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Lesson 26: iPhone 6S: Frequently Asked Questions


iPhone 6S: Frequently asked questions

On September 9, 2015, Apple introduced two new versions of the iPhone: the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. We'd like to offer you a brief overview of the new iPhones and try to answer some questions you may have at this time.

The iPhone 6S is no longer the most recent version, so parts of this lesson may be out of date. To learn about the newest version, see iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus: Frequently Asked Questions.

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus: What's new?

The biggest difference between these two new iPhones and older models is the new 3D Touch feature, which allows for more types of multi-touch interaction. Both versions of the iPhone 6S also include a higher-quality camera than previous models.

How much does it cost?

  • The iPhone 6S (16GB) has a 4.7-inch screen and starts at $199; 64GB ($299) and 128GB ($399) versions are also available.
  • The iPhone 6S Plus (16GB) has a 5.5-inch screen and starts at $299; 64GB ($399) and 128GB ($499) versions are also available.

These prices require you to sign a two-year contract with a wireless provider, such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, or T-Mobile. In addition to regular cell phone service, you'll be required to purchase a mobile data plan, which usually costs at least $20 per month.

You can also get the iPhone 6 for $99 or the iPhone 5S for free with a two-year contract, but keep in mind that these are older models.

When is it available?

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus became available for pre-order September 12, 2015.

Which iPhone should I buy?

There are several factors you may want to consider if you're thinking of buying a new iPhone, including how much you want to spend and how soon you plan to upgrade your phone in the future.

If you don't mind spending a little more now, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will likely prove to be fast and reliable devices for several years. But if you aren't ready to make a big investment, the iPhone 6 and 5S provide more affordable options. Keep in mind, however, that these models are likely to be outdated more quickly than the iPhone 6S.

Still unsure about which iPhone to buy? Apple makes it easy to Compare iPhone Models.

For more advice on what you should to consider, including storage size and data usage, review our lesson on Buying an iPhone.

Do I need a case?

Although you can use it without one, it's a good idea to purchase some kind of case. All iPhones use glass screens that can break if dropped.