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

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By Ajeet Bharti

San Francisco: As the rumour bloggers expected, the new Apple iPhones are here with almost every rumour getting confirmed as the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have a 4K camera, 3D Touch, 2nd generation Touch ID along with some other enhancements.

The new smartphones, aimed to keep the market share stable, were launched in four colours and host of new enhancements as happens with every ‘S’ iteration of the iPhones.

The design is similar to that of previous year’s iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. The newest smartphones, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, have a new pressure-sensitive display, zippier processor and more powerful camera.

“What we have to show you today is really awesome,” CEO Tim Cook said onstage at Apple’s presentation, held at the Bill Graham Auditorium in downtown San Francisco. “While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones.”

The ‘S’ iteration is not known to bring major changes in the phones. Usually, they have some smart, new features as happened when iPhone 4S launched with Siri and iPhone 5S with Touch ID. This year it is the pressure sensitive 3D Touch.

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The Force Touch technology was introduced with Apple Watch last year. Force Touch display is a pressure-sensitive display that responds to various types of touches. The company instead called it 3D Touch, a feature that appears to have the same capabilities.

Both the phones keep the same display size as with the last year’s iPhones. This means iPhone 6S will have a 4.7-inch display and the iPhone 6S Plus will sport a larger 5.5-inch one. The new phones will run on Apple’s new 64-bit A9 chip, which the company claims is 70 percent faster at computing tasks than last year’s A8 chip in the
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

“It delivers a big jump in performance,” Apple executive Phil Schiller remarked onstage. “It’s going to make using our phone faster and a lot more fun.”

“It is 70 percent faster than our A8 chip. Graphics would be 90 percent faster on the device,” he said as Apple streamed the event live on its website.

The phones would also come with the M9 motion co-processor embedded to give more accurate readings about the user’s daily activity. It will also come with a second-generation fingerprint scanner or touch ID which was two times faster than the earlier one, he said.

The new phones come with a new 12-megapixel iSight back-facing camera, a boost from the 8-megapixel cameras in last year’s phones, and are available in four finishes: silver, gold, space gray and a new rose gold finish.

“In order to kill noise in pictures due to increase in pixels, we have also introduced the deep-trench isolation technology which does not allow colours to escape to other pixels keeping the photo more accurate in terms of colour, contrast and hue,” Phil Added.

As expected, the rear camera can also take 4K resolution videos, which can capture more details in a staggering eight million pixels.

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The front camera got a bump to have a five-megapixel unit. “This unit will use a embedded display chip to light up the display three times to help users to take selfies in low light. We call this technology the retina flash,” he explained.

The new phones would be available in 12 countries on September 25. The new iOS nine would also go live on September 16.

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Out of Total Tax Fine of $15 billion, Apple Pays $1.77 billion to Irish Government

In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.

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Apple has paid $1.77 billion of total $15 billion to the Irish government as it begins to collect tax and interest into an escrow account set up to hold the sum.

“This is the first of a series of payments with the expectation that the remaining tranches will flow into the fund during the second and third quarter of 2018 as previously outlined,” the Irirsh Times quoted Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as saying after the first transfer.

In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.

Meanwhile, Apple and Ireland are still pursuing appeals against a 2016 European Commission’s decision saying the iPhone maker’s tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law.

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Apple pays fine to Ireland Government. Wikimedia commons

In 2016, the EU ordered the iPhone maker to pay almost $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland as it believed Ireland had not been collecting enough taxes and instead had been giving companies like Apple too big of a break on its already low 12.5 per cent tax rate.

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Apple has reportedly moved its cash to the small island of Jersey off the south coast of England to avoid further Irish taxation, CNET said in a report.

The Irish government expects that all of the money would be transferred by the end of September. (IANS)