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Here’s What’s New on the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

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Apple like clockwork at an event today launched their revisions to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Named appropriately, and in Apple’s yearly naming system, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple claims that they have changed everything inside the iPhones. But what all has really changed?

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Build and Design

The new iPhones will come in an all new rose gold colour to match with the new Apple Watch colour. Design wise they look the same, with the same identical button layout. The new iPhones, however, are thicker; with the new iPhone 6s now at 7.1 mm up from the 6.9mm of last year and the iPhone 6s Plus up to 7.3mm from 7.1mm on the iPhone 6 Plus.

Weight wise the iPhones are heftier with iPhone 6s up to 143 grams vs last years 129 grams on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus now at 192 grams vs 172 grams on the iPhone 6 Plus.

A lot has also changed in the construction of these iDevices. New Apple made series 7000 Aluminium along with extra reinforcement ensures that “bendgate” doesn’t happen this year.

There is also an all new glass layer that Apple claims is tougher than any glass on the market, pointing at Gorilla Glass 4.

Hardware

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The new iPhones come with a 64 Bit A9 chip with a new M9 co-processor that improves performance and graphic capabilities vs iPhone 6 and 6 Plus that came with A8 chip with M8 Co-processor. The M9 co-processor is now always ‘on’, detecting your movement, vs the M8 which was activated on movement.

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The displays remain the same with the same size and same resolution, however the addition of 3D touch will improve user experience considerably.

Camera

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New camera’s will include a 12 MP main camera on both iPhones. Again, like last year only the iPhone 6s Plus gets optical image stabalization. Both iPhones with the newer camera now have the capability of shooting 4k Video and a new “Live Photos” feature that allows you to capture photo moments.

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Slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps, and video stabalization only works up till 1080p video.

The front camera on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus also gets a much needed bump to 5 MP from a paltry 1.2 MP last year, along with an interesting new selfie flash feature which will make the display turn into a true tone flash with 3 times the brightness.

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The new iPhones will also support more LTE bands vs last year. Unlocked iPhones will support 23 LTE bands including TD and FD-LTE. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will include VoLTE (Voice over LTE) for better communication capabilities in areas supporting the VoLTE functions.

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Software

Apart from running iOS 9, thanks to the addition of the new hardware the software will work slightly differently. The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus feature a new 3D Touch display powered by a Taptic engine. A physical piece of hardware which monitors the input and pressure of a users finger and allows the operating system to respond accordingly.

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This will save up time allowing you to decide what part of the app you need to access prior to launching the app. Just like a secondary click it allows for more interaction in gaming and in productivity apps as demonstrated by Apple at their event.

The new photos app will allow for live photos that are captured by the iPhone, vs static photos seen up until now. The images will capture a few seconds of cache video allowing you to replay the moment as it occurred. HTC introduced a similar feature on the original HTC One M7 a few years back , however it required you to be in a specific mode with specific features turned on prior to capture. Apple includes this as standard for each photograph, without compromising on speed of capturing a picture.

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Thanks to the new hardware you can now call up Siri using “Hey Siri” even when the iPhone is not connected to the charger.

The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus cost the same as last year on contract in the US. However their unlocked phone pricing is the same as well.

Specifications iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Plus
Display  Retina HD display with 3D Touch, 4.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit widescreen Retina HD display with 3D Touch, 5.5-inch LED-backlit widescreen
Resolution  1334 X 750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi  1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
Processor  Embedded M9 motion coprocessor  Embedded M9 motion coprocessor
Chipset  A9 chip with 64-bit architecture A9 chip with 64-bit architecture
OS  iOS 9  iOS 9
Internal Storage  16GB/64GB/128GB  16GB/64GB/128GB
Exapandibility  N/A  N/A
Rear camera  12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture  12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Optical image stabilization
Rear Camera Video  4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps  Optical image stabilization for video,  4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps
Front Camera  5-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash  5-megapixel photos, ƒ/2.2 aperture, Retina Flash
Front Camera Video  720p HD video recording 720p HD video recording
Body Dimensions  143 grams  192 grams
Special Features  Fingerprint sensor, 3D force touch, live photo  Fingerprint sensor, 3D force touch, live photo
Connectivity  23 LTE and faster Wi-Fi 23 LTE and faster Wi-Fi
Variants

Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold

Silver, Gold, Space Gray, Rose Gold

Price  $199, $299 and $399 respectively for 16GB/64GB/128GB on contract.$649, $749, $849 for 16GB/64GB/128GB respectively unlocked

$299, $399 and $499 respectively for 16GB/64GB/128GB on contract.

$749, $849, $949 for 16GB/64GB/128GB respectively unlocked

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