Thursday, 10 September 2015 06:17

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Apple’s most advanced new iPhones have been unveiled at last, looking superficially the same but being completely different and better on the inside everywhere it counts.

Apple’s newest and most advanced iPhones, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have been introduced during Apple’s September 2015 keynote.

They’re billed with the tagling that ‘the only thing that’s changed is everything’, and they’re right. A new screen with 3D Touch that makes multi-touch and touch interaction to the next-generation, completely outclassing anything available from Androids, BlackBerrys and Windows Phones.

3D Touch ‘senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content’, with double ion extracted and thus stronger glass - Apple says it is the strongest on any smartphone, and new 7000 series aluminium that’s even stronger than was used before - and which is ‘the same alloy used in the aerospace industry’ with a new ‘rose gold’ option.

There are enhancements and improvements everywhere, from the 70% faster A9 chip with 90% faster graphics, through to new ways to switch between open apps, a vastly improved 12 megapixel camera with 4K video recording option, a new 5 megapixel front facing camera that uses the iPhone screen to ‘flash’ for selfies but at three times the power of when the screen is normally used, ensuring incredible selfies.

Live Photos takes 1.5 seconds of movement before and after the ‘photo’ is taken, giving you an entirely new way to enjoy photos.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said: “The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life.

“These are the most advanced iPhones ever, with 7000 series aluminium, ion-strengthened glass, the new 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and Wi-Fi. Customers are going to love them.”

3D Touch gives you new ways to navigate and experience iPhone by sensing pressure to enable new gestures — Apple calls them Peek and Pop — so you can dip in and out of content without losing your place.

Examples given are that you can ‘press lightly to Peek at a photo, email, web page or other content, and press a little deeper to Pop into the content itself’, while with ‘Quick Actions, 3D Touch provides shortcuts to the things you do most, so you can send a message or take a selfie with just a simple press from the Home screen.’

Full details, images, explanations and more of the new iPhones are now here at Apple’s site

You’ll learn more there about the new 3rd-gen 64-bit processor, more RAM, 23x 4G LTE bands, faster Wi-Fi and so much more that you really need to see it at Apple’s site to get the full details and to watch the ads and the keynote. 

Pricing & Availability - direct from Apple:

iPhone 6s will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a recommended retail price of A$1,079 inc. GST for the 16GB model, A$1,229 inc. GST for the 64GB model and A$1,379 inc. GST for the 128GB model.

iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a recommended retail price of A$1,229 inc. GST for the 16GB model, A$1,379 inc. GST for the 64GB model and A$1,529 inc. GST for the 128GB model.

The new iPhones will be available from apple.com/au and Apple Retail Stores; through Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and additional carriers; and from selected Apple Authorised Resellers.

Both models will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and US beginning Friday, 25 September, with pre-orders starting Saturday, 12 September.


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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