Besides updated internals and a new rose gold finish added to he design portfolio, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are truly incremental upgrades, if anything — but in all the right places. Starting with the new A9 processor: 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 faster at GPU tasks (that’s over the iPhone 6’s A8 processor).
A new feature introduced within the new 6S and 6S Plus includes 3D Touch — allowing one to press down on the iPhone’s screen to pull up new menus, activate shortcuts, thus interacting with the device in new levels (like holding the Camera icon to go straight into selfie mode), in junction with Apple’s own Tapic Engine for force feedback. Also, the screen is coated in Ion-X the same material used on the Apple Watch Sport edition. Newly arrived is the aluminum alloy that the phone is made out of, manufactured as Apple’s own custom blend — and now including a rose gold model, alongside the gold, white and space gray.
In regards to imaging, Apple has finally boosted the rear-facing iSight cameras to 12 megapixels, up from 8 megapixels — the same stats since 2012 — which means that cameras offer 4K video capture, a first for iOS. The front-facing 5 megapixel shooter is an improvement as well, translating for more (famous) selfies.The fingerprint sensor has also reached its second generation, seeing general improvements.
The software changes are vast, including Live Photos: think of a GIF, but with sound — the camera app captures a 12MP still for 1.5 sec that will be animated, with sound, frame-by-frame. Oh, and animated wallpapers are part of the new iOS 9, which launches September 16th, lest I forget.
Contract pricing is as-follows: $200, $300, $400 (for 16, 64, and 128GB models). Plus models are $100 more, each — essentially Apple is keeping the same promotional prices on its end, however U.S. carriers have convoluted this price range with the introduction of special contract plans, so true prices of the new iPhone remains to be seen. Apple is introducing a yearly upgrade program at $32 a month, including Apple Care service with unlocked versions of the device. But, Apple couldn’t stop there: there are new iCloud storage options, starting at 50GB for 99 cents a month, 200GB for $2.99/mo or 1TB for $9.99/mo.
Shipping date? To be announced.
Via: Apple PR