The iPhone 6S Plus is here. The larger sibling to Apple’s flagship device looks nearly identical to last year’s model, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the company changed everything and the new iPhones are “the most advanced smartphones in the world.”
The iPhone 6S Plus features the same 5.5-inch Retina display as the iPhone 6 Plus. The screen is protected with brand new glass, which Apple claims is the strongest in the industry, however it isn’t crystal sapphire — a material that is incredibly difficult to crack.
The new iPhones are powered by a third-generation 64-bit A9 chip that is 70% faster than last year’s model and 90% more powerful for gaming. There’s an improved 12-megapixel rear camera that’s capable of shooting 4K video and a 5-megapixel FaceTime camera on the front for clear selfies. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner is now twice as fast as before and the new M9 coprocessor, which is used for tracking things like steps and distance, will allow you to use the “Hey Siri” command even when you aren’t connected to a charger.
The biggest selling point in the addition of 3D Touch, which is similar to the Force Touch technology we have seen in the Apple Watch and new 12-inch MacBook. This allows the iPhone to recognize how hard you press on the screen. For example, pressing lightly on an app on the home screen will give you a peek of the content. If you keep pressing, you can jump right into that content.
The iPhone 6S Plus will be available in silver, gold, space gray and rose gold on September 25.