Apple has officially unveiled its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, after months of speculation and rumour.
The new phones might look like last year’s devices, but under the hood are a slew of improvements that should be tempting for anyone looking to ditch their old handset for something new.
Read on and we’ll tell you the five key things you need to know about the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
1 3D Touch included
A new version of Force Touch was widely expected to make an appearance in the iPhone 6S.
But it’s been amped up for the new Apple handset and renamed 3D Touch. This is because it offers three different kinds of press, with a tap, mini tap and full tap to bring up different menus.
This is best seen in home screen apps, where users can pull up functionality without having to open the app. That means shortcuts for sending messages or taking pictures.
Third party apps are also on board, with the chance to press down on the Facebook app to check–in or change your status.
For something that could have been a gimmick, it actually looks like a fundamental reworking of how iOS actually works.
It’s all backed up by Apple’s Taptic Engine, to get a buzz from the screen depending on the tap you use.
2 Snappier performance
With no new design flourishes, it was always going to be the case that Apple would improve on the internal specs.
It’s done that with its new A9 chipset, a major upgrade on the A8 found in last year’s iPhones.
Cupertino says that the A9 is 70% faster than the A8, with 90% speedier graphics, something it claims will offer ‘console class’ gaming. That remains to be seen, but you can be sure apps and iOS will be far quicker to use.
3 Fancier main camera
The main camera has been boosted to 12 megapixels, with Apple claiming that new ‘deep trench isolation’ will ensure that there is less noise and improved colour reproduction.
Detail should also be much clearer than on last year’s iPhones, although the megapixel count remains down compared to other models.
Video, finally, stretches to 4K, bringing it in line with the best smartphones from Samsung and LG. Design fans, however, will be disappointed to know that the iPhone 6S’s lens still protrudes from the back of the device, meaning it doesn’t sit flush on a flat surface.
4 And sharper front–facing snapper too
The front–facing camera is now five megapixels, but it’s the new Retina Flash tool that is most impressive.
Rather than adding a normal flash, Apple has made the screen of the iPhone 6S glow three times brighter in low light in order to improve detail in low light.
A new live photo tool creates live animations of images, allowing you to press down and see the subject in the moments before and after capture, something which is default on when you get the iPhone 6S.
5 Yours to own imminently
Apple says the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will go on pre-order from September 12th and be available to buy from September 25th.
Interestingly, it’s also detailed plans for a new iPhone upgrade programme, which will allow users to pay a monthly fee to own the latest iPhone.
This means users can then choose a separate data plan from a network and get a new iPhone every year.