Phone-makers are generally working towards making smartphones lighter and more portable - so when they slap a bit of extra weight on, taking a look at what they think is worth the extra heft can be quite revealing.
The iPhone 6S, announced last week and on sale on September 25, is heavier than the iPhone 6.
The iPhone 6S Plus is also heavier than the iPhone 6 Plus. Neither weigh a huge amount more but enough that iPhone users will notice it the first time they pick up the new phones.
So what’s adding the extra pounds? A small amount of weight (about 2g) is added by the new aluminium alloy used for the phones’ bodies, but something else is to blame for the majority of the weight gain: the 3D Touch display.
The new pressure-sensitive screen lets you control the iPhone by putting various amounts of pressure on it, so a light press will bring up an email for a quick glance, while a harder press can open apps or take photos from the homescreen.
Handy, for sure. But because the system requires a whole extra pressure-sensing layer, it has more than doubled the weight of the phone’s display apparatus.
As a result, the iPhone 6S weighs 14g more than the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6S Plus has put on 20g but Apple won’t have taken that lightly (geddit?).
It’s a real clue that it thinks the 3D Touch display is the future of touchscreen control - while early hands ons suggest it’s more than just a gimmick, you can decide for yourself when the new phones go on sale later this month.