At its annual keynote in San Francisco, Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As is typical of an "s" rollout, the devices maintain virtually the same dimensions as their predecessors, though now there's a new rose gold color. The case will be constructed from a new 7000-series aluminum alloy, the same material found on the Apple Watch Sport, and the Ion-X glass now covering the screen is also said to be stronger. Flip the page to discover the new features, as well as pricing and availability.
As is expected, the biggest update to the iPhone 6s is 3D Touch, which means the touchscreen can sense how much pressure you're applying. It can differentiate between a tap, a standard press, and a deep press, and use that information to help you navigate around your phone faster. Some examples: lightly tap on the camera icon to activate camera options, then press harder to go directly to selfie mode; lightly tap on email in your inbox for a sneak peek of the message; press deeply on an address and pop into the full map.
The improved A9 processor is also confirmed, improving CPU performance by up to 70% and graphics performance by up to 90%. This third generation of Apple's 64-bit chip also features a new M9 coprocesso, helping to detect motion for apps like Health.
Also upgraded is the new 12-megapixel camera, representing the first megapixel bump since the iPhone 4s in 2011. Apple promises better autofocus, and the camera is also capable of shooing 4K video. To accommodate better selfies, the front-facing camera now shoots 1080p video and 5-megapixel stills.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will both launch on September 25th, with pre-orders available on September 12th. On a two-year contract, the iPhone 6S starts at $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB. The iPhone 6S Plus starts at $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB. As carriers are moving away from two-year contracts and toward payment plans, Apple also listed typical installment plan prices: $27 a month for the 6s and $31 for the 6s Plus. Finally, Apple is introducing a new leasing options. For $32 a month, you can lease an iPhone with an AppleCare+ warranty and return it for a new model every year.