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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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Apple’s Head Of Search and Head of Siri’s Advanced Development quits Amidst Siri Reshuffle

According to a report in The Information on Thursday, Apple has confirmed both the departures

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Apple’s Head of Search Vipul Ved Prakash and Tom Gruber, Head of Siri’s Advanced Development Group, have quit the company which is currently reshuffling its Siri team.

According to a report in The Information on Thursday, Apple has confirmed both the departures.

One of the original Siri co-founders, Gruber “will be pursuing personal interests in photography and ocean conservation”.

Prakash joined Apple in 2013 after Apple acquired the search engine and analytics firm Topsy where he served as a CEO.

“The deal was valued at upwards of $224 million. Apple shut down Topsy two years after its acquisition,” reports 9to5mac.com.

Revealing its future plans, Apple last week formally announced to make ex-Google executive John Giannandrea its Chief of Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy.

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Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems. Flickr

Reporting to CEO Tim Cook, Giannandrea who joined Apple in April will be in charge of Apple’s ML division, Siri and the Core ML team.

Giannandrea will look after further development of Core ML and Siri technologies.

According to media reports, Apple lags behind from Google and Amazon in key AI areas like Natural Language Processing (NLP) and computer vision needed to power voice assistant features in Siri.

Apple has invested in Siri and HomeKit to compete with Google Home and Alexa-based smart home systems.

Also Read-Apple Gets a New AI Chief to Oversee Siri, Machine Learning

In 2017, Apple added an AI chip called Neural Engine to the A11 Bionic for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X to work with the Image Signal Processor (ISP). (IANS)