It’s now official. Apple has introduced the iPhone 6s, an updated version of its flagship smartphone with identical design and a pack of new features. Finally, after weeks of intense speculation and conjecture, Apple has lifted the lid on the future of the iPhone. Specifications of the device, as well as the pricing structure and release dates that announced by Apple are graced below.
Key Hardware Features:
As expected, the physical design of the iPhone 6s hasn’t deviated a great deal from the iPhone 6, nevertheless, Apple has made minor adjustements to the dimensions of the new hardware – by making it marginally thicker, more robust and less likely to succumb to issues like the “dendgate” scandal. With new 7000 Series aluminum casing material will also add to the structural stability of the new hardware.
The iPhone 6s features unaltered 4.7-inch LED-backlit Retina HD display, with a pixel resolution of the displays remains consitant with existing hardware at 1334 x 750 pixels for the iPhone 6s and will serve up display protection with ion-strengthened glass and a fingerprint friendly oleophobic coating.
This is a pressure-sensitive display, enabling a feature that Apple calls 3D Touch – allows you to press down the iPhone’s screen to pull up new menus, activate shortcuts, and generally interact with the device in new ways. Its three-level touch capability, Apple has decided that this feature will be predominantly used on the iPhone 6s. 3D Touch provide instant access to specific functionality within first and third-party applications. The new feature Apple is calling it as, Peek and Pop and its being complemented with the support of a Taptic Engine to provide feedback when using 3D touch. Peek allows you to press on app icons and other buttons to pull up shortcuts directly into specific features.
Pop allows user to pull up overlays of photos and videos without actually having them take over the screen; once you move away, you’ll be right back to where you were before.
It’s the successor tothe M8 Coprocessor, the new chip will always remain powered on in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, thus making the lawys-on “Hey, Siri” command possible. The iPhone 6s is also running on a new 64-bit processor, Apple’s A9. It’s going to be 70% faster at CPU tasks and 90% faster at GPU tasks, in both cases over the iPhone 6’s A8 processor.
Apple has for the first time bumped its camera’s megapixel count since the iPhone 4S in 2011. Now that integrating a 12-megapixel rear camera in the new iPhone. The iPhone 6s comes equipped with a 12-megapixel rear shooter which means 50-percent more pixels than before. Another new addition is the 5-megapixel FaceTime camera which is now supported by the Retina Flash – simply put, the display will light up to 3-times the original brightness to serve as a front-flash for your selfies. The camera is also now capable of recording 4K video via the rear camera and up to 720p video recording from the front cam, also features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) and has an improved autofocus.
The camera is now capable of capturing 2160p videos at 30 fps. You can also choose to shoot videos between 1080p or 2160p resolution and slow-mo at 720 @ 240 frames per second.
This new Apple’s introduction in bringing your photos to life, allows users to capture regular photos but the phone cleverly adds a frame oor two before and after the shot, giving it an animated look, with audio. All of this in full 12MP iSight glory.
Miniature, but nicest feature of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is the inclusion of support for what Apple likes to call “Motion Wallpapers”. Functionality, that has been ported across after its success in the Apple Watch and will afford owners with the ability to select from a selection of pre-defined dynamic wallpapers that will not only bring the device live, but will also look stunning on the large Retina display.
LTE and WiFi, Touch ID
The iPhone 6S is also supposed to be getting faster wireless speeds over both Wi-Fi and LTE. Apple is claiming that the new LTE chip is twice as fast as before with 23 bands. Similarly Wi-Fi is has been bumped to over twice the speed of that in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Improved Touch ID on its new phones is muchfaster and secure than ever before. How exactly? Well, Apple didn’t go into a lot of detail there. The iPhone 6s gets LTE Cat. 4, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/b/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP, LE, A-GPS with GLONASS, NFC for Apple Pay and VoLTE support.
This is what where Apple is clearly happy with how performant the previous-generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models have been in regards to battery life. The latest progression within the iPhone range will ship with the same built-in lithium ion battery package. This should deliver up to 14 hours talktime on the iPhone 6s.
The potential color choices of the iPhone 6s was the Rose Gold. It’s now been confirmed that consumers will be able to purchase the iPhone 6s in Space Gray, Silver Gold and the all-new Rose Gold option that borrows inspiration from the Apple Watch.
To compliment the new, slightly thicker iPhone 6, Apple has introduced an updated range of premium leather and silicon caes that not only perfectly compliment the visuals of the new iPhone, but also offer a level of protection that a lot of consumers rearn for. Announced a new dock for the new iPhones, which is available in matching colors for your iPhone selection, and as you guessed it, will be sold seperately.
- 16 GB — $199 (on contract) or $649 (unlocked)
- 64 GB — $299 (on contract) or $749 (unlocked)
- 128 GB — $399 (on contract) or $849 (unlocked)
When will Apple let me get my hands on the iPhone 6s? Pre-orders for the company’s next-generation 4.7-inch hardware will begin on September 12. Public release and shipping will start a week later on September 25. The phone will launch in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan in the first wave. Apple plans on releasing the phones in over 130 countries, with over 400 network carriers as partners.