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Consumer Reports puts new iPhone to the test

Posted September 28, 2015 5:39 p.m. EDT

— When Apple comes out with a new gadget, it’s a must have for many and thousands lined up this weekend to get a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

The new models are available in a rose-gold color but they also promise a better camera and the strongest smart phone glass on the market.

Apple said that they sold 13 million devices in three days and Consumer Reports is already putting the phones to the test.

First up was the new camera. Consumer Reports testers compared it to previous models and found only a slight improvement.

“You probably won’t notice the addition of four-megapixels,” said Glenn Derene with Consumer Reports.

iPhone users may notice the larger file size on the new “Live Photo” feature. Consumer reports said that the files take up three time more space than still photos, but that varies depending on what’s being shot.

As for the updated five-megapixel "selfie" camera, it has a wider-angle lens and works better in low light. The new retina flash uses the phone’s screen to light up the users face.

The screen itself is made of what Apple says is “the strongest cover glass used on any smartphone in the world.”

The test checked to see if the screen would be more scratch resistant but Consumer Reports found that it isn’t any better at resisting scratches than the iPhone 6.

“If you have an iPhone 4 or 5, you might consider upgrading to the 6s. You’ll appreciate the higher quality camera and some of the new features, but if you already have an iPhone 6, you won’t see such a big difference and might want to save your money for the next version that Apple’s bound to roll out next year,” said Derene.

One of the biggest complaints about previous iPhones was battery life. Consumer reports started battery testing on the 6s but the final ratings of the phone will not be available for a few weeks.

Those who upgrade to the new iOS 9 operating system and do not have an unlimited data plan need to be careful. The new program has a “Wi-Fi assist” feature that automatically switches the phone to its data plan if a Wi-Fi is too slow, which can result in charges.