iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: Rumors, Truths, and Surprises from Today's Event

Today's Apple Announcement was full of surprises! iPhone fans have been watching the rumor blogs (Siri told us to!) for months to see if we could get a glimpse of what the new iPhones–we now know them to be 6s and 6s Plus–would look like in terms of features and well, looks. Apple fans definitely didn't expect what was announced today. Here's a look at the rumors, the truths, and the surprises.

Rumor: A smaller "throwback" device would be announced–possibly an iPhone 6c.

Truth: No extras today, iPhone Fans. The two new phones that were announced are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. They might look the same as last year's phones, but boy, are they different!

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus

Rumor: Force Touch will give user the ability to "click" screen, opening up a new set of touch commands.

Truth: Though Craig Federighi himself stumbled and called it Force Touch, the truth is the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus now feature 3D Touch.

Surprise: For years, iPhones have been teaching us how to swipe, tap, and pinch. Now, we learn how to "Peek" and "Pop." A light press on the screen (the cover glass and backlight are integrated to feel pressure) allows you to peek at an email, message, notification, link, or image. To open, press harder to pop in to the app and interact. 3D Touch also allows you to use Quick Actions—shortcuts to do the things you do most. Make a phone call, listen to music, or take a selfie right from the Home Screen by pressing the app.

3D Touch also allows you to have more control when closing and switching between apps, which Craig Federighi called, "totally epic." I agree.

Third-party developers like Dropbox, Facebook, WeChat, and Instagram have already gotten in on the action—pop in to your friend's feeds, watch videos with a peek, and share files without actually going into the Dropbox app.

3D Touch is huge for gaming, as not lifting your fingers off the screen can add new dimensions to games.

 

Rumor: New colors for iPhones, namely a Rose Gold?

Truth: Yes! Rose Gold has come to iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and Apple Watch. Gold is a new addition to the Apple Watch family, as well.

Rose Gold iPhone

 

Rumor: Entry level phone will be bumped up to 64 GB.

Truth: No truth in this. The entry level phone is staying at 16 GB.

 

Rumor: An A9 chip will replace the A8 chip that's currently in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Truth: There is an A9 chip (plus a third generation 64 bit chip) in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, making it faster and more energy efficient. The A9 chip is 70 percent faster than the A8 for CPU tasks and 90 percent faster for graphics tasks.

 

Rumor: The rear camera will be increased from 8 to 12 MP.

Truth: The new 12MP iSight camera increases the pixels 50 percent from the previous iPhones and Apple was able to do this without degrading image quality. The camera's auto focus is faster and more accurate, and colors are separated with more detail (think about that beautiful photo you tried to take last week of the mountains and the sky—you had to choose which feature you'd like to focus on). The new camera sensor allows you to get the entire beautiful photo with better exposure, accurate colors, and no image noise.

Surprise: The selfie camera (front camera) got an update! The 5MP HD camera that you use for selfies got rid of the old truetone flash and incorporated a new retina flash. The Retina display now increases brightness up to three times when it's used as a flash. That's right—your phone's screen is now a Sselfie flash.

 

Rumor: The new iPhones will be made from stronger aluminum, making for a slightly thicker phone.

Truth: The size and materials of the phone have stayed the same.

 

Rumor: 4K Video?

Truth: You'll be able to shoot and edit High Definition and 4K videos on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. That's 8 million pixels per frame, in case you're counting.

 

Rumor: Motion Graphics will be allowed on lock screen.

Truth: Kind of. Live Photos will be featured on the lock screen.

Surprise: Live Photos! We didn't see this coming. The rear camera on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will by default record 1.5 seconds on either side of a photo. This is not considered to be video, and the 12MP image extends the moment for you in a space efficient way. You can turn off Live Photos (but really, why would you?) by tapping the yellow circles on the top toolbar in your Camera settings.

Live Photos on iPhone 6S

Live Photos can be set as your lock screen. You'll notice a big difference while swiping through your Photo Roll, as you'll get a quick sense of the photo moment with each new photo. Facebook will support Live Photos by the end of 2015.

Rumor: The new iPhones will have... Android support?

Truth: There's a new migration app available for Android phones that allows a user to transfer data to a new iPhone. You can either download it and transfer your own information, or head into an Apple Store for some help.

Rumor: Prices for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be the same as last year when iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were announced.

Truth: That's correct! The iPhone 6s starts at $199 and the iPhone 6s Plus begins at $299. 

iPhone 6S prices

Surprise: Because many carriers are switching to a "no contract" model where users pay for the full cost of the phone over two years, this additional pricing structure was released: iPhone 5s $19/month, iPhone 6 $23/month, iPhone 6 Plus $27/month, iPhone 6s, $27/month, and iPhone 6s Plus $31/month.

Installment pricing

And of course, the Apple Store has a surprise for fans who feel they have to upgrade their phones every year:

Apple Yearly Pricing

A new iPhone every year including AppleCare+ starting at $32/month. It made me fall in love with Apple all over again.

You can preorder your new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus on September 12 and new phones will be available September 25. Get your ordering fingers ready!

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Becca is a blogger, freelance writer, and iDevice addict. She lives in the middle of the Arizona desert with her husband and two boys, and can't imagine life getting any better. Read about her crazy life at MyCrazyGoodLife.com, or connect with her on twitter @BeccaLudlum