Apple just announced the ninth version of the iPhone, the thing that you may be waiting in line for in a few weeks. Like the iPhone 6, it has the same 4.7-inch aluminum sliver, but with a way better camera, and new tricks. Here are some of the specs:
Slightly newer design. The 6S will be a hair thicker than the iPhone 6, but it will have the same rounded edges, buttons, and 4.7-inch screen. The Ion-X glass covering the screen is also newer and stronger, which should prevent cracked screens, hopefully!
New colors. Rose gold will join the space gray, white, and gold spectrum.
3D Touch. The touchscreen can now tell how hard you’re pressing (it can differentiate between a tap, a standard press, and a deep press), and use that to help you navigate around your phone much faster. Pushing lightly lets you ‘peek’ at things, deep presses causes it to ‘pop’ out for further touching.
Better Camera. The front-facing camera is getting a major upgrade to deal with the rise of the selfie generation. It’s now a much larger sensor, capable of taking 1080p video or 5MP stills. The software that controls it is also getting a revamp: you’ll now be able to take ‘selfie panoramas’ (although, just because you can do something, does not mean that you should), slow-motion video, and use the phone’s screen as a makeshift flash. In a nutshell, you’ll be able to take better, prettier pictures.
Software Upgrade. The new iPhone will be shipping with iOS 9, the latest and greatest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
New tricks. There’s a new thing called ‘Live Photos’, as well: basically, still photos that have a couple seconds of video and audio integrated around them. By default, your phone will grab those little moments whenever you get a photo; force-touch on an image in your library, and it will ‘come to life’. Viewing support will happen on any iDevice, from iOS to WatchOS and OS X, and Apple will add third-party support, starting with Facebook later this year.
Pricing. On-contract, the base iPhone 6S will run $200, or $27 a month on installment plans from certain carriers. Or, for $32 a month you can do something new and different: the iPhone Upgrade Program which gives you a new unlocked iPhone every single year on the carrier of your choice, plus AppleCare+.
The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be released on September 25th, and Apple will open preorders on September 12th.