Apple has unveiled the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and well, sees minor improvements. As with the usual iPhone upgrade cycle, the 6s will look physically the same as last year’s iPhone 6, but with a new colour option (Rose Gold). Main new features are an improved camera, and “3D Touch” from the Watch’s “Force Touch”.
The big change that will be felt by most would be the new 12 megapixel camera. The shots Apple showed off were amazing. By the way, with the newer camera and 4K video, it’s time to get a bigger capacity model. The front facing camera is now 5 megapixel, with selfie-flash by illuminating the phone screen.
“3D Touch” might be described as a right click for iOS, adding new functionality and tactile feedback to iOS 9. Press down on the camera to launch the camera in selfie mode, or hold down on a message in Mail for a quick preview. The API’s out and integration has started for third party apps such as Instagram and Dropbox. It’s useful but will probably see better integration at a later stage once developers get their hands on it.
The iPhone 6s will be upgraded with Apple’s new A9 processor, which it says is 70 percent faster than the A8 CPU’s and 90 percent faster for graphics. The A9 processor has the M9 motion processor integrated and always on. But to most users, this wouldn’t make a difference. The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is upgraded, which should be faster and more accurate than the last model. While the phone remains the same size, the phone receives updates similar to the Apple Watch (a new aluminium alloy and display glass), which should allay bending fears.
Price for new iPhone 6s
The iPhone 6s will retain the same price points in US. However in Singapore, the pricing is higher. Due to a stronger US dollar? Or because we look like carrot heads?
|iPhone 6s||16GB||S$1048||$60 increase|
|iPhone 6s||64GB||S$1218||$70 increase|
|iPhone 6s||128GB||S$1388||$100 increase|
|iPhone 6s Plus||16GB||S$1218||$70 increase|
|iPhone 6s Plus||64GB||S$1388||$100 increase|
|iPhone 6s Plus||128GB||S$1558||$110 increase|
Both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be available in over 130 countries and 400 carriers from 25 September. Pre-orders from 12 Sep 2015 3.01pm, and can be done through the Apple store Singapore. Our local telcos Singtel, Starhub, M1 should be announcing their pre-order details soon. Like us on Facebook to follow up on the status.
- M1: http://bit.ly/1i4Zz4F](http://bit.ly/1i4Zz4F)
++ (Open for submission)
- Starhub: http://bit.ly/1F33aL4
++ (12 Sep 3pm)
- Singtel: http://bit.ly/1L7koYW
++ (15 Sep)
- Apple: http://apple.co/1L7ktLX
++ (12 Sep 3.01pm)
As with all previous “s” iPhone upgrades, the 6s is more about refinement. It’s not meant for existing iPhone 6 owners, but will target those that are still hanging on to an older iPhone, or those stuck on a two year contract.
For more on the Apple event, here’s my 30-second summary read of the event.