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Just like the rumor-mill has predicted, Apple at its media event in San Francisco this morning announced a pair of new iPhones: the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus.

“What we have to show you today is really awesome,” said Tim Cook.

Although the design hasn’t changed over the present-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as is the norm for S-upgrades, the new devices pack in some major hardware improvements.

There is a brand new rose gold finish and the devices use a stronger Series 7000 aluminum alloy. And yes, there is a pressure-sensing screen that they’re calling 3D Touch, not Force Touch as previously thought.

3D Touch

3D Touch works on both the Home screen and inside applications themselves, providing user interface shortcuts and making possible all-new gestures such as peek, pop, mini tap and full tap. You also get distinct tactile feedback.

3d touch

3D Touch users capacitive sensors that are not integrated in the backlight. The sensors pick up the force between the cover glass and the backlight. That data is combined with input from the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors to increases the accuracy and precision.

3D Touch shortcuts are implemented across all stock apps, including Messages, Maps, Safari, Phone, Music and more. Actually, you can just press firmly on the Phone icon and a brand new menu pops up right on the Home screen with shortcuts to your favorite contacts.

3D Touch Phone icon

Or, you can press firmly on the Facebook app icon on the Home screen to update your status. 3D Touch can be also used to navigate between apps. If you apply just a little bit of force to screen sides, you can flip between active apps, which looks similar to iOS 9’s new app switcher.

3D Touch Maps

And of course, games developers have shown a few games that take advantage of 3D Touch. As for tactile feedback, they have actually built a new version of the Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine that achieves even richer tactile feedback while consuming less energy.

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Oh, and a much improved Touch ID on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is more reliable than ever and recognizes your fingerprint twice as fast, said Apple.

A9 chip

The new iPhones are powered by the all-new Apple-designed A9 processor, the company’s third-generation 64-bit mobile processor. The A9 sports a new transistor architecture and consumes less energy than the A8 processor inside the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.

iPhone 6s a9

The A9 is up to seventy percent faster in CPU tasks and approximately ninety percent faster in graphics tasks, providing “console-level performance” in graphics-rich apps and games.

And for the first time, the A9 chip embeds a new motion coprocessor dubbed ‘M9’ with always-on performance. The new A9 with M9 allows for new features like the always-listening ‘Hey Siri’ feature.

12MP iSight camera

The back shooter has finally been upgraded in terms of the number of pixels.

Now with a twelve-megapixel sensor that has fifty percent more pixels than the previous-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new iPhones can capture more detail so you can crop out and zoom into them without quality degradation.

The higher-resolution camera takes 63-megapixel panorama photos, up from 42-megapixel panoramas on the previous generation. In terms of video capture, the camera can now capture video in 4K resolution, up from full HD 1080p video capture on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

5MP FaceTime HD camera

The front-facing camera, which Apple refers to as FaceTime HD, has received a major resolution upgrade so it’s now five megapixels instead of a paltry 1.3-megapixel shooter on the previous generation.

phone 6s 5mp facetime camera

The FaceTime camera lacks LED flash, but uses a software trickery to achieve the same effect. If you turn on the flash feature in the stock Camera app, the new iPhone takes advantage of a custom display chip to flash the screen with three times the intensity to illuminate your face in low-light situations.

Live Photos

The new iPhones support motion wallpapers via a new feature called Live Photos.

You just pick one of Apple-designed Live Photos and set it as your background. Additionally, you can take your own Live Photos. You don’t have to do anything different than you would in order to take a Live Photo.

Live Photos

As you take pictures, the iPhone does that automatically provided you have flipped a new switch in the Camera app. Doing so extends the capture moment just before and after you took them. Live Photos are not animations, they are still twelve-megapixel still images each animated to look great.

Faster wireless, new accessories

The new phones feature faster LTE with an additional 23 bands and with support for upcoming 300Mbps cellular networks. Wi-Fi on the new iPhones has been upgraded, too, and now supports data transfer speeds at up to 866Mbps.

To go along with the new iPhones, Apple has designed brand new charging docks. There are also new leather covers in five finishes and new silicon covers in eleven colors, including Product(RED).

Availability

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are available in Silver, Gold, Space Grey and Rose Gold at $199/$299/$399 for 16GB/64GB/128GB versions after a contract with your carrier.

The previous-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been discounted by a hundred bucks and now cost $99/$199/$299 for the same 16GB/64GB/128GB models and after a contract with your carrier.

iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Off-Contract pricing

The iPhone 5s has become Apple’s new entry-level iPhone. The device, which has replaced the iPhone 4s, will be available free on most carriers with a contract.

iPhone 6s installement plan

You can pre-order new iPhones starting Saturday, September 12, ahead of their release on September 25 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy and Puerto Rico.

iPhone 6s september 25

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 130 countries and over 400 carrier partners by the end of this year. As for iOS 9, it will release next week on September 16.

New iCloud storage pricing

In a surprise announcement, Apple said it’s cutting iCloud storage upgrades in half. So starting today, you can upgrade your entry-level iCloud account with just five gigabytes of free storage to fifty gigabytes for a monthly fee of 99 cents.

cloud storage upgrades

If you need more than 50 gigs, $2.99 per month will upgrade your iCloud storage to 200 gigabytes. The flagship tier with one terabyte of storage is now $9.99 per month.

iPhone Upgrade Program and switching from Android

The company mentioned that customers now have expanded choices as to how they would like to buy their iPhone. In addition to the usual subsidized pricing and non-subsidized models with carrier installment plans, iPhone buyers can now enroll into Apple’s own installment offering.

iPhone 6s first countries

They are calling it the iPhone Upgrade Program and it basically lets you upgrade to a new iPhone once per year for a fee which starts at $32 per month. Other perks included in the iPhone Upgrade Program: you get to choose your carrier and they’re also throwing in the Apple SIM and extended Apple Care+ coverage for your device.

Oh, and those are unlocked phones.

iPhone upgrade program

Last but not least, Apple will be releasing another Android application of its own (in addition to the upcoming Apple Music for Android app): Move to iOS. Like its name suggests, Move to iOS will make the switching process a lot easier for Android customers.

Move to iOS app

With just a few taps, the app will transfer a user’s settings, preferences, media and personal information like contacts, calendars and more from their Android smartphone to an iPhone.

  • besrate hogsa

    3D touch ha!

  • leart

    oh yeah baby, waiting to see next S- 3D touch galaxy plus, follow the leader

  • Troop

    Theft of Velox lol. inspired by Jailbreak once again

    • TwinSon

      The first thing I said lmao.

    • Cameron

      considering how unpopular Velox was, i doubt it.

    • And it could be done without the need of a new screen. Gotta love this gimmick nonsense of Force T…. I mean 3D Touch. Blah! Nonsense!

      • Cameron

        im not sure how you can call it gimmicky, its simply getting a quick view of your stuff by still touching your screen. Hand hovering gestures that work poorly, now thats a gimmick.

      • Gimmick is a bad word.. poor choice on my part. I just mean they could open this up to older devices as well and just say long holds work for it. If you want the perfect way to use it then get the new device cause blah blah blah… I wasn’t set on getting the new phone at all but now I probably will because work announced today they’ll allow a new ipad or phone.. won’t allow the ipad pro or I would have completely jumped at that.

      • anustart

        I agree! I bet if this feature was on a Samsung device first 95% of the people here would call it a gimmick.

    • besrate hogsa

      Apple is a thief

      • Wasn’t the iPhone and it’s OS the first real mobile smartphone OS ever? And isn’t ALL based on that principle ?
        I think most of the time Apple finishes it better. But yeah, also waiting for that iOS 9 JB after I have my 6s+ phone.

      • besrate hogsa

        so it is okay for apple to steal ideas from the jailbreak community as long as they finish it better?

    • Guy

      Velox is more of an app launder. 3D Touch acts more like a shortcut or widget.

  • Bugs Bunnay

    Pink?! Wow.

    • Cameron

      Rose gold*

      • Bugs Bunnay

        Official name vs what it looks like. I’m calling it pink. I also call champagne gold.

  • besrate hogsa

    The camera is a good upgrade

  • mrgerbik

    bah! 16GB!!!!!

  • Fanboy 

    2GB of RAM or…….?

    • Kelvin Lieu

      yeah i dont even know. can someone confirm

      • Fanboy 

        I’m hoping it’s a silent upgrade that they chose not to announce because all these new features being added are pushing it if they don’t upgrade the RAM.

      • Cristian B

        This is what one of deciding factors I need to know to preorder, so I hope someone can confirm before the 12th.

      • Elias Chao

        If I recall correctly, they didn’t announced the iPad Air 2 have 2Gb of RAM in the event.

      • i think yes 2G

    • Cristian B

      That’s what I’m wondering like wtf?

    • Blip dude

      Apple has never really announced RAM at the events, at least to my knowledge. gonna have to wait for the tear down to find out.

    • Cameron

      Apple never announces RAM but im pretty sure its 2gb.

  • Micke på taket

    Hhh

  • OneBigInFiniteJoint

    F*** the new design, i am pre ordering this on saturday.

    Edit: oh wait a minute.. what about the damn RAM? is it 2gig?

    • Cristian B

      this is literally what I’m trying to figure out too.

      • OneBigInFiniteJoint

        a lot of websites are reporting 1GB RAM 😐

      • George

        Holy shit, they can’t be serious??

      • OneBigInFiniteJoint

        well they show 1GB for 6s and 2gb for 6s Plus. it don’t make sense. why would they do that? i think information is wrong. we will have to wait a few days for details to emerge.

      • George

        That is so sad, and they can’t even make the iPhone 6s 1080p, apple is starting to become a joke.

      • OneBigInFiniteJoinT

        yeah for those who are going for 6s.. but those like me who always wanted a 6s Plus we get a good deal. i got an iPhone 5 since day 7 of release. it will be a fantastic update for me to 6s Plus in space grey (although i am tempted towards the rose gold) but it just don’t look good with guys.

  • MrJohnBlaze

    The front facing will be great for my Vlogs i have no need for 4k as the file size is huge for editing the only thing id want to shoot in 4k is skateboarding or porn i’m still not compelled to spend 900 again for an off contract Iphone this year i’m going to wait for the Iphone 7 redesign

    • OneBigInFiniteJoint

      did you not hear about the Apple upgrade program they just launched here. its 32 bucks a month, 24 months contract

      • MrJohnBlaze

        i can afford the phone i just dont see enough benefit coming from a 6 plus

      • OneBigInFiniteJoint

        oh cool man. i am upgrading from iPhone 5( had it 3 years) so a heck of an update for me !

      • me too..

  • White Michael Jackson

    Nothing about ram and battery life?

    • Anthony Lara

      Battery life? You’re asking risky questions here. Everyone knows battery life isn’t shit to Apple.

    • Cameron

      most likely similar to the 6, at most 10% improvement. Since they didnt announce it.

      • George

        It’s a smaller battery

      • Cameron

        Doesn’t necessarily mean worse battery life. Its not.

    • Virus

      By the looks of the inside of it the battery is even smaller to make space for the 3d touch probably why they didn’t say anything

      • White Michael Jackson

        Damn. No one was even asking for 3d touch.

  • Cristian B

    Battery life is most likely the same, but what about the ram people?

    • Blip dude

      Again, you might have to wait until the teardown. I don’t think Apple has announced RAM in past.

      • George

        They did with the iPad air 2.

      • Blip dude

        No they didn’t, go back and check the Keynote.

  • all of the comments about the RAM 😛

    • OneBigInFiniteJoint

      lol ofcourse. we want a damn RAM upgrade lol.
      that’s the only thing thats going to stop me from upgrading otherwise i’ll preorder right at 12 on the dot. been sick of my iPhone 5. had it for 3 years lol

  • Fardeen Beharry

    how much ram???

  • That rose gold colour is puke worthy!

  • MrJohnBlaze

    i was looking at the 6s specs the screen is only 326 ppi having a 6 plus i can tell the difference i wish they had bumped the ppi on the smaller form factor i might have considered buying

  • Guy

    OK the 50gb iCloud for $.99 is great.
    The questions everyone wants to know.
    Whats the battery sizes?
    Does it’s have 2gb of ram?

  • Mark Tesch

    Woohoo! Now the wait.

  • Joe Meta Data

    Looks like the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus as well as the iPad Pro use LED screens instead of LCD screens. Interesting.

  • Andrew

    The 12th is my birthday 🙂 Here’s hoping my present is a preorder!

  • I think it should’ve been much lighter. This actually looks like a Chinese fake. I still don’t understand why they can’t colour code those ugly white antenna strips!

    • R Maganti

      Right, colouring of the ugly antennae strips is essential. They must have a strong reason for not doing it. I now think I need to go for the 6S or 6S plus breaking my 2 year replacement cycle. 3D touch, 4k video and 12 MP camera are hard to ignore. The front flash using the screen is ingenious.

      • Oh so you’re using a 5S? Then 6S is a huge leap, however I remember you mentioning you had a 6. I’ll be moving onto the 7 next year. I don’t feel the camera is path breaking, just like the 4k support. 3D touch is the only good thing this time. Would be interesting to see where things go with the 7

      • R Maganti

        No, I am using 6, remember our initial convo. If they start innovating like the way they are doing, I might as well take the yearly replacement plan.

      • Replacement plan was rather unexpected. It shows that Apple is feeling the effects of Chinese android domination. In true yearly fashion, I took out my 6’s plastic casing and used the phone naked today after nearly a year. It was very liberating, the phone felt lighter and smooth in the hands.

        And then it fell on the floor and I got the first dent. And then the second in a span of few hours.

        Yep I’m ready for the 7!

  • R Maganti

    They wanted a pink for attracting the womenfolk and felt this one looks pink in certain angles so chose to stick with it.

  • singhay559

    Shitty as phone.