A launch event has been set by Apple to announce the Apple iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus on the 9th September 2015 at 10 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. UK time). The event will be held at the IFA consumer electronics and home appliances trade show in California.
As the iPhone 6s announcement is scheduled for Wednesday we can anticipate that the next iPhone will go on sale in the USA and UK on Friday 18th September. A video of the event will be streamed and viewable on PC’s running Windows 10 with the Edge browser.
Advertised with the catch line “Hey Siri, give us a hint”, the iPhone 6s will run on iOS9 with Siri taking a more proactive role. The Apple iPhone 6c may be announced in October, if such a variant is planned.
There has been plenty of speculation and leaks about what is new on the iPhone 6s. The most significant of these has been the indication that it may feature a Force Touch display.
The Force Touch display, known as Orb for iOS devices, will dramatically change the way that the user interacts with the phone’s interface. The system works by first putting a finger on the screen and then increasing the pressure to initiate a secondary response.
The purpose of Force Touch is to effectively create shortcuts that remove the need to go back to a menu and select an option. It could be used to initiate navigation with a press on a map, to preview a website when a link is Deep Pressed or to bring up the definition of a word on the display.
Different user interfaces are expected to be triggered when Force Touch is used. The first would be no interface just an action, the second would bring up an interface that surrounds the finger and the third would open a pop-up window in the bottom corner of the screen for option selection.
There are several other new features expected to appear on the iPhone 6s including the appearance of animated wallpapers on an iPhone for the first time. The main camera is expected to be ramped up to 12MP while the FaceTime camera should be paired with a selfie flash or a screen flash, which is something that other OEM’s have already made use of. The iPhone 6s may also include support for 4K video recording.
A new colour named Rose Gold, which has a pinkish tint to it, will liven up the range while Ion-X glass, which is strengthened at the molecular level, will offer a surface layer that is resistant to scratches and impact. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also have a faster A9 chip with 2GB RAM, more efficient chips for improved battery life and faster 4G speeds for web browsing.
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Written by: Michael Brown