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iPhone 6s Plus unveiled with plenty of new features

by Jacob Kleinman | September 9, 2015September 9, 2015 11:26 am PDT

As expected, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6s Plus today, the company’s latest flagship smartphone. It packs many of the new features offered by the smaller iPhone 6s, just in a much larger package.

The iPhone 6s Plus features a brand new aluminum build and comes in rose gold along with the usual space gray, gold and silver color options. It offers a brand new Ion-X display and a new 3D Touch control. This new feature lets you press down on the phone to bring up hidden menus and options. Apple describes it as peeking in.

It works using capacitive sensors embedded in the display along with a taptic engine, similar to the Apple Watch. Apple actually invented an entirely new type of vibration engine that can buzz for just 10 to 15 milliseconds. That allows for super precise feedback on the iPhone 6S Plus.

The iPhone 6s Plus packs a new A9 64-bit chip that’s 70 percent faster than the A8 at CPU tasks. For graphics tasks it’s actually 90 percent faster than last year’s iPhones. It also offers faster LTE and Wi-Fi.

There’s also a second-generation Touch ID module and an upgraded 12-megapixel camera. Apple also improved the camera to add more accurate colors and an improved depth of field. The new camera can even shoot 4k-quality video. Finally, the front-facing camera has been upgraded as well to 5-megapixels. It even uses the Retina display as its flash.

The iPhone 6s Plus starts at $299 with a two-year contract and 16GB of storage (yup, still 16GB). You can upgrade to 64Gb for $399 and 128GB for $499 on-contract. If you’re paying in monthly installments the iPhone 6s Plus starts at $31 per month.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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