In one week, Apple will release the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, both updated with technology that turns the screen into a 3-D experience.
“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, in a press release.
Apple has improved the new iPhone by adding Multi-Touch interface with 3-D touch technology, allowing users to “dip in and out of content without losing [his/her] place.” This concept is called “Peek and Pop.”
“Press lightly to ‘Peek’ at a photo, email, web page or other content, and press a little deeper to ‘Pop’ into the content itself,” Apple said in a press release explaining the new software.
The iPhone camera is also improved with the new phones. The camera introduces ‘Live Photos,’ 12-megapixel photos revealing the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken. It operates as a fluid image allowing the user to select the best moment in the shot.
Other improvements to the camera include a new 12-megapixel sensor for truer colors and sharper images, new five-megapixel FaceTime HD camera and front-facing flash for bright selfies in low light.
iOS 9, the new operating system, will be paired with A9, Apple’s third generation 64-bit chip. Together iOS 9 and A9 will improve performance and energy efficiency for real-world usage. It became available for download on all devices Wednesday.
The new operating system has improved Siri features, built-in apps, less space required to install and advanced security features.
The new iPhones will have faster Wi-Fi and LTE for better worldwide roaming. Siri is also receiving improvements. Users will be able to say “Hey Siri” without the iPhone needing to be plugged into a power source. Siri will be more intelligent with proactive assistance and powerful search capabilities while protecting the user’s privacy.
Apple is exclusively selling the new iPhones at their retail stores across the U.S. and online at apple.com. The phones are available in gold, silver, space gray and rose gold metallic.
Both iPhones come with the world’s strongest smartphone glass and 7000-series aluminum, the same grade used in the aerospace industry.
With a starting price of $649 in the U.S., the 6s is the most expensive iPhone to date. Experts estimate it costs Apple $234 to make the phone, not counting manufacturing and distribution costs. iCloud storage prices have been slashed and will become available with the release of iOS 9.
Less than half of students surveyed said they would purchase the new phone since they had recently purchased the 6 or 6 Plus.
The new phones will stock the shelves of Apple’s 265 stores across the U.S. on Sept. 25 and is available for preorder.
6s by the numbers:
16 GB: $649
64 GB: $749
128 GB: $949