On Sept. 25, Apple releases its newest iPhones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. As per Apple standard, the 6s models offer many brand new features that increase the functionality the iPhone, such as 3D Touch, Quick Actions, iSight camera upgrades and a brand new Live Photos option.
Apple’s 3D Touch feature incorporates a new element of touch screen usage, which Apple is calling the “next generation of Multi-Touch.” The new 3D Touch recognizes how deeply a user taps the screen. By sensing how much pressure is applied to the display, the iPhone 6s is able to access essential iPhone functions quickly and easily. In addition to Apple’s existing Multi-Touch functions like Pinch, Swipe and Tap, 3D Touch introduces Peek and Pop. The Peek feature allows users to peek at content, and even act on it, without actually opening it. To Peek at an email, users press lightly. To access the Pop feature, a deeper press allows users to "Pop" into the email window. Peek and Pop aren’t limited to only email usage. These functions can also be applied when viewing a link to a website, photos taken on the device and even addresses on Apple Maps. In addition to Peek and Pop, 3D Touch also allows another new feature, Quick Actions.
Quick Actions lets users access frequently used functions in fewer steps, many of which are accessible directly from with the home screen with just one press. Quick Actions can be programmed for functions like messages, camera, maps and more. Quick actions also allows users to call a contact from any iOS screen on which the contact’s profile picture is shown. Other features enabled by 3D Touch are pressure-sensitive drawing, keyboard to trackpad conversion, and simplified multitasking between apps.
The iPhone 6s’s iSight camera captures 12-megapixel still photos, and features a new image signal processor, a state-of-the-art sensor and more. With resolution four times higher than HD, the iPhone 6s records 4K video, offering 8 million pixels users can zoom in on while recording. Optical image stabilization is available for videos in addition to pictures with the iPhone 6s.
Apple’s new Live Photo feature allows users to capture not only still photos, but also the moments that surround them, sound and movement included. When a picture is taken, the Live Photo feature will capture a second and a half both before and after the 12-megapixel image is taken. The sequence animates with a single tap of the image, allowing iPhone 6s users to keep not only their original still photos, but the memories that accompany them.
Additional changes to the iPhone, such as the new A9 chip, provide higher efficiency and performance without otherwise changing the user's experience.
The iPhone 6s will officially go on sale on Sept. 25, and will be available for $200 with a two-year contract. The iPhone 6s Plus will be available for $300 with a contract.