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Apple's new iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, iOS 9, and Pencil Explained

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 11, 2015 3:02 pm

3D Touch - Big Potential


Something that is completely new in the new iPhone is something that we've seen from the Apple Watch and MacBook products from the company in the form of Force Touch. Force Touch is a pressure-sensitive technology that is able to tell the difference between a touch, and a press, providing vibrational feedback to the user when it detects a force touch. On the new iPhones, it's called 3D Touch.


3D Touch, which is a new part of iOS 9, and has many different uses. 3D Touch works with a slew of Apple-made apps, including Apple Maps, Safari, Messages, Apple Music, Mail, and Apps.




For example, using Apple Maps, you can deep press on a destination where it will take you directly to turn-by-turn navigation. Deep pressing on a track in Apple Music will automatically add it to a playlist, while deep pressing a link on Safari will preview the website. This feature got the crowd excited at the Apple launch event and it's something we expect to be quite popular.





The new iPhones have smaller batteries than their predecessor, but will that impact the battery performance of the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus? Possibly. The older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus featured 1810mAh and 2915mAh batteries, respectively - while the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus sport 1715mAh and 2750mAh batteries, respectively.




Apple says that there will not be reduced performance on the new iPhones, as they will have the same battery life as their predecessors. The new iPhone 6S Plus is said to have 24 hours of talk time over 3G, and 12 hours of use over 3G, LTE or Wi-Fi for web browsing. iPhone 6S Plus users should expect around 14 hours of HD video playback, and up to 80 hours of music playback from their 2750mAh battery.



The smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6S on the other hand will have just 14 hours of talk time on 3G, 10 hours of Internet user over 3G and LTE with another hour over Wi-Fi at 11 hours total. We should see around 11 hours of HD video playback, and up to 50 hours of audio playback from the iPhone 6S.





When it comes to storage, the new iPhones will be made available in three different storage capacities, without expandable storage - which is nothing new for Apple. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be offered in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models.



iOS 9


iOS 9 will arrive with the new iPhones, with both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus both rocking Apple's latest and greatest mobile OS. iOS 9 is 'full of enhancements' that you will 'appreciate every day', according to Apple. One of the big changes is multitasking on the iPad, something that will make you 'ever more productive' according to Apple.




iOS 9 includes a news app that will be placed on your Home screen, where it will include articles that are chosen for you based on what you like, and the more you use news, the more it will get used to you and curate content based on your interests.


Apple has also spent considerable time beefing up Maps, which can now use public transport, with Maps guiding you around. There's a new Transit view that will show you lines and stations for trains, buses, trams, and ferries. The new Transit view will work between your OS X-powered Mac, and your iOS-based iPhone.


Apple has also used a new iCloud Drive that is built directly into iOS 9 that lets you access all of your files saved on your iCloud directly from your Home screen. Mail has also been upgraded on iOS 9, where you can now add drawings, comments or a signature to attached photos and documents. This is even better with the new Apple Pencil and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.





Right now, the iPhone 6 can be purchased from $549 outright on the Apple website, or $27.45 month with an annual upgrade. The bigger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is $649 outright, or $32.45 per month. Both versions of the iPhone are the stock 16GB models.


The new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will cost the same as the current iPhones do now, but the new iPhones will be more expensive in Canada, Australia and other markets. The outright pricing in Canada for the iPhone 6S Plus are $1029, $1159 and $1289 CAD for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively.


If you're based in Australia, you'll be paying a huge $1229, $1379 and $1529 AUD for the 16GB, 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6S Plus models.

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