iPhone 6S Announced – Closer Look: Live Photos and 3D Touch

As most of us know, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus was announced on September 9, and a lot of people were, and still are sceptic about the new iPhones. I was too, but after looking more closely I was sold. Let’s start by going into Live Photos and the camera itself.

Now, a lot of people could still think that this is not such a good feature but I’d say think about it. Going on a trip and capturing Live Photos and then browsing through them when you’re home would not just remind you of the time you were to South Africa for example. It would also let you have that exact same feeling you felt when you were there and took the photo. You will miss it, and re-watch it over and over again.

The way it works is that if you decide to capture a photo with the Live Photo setting enabled, it will capture your photo AND 1.5 seconds before and after the photo you took. Don’t worry though, it won’t take take 3 seconds for the photo to be captured and processed. Thanks to Apple’s smart capturing technique, it’s as fast as taking a standard photo. The space a Live Photo occupies is, however, about twice the size of a standard photo according to TechCrunch
Of course, Live Photos isn’t the #1 required feature for taking selfies, but the new 12 MP camera and the front-facing 5 MP camera are two other reasons to upgrade. With a rear-facing 12 MP camera, the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are able to shoot video at 4K resolution and 30 FPS which is FOUR TIMES the resolution of 1080p Full HD.

With the release of iPhone 6S, they are still standardly manufactured with 16 GB space which will be a bit tight if you decide to use the new features. It all really depends on what you want to use it for. If you are going to store music, take pictures, film videos and download apps, I recommend that you purchase the 64 or 128 GB version. If you are planning on streaming music instead of storing it, and not using the camera that much, you can get by with 16 GB.

3D Touch / Force Touch

Rumors have for a long time said that this will be in the new iPhone and they were right.

 

With 3D Touch, your iPhone can understand how hard you are pressing the screen and it performs different actions depending on your press. If you decide to lightly press and hold on an e-mail in your inbox, you can preview that e-mail. If you press a little harder it will open this e-mail. Same principle goes for Messages. If someone sends you a link or a location on Maps, you can preview this without jumping into some other app, and if you then decide you want to open the link or locations just press a little harder. Apple calls these two features Peek and Pop. Pretty obvious, right?

App developers will be able to access 3D Touch and make their own apps and actions so you can expect a lot more from it.

What’s great about Live Photos and 3D Touch is that it almost feels like the iPhone is alive and more personal. Tomorrow, September 25, is the day the 6S and 6S Plus are released and people will start reviewing it, so please tell me what you think.