SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) – Apple took the wraps off the much-awaited next models of its iPhone line, announcing the iPhone 6s and 6s plus, which include a new ‘3D Touch’ feature and a camera capable of capturing 4K Ultra HD video.
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“No product is more about innovation than the iPhone,” CEO Tim Cook said at the company’s launch event.
“We have changed everything about these new iPhones.”
The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch display and weighs 5 ounces (about a half-ounce heavier than the iPhone 6), while the 6s Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and is 6.8 ounces.
The iPhone 6s starts at $199 and the Plus size starts at $299 (with a two-year wireless contract).
Apple also announced a new monthly payment program for customers who want a trade-in option on future models for monthly pricing starting at $32 and $37 respectively.
The new iPhones’ multitouch feature, integrated into iOS 9, that provides new interaction capabilities (like holding down a finger to ‘peek’ at a flight number or date in a calendar) and tactile feedback.
The new smartphones come in silver, gold, space gray and rose gold.
According to Apple, third-party developers including Facebook and Instagram, Dropbox and WeChat are creating apps with support for 3D Touch.
The iPhone 6s models include a third generation of 64-bit A9 processors, which Apple senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller claimed provides up to 90% faster graphics performance and 70% faster CPU compared with the A8 chip.
The smartphones include a 12-megapixel iSight camera, 50% more than pixels previous iPhones, and for the first time will let users record video in up to 4K resolution.