Apple just concluded its ‘Hey Siri’ event and undoubtedly one of the main highlights is the introduction of the company’s flagship smartphones: the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. One key feature of the new iPhones is what Apple calls 3D Touch, a pressure-sensitive display. Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty of Apple’s next flagship smartphones.
Screen Size & Build
Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will maintain the same design and screen size of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus respectively. This time though, the screen is now covered in an even tougher glass which is described to be the strongest in the industry. The new iPhones will also come in a new color: rose gold. Both iPhones are using a new aluminum which is claimed to be a custom alloy by Apple. So, there might be no ‘bendgate’ controversy this time.
The new 3D Touch feature offer brand-new ways for users to interact with the iPhone’s screen. The two methods that have been highlighted in relation to 3D Touch are “peek” and “pop”. Peek enables you to press on any app icons or buttons and it will give you shortcuts to specific features. For instance, you can Peek on the Camera app and it will give you the option to directly take a selfie. Peeking on the Facebook app will give you several options like updating your status, taking a photo or starting a search.
Pop allows users to pull up photos and videos so they don’t take over the screen real estate. Once you move away, you’ll be back to whatever you’re working on. Both features have been baked into the iOS itself. To provide feedback, Apple’s Taptic Engine also has been built into the phones.
New 64-bit Processor
As expected, both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will run on a faster processor: Apple’s A9 chip. As usual, the company doesn’t get into the actual details of the processor but claims that it will be 70% faster than the current A8 chip, and 90% faster at GPU tasks.
All-New iSight Camera
Both iPhone 6S models will feature an upgraded camera both for the back and front. The back camera is now 12-megapixel. It’s worth noting that this is the first time the iPhone has gotten a camera upgrade since iPhone 4S in 2011. Phil Schiller says, "We were not going to add pixels until we were sure we would do so without trading off the legendary quality of the iSight camera." In addition, the camera can now record 4K video complete with improved autofocus. Somehow, the camera still protrudes from the back of the iPhone.
The front-facing camera will be getting an upgrade as well at 5-megapixel camera. Apparently, Apple has figured out a neat way to add a flash to your selfies: turning up the phone’s display really bright. Another neat thing is that the color of the “flash” will match the ambient light of the user’s environment.
Live Photos Feature
Apple introduced a new feature called Live Photos. Once 3D Touch is used on a photo, it will show you a short video clip with sound. Basically, the iPhone will capture the 1.5 seconds just before the user hits the shutter button. Both the short clip and photo will be captured at 12-megapixel. A neat feature that will make photos seem alive. Live Photos can be disabled but it will be on by default.
The new iPhone models are also supposed to be getting faster wireless speeds, both for LTE and Wi-Fi. Apple claims that LTE is improved with now up to 23 bands and Wi-Fi will be twice as fast. There have been supposed improvements to the Touch ID as well. Not much details have been given with regards to this, but it’s safe to say that the sensor will be more accurate than the iPhone 6.
Pricing & Release Date
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Both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be available in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB variants. iPhone 6S starts at $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 64GB and $399 for the 128GB model. iPhone 6S Plus starts at $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB. Both iPhones are priced based on a two-year contract.
What’s interesting is that Apple will also be offering plans as well. The iPhone 6S will be available for $27 per month over 24 monthly installments. For the iPhone 6S Plus, it will be $31 per month over 24 monthly installments. Another interesting payment plan offered is paying $32 per months which is basically leasing the iPhone and returning it for a newer model every year.
Preorders for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will start this Saturday, September 12th. Both iPhones will be available on the September 25th. [via TheVerge]