Apple announced the next versions of its best-selling smartphones, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, at its annual launch event in San Francisco. As expected, the iPhone 6S looks the same to last year’s iPhone 6, reserving its most important alterations for the hardware interior.

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The biggest, and most noticeable change to this year’s set of phones is “3D Touch,” a pressure-sensitive display technology that lets you push in to do new things on your phone. It brings the ability to interact with on-screen instructions in different ways. It’s too early to delve into all the ways that the new power will work, but the system is simple:  you can tap like before, but press a bit harder on an icon or message and you’ll get a new menu popping up.

You just need to press it down and you can pull up context-sensitive menus, switch apps or examine photos. Sound impressive? It really is. Although the app developers will need to work with for a while to really get the best out of it.

This is already available on the Apple Watch and on some Mac trackpads.

 

Camera

A 12-megapixel camera is a huge jump for Apple, which has been holding onto its 8-megapixel sensors in its iPhone for years. The autofocus is also updated as well as the color accuracy.

The 5-megapixel front-facing camera now brings the iPhone 6S on par with a lot of today’s competing handsets. Here’s something wildly different, though. Instead of including a dedicated flash for the front-facing camera, which only a few phones do, Apple is using the home screen to light up instead. This is meant to increase the brightness of those selfies even in low-light situations. Genius.

A few test selfies taken in the event and it looked really good. The images are crisper and has richer color and details than previous iPhones.

 

Touch ID

The second-generation sensor promises to snap open the phone faster than before. Hopefully fingerprint authentication will also speed up.

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System and Battery Life

The two new iPhones will run on iOS 9, with all these powerful enhancements, like a smarter Siri. . The iPhone 6S also comes with a new A9 chip with the new M9 motion-co-processor embedded within to make your daily swipes flow even more smoothly.

The battery life is up to three hours longer plus a new Low Power Mode.

 

Colors

The new iPhone 6s comes with four great colours. Silver, Space Gray, Gold and the newest, Rose Gold.

 

The phone is coming out late this year as expected. Did this new model get you excited?