Apple’s iPhone 6S announcement: what to expect

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It’s that time of year again. For five years now, Apple has held a big event around September to announce the next iPhone — or, as in the past two years, the next iPhones. This year is no different. Apple is holding a major event on Wednesday, September 9th in one of the biggest San Francisco conference halls it’s ever occupied. We’re expecting two new iPhones, but the announcements won’t stop there.

This is going to be a big event. If the reports coming out of Cupertino are accurate, we may also be seeing a long-awaited refresh of the Apple TV, a bigger and more capable iPad, and even an updated iPad mini. For all of the details on what to expect — including which of these announcements are a lock and which are just maybes — we’ve put together a full preview of the event below.

The event itself kicks off Wednesday, September 9th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. As always, you’ll be able to follow along with our live blog for immediate updates on Apple’s announcements.

iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

The basics

Wednesday’s main event will be two new iPhones: the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, as they’ll almost certainly be named. As with prior “S” years, these two phones should maintain the same design that the iPhone already has, albeit with some minor tweaks. Most notably, both phones are expected to be ever so slightly thicker, according to analyst projections and leaked prototypes. That’s for a few possible reasons, such as to make room for new components, to account for a change over to the tougher aluminum used in the Apple Watch Sport, or simply to strengthen areas prone to bending.

Force Touch

The biggest new feature of the 6S and 6S Plus is expected to be pressure sensitivity, which Apple calls Force Touch. Force Touch was first introduced on the Apple Watch earlier this year, allowing the Watch’s display to detect when pressure is being applied to it. It’ll likely work much in the same way on the iPhone: when you press down on the screen, it’ll be able to detect where you’re pressing and how hard.

Press the screen for… more menus?Force Touch on the iPhone could be used to pull up new menus or perform specific actions. It might even allow the iPhone to duplicate the functions of a pressure sensitive stylus. More than likely, we’ll have to wait for developers to figure out the most interesting uses for Force Touch — certainly, some games will be able to take advantage of it in clever ways.

Oh, and one final note on Force Touch: according to 9to5Mac, the feature may end up being renamed for the iPhone. Its latest report says that “3D Touch Display” will likely be the branding, with the name referencing Apple’s plan to have three types of touches used consistently throughout the operating system. That includes a tap, a press, and a deeper press. It sounds confusing, but it’s possible that the phone will offer feedback to make the interactions more natural.

Better camera, better specs

Apple will also be giving these iPhones the usual spec bumps. That includes a new, faster processor and supposedly a jump up to 2GB of RAM — finally. The more interesting changes may be around the camera: the new iPhones are expected to have a 12-megapixel rear camera, rather than an 8-megapixel camera like the last four models, according to several reports. It’s also expected to be able to shoot 4K video.

There’ll be a big change for both iPhones’ front cameras, too. That camera is believed to be jumping up to a 5-megapixel sensor with an accompanying flash, which should result in some improved selfies. A flash and a 5-megapixel sensor are pretty standard features …



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