iPhone 6S technical specs and features
Apple focused on hardware upgrades over design developments, following the pattern Apple has long established: significant changes come in the even years and incremental updates in the odd.
Visually the Same
Apple added a new colour called rose gold for the new iPhone 6S. This is the only visual changes you'll be able to detect compared to the iPhone 6.
Aerospace-grade aluminum and sturdier glass
Apple says that its phone may look the same as last year's model, but its iPhone 6S duo has achieved more inner strength. This time it uses a different grade of aluminum for its chassis, one that's also used in the aerospace industry.
Apparently, a new type of chemically strengthened glass is used for the screen.
Brand new 'force' touch
Apple has included a variation of Force Touch, which you find in different capacities on the Apple Watch and on some Mac trackpads. Called 3D Touch here, the iPhone 6S phones will adopt the same pressure-sensitive capability that calls up secondary menus and actions when you press and hold the screen.
New hardware inside
The biggest news here is the upgraded front and rear cameras and video capability, but there are a few other tidbits here and there as well.
Cameras and video with more megapixels
A 12-megapixel camera is a huge jump for Apple, which has been holding onto its 8-megapixel sensors in its iPhone for years. Autofocus will pick up the pace, according to Apple, and colour accuracy is a point of pride.
The 5-megapixel front-facing camera now brings the iPhone 6S on par with a lot of today's competing handsets.
The second-generation sensor promises to snap open the phone faster than before. Hopefully fingerprint authentication will also speed up.
Under the hood, we have an upgraded, proprietary A9 processor third-generation 64-bit chip. Apple claims that the A9 is 70 percent faster than last year's A8 when it comes to the usual computing tasks (like opening an app, for example), and 90 percent faster at graphical tasks, like gaming.
Faster LTE, Wi-Fi connections
Apple says it'll have the fastest forms of LTE Advanced, if that's supported where you live, and will also include support for the latest, greatest Wi-Fi networks.
The two new iPhones will run on iOS 9, mining all of those software enhancements, like a smarter Siri and up to three hours longer battery life, plus a new Low Power Mode. The updated operating system, which is currently in public beta, will arrive for phones on September 16. Meanwhile, read our full rundown of iOS 9 here.
iPhone 6s technnical specs
- iPhone 6s: 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch at 1334-by-750-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
- iPhone 6s Plus: 4.7-inch Retina HD display with 3D Touch at 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 ppi
- 64-bit A9X processor with built-in M9 motion coprocessor
- 7000-series aluminum structure
- Tougher double Ion-X process glass
- 12-megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels
- 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash
- Second-generation Touch ID
- 4K video recording support
- Available in gold, silver, space grey and rose gold
- iPhone 6s pricing: $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB, $399 for 128GB (assuming two-year contract)
- iPhone 6s Plus pricing: $299 for 16GB, $399 for 64GB, $499 for 128GB (assuming two-year contract)
Availability: Pre-orders start September 12, available from September 25.
Apple claims that the processor is up to 70 percent faster than the previous iPhone, and the graphics performance is up to 90 percent faster. Real-world performance remains to be tested.
Apple also launches an iPhone subscription program:
- Get a new iPhone every year
- Unlocked — choose your carrier
- Monthly payments
- iPhone protection with AppleCare+