6 top features of the new Apple iPhone 6s

Apple has done it again. The iPhone 6s is a remarkable phone with several unique features. Some are designed to help you stay productive at work, others are just purely for fun. Here are my top picks.

1. 12 megapixel camera

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus both let you snap photos using a new 12-megapixel camera. That’s 4 megapixels higher than the iPhone 6 and enough to make you question whether you can leave the pocket digital camera at home -- permanently. One huge benefit is that, if you don’t like the photo, you can crop it and resize it later and it won’t look fuzzy.

2. Much faster Wi-Fi

Apple claims the iPhone 6s can connect at up to 866 Mbps thanks to the new MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) support, a router technology that speeds up transmissions. Note that you need to connect to a Wi-Fi router that supports 802.11ac MIMO, such as the Netgear Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router AC2350.

3. Hey Siri without the cable charger

Previous iPhone models let you say “Hey Siri” to activate the voice assistant, but your phone had to be connected to a USB charging cable. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus let you talk to your phone even when it isn’t charging. Just be sure to enable the feature under settings. You can say “Hey Siri” and ask about the weather at any time without touching the phone.

4. Magic photos

This feature is one you can use to impress friends. The iPhone 6s can automatically create an animated photo, which Apple calls a Live Photo. The phone captures some video right before and after you snap a photo (thankfully, most of us hold the camera still before we click to shoot). Note that if you want to see the animated photo, press and hold down on it in the Camera Roll.

5. Text message live links

Speaking of pressing and holding down - if you get a text message from a friend with a link to a site, press and hold down on the link to see a preview. It’s cool because you can decide if you really want to leave the messaging app and start your browser just to see a cat meme. This feature works because the iPhone 6s can tell how hard you are pressing on the screen thanks to its 3D Touch feature.

6. Wi-Fi offloading

This is a bit of a controversial feature, because the iPhone 6s can automatically detect a weak Wi-Fi signal and start using your data connection instead. Maybe that means you pay more in data fees, but if you have an unlimited plan, it’s a godsend. It means that YouTube video you are watching won’t stall out and your high-def audio stream won’t falter.