Apple launched the new iPhone 6S and its big brother the iPhone 6S Plus, alongside the iPad Pro, a new Apple Watch, and new Apple TV, at its recent event in San Francisco. The new devices will be available in Apple stores at the end of this week and EE has announced it will also offer the new models from this Friday.
The most obvious new features of the iPhone 6s and 6S Plus are the addition of 3D Touch and the availability of a rose gold model, which matches the rose gold Apple Watch.
3D Touch is a brand-new technology that responds to the pressure of the user’s touch, allowing them to either ‘peek’ by pressing softly or ‘pop’ by pressing more firmly. As an example, if there is a link in a message or social media post users can ‘peek’ at it to get an idea of the content of the webpage and then let go to return to the original app they were using without pressing back. If they want to fully open the webpage they can ‘pop’ by pressing harder.
The iPhone 6S has Apple’s new 64-bit A9 chip, which is thought to be 70% faster than the A8 (90% faster for graphics performance). This chip is paired with the M9 motion co-processor to collect health and fitness data.
The new models will run iOS 9. According to Apple “iOS 9 is full of enhancements you’ll appreciate every day. Your apps become more essential. New multitasking features on iPad make you even more productive. Siri can do more than ever, and new proactive suggestions help you get things done before you ask. And improvements at the foundation of the operating system enhance performance, battery life and security. The more you do with iOS 9, the more you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.”
The new models have the same screen size as the original iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with the iPhone 6S offering a 4.7 inch Retina display, and the larger iPhone 6S Plus offering a 5.5 inch Retina display. The iPhone 6S has a 12Mp iSight camera with more pixels than the previous model for better auto focus, and a new technology for accurate colour called deep trench isolation.
The cost of the new iPhone models is expected to be:
- iPhone 6S 16GB: £539
- iPhone 6S 64GB: £619
- iPhone 6S 128GB: £699
- iPhone 6S Plus 16GB: £619
- iPhone 6S Plus 64GB: £699
- iPhone 6S Plus 128GB: £789
EE has announced it will be offering the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus from this Friday, 25th September 2015. The 16GB version of the iPhone 6S will be available on a 24 month 4GB EE Extra plan from £49.99 upfront, and 49.99 per month. Existing EE customers won’t need to pay the upfront fee. For the 16GB iPhone 6S Plus on the 10GB EE Extra Plan the upfront cost will be £69.99 and the monthly cost will be £54.99. In this case existing EE customers will need to pay an upfront fee of £49.99. Existing EE customers that want to upgrade to iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus can make use of EE Early Upgrade, which provides a discount on their outstanding plan.
According to Pippa Dunn, Chief Marketing Officer, EE, “On EE, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus customers can connect to the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, which offers world-leading 4G+ (LTE-A) network speeds as well as Wi-Fi Calling. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus offer an exceptional smartphone experience that our customers will love and which will work to their maximum on our unique 4G network.”