Apple iPhone 6s, 6s Plus available in Singapore from 25th September

Finally, after watching 2 hours of live streaming (from 1 am Singapore time), it is confirmed that Singapore will be getting the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from 25th September. Pre-0rder is from 12th September.

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Pre order from 12th September

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Here are the first tier countries. Singapore is one of them.

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New colors – I think Rose Gold is something interesting.

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So, what is new on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus? No change in size or shape. They just got better. More processor power, better quality casing and camera and some other innovations. Here are the summary of the specs: –

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Here is the pricing of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus for Singapore market. BTW, the picture illustrated below is US price with 24 months contract.

  • iPhone 6s will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of S$1,048 inc. GST for the 16GB model, S$1,218 inc. GST for the 64GB model and S$1,388 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
  • iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for SRP of S$1,218 inc. GST for the 16GB model, S$1,388 inc. GST for the 64GB model and S$1,558 inc. GST for the 128GB model.

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New Features

3D Touch

3D Touch is something new. You can now use the pressure of your finger to perform certain gestures. For example, a small pressure on an email will let you have a sneak peek on the content. Press it harder and it will open up.

From my point of view, you can shorten some steps in daily activities like music, photos, social apps and productivity matters like email and etc.

Live Photos

Another new feature is Live Photos. It is normally turned on by default. With Live Photos, it will allow you to take a pre and post frames of your shot. The end results is a picture that moves and with sound if you wanted it to. It will be like a GIF file.

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And you can use it across all devices. From the Keynote, Facebook will be supporting Live Photos soon.

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Here is a video demonstrating it.

Facetime camera with Retina Flash

I think this is the only one feature that I feel that Apple think out of the box. Instead of building a flash for the Front Facing camera (or Facetime Camera), they use the big screen instead. They call it Retina Flash. Using software, it triggers the screen to be extra bright when taking a picture with Facetime camera. The results is the picture will appear more natural with the filled light.

Porting from Android to Apple is now easier

There are other features which I think are not as interesting. You can read them in the Press Release below. Now, here is something worth mentioning. In order to attract more Android people to join iOS family, Apple has come out with a porting app. So, if you are an Android user, it is now easier to port over to iOS.

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Accessories 

Apple has announced some accessories. Here are some of them. Below is the silicon cover in various colors.

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And this is a new dock for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

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Overall, I felt that Apple did not really interest the crowd this time (based on the number of claps from the audience and also based on the features presented). However, with their vast apps and stable OS (according to many), I am sure it will continue to attract people.

If you are interested, here is the Press Release.

Apple Introduces iPhone 6s & iPhone 6s Plus

Next Generation of Multi-Touch Arrives in The Most Advanced iPhones Ever

SAN FRANCISCO — 9 September, 2015 — Apple® today announced iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the most advanced iPhones ever, adding a powerful new dimension to iPhone’s revolutionary Multi-Touch™ interface. The new iPhones introduce 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus feature Retina® HD displays made from the strongest glass on any smartphone and 7000 series aluminium, the same alloy used in the aerospace industry, in gorgeous metallic finishes that now include rose gold.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus also introduce a transformative new approach to photography called Live Photos, bringing still images to life by capturing a moment in motion. Live Photos, 3D Touch and other advancements in the new iPhones are powered by the Apple-designed A9 chip, the most advanced chip ever in a smartphone, delivering faster performance and great battery life.

“The only thing that has changed with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus is everything — 3D Touch lets users interact with iPhone in entirely new and fun ways, and the innovative Live Photos brings your pictures to life,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “These are the most advanced iPhones ever, with 7000 series aluminium, ion-strengthened glass, the new 64-bit A9 chip, 12-megapixel iSight and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD cameras, faster Touch ID, LTE and Wi-Fi. Customers are going to love them.”

3D Touch
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus introduce new ways to navigate and experience iPhone by sensing pressure to enable new gestures — Peek and Pop™ — so you can dip in and out of content without losing your place. Press lightly to Peek at a photo, email, web page or other content, and press a little deeper to Pop into the content itself. With Quick Actions, 3D Touch provides shortcuts to the things you do most, so you can send a message or take a selfie with just a simple press from the Home screen.

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Camera Innovations
The world’s most popular camera is even better in the new iPhones with new ways to capture and relive unforgettable moments. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus introduce Live Photos, which go beyond snapshots to capture moments in motion. Live Photos are beautiful 12-megapixel photos that, with just a press, reveal the moments immediately before and after the shot was taken, so you can enjoy a living memory rather than an instant frozen in time.

High-definition video improves with support for 4K — with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, delivering over 8 million pixels — and the expansion of optical image stabilisation to video on iPhone 6s Plus, for taking beautiful videos in lower light. After capturing 4K video, you can edit on your Mac®, PC, iPad® and with the latest version of iMovie® on iPhone, you can even edit two simultaneous streams.

Additional camera advancements include:
• a new state-of-the-art 12-megapixel sensor with advanced pixel technology and Apple-designed image signal processor, for truer colours and sharper, more detailed photos; and
• a new 5-megapixel FaceTime® HD camera and Retina Flash, which momentarily makes the display three times brighter with True Tone® lighting, for wonderfully bright selfies in low light.

Advanced Technology
A9, Apple’s third-generation 64-bit chip powers these innovations with 70 percent faster CPU and 90 percent faster GPU performance than the A8, all with gains in energy efficiency for great battery life. The A9 chip and iOS 9 are architected together for optimal performance where it matters most, in real world usage. M9, Apple’s next-generation motion coprocessor, is embedded into A9, allowing more features to run all the time at lower power, including “Hey Siri,” without iPhone needing to be plugged in.

With advanced wireless technologies including faster Wi-Fi and LTE Advanced, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users can browse, download and stream content even faster.¹ The new iPhones also support up to 23 LTE bands — the most in any smartphone — for better worldwide roaming.

iOS 9, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, brings more intelligence to iPhone with proactive assistance, powerful search and improved Siri® features, all while protecting users’ privacy. Built-in apps become more powerful with a redesigned Notes app and detailed transit information in Maps.² The foundation of iOS is even stronger with software updates that require less space to install and advanced security features to further protect your devices.

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Pricing & Availability

  • iPhone 6s will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for a Suggested Retail Price (SRP) of S$1,048 inc. GST for the 16GB model, S$1,218 inc. GST for the 64GB model and S$1,388 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
  • iPhone 6s Plus will be available in gold, silver, space grey and the new rose gold metallic finishes for SRP of S$1,218 inc. GST for the 16GB model, S$1,388 inc. GST for the 64GB model and S$1,558 inc. GST for the 128GB model.
  • The new iPhones will be available from the Apple Online Store Apple.com/sg and also available through select carriers and Apple Authorised Resellers with a range of financing plans and payment options.
  • Both models will be available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK and US beginning Friday, 25 September, with pre-orders beginning Saturday, 12 September.
  • Apple-designed accessories including leather and silicone cases in a range of colours and Lightning Docks in colour-matched metallic finishes will also be available.

¹ Data plan required. LTE Advanced and LTE are available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on LTE support, contact your carrier and see www.apple.com/iphone/LTE.

² Transit information in Maps will be available in select major cities including Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto and Washington D.C., as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. News app availability varies by country.

Apple revolutionised personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms — iOS, OS X and watchOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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