“The only thing that’s changed is everything”
In case you missed it Apple announced their new iPhone models, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, pre-ordering now and available September 25th.
On the surface there’s not much difference between the iPhone 6 and the new iPhone 6S. You’ll see a very similar external shell, likewise design, and nearly identical measurements and weight. The colors are also identical, with the addition of a new rose gold option. What you don’t see is an even stronger 7000 series aluminum frame and an improved glass screen.
On the inside the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is a lightning fast third-generation 64-bit processor running Apple’s newest A9 chipset, to complement a host of new features:
The biggest enhancement to the new series of iPhones is 3D Touch. 3D Touch is a technology that will give you access to different parts of your iphone depending on how hard you are pressing on the screen. A regular tap will not activate 3D Touch, but a slightly harder press will present you with shortcuts and quick options. For example, Facebook will let you check-in to your location or update your status.
For the power-user, 3D Touch will significantly improve the iPhone user experience. Imagine the ability to “peek” at messages in your mail or links in your messages. 3D touch will add additional context to your iPhone and your favorite mobile apps.
The new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus also have a new-and-improved camera. Apple has now added a much larger 12-megapixel sensor to the main camera, a step up from the previous 8MP sensor.
The front-facing camera has also been upgraded, now 5MP with new flash technology that makes use of the iPhone screen itself.
A new feature to the iPhone is what Apple is calling Live Photos. With Live Photo enabled, when you take a picture as usual, 1.5 seconds are captured before and after your photo. Then, when you press and hold on a Live Photo, you can see the image animate. Live Photos can be shared with other iPhone users and viewed on your Apple Watch or Apple TV.
Another giant leap forwards in the new iPhones is 4K video option. Users will have the ability to record videos at 4K and 30fps. While you won’t be able to enjoy this stunning quality on your new iPhone 6S, serves like YouTube now support 4K videos. Note, at this time you won’t be able to AirPlay your 4K video to your Apple TV or iMac.
Overall, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models add a handful of contextual features and a couple generous upgrades that open new doors for mobile technology and what is possible with mobile apps. It will be exciting to see how this latest iPhone will shape the mobile app marketplace in the coming year.