Apple on Wednesday unveiled new iPhones, which will be called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. The latest range comes with a brand new screen system called ‘3D touch.’
This technology allows the screen to recognise how hard it’s pressed, which means you can touch and hold parts of the screen at different pressure levels to give you access to in-app menus and shortcuts. For example you can “peek” at emails without fully opening them by pressing your finger down on an item in your inbox.
The main iSight camera is significantly improved, going from eight megapixels to 12 megapixels.
The front-facing camera has also been improved for selfies. The screen now acts as ‘flash’, which varies in intensity depending on the light levels around you. But the smart feature appears to have been lifted from popular apps, such as Snapchat, which do something similar.
Although this feature did not seem to impress investors as Apple’s share price dropped by a total of four points throughout the presentation by chief executive Tim Cook, and some Apple fans dismissed the new phone’s flagship feature as a minor change.
The new iPhone starts at £539 for the 16GB 6S model and £619 for the 16GB 6S Plus.
Cook also showed off a new iPad line, saying: “Today we have the biggest news in iPad since the iPad.” He revealed a new device – called the iPad Pro – with an ultra-high resolution screen measuring 12.9-inches. A stylus which the firm calls the “Apple Pencil” is also being released.
Although some detractors tried to bring attention to comments made by Steve Jobs in 2007 and 2010 when he scoffed: “Who wants a stylus?” and “When you need a stylus, you already failed.”