4 ways Apple missed the mark with iPhone 6s

Apple is the toast of the tech world this week, thanks in no small part to the introduction of its latest iPhone duo. However, the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus lack a number of enhancements that in some ways leave them lagging behind the competition.

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Where's the iPhone 6s wireless charging?

The world of wireless charging is rapidly maturing, and though the standards battle wages on, the mainstream masses are more than ready to ditch those cables and embrace charging pads of all shapes and sizes. I know I am.

samsung galaxy s6 edge wireless charging Brian Sacco

I use Samsung's Galaxy S6 edge along with my iPhone 6, and after using charge pads to power up the GS6 at home and in the office, plugging in the iPhone feels so … 2014. Downsides exist for today's wireless chargers — they don't charge as quickly as cables and they still need to plug into a wall outlets, so they're not completely wireless — but they're also convenient and can reduce unnecessary wear and tear on power ports.

Apple's Watch already charges wireless, too, so the company clearly could have built the functionality into the new iPhones if it wanted to. Knowing Apple, the company is probably working on its own proprietary wireless power standard so it can create a whole new market for compatible accessories. And that's not a good thing for consumers, at least those who value choice.

New iPhones a bit thicker, significantly heavier 

While the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus look just like Apple's past generation smartphones, they're actually a little bit thicker and notably heavier. 

The iPhone 6s is exactly the same height and width as the iPhone 6, but it's also 0.2mm thicker. The difference won't likely bother many iPhone users, but it does seem out of character for Apple, a company that prides itself on steadily slimming and trimming down each generation of its thoughtfully designed gadgets.

The difference in weight will, however, be more noticeable. For example, the iPhone 6s weighs a half ounce more than the iPhone 6 (an increase of 10 percent), and the iPhone 6s Plus weighs nearly three quarters of an ounce more than the iPhone 6 Plus (an increase of 12 percent). The extra heft might be due to new components related to the 3D Touch technology, and it could very well be worth the added functionality. But the weight increases are significant, and again, unlike Apple. 

Both new phones are expected to be available for pre-sale on Sept. 12, and they should hit store shelves on Sept. 25. You can learn more on Apple's iPhone 6s Web page.

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