Happy New iPhone Day! Today, that small startup in Cupertino known as "Apple" released their latest and greatest iPhones, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But with all the hype and cool new features, we were mostly concerned with the camera and boy, did they deliver.
The iPhone is the most popular camera on the planet; so, any new upgrades or additions to the technology inside the device are big. The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus look pretty much the same on the outside, but got a welcome megapixel bump to 12MP on the back-facing camera (50% more pixels than before). Autofocus is said to be 2x faster and more accurate as well. The new camera is also capable of shooting 4K video and editing right in iMovie thanks to the new sensor and the processing power of the A9 chip in all of Apple's new phones.
The front-facing FaceTime camera also got upgraded for all you selfie enthusiasts. The new 5-megapixel camera is 4x better than the previous iPhones' 1.2-megapixel sensor and delivers incredibly sharp images. The iPhone will now also use your screen as a True Tone flash with 3x more brightness; so, no more dark selfies in a dimly lit bar.
Apple also showed off a new technology called "Live Photos," which animates your images with portions of video. The feature, on by default, adds 1.5 seconds of video to your photos on either end. You don't do anything different; you just take a photo. Live Photos animates with a 3D touch, a new feature in the iPhone 6s, similar to ForceTouch in the new MacBook, or swiping in your photo gallery. You can view Live Photos in the Photos app in OS X El Capitan on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch (including on the photo watch face).
The addition of 4K video is great, but we continue to have limited options for viewing and sharing the ultra-high resolution video online. YouTube supports 4K, but many other social media sites like Instagram, Facebook and Vimeo currently do not. And with no increase in pixels on the display of the iPhone 6s, we will have to wait for some real world testing to see what recorded 4K video looks like on the new devices.
View Apple's iPhone 6s photo and video gallery here.
The new iPhones will be available September 25th in 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions, starting at $199.
All images courtesy Apple.