Apple had its annual September event last night and as expected launched two new smartphones – the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. This came as no surprise to any of us as it is a normal Apple trend and rumours have been going around basically since the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now that we’ve finally been able to see the real thing unveiled, let’s take a look at these two new smartphones:
New Look or Same-Same?
In essence the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus look identical to their predecessors, at least at first glance. All the buttons, ports, knots and bolts, camera, everything remains where it was in the previous phones. But that doesn’t mean they are the same as they did get some pretty significant design upgrades:
- The obvious new update is the new beautiful Rose Gold colour option to join the existing Gold, Space Grey and Grey options;
- After #Bendgate Apple opted to encase the new iPhone 6S and iPhone S6 Plus in stronger 7000-series aluminum; and
- The glass protecting the screen has also been given the revamp and it is claimed to be the strongest glass ever uses on a smartphone.
What’s Under The Hood
After all, it’s what is inside that counts and Apple has assured us that everything we love about the iPhone will be improved on with the new devices.
The feature everyone was waiting for – 3D touch. The iPhones will be able to detect finger pressure on the screen of the iPhone and will integrate this into the iOS to enable you to:
- Press down on folders to open options;
- Peak into mails and messages; and
- Apply pressure to songs on the music player to add them into playlists.
Third-party apps will also add peak options such as updating your status from your home screen by applying pressure to the Facebook icon. Apple also showed off how the 3D Touch will integrate into gaming by applying pressure to zoom in when shooting, and pressing harder to change weapons.
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus also boasts improved features like a faster Touch ID, a 12 MP iSight Camera with an all new improved sensor and 4K video recording support. Apple is also introducing a Retina Flash which will utilise the screen display to brighten up to 3 times the normal amount when taking a selfie, allowing for a perfect bright flashed selfie.
All of this is powered by the Apple A9 processor, which provides a 70% increase to CPU power and 60% to graphics. The new phones will ship with iOS 9 pre-installed. Apple revealed that iOS 9 will be released worldwide next week on 16 September 2015.
The new iPhones will start shipping on 25 September 2015 in 20 countries and is expected to be available globally by November/December 2015.
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