Apple has officially unveiled its new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus smartphones at a special event in San Francisco.
Both of the Cupertino company’s new handsets feature 3D Touch, a new version of the Force Touch technology found in the Apple Watch and MacBook.
The technology, which has been rumoured to appear in the devices for weeks. The technology allows for a new feature Apple is calling ‘Peek and pop’ which brings key functions from apps such as Maps, Messages and Camera to the screen without having to tap into menus.
Hold down the on the camera app icon and you’ll see options to take a selfie, record video or record a slo-mo clip, all without having to go into the app itself. This new touchscreen tech will also be backed up by Apple’s Taptic Engine, which registers taps by buzzing. This tech is already key in the Apple Watch.
Apple also revealed that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are set to feature a new A9 chipset. It says it’s 70% faster than last year’s A8, with 90% snappier graphics. Touch ID has also been boosted, Apple saying it’s now twice as fast.
The camera has been boosted to 12 megapixels, but the design remains the same, with a slight protrusion meaning the device doesn’t lie flat on a level surface. Apple’s Phil Schiller said that autofocus was better on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, with a new tech called ‘deep trench isolation’ to cut down on noise and improve colour reproduction.
Video has been boosted to 4K, adding to the ability to record 1080p HD. The front facing camera has now been boosted to five megapixels, but rather than adding a regular flash, the screen of the iPhone 6S glows three times brighter in order to act as a flash in low light. This feature has been dubbed Retina Flash.
Apple also revealed a new Move from Android app which it has launched in the Google Play store, with the chance to recycle a Google–backed phone for free by taking it into any Apple Store.
A new rose gold colour option, which was mooted earlier in the year, joins the current space grey, white and champagne gold editions. Apple has also revealed the phones will have dynamic wallpapers, as per leaks of the devices’ packaging last month.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are being kept in the range, as does the iPhone 5s. However, the budget iPhone 5c has been canned.
The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be available at the same SIM free prices as last years’ phones, with 16GB, 64GB and 128GB options. They will be available from September 25th, with pre-orders starting September 12th.