Apple CEO Tim Cook has unveiled the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at a launch event in San Francisco.
“While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones,” said Cook, introducing the smartphones.
The 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones are built with the same custom alloy used in the aerospace industry and come in rose gold, silver, gold and space grey. As expected, the phones come with a version of Apple’s “force touch” that debuted on its new MacBook earlier this year, which it is calling “3D touch”.
Capacitive sensors that are integrated into the backlight measure each press in microscopic detail to provide fast, constant and accurate response to finger pressure. 3D Touch also delivers a precise level of haptic feedback — like on the Apple Watch, but with shorter and more distinct vibrations.
3D touch also makes way for two new features called “peek” and “pop”. Peek allows you to hold and press to preview an app or image, and you can then pop into it if you wish.
Inside the new iPhones is the new A9 chip, which boasts 70 percent faster CPU performance and 90 percent faster graphics performance than the previous generation A8 chip. Also built in, for the first time is an M9 motion coprocessor, which allows the motion capabilities of the phone to remain on all of the time.
The feature many people care about most when it comes to their phones is the camera. The new iPhones will boast a 12-megapixel iSight camera, which offers 50 percent more pixels than previous Apple phones. Apple claims it has managed to boost the number of pixels without affecting its iSight technology, which has traditionally made iPhone picture quality superior. On the front is
For the first time the new iPhones will also be able to shoot 4K video, and a remarkable new feature means that every time the phone takes a photo, it will capture a little bit video too. This will mean that when you look back at your photos you can use 3D Touch to add sound, or to animate part of the scene.
You will be able to pre-order either of the new iPhones from 12 September and they’ll be out on 25 September in the UK. The phones will cost from £539 for the 16GB iPhone 6s and up to £789 for the 128GB and iPhone 6s Plus.