Next Generation iPhone Sports 3D Touch Taptic Engine

Apple / iOS / Mobile / Tech

No the new iPhone does not have a 3D display, just get that out of your head now. But what it does have is what they’re calling 3D Touch which works with Apple’s Taptic Engine. The new iPhones (dubbed 6s and 6s Plus) will remain at 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen sizes but come in one extra color, rose gold. Apple is also introducing a new glass technology that’s made by a dual ion exchange process but that’s all they offered on the subject. The biggest change to the new iPhone is 3D Touch.

3D Touch works with Apple’s Taptic Engine and is basically haptic feedback technology in layers. This is nothing new as haptic feedback has been around for years, Huawei beat Apple to the punch just a few days ago by introducing their own version. 3D Touch is nothing more than layered haptics allowing you to have three levels of interaction, what Apple is calling Tap, Peek and Pop. While this technology is not particularly innovative, what Apple has managed to do is make it more useful through the software included on the iPhone.3D touch will also be integrated into gaming apps allowing for different levels of control for games.  The hardware part can be found in dozens of phones but Apple’s software really makes the function shine. That’s all we can say about it right now until we have our own device in hand.

The new iPhone will sport the A9 chip, of course making it faster and consume less power, nothing new there. Apple has finally allowed the Hey Siri function to work unplugged, nothing earth shattering as Google Now does this already, and something Apple should have done long ago. The rear camera is now 12MP with upgraded optics and sensors. Apple has always made great cameras even at 8MP so with upgraded camera, sensors, optics and software the new camera should be exciting to use. The current iPhone 6 camera isn’t as good as the new Galaxy Note 5, and this camera just might match Samsung again.

Apple also introduced Live Photos, take a picture with your camera and it automatically records a quick loop for you and you can interact with it using 3D Touch. The video capability has also been bumped up to 4K, Android has had this for a few phones now. Apple says new LTE antennas make the phone faster and more efficient and it now has 23 LTE bands. They also introduced new aluminum docks and new cases for iPhone along with a new Apple retail upgrade plan. You can now upgrade your iPhone at the Apple Store which includes Apple Care Plus and the program starts at $32 a month.

Pricing starts at $199 for 6S $299 for 6S Plus or installment plans of $27/month for 6s and $31/month for 6s plus. Both devices will be available to pre-order starting September 12th and will be released on the 25th. The new iPhones ship with iOS 9 which will be released September 16th.

In addition to the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are new iCloud plans with 50GB of storage for $0.99/mth, 200GB for $2.99/mth, and 1TB for $9.99/mth.

Now that the official specifications and new features are out there, are you going to be picking up the new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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