At today’s Apple event the company pulled the wraps off the iPhone 6s. The phone keeps the exterior of its predecessor, but features all new internals and some nice new extras. Those include a new processor, updated cameras at the front and back, and a pressure sensitive 3D Touch display.
In addition to multitouch, the new iPhone 6s recognizes force. It works on the homescreen and gives you shortcuts on the stuff you do frequently. Pressing lightly on an email thread, gives you a preview of the message, for example.
It also provides distinct and tactile feedback to your presses. Under the display, there’s a vibrating “Taptic engine”, which is similar to the one found on the Macbook trackpad and on the Apple Watch.
Otherwise, the display is the same 4.7” Retina display found on the iPhone 6.
Debuting on the iPhone 6s is the Apple A9 chipset. It’s the company’s third generation 64-bit chipset and offers up to 90% faster console-class GPU as well as up to 70% faster CPU performance, according to the company. It also offers new transistor architecture, which Apple is yet to expand upon.
The M9 co-processor is also updated. However, we’re yet to find out how it has been improved.
New 12MP iSight camera
The iPhone 6s features Apple’s all new 12MP iSight camera. It features 50% more pixels as well as 50% more focus pixels.
The new 12MP camera can now shoot 4K video, too.
Interestingly, the front-facing camera is now 5MP and uses the LCD display as a true-tone flash. There’s a special chip inside the iPhone 6s, which drives the display up to 3x brighter in order to provide the best possible lighting for your selfies.
2-nd generation TouchID
It’s two times faster than the first generation TouchID, as per Phill Schiller.
The iPhone 6s ships with LTE Advanced as well as twice as fast Wi-Fi. The latter is probably thanks to MiMo antenna technology inside, but that hasn’t been confirmed just yet.
Apple also unveiled new accessories – a bunch of leather and silicone cases. There’s also a new charging dock, which will be offered in the same four colors as the iPhone 6s.
The Apple iPhone 6s will be priced just like the iPhone 6. In the US, the phone will cost $199 for the 16GB model with a two-year contract. The 64GB and 128GB ones will retail for $299 and $399, respectively.
Pre-orders start September 12, while sales commence on September 25. The phone will launch in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan.
In Germany, the iPhone 6s will start at €739 off-contract for the 16GB model. The 64GB will sell for €849 and the 128GB will go for €959. In France, prices are bumped by €10 on each tier.
As for the UK, prices start at £539, while the 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6s models cost £619 and £699, respectively.