iPhone 6s versus iPhone 6: What's new?

Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Apple Inc, speaks about pricing for the entire iPhone line during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, September 9, 2015. (Reuters)

Apple took the wraps off the much-awaited next models of its iPhone line, announcing the iPhone 6s and 6s plus, which include a new '3D Touch' feature and a camera capable of capturing 4K Ultra HD video.

"No product is more about innovation than the iPhone," CEO Tim Cook said at the company's launch event. "We have changed everything about these new iPhones."

The iPhone 6s has a 4.7-inch display and weighs 5 ounces (about a half-ounce heavier than the iPhone 6), while the 6s Plus has a 5.5-inch screen and is 6.8 ounces.

The iPhone 6s starts at $199 and the Plus size starts at $299 (with a two-year wireless contract).

Apple also announced a new monthly payment program for customers who want a trade-in option on future models for monthly pricing starting at $32 and $37 respectively.

The new iPhones' multitouch feature, integrated into iOS 9, that provides new interaction capabilities (like holding down a finger to 'peek' at a flight number or date in a calendar) and tactile feedback.

The new smartphones come in silver, gold, space gray and rose gold.

According to Apple, third-party developers including Facebook and Instagram, Dropbox and WeChat are creating apps with support for 3D Touch.

The iPhone 6s models include a third generation of 64-bit A9 processors, which Apple senior VP of marketing Phil Schiller claimed provides up to 90% faster graphics performance and 70% faster CPU compared with the A8 chip.

The smartphones include a 12-megapixel iSight camera, 50% more than pixels previous iPhones, and for the first time will let users record video in up to 4K resolution.

  iPhone 6s iPhone 6
Standout 3D Touch, 2nd-gen Touch ID, Retina flash Touch ID, next-gen gyroscope, barometer, Apple Pay
Operating system iOS 9 iOS 8
Pricing $199, $299, $399 $199, $299, $399
Battery 1,810mAh 1,810mAh
Screen size 4.7 inches 4.7 inches
Screen resolution 1,334 x 750 (326ppi) 1,334 x 750 (326ppi)
Weight 143g 129g
Internal storage 16/64/128GB 16/64/128GB
Rear camera 12MP iSight 8MP iSight
Front-facing cam 5MP FaceTime HD 1.2MP FaceTime HD
Video capture 4K resolution 1080p resolution

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