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Apple has added some iPhone 6s features that help differentiate the company's latest smartphone from its predecessor, particularly for business users.
The pressure-based 3D Touch feature, plus improved Wi-Fi and LTE speeds, are all welcome enhancements.
The first improvement that jumps out when evaluating iPhone 6s features is the nearly instantaneous speed of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the 6s (and its larger model, the 6s Plus). With its newfound speed, Touch ID can get users into apps faster while ensuring everything remains secure. This comes into play with enterprise apps that use Touch ID, such as mail programs. If users can access their emails quickly on their iPhones, which the faster Touch ID allows, they will be more likely to check and respond to messages while on the move rather than waiting until they return to their desks.
Perhaps the greatest innovation on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 3D Touch, which can also be found in the Apple Watch and latest MacBook. The feature senses the amount of pressure users put on the display when they touch it. The amount of force with which a user touches the screen determines what the gesture does. A light touch on a map, for example, brings up a preview of the location. To return to the original screen, the user just stops touching the display. A more forceful touch opens a full map of the area the user wants to explore.
Most apps do not yet take advantage of 3D Touch, but the effect of the feature is clear on Apple apps and a few of the main social media apps, including Facebook, that do use it.
For example, by holding down the screen deeply on the FaceTime app, users can bring up their recent contacts to quickly make a video call. Twitter lets users send a new message, tweet or search for something within the app. And in the native mail app, users can deep press on a message and get an almost full-screen preview of the message without actually opening it. As more developers come out with apps for 3D Touch, the benefits will only grow.
The iPhone 6s features an enhanced camera and improved Wi-Fi and LTE connection speed, which are the most business-relevant hardware updates on the new phone.
Rear-facing smartphone cameras are so good nowadays people can use them to film product videos or internal video at 4K. At five megapixels, the front-facing camera doesn't reach these heights and is only slightly better quality than previous models. Despite the modest improvements, plenty of people are using their phones for web conferencing with apps such as FaceTime, Skype and WebEx.
The iPhone 6s features LTE speeds up to 300 Mbps on 23 LTE bands and Wi-Fi speeds up to a whopping 866 Mbps. Speed always matters in the enterprise, especially when users log in remotely.
To further evaluate whether or not the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are good fits for the enterprise, read the reviews. The cool new tools the devices provide definitely improve user productivity at work.
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