When it comes to Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, most of us talk about the looks and their performance. Yes, for many of us this is very important, but apart from that, some people also consider the weight of the device when buying it. If you have tried both these phones, you might have noticed that they are a little bit heavy compared to their predecessors. Both the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus weigh about 11% more than last year’s models, and some might wonder why the increase in weight when Apple usually decreases the weight and makes it thinner with each new generation of iPhone.
Some might think that the weight increase is due to the stronger 7000 series aerospace-grade aluminum alloy used in the 6s and 6s Plus instead of the previous 6000 series alloy. This new 7000 series alloy is not the real reason for the weight increase, however.
According to Apple, the aluminum used in the iPhone 6s Plus weighs only 2 grams more compared to its predecessor. For the iPhone 6s though, the aluminum weighs a gram less than in the iPhone 6. The outcome of this is that the new iPhones might keep them from bending but don’t much add to the weight. So the question now finally that comes is why the weight increase?
Reason for weight increase in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
The real reason of this weight increase is the new 3D Touch technology. The display assembly used to be 12 grams in the iPhone 6, while on the iPhone 6s, it now weighs 29 grams. The reason for this is Apple’s new layer in the display assembly that measures pressure. It’s twice the weight of the display compared to the predecessors.
This weight increase won’t make much difference normally, as we are getting a new functionality for that increased weight. It’s still nice to know the real reason of this weight increase, and as The Verge says, “if only Apple would add a bit more weight in order to bump up the battery life,” and we too agree with it. Apple, are you listening?