Apple’s new iPhone

Spencer Smith, Contributing Writer

On Sept. 12, Apple began taking preorders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, yet another installment to Apple’s dominant line of iPhones. Can these new phones be as successful as the previous iPhones? Apple certainly thinks so. The company stated that their projections after their first weekend of preorders has them on pace to beat their 2014 iPhone 6 sales record of 10 million units in first weekend sales.

What exactly is changing about this iPhone? On the surface, not much. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will maintain the same screen sizes from the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, respectively. There will be new colors available, with the addition of gold and rose gold.

Now for the interesting part: how has the iPhone 6s changed or improved from the 6? There are numerous small changes that Apple implemented with this new phone, none more revolutionary than 3D Touch. 3D Touch is a feature that allows the user to interact with their phone in different ways based on the amount of pressure they use when they touch the screen. The purpose of this new feature is to make it easier for iPhone users to navigate their phone quickly and efficiently. This is particularly effective because it allows you to quickly get to your most frequently used apps and helps streamline texting and emailing. Some have said that it may be a complicated feature, but I think that it will work well in the new age of efficiency and fast-paced lifestyles.

The iPhone has also gotten significant upgrades to its front and back-facing cameras. The standard camera on the phone has been upgraded from eight to 12 megapixels, allowing for the highest quality iPhone photos yet. Live Photos is another interesting feature that is sure to make some noise. This allows a user to capture a moment as it moves in real life without having to take an entire video. For the Harry Potter fans out there, it seems similar to the photographs one would see in the wizarding world with people actually moving in the photos. I believe that Live Photos will give iPhone users the unique ability to relive a moment in a realistic way.

Apple also made upgrades in order to satisfy our generation’s craze with selfies. The selfie/FaceTime camera also improved from 1.2 to 5 five megapixels and now has Retina Flash, which gives off an illuminating light to improve the picture quality of selfies as well as FaceTime conversations. This was a really smart move given the number of selfies people are taking nowadays. Anybody who takes selfies will appreciate these upgrades and inevitably take better selfies.

Other than the features mentioned above, only a few minor things have changed. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus bring some unique features to the table and have the potential to be a huge hit. The phones come out in stores on Sept. 25 and are available now for pre-order, so if you like what you heard in this article, go out and grab one, or else your selfies will be obsolete.

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