Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are now official. Specifications, features, rate and release date are detailed here. Here’s everything you have to learn about Apple’s 2015 flagship smartphones.
Specs / Features:
As expected, the physical design of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus hasn’t deviated a great deal from the iPhone 6 that landed twelve months ago. Apple has made minor adjustments to the dimensions of the new hardware – by making it marginally thicker – to make it more robust and less likely to succumb to issues like the “bendgate” scandal that tainted the iPhone 6 when it first launched. Apple’s introduction of a new 7000 Series aluminum casing material will also add to the structural stability of the new hardware.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus features unaltered 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LED-backlit Retina HD displays. The pixel resolution of the displays remains consistent with existing hardware at 1334 x 750 pixels for the iPhone 6s and 1920 x 1080 pixels for the iPhone 6s Plus. Both devices will serve up display protection with ion-strengthened glass and a fingerprint friendly oleophobic coating.
The “will it, won’t it” question surrounding the potential inclusion of Force Touch has been discussed widely in the run up to this announcement, and today it has been made official. Called 3D Touch because of its three-level touch capability, Apple has decided that this feature will be predominantly used on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to invoke a range of commonly requested shortcuts, as well as provide instant access to specific functionality within first and third-party applications. Apple is calling the new feature, Peek and Pop and its being complimented with the support of a Taptic Engine to provide feedback when using 3D touch.
The inclusion of Apple’s in-house A9 processor was a given. The Cupertino company has a tradition of bumping up the internal processor of its iPhones with each launch, meaning that the inclusion of the A9 was always going to happen. As expected, the inclusion of the A9, along with the marginal bump in onboard RAM should ensure that the 6s and 6s Plus are notably faster and a lot more fluid when in the hands of end users.
The successor to the M8 Coprocessor, the new chip will always remain powered on in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, thus making the always-on “Hey, Siri” command possible.
As Apple is keen to consistently point out, the performance of the iPhone camera is one of the reasons that consumers continue to choose the device over rivals. The introduction of the 6s and 6s Plus will do little to change that. The smaller iPhone 6s comes equipped with a 12-megapixel rear shooter which means 50-percent more pixels than before. Another new addition is the 5-megapixel FaceTime camera which is now supported by the Retina Flash – simply put, the display will light up to 3-times the original brightness to serve as a front-flash for your selfies.
The jumbo-sized iPhone 6s Plus comes with same camera hardware embedded within in as well, except that it also features OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Both devices support 4K video recording via the rear camera and up to 720p video recording from the front cam.
Apple is bringing your photos to life! This new feature allows users to capture regular photos but the phone cleverly adds a frame or two before and after the shot, giving it an animated look, with audio. All of this in full 12MP glory.
One of the smallest, but nicest features of the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is the inclusion of support for what Apple likes to call “Motion wallpapers”. This functionality has been ported across after its success in the Apple Watch and will afford owners with the ability to select from a selection of pre-defined dynamic wallpapers that will not only bring the device to life, but will also look stunning on the large Retina display.
Apple is clearly happy with how performant the previous-generation iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models have been in regards to battery life. With that in mind, the latest progression within the iPhonerange will ship with the same built-in lithium ion battery pack. This should provide up to 14 hours talk time on the iPhone 6s and up to 24 hours on the larger iPhone 6s Plus.
LTE and Wi-Fi
Apple is claiming that the new LTE chip is twice as fast as before with 23 bands. Similarly Wi-Fi is has been bumped to over twice the speed of that in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Improved Touch ID
Apple is claiming that the Touch ID on its new phones is much faster and secure than ever before. How exactly? Well, Apple chose to skip that part.
The potential color choices of the iPhone 6s was bizarrely one of the most discussed topics in the run-up to this announcement. After much speculation it’s now been confirmed that consumers will be able to purchase the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus in Space Gray, Silver, Gold, and the new RoseGold option that borrows inspiration from the Apple Watch.
The accessories that come purpose built for the iPhone are always the last to be talked about, but often end up being extremely lucrative for the Cupertino-based company. To compliment the new, slightly thicker iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple has introduced an updated range of premium leather and silicon cases that not only perfectly compliment the visuals of the new iPhone, but also offer a level of protection that a lot of consumers yearn for.
Apple has also announced a new dock for the new iPhones, which is available in matching colors for your iPhone selection, and as you guessed it, will be sold separately.
- 16 GB — $199 (on contract) or $649 (unlocked)
- 64 GB — $299 (on contract) or $749 (unlocked)
- 128 GB — $399 (on contract) or $849 (unlocked)
iPhone 6s Plus:
- 16 GB — $299 (on contract) or $749 (unlocked)
- 64 GB — $399 (on contract) or $849 (unlocked)
- 128 GB — $499 (on contract) or $$949 (unlocked)
The big question is when will Apple let me get my hands on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus? Pre-orders for the company’s next-generation hardware will begin on September 12. Public release and shipping will start a week later on September 25.
Apple plans on releasing the phones in over 130 countries, with over 400 network carriers as partners.