Apple Announces the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Apple held their annual iPhone event yesterday morning, and amongst a host of other announcements showed off the anticipated iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Every year Tim says, “It’s our best iPhone yet”. We jolly hope so Tim! not sure how we would feel if he said, “To be honest, last years model was a lot better, but we’ve kinda got to keep this going…”. Although android fanboys might find some truth in that, we here at Catastrophe Geek can’t help but be a little excited about this refresh, it’s a corker! Here’s a run down of what’s new.

  • The biggest new feature of the iPhone 6s is ‘3D Touch’. This allows users to perform different tasks by applying different amounts of pressure to the screen. Apple appears to have put a lot of thought into how to best implement this technology. It adds a whole new variety of gestures across the whole system including accessing application menus from their home screen icons, previewing content, and then opening it with a longer press.

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    image from apple.com
  • After four generations, the iPhone’s camera has finally received a megapixel boost and is now 12MP. The front-facing camera has also been upgraded to 5MP and the screen brightness can be utilised as a front-facing flash. Other new camera features include the ability to record 4K video (good luck on a 16gb model) and take ‘Live photos’. These are essentially a 1.5 second GIF (think Harry Potter). These look really neat as a wallpaper as they remain a static image until pressed.

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    image from apple.com
  • The new iPhones are powered by Apple’s new A9 Processor said by Apple to improve CPU performance by 60% and M9 Motion Co-processor which is now housed inside the A9 chip.

Minor updates:

  • Touch ID has received an upgrade this generation, giving faster response times
  • Faster 4G LTE connections and wi-fi connections up to twice as fast as the previous models
  • Bluetooth has been upgraded from version 4 to version 4.2
  • The phone also has a new taptic engine similar to the one found in the Apple Watch and 2015 Macbook Pro.

What’s not?

  • As can be expected from an ‘s’ iPhone update, the new iPhones retain the same design and form factor as their predecessors. There is now however a rose gold colour option available.

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    image from apple.com
  • Despite having a smaller battery on paper, both the 6s and 6s Plus are touted to have the same battery life as the previous models (24 hours and 14 hours talk time respectively)
  • There is no upgrade to screen resolution, although if you think this matters then buy a Samsung and don’t talk to me.

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