Not exactly the most well-kept secret of the past months, Apple officially announced two brand new smartphones today; the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Both devices took to the stage in San Francisco, wowing the crowds side by side, in what looks like a mainly internal improvement over their predecessors.
Both of Apple’s new devices pack plenty of quality, something which was guaranteed following the vastly successful launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last year. Following in their footsteps, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus both sport an almost identical design, with the same size and shape being put into practice. They do offer a new rose gold colour however should you fancy a change, whilst a stronger glass is being introduced to help avoid damage to the screen.
Apple has tackled the ‘Bendgate’ issue which dogged users of the larger 6 Plus model, by fitting both versions of the 6s with a stronger metallic chassis, which doesn’t come in at a heavier weight. This essentially ensures that you shouldn’t be dealing with a bent phone should you prefer tighter fitting trousers, which were the common problem with bent iPhone 6 Plus devices.
The obvious successor to the iPhone 6, the biggest changes to the 6s have come behind the scenes. An Apple A9 chipset is the first big difference, whilst an upgraded 2GHz dual-core processor also improves over that in the iPhone 6.
2GB RAM makes the cut this time, finally upping the amount of accessible memory, which was a major rumour surrounding the device before its launch.
Topping things off behind the scenes is a new camera set-up. Forgoing the 8 megapixel lens of last year, Apple has included a 12 megapixel rear effort for extra sharpness. The front facing lens has also jumped up to 5 megapixels as well, ditching the 1.2mp effort which had performed valiantly on the iPhone 6.
A second generation Touch ID fingerprint scanner is also included, allowing faster biometric reading, and a more reliable level of scanning.
The biggest new feature is one direct from the wearable division of Cupertino; 3D Touch uses Force Touch from the Apple Watch to make a new way of using the iPhone 6s display. This essentially lets the iPhone know just how hard you’re pressing the display, so it can differentiate between a tap and a press, allowing you to work differently to than you ever have before on an iPhone.
As with its smaller brethren, the iPhone 6s Plus offers little in terms of design alteration. Once again, it’s behind the scenes where the work is done, with the same A9 chipset, dual-core processor and 2GB RAM from the 6s making the cut.
The 12mp and 5mp camera duo are also included along with the new version of Touch ID, effectively making it a level playing field for the 6s and 6s Plus, whilst 3D Touch is included once again as the stand out feature on the handset.
Both iPhones will include the iOS 9 operating system upon launch, giving them access to additional security features and all-round improvements to the software which has done so well on the iPhone 6.
It wasn’t just iPhones that were on show at the Apple event, with a brand new iPad also making a splash. Rocking the biggest tablet screen yet by Apple, the iPad Pro offers a much larger screen than that of the iPad Air, and is the most powerful tablet to date as well.
Apple is offering the biggest display of any iOS device at 12.9”, it offers a more cinematic way to watch movies and play games. Rocking a 2732x2038 resolution it’s also incredibly sharp and colourful. It boasts a super-fast A9X chipset, which offers ‘desktop class’ performance along with a quad speaker system which is three times louder than that of the iPad Air 2.
Apple is even bringing its own physical keyboard to the party for the slate, which connects via a built in slot. Whilst Apple Pencil acts as a high-tech stylus for the tablet, which can detect how you’re using it, and packs a built in Lighting connector for its built in battery.
The iPad Pro will be available in silver, gold and space grey, and will start at $799 (£520), going up to $1079 (£700) and will be available in November.
On top of all of this, Apple also gave us a look at the Watch 2.0 operating system, targeting the likes of healthcare apps. Apple has also linked with Hermes to create another batch of straps for the wearable, along with creating a whole new collection of models and straps for us to play with.
The Watch 2.0 update will be available on September 16th, whilst the new bands and models will ship immediately.
The new Apple TV also got a space at the show, offering an updated operating system and user interface. Its remote even boasts a touch surface and a microphone, so you can use Siri to control your television.
The new Apple TV will be available in late October in the US, although a UK release is also due before the end of the year.
Apple’s giving us a rather quick turnaround with the two iPhones, with pre-orders for both handsets starting on 12th September. A full release for the iPhone duo is just two weeks later, with Apple itself along with other retailers selling the handset.
As always, you can expect a sizeable queue to pick up the new hardware, so make sure to get your pre-orders in nice and early if you’d like your new phone on release. If you leave it too late you could end up waiting for a couple extra weeks whilst stock replenishes. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will come in at the same prices as 6 and 6 Plus when they launched.
Written by Luke Hatfield