Apple has just officially announced its two new iPhones for this year – the Apple iPhone 6S and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus. The two won’t be out until later this month, so until then, here’s what the two have to offer.
Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Both the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus look exactly like their predecessors, but are slightly thicker and heavier for good reason. The two are clad in 7000 series aluminium, which Apple clarifies is the same tough aluminium used in the aerospace industry. This will prevent the “bendgate” fiasco from happening to the two new iPhones. colour options include the usual gold, silver, and space grey, with the addition of the new rose gold colour option.
The new iPhones still come with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button. This, however, is not the same fingerprint scanner found on board Apple’s previous iPhones, as Apple claims this new scanner scans fingerprints two times faster compared to the previous version.
Like their predecessors, the iPhone 6S sports a 4.7-inch screen with a resolution of 750 x 1334 pixels (pixel density of 326 ppi), while the iPhone 6S Plus sports a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (pixel density of 401 ppi). The difference, however, is the addition of what Apple calls “3D Touch,” which is Force Touch. 3D Touch or Force Touch allows the smartphones to recognise soft taps from hard taps. Another improvement to the screens is a layer of dual ion-exchange strengthened glass. Apple claims that this is the strongest protective glass in the industry.
A9 chip and memory
The iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus come with the new A9 chip under the hood. The new 64-bit processor is said to be 70% faster than the A8 chip when it comes to processing power and 90% faster when it comes to GPU performance. The A9 chip also comes with the M9 co-processor, which is in charge of handling the accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, and barometer.
Like what was previously rumoured, storage options have remained unchanged. The two will still be available in 16 GB, 64 GB, and 128 GB storage options. Again, they do not support microSD cards.
Like what was previously rumoured, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus both come with 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras, which are welcome improvements from their predecessors’ 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras. This new rear camera can now record 4K videos.
As for the front-facing camera, the rumours were also accurate. The two sport 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, a huge upgrade from their predecessors’ 1.2-megapixel front-facing cameras. Additionally, rumours claimed that the screen would double as the front-facing camera’s flash. This rumour also tuned out to be accurate.
Pricing and release date
The Apple iPhone 6s will be available in the UK for £539 for the 16 GB version, £619 for the 64 GB version, and £699 for the 128 GB version. The Apple iPhone 6s Plus set you back £619 for the 16 GB version, £699 for the 64 GB version, and £789 for the 128 GB version. All prices include VAT.
The new iPhones will be available for pre-order on the 12th of September and launch on the 25th of September.
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