iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus announced: 12 MP camera, 3D Touch and more

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Today, Apple has taken the wraps off its new smartphones, the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus; both phones will be released on September 25th. As with other “S” releases, most of the changes to the latest iPhones are about new features. The top feature is a pressure-sensitive screen, known as 3D Touch. This technology allows you to press down on the iPhone’s screen to pull up new menus, activate shortcuts, and generally interact with the device in new ways.  This Peek feature allows you to press on app icons and other buttons to pull up shortcuts directly into specific features. Pressing on the Camera app, for instance, offers the option to jump right into taking a selfie. All this is wrapped in iOS 9. The iPhone 6, is now being offered in a new color: rose gold.

The iPhone 6S is also running on a new 64-bit processor, Apple’s A9. And Apple claims it is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks, 90 faster at GPU tasks, in both cases over the iPhone 6’s A8 processor.

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New 12 MP iSight Camera

Apple has put a 12-megapixel rear camera in the new iPhone. This is a huge leap for Apple since 2011 in the iPhone 4s. Apple claims that it managed to add more pixels without making the image noisy. They have also added an improved autofocus. The new iSight Camera is also  capable of recording 4K video. The front camera is now a 5-megapixel camera, and Apple has figured out a neat way of giving it a flash: the phone’s display just lights up really bright — apparently up to three times brighter than it usually would.

On the connectivity front, the iPhone 6S is supports both Wi-Fi and LTE. Apple says that Wi-Fi should be twice as fast, and LTE is improving with the addition of more bands, now up to 23 with speeds peaking up to 150 Mbps speeds. It comes with 10 hour battery life and Touch ID is now twice as responsive. Prices of the phones are dependent on carrier and region, but it will come in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB memory configurations.