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Apple takes wraps off iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (pictures)

During a keynote at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Apple announced the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

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Apple introduces iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

During a live keynote in San Francisco, Apple unveiled its pair of marquee handsets, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. They are available for pre-order on September 12 and will roll out in stores September 25.

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New rose gold option

The new iPhones come in silver, gold, space gray and the new "rose gold" (aka pink).

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Chemically strengthened

Apple says the phones' displays are covered by a brand-new type of glass, the strongest in the industry.

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Spring-loaded inside

The phones also have haptic feedback -- subtle, specific vibrations -- enabled via a new spring-loaded mechanism.

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Upgraded graphics chip

The phones feature Apple's latest M9 motion co-processor, built directly into the chip.

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Proprietary A9 processor inside

Faster third-gen, 64-bit A9 processors run the show.

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Stats on performance

Apple says the new A9 chip is 70 percent faster than the A8 at CPU tasks, making it as powerful as a desktop's processor.

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Faster to boot

It's also 90 percent faster in delivering graphic tasks, having as much GPU power as a game console, Apple claims.

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Warhammer demo

The phones have enough power to support 3D-intensive games such as the new Warhammer 40K Freeblade, which was demoed at the event.

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Rear 12-megapixel shooter

On the back, the phones come with an all-new 12-megapixel iSight camera, packing 50 percent more pixels than those on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

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Five megapixels in the front

On the front, its FaceTime camera now has 5 megapixels.

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TrueTune flash to brighten up selfies

The phones have a new custom display chip that makes the displays three times brighter. It can also be used as a TrueTone flash using the phones' Retina screen to support the FaceTime camera.

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Faster TouchID scanner

They also have the new second-generation TouchID sensor, which is significantly faster than the earlier version. You won't need to rest your finger on it for nearly as long.

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Seamlessly switch to and from OS'

Moving from Android? You can easily find iOS apps based on the apps you're accustomed to on your old phone.

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Faster data speeds

The new phones support faster 4G LTE cellular speeds, now up to 300Mbps (depending on your carrier, of course).

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Colorful docking ports

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus come with a variety of accessories.

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New cases galore

And cases in many colors.

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In summation

To sum up, the new phones have the following new features: 3D Touch, 7000-series aluminum casing, the strongest-ever cover glass, a 64-bit A9 chip with M9 motion co-processor, second-gen Touch ID, faster 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 4K video support, a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash and Live Photos.

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Familiar pricing structure

The devices come with the same pricing as previous versions, starting in the US at $199 on-contract for the 6S and $299 for the 6S Plus.

See all of today's Apple news here.

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