Last week, Apple launched the highly anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at its special event in San Francisco. While most iPhone successors have till date been thinner and lighter, the latest iPhones are quite opposite. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil MiniAlso Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
The official environment documents reveal that the new iPhones are as much as 11 percent heavier than their predecessors. The first suspect is the iPhone s body, which is built using 7,000 series aluminum. While this was done to avoid a repeat of last year s quite embarrassing Bendgate scenario, it in fact only adds about two grams. Also Read - Apple originally planned to launch new MacBook at WWDC 2021, but didn’t: details here
The real culprit is actually the new 3D Touch display assembly. For integrating 3D touch display, Apple had to add a completely new layer to the display for measuring the pressure. The technology also required the addition of a capacitive pressure sensor to the display backlight. The display assembly of the new smartphones weighs twice than its predecessor. Where the iPhone 6 display assembly weighed 12 grams, the iPhone 6s display assembly weighs 29 grams.
Overall, the iPhone 6s weighs 14 grams and the iPhone 6s Plus weighs 20 grams more than the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus respectively. The increase in thickness and weight is expected to make the design a bit sturdy and also likely to do away with complaints when the phones are tried to bend under pressure.
Apple s new iPhones went up for pre-orders over the weekend, before they go on sale on September 25. While the company has yet to reveal the official numbers, it did say that new iPhone adoption was strong, and they were on track to beat last year s record 10 million sales on the opening weekend.