Apple unveils iPhone 6s and 6s Plus at launch event


New flagships come with “3D Touch” technology which detects how hard a user presses on screen

Apple has unveiled the follow-up to the iPhone 6 range in front of 7,000 people at a launch event in California.

Apple CEO Tim Cook unwrapped the “most advanced iPhones ever” at the launch event, demonstrating the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

The iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch screen and the same aluminium body design as its predecessor.

It has an improved processor, powered by an Apple A9 chip made by Samsung, and packs an upgraded 2GB of RAM.

Internal storage options are 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. It packs an improved 12MP iSight sensor on the rear and a 5MP front-facing camera. The front camera can use the retina screen to create a front-facing flash.

The rear camera is able to shoot videos in 4K, and users can edit these videos on their iPhone 6S. It also allows you to take pictures that can be turned to short GIFs, including sound.

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 19.45.05Like its predecessor, the iPhone 6s Plus is a 5.5-inch smartphone. Both are powered by the A9 chip, which Apple claims is 70 per cent faster than the previous A8 processor found in the iPhone 6.

Apple also introduced “3D Touch”, its version of the Force Touch software found on the Apple Watch. 3D touch recognises the pressure a user puts on the screen when touching the device, allowing shortcuts on the home screen.

It allows two new gesture controls: “Pop”, which is a hard press, and “peek” which is a light touch allowing users to peek at photos or messages.

Both devices are available in four metal finishes – silver, gold, gunmetal grey and the new rose gold version.

The iPhone 6s will cost £539 for the 16GB model, £619 for the 64GB model and £699 for the 128GB model. iPhone 6s Plus will be available for a suggested retail price of £619 for the 16GB model, £699 for the 64GB model and £789 for the 128GB model. EE, Vodafone, O2, Three and Carphone have all confirmed they will be stocking both the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Both devices are available for pre-order in the UK from September 12 and go on general sale on September 25, as first revealed by Mobile News.