iPhone 6S: Siri dropping new 'hints' ahead of Apple's big reveal

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iPhone 6S: Siri dropping new 'hints' ahead of Apple's big reveal

Apple's Siri is dropping new hints ahead of the iPhone 6S event this week — though they're mostly frustrating jokes.

The company's invites teased the event with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint". Ever since then, excited fans have been asking the digital assistant for some idea of what might be going on — and having little look.

But Apple seems to be loading new hints into the digital assistant. While none of the updates actually say very much, they do at least offer new ways of being frustrated.

New hints include a long message in binary that spells out "gotcha", as well as a joke about Siri's own jokes: "Sorry. I missed the super secret keynote meeting because I was busy telling 3 million people why the chicken crossed the road". (Siri's penchant for jokes has been well noted, and is apparently the result of a team of people at Apple who are charged with building a personality into the digital assistant.)


The reference to Siri in the invitation doesn't just seem to be a way of letting people ask the assistant to list off annoying hints. Apple is expected to reveal updates to the Apple TV — as well as the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and iPad Pro — which is expected to rely heavily on the voice-controlled digital assistant as a way of navigating through menus and searching.

The new iPhone will also come with iOS 9, the operating system that improves Siri in an attempt to let him/her know what users want before they do. Apple is reportedly hiring artificial intelligence experts in an attempt to improve that capability.

For a full rundown of everything that's expected at the event — almost everything that Apple makes will be updated — see our round-up of all the rumours. And the reveal itself as well as the build-up is being reported on a liveblog.!
 

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This new feature of iPhone 6S may cause problems


Apple's new pressure-sensitive screens will be able to sense "three dimensions" of touch, according to reports.

Force Touch is set to be the headline feature of iPhone 6S, which will otherwise bring mostly incremental updates to the phone's speed and other features. It lets the phone's screen know how hard it is being pressed, giving users extra ways of interacting with the screen.

The new phones will be able to distinguish between a normal tap, a harder "press" and an even harder "deeper press", according to a report from 9to5mac.

In keeping with the different ways of touching the screen, the technology will be renamed "3D Touch Display", according to the report. As well as helping to make clear that the phones have an extra level of hard press, it might help Apple move away from the Force Touch name — which some have pointed out sounds a little creepy.

The ways that Force Touch might be used were revealed in a blogpost earlier this year. They include hard pressing on songs to be able to add them to playlists, or pressing locations in maps to start directions to them.

The technology will be used as a "shortcut", rather than a button to bring up extra options like on the Apple Watch, according to reports. Users won't necessarily see any extra display options where Force Touch is available.

But it's unclear how much third-party developers will be able to use the new technology. 9to5mac reports that "developers will likely be able to create new types of games that take advantage of the new technology" — but that might mean that owners of older phones find themselves unable to download new games.

Apple has long made much of the fact that its platform isn't fragmented — unlike Android, for instance, which runs on many more different devices. But the Force Touch feature could become a new kind of fragmentation, forcing developers either to write different versions for phones that have it and those that don't, or avoid using it for important features.

Apple first released Force Touch for the Apple Watch, letting it work as an extra button on the wearable's small screen.

Last week Chinese phone maker Huawei announced its Mate S, which also included pressure-sensitive displays that are used in a very similar way to the iPhone's rumoured feature. While that meant that Apple was beaten to being the first to announce such a phone, it's likely that Apple will still get to be the first to actually release one, since Huawei hasn't announced when its new handset will be available to the public.
 

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Apple launches iPhone 6S, 6S Plus with 3D Touch

Eight years after changing the way we use mobile phones with the first iPhone, Apple has once again heralded a big change in world's best-selling gadget iPhone.

The new iPhones, named iPhone 6S and 6S, are not lighter, thinner or bigger anymore. They instead feature a new display technology called 3D Touch, a derivative of the Force Touch technology used in Apple Watch.

According to Apple, 3D Touch will be able to differentiate between types of touches and taps in preloaded apps as well as on the homescreen. This new technology adds new functionalities to iPhones; for example, applying a little extra pressure on the screen may preview a photo in one app and open a file in another.



3D Touch will deliver information like time taken in the journey in the Maps app with a force-touch, while a light tap would only bring up the directions. This display technology would also make it easier to navigate through apps; for example, you will be able to see all active apps with a long-press at the edge of the screen.

The screen size and resolution of the two models will, however, remain the same as that of their predecessors: 4.7-inch HD screen for iPhone 6S and 5.5-inch Full HD screen for iPhone 6S Plus.



Another addition that will distinguish iPhone 6S and 6S Plus from other models is rose gold colour option; the two iPhones, however, will also be available in space gray, silver and gold hues. The new iPhones feature faster-second-generation TouchID sensor and are made of tough aircraft grade aluminium, same as Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

Under the hood is the new 64-bit A9 chipset that is 70% faster at carrying out processes than the one seen in last year's iPhones. Similarly, the graphics processing will be 90% aided by a new graphics processor.



One of the biggest upgrades to iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus is in the cameras. After being stuck with an 8MP sensor since iPhone 4S, the new iPhones get 12MP cameras that can take panorama pictures going up to 63MP. The rear camera has also got 4K recording to capture high-resolution videos, a feature that has been available on iPhones since last year.

However, other than the 3D Touch and perked up camera features, the new iPhones may disappoint many users who have come to expect a major makeover from the company each year. In that sense, the likely contender would always be the iPhone launched every alternate years: so a completely new iPhone 7 next year could be that phone.

Apple did disappoint fans by not announcing any major boosts to the battery life of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Considering that iPhone's battery life in general is not anything to write home about, the buyers may have concerns due to new powerful cameras and display.

The company's website does mention though that the two smartphones will deliver the same battery life as their respective predecessors. Besides, iOS 9 includes major battery tweaks that may help the users.



Apple said the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will cost the same as their predecessors; iPhone 6S' 16, 64 and 128GB variants will cost $199, $299 and $399 on contract, while the iPhone 6S Plus' three variants have been priced at $299, $399 and $499 respectively.

iPhone 5S has become the new entry-level model and will be available free on contract in the US, whereas iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (16GB variants only) will cost $99 and $199, respectively.



The unlocked iPhone 6S Plus will cost $649, $749 and $849 for the 16, 32, and 64GB variants. Similarly, iPhone 6S Plus unlocked will cost $749, $849 and $949 for the three storage options.

The new iPhones will be up for pre-orders starting September 12 in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Japan. The two smartphones will go on sale on September 25. Both are expected to make to Indian shores in time for Diwali festive season.

Apple also announced a new purchase programme named iPhone Upgrade. Subscribers of this programme will be entitled to the new, unlocked iPhone every year with Apple Care at $32 per month. It will be rolled out in the US first.

iOS 9, the latest version of the software that powers iPhones and iPads, will be available for download for older Apple smartphones and tablets from September 16. The company also announced an app to make it easier for Android users to switch to iPhones, similar to apps offered by Android smartphone makers on Apple's App Store.

Apple has also announced that iCloud will now be cheaper, priced at 99 cents per month for for 50GB of cloud storage. For 200GB and 1TB of cloud storage, users will have to shell out $2.99 and $9.99, respectively.

The company also launched its new, fully-loaded enterprise-focussed iPad Pro, besides the iPad mini 4; a completely redone Apple TV with its own tvOS and integrated with Siri for search and command; and a major update to Apple Watch.



Apple admirers will be happy that Apple has finally unveiled what should be its most serious shot at the enterprise mobility segment.

iPad Pro, which was in the rumour mills for over 18 months, will be available in November. The new iPad Pro has a 12.9 inch screen with whopping 5.6 million pixels and is powered by the new A9X chip from Apple which promises 1.8 times performance that of the existing second-generation 64-bit A8X chip that runs iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.







 

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