I suppose all this depends on your point of you. My first iPhone was a S generation, and so far I stuck to it. I don't think there is some evil master plan behind it, technology just moves fast and designing something completely new takes more time. In my opinion the S versions are just slightly better versions of the original.
  10. sterl320 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    Very true. It usually seems the hardware is the problem with the phones. You see how they upgraded even the hardware this time around? They learned lol.
  11. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2012
    Comments like these is the reason why I grab popcorn before I start reading these threads on macrumors, lol
  12. Sarah Jones 799 Suspended

    Sarah Jones 799

    Sep 11, 2015
    Me to my next phone will be 7s they always make the S better.
  13. Mikeyfabs macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2015
    Here's what I feel as I agree. The s versions get all the internal upgrades that the previous version should have had. Then they take those internal upgrades onto the next one and change the hardware. So basically the 4 was the 3GS with a new form. The 5 was the 4s and the 6 was the 5s. Does that make sense?
  14. Lunfai macrumors 65816


    Nov 21, 2010
    They S cycle will always improve the last in some form of a major hardware. The 4S was dual core processing, 5S was touchID and now 3D Touch and hopefully tri-core.

    Don't know what 7S but I sure hope it's some form of super charged battery that makes the device last for days.
  15. Mikeyfabs macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2015
    And on another note. I don't care bc I upgrade every year and now it's even easier to do so
  16. Mikeyfabs macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2015
  17. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    There is more value in using the best version of a form factor. That's why I decided to wait for the s model.
    No, the 5's hardware was quite an upgrade over the 4s. Twice the RAM and much better CPU performance. The 5s was another big performance improvement on top of that.

    Also, the display upgrades are normally reserved for the non-s models.
  18. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2013
    Every phone is better than the last phone, S or Number. they hold things either way because they have to make money. That and they are running out of things to improve. There was a reason they waited so long to upgrade the screen size, and it paid off.
  19. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I agree. People are always coming up with conspiracy theories that make no sense. By the same logic all the other manufacturers are doing the same thing just using a naming system that doesn't make it seem as if every other release is what the previous one should have been.
  20. duaneu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    Bellevue, WA
    No, the non-S versions have internal upgrades too. They just don't change the exterior appearance every year.
  21. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    1) I could say the same with iPhone 7 with 6s....learning the mistakes of 6s and redesign it.
    2)Again, iPhone 7 may have features that 6s can't handle.
    3)S cycles..hmm...well iphone 7 could improve from previous cycle (6s) and find ways to improve...including all the previous features.

    Maybe Apple invented some hologram iPhone which the 6s can't handle...or something else (i'm exaggerating with hologram iPhone)
  22. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    It's basically which one would you like, the new design or the refined design. I'm on the fence of ordering the 6S or waiting for 7. I feel that the 6 as a design is a bit of a miss with those ugly bands on the case and the way it is rather slippery compared to 4 and 5. I can only hope the 7 would improve on those aspects while finally giving OIS for the smaller model or maybe Apple even releasing a "iPhone 7 Mini" with a 4" display and probably 6S internals.

    Apple (and other phone manufacturers) really needs to get over their obsession with thinness. I'd rather have a phone that fits the hand better (so narrower but thicker) than one that is wide and thin. Until battery tech improves tremendously there is really not all that much thinner they can make the phone without making it bigger.

    Phones have finally become fast enough so just yearly spec bumps won't cut it but they need to think of something else to entice people to buy. I would like to move back to iPhone after years of Android but there really was nothing that grabbed me about the iPhone 6S. The only reason to get it over the 6 to me is more RAM.
  23. Andres Cantu, Sep 12, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015

    Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    One of Apple's competitive advantages is that it can essentially use the same design for two years in a row. No other phone manufacturer can do that without hearing it from customers. They have to change their design every year.

    It's an ingenious business strategy in terms of marketing and the bottom line.

    Like Tim Cook always says: "Only Apple can do this."
  24. Nikos macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2008
    New York
    Having owned every iPhone, I'd say there's enough in both the numbered and S releases to justify the purchase.

    Sure, the S versions are better in some ways than their original counterparts, however numbered versions also improve on things that were introduced in S models. One example would be Touch ID, which saw improvements in the iPhone 6 over the 5S and is still being improved.
  25. eyoungren, Sep 12, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015

    eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    So…how do you feel when the guys on the numbered path get an iPhone with a new body style and new features and you have the "S" model?

    Maybe the "S" model improves on the numbered model. Maybe the "S" model is better than the previous numbered model. But I prefer the outside changes.

    Other than laying my 6+ down next to someone else's 6S+ who knows what model I have between the two? But when the iPhone 7 is released most people will know I have the iPhone 7 and not a 6+ or 6S+.

    Just my take.

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