On Wednesday, Apple held their “Hey, Siri” special media event in San Franscisco, California to announce a new lineup of iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch accessories and software updates. The next-generation iPhone, called the “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus”, feature the same design with an entirely updated internal components and the rumored Force Touch display.
The external design for the new iPhones remains relatively unchanged, except for a few minor updates. The iPhone models are now available in rose gold, which, like the rumors suggested, is a hybrid of gold and copper colors. The front panel and plastic rear antennas are white like the gold iPhone and the Touch ID ring is rose gold. In addition, the phone has the second-generation Force Touch display called “3D Touch” and Apple’s custom 7000 series aluminum for the rear shell to help protect against #Bendgate. These two new features increase the phone’s width by 0.1mm and depth by 0.2mm for each model and weight by 14 grams for the iPhone 6s and 20 grams for the iPhone 6s. These new measurements are not noticeable and will not affect the phone from fitting in an iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus case.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have all-new internal components with a much faster processor, higher megapixel front and rear camera, pressure-sensitive display and more. Apple is using their next-generation A9 processor with embedded M9 co-processor that is always on. This new processor also allows Siri to be always listening without draining the battery power. The new phones also have 12MP rear camera that take 63MP panoramic pictures (instead of the previous 43MP), 4K video recording that can take 8MP still pictures while recording and slow-motion video is at 1080p for 120fps or 720p for 240fps. This all comes down to is that the new rear camera on the iPhone 6s is clearer, videos are always shot in HD (or higher) and the phone is now comparable to other smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S series, with its 4K video recording. The front camera also received a bump up to 5MP with Retina Flash, which means the display will flash two colors like Apple’s two-tone flash on the rear of the phone, to allow for selfies in low-light.
Apple also added three sensors the display of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to allow for pressure input. Like the rumors suggested, a tap, press and deep press will allow the phone to respond differently. For example, a light press on an email will show a preview of it while a press that is a little deeper with open the email from the preview (called “Peek and Pop”). When you receive a text message with a physical address on it, a light press will show a preview of the address in Maps while a deep press will open Maps on the address. Another feature, called “Quick Actions,” will display shortcuts when an app is pressed. For example, pressing on the Phone app will show shortcuts to automatically call three of your favorite contacts and a press on the Camera app will display shortcuts for taking selfies, recording video or slo-mo and taking photos.
While a smaller battery is in the new phone, its capacity is at 1715mAh, which is down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6. According to Apple, the new improvements to the A9 processor and iOS 9 will keep the phones at the same battery life they are at right now. In addition with iOS9’s software changes, these new phones should see the best all day performance we have experienced yet. Apple also made improvements in connectivity, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth updates to the latest technology rating at 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology and NFC.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come in four colors: silver, space gray, gold and the new rose gold with the same sizes as last year: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. The pricing is also consistent with last year. The iPhone 6s starts at $199 for 16GB and iPhone 6s Plus at $299 for 16GB with a new contract. Apple also launched a new monthly pricing to finance the phone, which we will talk about in a later post.
Pre-orders start Sept. 12, and are expected to sell out, so get ready, another busy Apple season is right around the corner! The iPhone comes out on Sept. 25.