Big improvements in the same form factor
Apple has announce the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The new phones will feature the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, along with the same design, but with new capabilities and components. This is one of the biggest upgrades I’ve seen for the iPhone. We’re getting a new 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel rear camera, which now shoots 4K video, upgraded processors and RAM, always-on Siri. And what I think is going to be the biggest surprise is a pressure-sensitive 3D Touch screen similar to the Force Touch screen on Apple Watch, giving you contextual options depending how hard you press the display. I’ll be going through this more in detail later in the article.
The new iPhones, constructed from 7000 series aluminum, which is stronger and more durable than the 6000 series used in the previous-generation iPhones. Apple’s also updated the devices with stronger glass. Among the other additions is a new generation Touch ID module makes fingerprint detection twice as fast, and the 64-bit A9 processor in the two devices is 70 percent faster at CPU tasks and 90 percent faster at GPU tasks than the A8 processor in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. A built-in M9 motion coprocessor enables new features, such as always-on “Hey Siri” functionality without having your phone plugged into power. The display now also support Apple’s 3D touch, adding pressure sensitivity to the iPhone for the first time and adding a new layer of interactions and information to iOS. For example, when reading your email in your inbox, you can now do this more quickly and efficiently. To Peek at a message, just press it lightly. The content of the email appears on top of your inbox. If it’s a short message and a Peek is all you need, simply stop pressing and you’re back in your inbox. If you want more than a Peek, press a little more deeply to Pop into the message for a full view — just as if you’d tapped to open it from your inbox. This is just one of many examples of how 3D Touch will greatly enhance your iPhone experience. Improvements have also been made to wireless connectivity, including LTE Advanced, up to 2x faster than last year’s iPhone, and support for 23 LTE bands and Wi-Fi is also faster.
iPhone Upgrade Program
During the latest Apple Keynote, Apple also announced that it will be selling unlocked iPhones through a new monthly installment plan. The plan lets customers upgrade to a new iPhone each year by simply turning in their old devices for new ones, similar to what T-Mobile and Sprint offer, but without you being tied to a single carrier. The iPhone Upgrade Program lets you buy a new iPhone over the course of 24 payments; after 12 of those payments, you can automatically upgrade to the new iPhone—no hassle or extra fees required. Another nice addition to the iPhone Upgrade Program is that you also get AppleCare+ included, which costs $129 normally for two years when you purchase your device.
You will be asked to provide your Social Security number and date of birth for a credit check. You will also need a valid U.S. personal credit card. Debit cards and prepaid cards are not accepted. Apple also requires that customers sign up for one of the four major wireless carriers when they purchase one of the new iPhones. The phone must be activated, at least initially, on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint while you are at the Apple Store. Since the iPhone will be unlocked, you’re free to switch once you leave the store. Apple will not restrict you from moving around to different carriers, and there is no minimum amount of time that you must keep service on a particular carrier. The other nice thing is you are able to pop in a SIM card from a foreign carrier and get service when traveling overseas. And if you still have the Verizon Unlimited data plan, you would still be able to keep this plan under the iPhone Upgrade Program. Verizon allows this because the iPhone would be unlocked and you are bringing your own devise to Verizon. The iPhone Upgrade Program brings a lot of flexibility and if you are one that wants the latest and greatest every year, than this is a plan for you. When you sign up, you’re contracted with Apple and CitizensOne for 24 months. You can upgrade to the next-generation iPhone after only 12 months of payment; when you do so, you’re essentially renewing your 24-month hardware contract with Apple.
Here’s how the monthly fee breaks down under the iPhone Upgrade Program for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
iPhone 6s Plus