Apple’s iPhone 6S range upgrades… everything

Processor, body strength, camera, connectivity, OS, Touch ID all tweaked… plus, 3D Touch

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Apple’s iPhone 6S range upgrades… everything For a range serving as the interim step between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, the 6S models do what most fans expect: upgrade everything. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 10, 2015

As is now the norm with iPhone launches, Apple investors have adopted the jitters over the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, introduced yesterday in San Francisco by a jubilant Tim Cook and confident Phil Schiller.

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But for a range serving as the interim step between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, the 6S models do what most fans expect: upgrade everything.

As Apple smugly says of the new models on its own Store websites, "The only thing that's changed is everything." The 4.7-inch iPhone 6S and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus may both be the same size as their last-generation counterparts and carry the same LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen with 16M colours, but those screens now come with 3D-Touch, also known as Force Touch, which reacts to the amount of pressure on the screen.

A light touch will have one function, while a stronger press will have another. For example, a strong press on an SMS message in a list view might take the user to a screen that displays that message, but releasing the press makes the handset return to the previous screen, giving more navigation options.

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Both handsets have more power inside, with Apple's own A9 chipset. The 64-bit architecture, according to Apple, delivers up to 70% more zing from the CPU and up to 90% more from the GPU this time around.

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