The confusion around whether Apple will stick to its ‘S’ tradition or call its new smartphones iPhone 7 has finally been put to rest. Apple today unveiled the iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 6s Plus at the ongoing launch event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Read on for live updates of Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus features and specifications. Also Read - New iPhone SE to be the most affordable 5G phone from Apple, to launch in 2022
In terms of design, the new iPhones look identical to last year’s iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, but Tim Cook almost proudly says, “The only thing that’s changed is everything.” As far as the build quality is concerned, the new iPhones are made up of a new custom aluminum alloy in colors including Silver, Gold, and Space Grey. As has been rumored for quite a while now, the new iPhones will also be available in a new color – Rose Gold. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaks
While the iPhone displays are yet to boast Sapphire protection, the screens on the new iPhones are protected by a brand new glass called ‘Ion-X’. Next up is the display itself, and Schiller asks, “How do you take multitouch to the next generation?” in the build up to introducing 3D Touch. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
Users can tap on the screen to select something, or deep press on an app or window to pop up new options. So for example rather than just tapping on the camera icon to open the app, you can press and hold for options like take a selfie, record video, record slo-mo or take a photo. In other words, Apple has brought PC’s right-click to mobile phones.
The difference in the kind of taps is recognized by the Taptic engine on the iPhone 6s and the capacitive sensors integrated into the backlight of the Retina display. It can recognize the difference between a mini-tap, and a full-tap.
Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus specifications: The new iPhones are powered by a third-generation A9 64-bit processor. Apple says that the new processor is 70 percent faster than an A8 processor, and offers up to 90 percent better graphics performance. The processor is accompanied by a M9 co-processor, which Apple says is always on. This also confirms a report from earlier today that Siri will always be listening, and just saying ‘Hey Siri’ will wake it up.
On to the camera department, and the new iPhones boast a new 12-megapixel iSight camera, which Apple says captures 50 percent more pixels, and the autofocus is more accurate as well. Just like last year, only the iPhone 6s Plus supports optical image stabilization (OIS), and in line with earlier rumors, the new camera on both the iPhones supports 4K video recording.
Up front is a new 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. While there is no flash up front, Apple has included a feature called Retina Flash, wherein the entire display lights up almost three times to act as a front-facing True Tone flash while clicking selfies.
Integrated into the home button up front is a second-generation TouchID sensor. As far as connectivity options are concerned, Apple says that the new iPhones support up to 23 LTE bands, and Wi-Fi is twice as fast when compared to the iPhone 6.
As far as pricing is concerned, the new iPhones cost the same as their predecessors on a two-year contract. So the iPhone 6s is priced at $199 for the 16GB variant, $299 for the 64GB variant, and $399 for the 128GB variant. The iPhone 6s Plus, on the other hand, is priced at $299 for the 16GB variant, $399 for the 64GB variant, and $499 for the 128GB variant. The new iPhones will go on sale on September 25.