Force Touch is arguably the technical highlight here, although it’s not called that way, while battery sizes and RAM counts remain under wraps.
How do you approach the formal introduction of two uber-hyped devices that look exactly the same as their predecessors, and hold virtually no secrets following a deluge of reliable tips, rumors and speculation?
It was just another day at the office for Tim Cook, who walked confidently on the San Francisco stage to officially take the wraps off the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and talked mostly familiar features. As always, the two’s main claim to fame is software, tailor-made to get the best of 3D Touch sensors and a haptic feedback-producing “Taptic Engine.”
We already predicted Huawei may have been first to adopt pressure-sensitive touchscreen tech, but Cupertino’s execution would be much better and smoother, and it certainly seems that way based on early demos.
Running iOS 9 out the box, the revamped 4.7 and 5.5 inchers carry other software aces up their sleeves, including Live Photos, where the moments before and after capturing a picture are automatically recorded.
Speaking of pics, the rear cameras finally score 12-megapixel sensors, whereas the selfie equipment sports 5 MP and a “Retina Flash”, aka not a real LED flash. Still, lighting is adjusted thanks to a few proprietary tricks, and the main photographic units can shoot 4K video too.
What else? Well, Apple pompously claims “the only thing that’s changed is everything”, and that’s partly true, if you don’t mind small, incremental updates. Like faster fingerprint recognizing, stronger 7000 Series aluminum constructions, slightly speedier LTE and Wi-Fi, and a new rose gold paint job joining the classic silver, gold, and space gray color options.
One major improvement Apple insisted on during the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus debut is the A9 chip adoption, set to boost CPU power by no less than 70 percent, and graphics performance by a staggering 90 percent.
That’s unlikely to cripple battery endurance numbers, rated exactly on-par with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, despite once again actual cell capacity being up in the air. As expected, the 6s and 6s Plus are marginally thicker than their forerunners, which shouldn’t harm compatibility with most old accessories.
Shipments are due to start stateside on September 25, after a short period of pre-orders kicking off this Saturday, the 12th. The iPhone 6s will cost $650, $750 and $850 in 16, 64 and 128GB versions respectively, while the 6s Plus is priced at between $750 and $950.