Apple have just announced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, at their Hey Siri event. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content.
Despite them now being made from 7000 series aluminium and, we’re told, featuring the strongest glass on any smartphone, our favourite thing about these updates is still 3D Touch, which “senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content” according to Apple.
“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “These are the most advanced iPhones ever, with 7000 series aluminum, ion-strengthened glass, the new 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and Wi-Fi. Customers are going to love them.”
3D Touch senses pressure to enable new gestures — Peek and Pop — so you can dip in and out of content without losing your place. Press lightly to Peek at a photo, email, web page et cetera, and press a little deeper to Pop into the content itself. With Quick Actions, 3D Touch provides shortcuts to the things you do most, so you can send a message with just a simple press from the Home screen.
“The world’s most popular camera is even better in the new iPhones with new ways to capture and relive unforgettable moments,” if you’re Apple, or makes it even easier to take a photo of a whiteboard after a meeting, if you’re us. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus introduce 12MP Live Photos, pictures that include the moments just before and after the camera button is pressed (think of it like buffer recording on a camcorder) so you can enjoy a “living memory”.
Apple have also added support for 3840 x 2160 4K video, plus optical image stabilisation to video on iPhone 6s Plus, meaning improved video performance in low light. They’ve also added support for editing this footage to iMovie for iPhone, where you can go as far as editing two simultaneous streams.
For the selfie crowd, Apple have also added a new state-of-the-art 12-megapixel sensor with advanced pixel technology and Apple-designed image signal processor, for truer colours and sharper, more detailed photos, and a new 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera and Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the display three times brighter with True Tone lighting, for wonderfully bright pictures in low light.
In case you’re worried these new features will slow you down, don’t be. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus use A9, Apple’s third-generation 64-bit chip, giving them 70 percent faster CPU and 90 percent faster GPU performance than the A8. In fact, the A9 chip and iOS 9 are “architected together for optimal performance”, meaning longer battery life overall.
With advanced wireless technologies including faster Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users can browse, download and stream content even faster, too. The new iPhones also support up to 23 LTE bands — the most in any smartphone — for better worldwide roaming.
We’ve also seen the release of the much-whispered-about proactive assistance, which gives users powerful search tools and improved Siri features. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app, detailed transit information in Maps, and an all-new News app for the best news reading experience on any mobile device. The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features
to further protect your devices.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes from Jigsaw24 from Friday 25th. Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colors and Lightning Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes will also be available.