After announcing the new iPad Pro, the updated Apple TV and the updated Apple Watch series, the Cupertino based company has announced two new iPhone models at the ongoing Apple Event at San Francisco. The new iPhone models will be called the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, as reported earlier by the Inquisitr. The design and sizes of the new iPhone models remain the same. However, Apple claims that they have changed “everything” on the phone, and that the similar looks are purely cosmetic. In fact, Apple has even changed the type of aluminum that it uses to make the iPhone. The new iPhone models now get 7000 Series Aluminum that is far stronger than the kind used on the outgoing models. The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus comes in four color variants — silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold.
Moving on to the hardware, both the iPhone models get a processor upgrade in the form of the new Apple A9 chip. This third generation 64-bit chip is over 70 percent faster than the older A8 chip and delivers desktop class performance on a mobile device, Apple claims. The GPU on the A9 chip now delivers console-class gaming performance and is claimed to be over 90 percent faster than what the A8 chip gave. A realtime demo of a 3D game was also showcased at the event. Another major change with the new A9 chip is the integration of the M9 co-processor in a single die. Apple has also upgraded the Touch ID functionality, and the hardware is now twice as fast as the older versions.
Moving on to the software, both the new iPhone models will run iOS 9 right out of the box when they launch soon. The phones will also support something known as 3D Touch, which seems to be the iPhone version of Apple’s Force Touch that we have already seen on the new Macbook and the 2015 MacBook Pros. 3D Touch recognises touch in three patterns, and adds a right-click like functionality for the iPhone. Depending on the type of touch it registers, the display will give different options. Thanks to a taptic sensor that rests inside the phone, the new iPhone models are pressure sensitive. Apple has also added the “Hey Siri” feature, which again seems to be its adaptation of “Ok Google” from Android. With Hey Siri, you can invoke Siri any time by just calling out to her. Multi-tasking is also easier with 3D touch.
The iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus had great cameras, no doubt. But, Apple has went ahead and once again improved the camera performance on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Both the devices can now take 12 megapixel photos. And, thanks to the new A9 chip, you can now use your iPhone to capture 4K videos. In fact, you can even edit 4k videos on the new iPhones. The front facing camera — called the FaceTime camera has also seen an improvement. It is now capable of taking 5-megapixel images. In low light conditions, iPhone users can now take selfies thanks to a new feature known as the Retina Flash. With Retina Flash, Apple has used the LCD display of the iPhone as a flash, instead of adding a separate flash at the front. When you need it, the display itself will act as a flash and shine several times brighter to give you great low-light selfies. Both the iPhones retain the truetone flash at the back that promises accurate colors. Another software element added to the camera is the Live Photos feature, which is similar to Nokia’s Cinemagraph. Live Photos basically takes a snapshot of a moment — a few seconds long — and adds a new dimension to the photo viewing experience.
The iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will be available for pre-order starting September 12. It will be available for purchase starting September 25 in the following countries:
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Puerto Rico
- United Kingdom
- United States
For U.S customers, Apple has introduced a new iPhone upgrade program that will allow users an upgrade to the new iPhone model as soon as they are launched. This plan will cost $32 a month and will let users choose their own carrier with an unlocked iPhone model.
As for the prices, the new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s plus will be priced as follows.
- iPhone 6s 32 GB: $199
- iPhone 6s 64 GB: $299
- iPhone 6s 128 GB: $399
- iPhone 6s Plus 32 GB: $299
- iPhone 6s Plus 64 GB: $399
- iPhone 6s Plus 128 GB: $499
So, are you getting yourselves the new iPhone 6s or the iPhone 6s Plus?
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