Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus announced with 3D Touch display and better 12MP rear and 5MP front cameras

Apple has finally announced its newest smartphones today, the Apple iPhone 6S and the Apple iPhone 6S Plus, at an event that was held in California.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus Colours

Predecessors to the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, these smartphones come with several improvement, but the major upgrades include a 3D Touch display, a 12-megapixel primary camera, a 5-megapixel secondary camera, a faster A9 processor, and a faster TouchID fingerprint sensor. They also come in two new colours, Space Grey and Rose Gold.

Apple iPhone 6S Specifications

  • 4.7-inch Retina HD LED-backlit IPS LCD display, 1334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi), Ion-Strengthened Glass, Oleophobic Coating, and Display Zoom
  • Apple iOS 9 Operating System, Siri, and Apple Pay
  • Apple A9 Processing Chipset with embedded M9 Motion Co-Processor
  • 2GB RAM and 16/64/128GB internal storage
  • 12MP primary camera, BIS sensor, phase-detection autofocus, ƒ/2.2 aperture, true-tone dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording
  • 5MP secondary camera, fixed-focus, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, and 720p video recording
  • Accelerometer, Ambient-Light Sensor, Barometer, Finger-Print Sensor (2nd Gen. TouchID), Gyroscope, and Proximity Sensor
  • Nano SIM, 4G LTE-A Cat. 6, 3G HSPA+, dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MIMO, Wi-Fi Hotspot, AirPlay & AirPlay Mirroring
  • Bluetooth v4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Lightning Connector, and 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 1,715 mAh non-removable battery; 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm; 143 grams

These new smartphones from Apple come in two different screen sizes, the iPhone 6s with a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6s Plus comes with a 5.5-inch display. The former has a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels and a pixel density of 326 ppi, while the latter has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with a pixel density of 401 ppi. These displays are covered by “Ion-Strengthened” glasses, and feature a brand new “3D Touch” touchscreen mechanism. As opposed to displays in other smartphones as well as previous iPhones, these new touchscreen technology can also measure the force with which the display is being touched. Due to this technology, new quick actions can be performed such as quickly take a selfie or view an appointment. Every developer can enable quick actions when Force Touch is being used, such as sending out a quick tweet or a message.

Apple iPhone 6S & Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple iPhone 6S Plus Specifications

  • 5.5-inch Retina HD LED-backlit IPS LCD display, 1920 x 1089 pixels (401 ppi), Ion-Strengthened Glass, Oleophobic Coating, and Display Zoom
  • Apple iOS 9 Operating System, Siri, and Apple Pay
  • Apple A9 Processing Chipset with embedded M9 Motion Co-Processor
  • 2GB RAM and 16/64/128GB internal storage
  • 12MP primary camera, BIS sensor, phase-detection autofocus, OIS, ƒ/2.2 aperture, true-tone dual-LED flash, and 4K video recording
  • 5MP secondary camera, fixed-focus, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash, and 720p video recording
  • Accelerometer, Ambient-Light Sensor, Barometer, Finger-Print Sensor (2nd Gen. TouchID), Gyroscope, and Proximity Sensor
  • Nano SIM, 4G LTE-A Cat. 6, 3G HSPA+, dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MIMO, Wi-Fi Hotspot, AirPlay & AirPlay Mirroring
  • Bluetooth v4.2, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, NFC, Lightning Connector, and 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 2,915 mAh non-removable battery; 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm; 192 grams

These iOS 9 running pieces of technology come with Always On Siri personal digital assistant and Apple Pay NFC-based payments system. Coming to the interiors, these iPhones are equipped with an Apple A9 chipset that is claimed to offer 70 percent better CPU performance and 90 percent beefier GPU. Apple hasn’t revealed details about the RAM in these devices, but it is being reported that these new iPhones sport 2GB RAM, double of what was bundled with previous generation iPhones. These smartphones will come in three internal storage variants; 16GB, 64GB, and 128 GB. Yes, 16GB is still the starting variant (are you kidding me, Apple!?), even though those higher resolution cameras will produce images and videos with larger file sizes.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus Camera

In the imaging department, the primary camera now has a resolution of 12 megapixels, while the front-facing camera now uses a BIS sensor with a resolution of 5 megapixels. Both the cameras have ƒ/2.2 aperture, but the primary camera comes with OIS, while the secondary camera lacks it. The rear-facing camera can even record 4K videos in 30FPS, 1080p videos in 120FPS, and 720p videos in 240 fps. The front-facing camera is accompanied with something called ‘Retina Flash’, which is nothing but the screen acting like a strobe flash that can brighten upto 2x its usual brightness setting. So, you can now take better selfies even in low-light conditions. Also, panorama images will now have a higher 63-megapixel resolution, thanks to the new processor and the camera sensor.

In terms of connectivity, these iPhones have Nano-SIM card slots, and come with 4G LTE-A with a maximum download speeds of upto 600Mb/s. The home button now has the second-generation TouchID fingerprint sensor beneath it for faster fingerprint recognition. There’s dual-band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MIMO for faster data access over the network, and Bluetooth 4.2 + LE. The iPhone 6s comes with an 1,715 mAh battery, while the iPhone 6s Plus comes with a larger 2,915 mah battery. There’s still no wireless or fast charging, so they’ll take twice as much time to charge fully as newer competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z5. Apple also announced new options for leather and silicon cases as well as colour-matched metallic docks for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.

These new iPhones will be up for pre-orders from September 12 in the US, and will go on sale on the 25th of September. However, India is not in the list of 12 countries where the new iPhones will be available for purchase from September 25. Apple will most probably launch its new smartphones in India by next month, and the price tags are believed to stay similar to that of the launch prices of the  iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Apple is also going to offer EMI-based purchases and a replacement program where current iPhone owners can replace their existing iPhones with the new ones by paying an additional amount.

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Amar Jain
September 10, 2015 5:12 pm 5:12 PM

Asif, would be great if you can throw light on the difference between the models. For IPhone 6S+ A1634 and A1687.

R!TTER
September 10, 2015 12:52 pm 12:52 PM

The RAM, among a few other important specs, hasn’t been detailed yet so you might wanna hold onto your horses so as far as this article is concerned.

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