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Our London outing with the bold iPhone 6S Plus (pictures)

Join us from a posh Piccadilly Circus hotel and a tranquil park in Britain's capital as we take a closer look at Apple's newest king-size phone.

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The iPhone 6S Plus isn't a ground-breaking update, but it does bring several cool new features to the extra-large iPhone model.

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Metal styling

The 6S Plus follows the same metal style as the 6 Plus before it. Looking at the outside, it's hard to distinguish it from last year's model. They use the same casing design, though the 6S Plus uses new aerospace-grade aluminium, instead of the older aluminium casing.

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Retina screen

The iPhone 6S Plus has the same 5.5-inch Retina display as last year's version. The screen is protected with brand-new glass, however, which Apple claims is the strongest in the industry.

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iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6, side by side

Compared with the iPhone 6 (right), the 6S Plus looks hefty, but you do get that extra display real estate.

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12 megapixels

Apple has made the biggest camera update since the iPhone 4S by giving the 6S Plus (and 6S) a 12-megapixel main camera. It can record 4K video, and Apple asserts that it shoots sharp, detailed photos.

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A second shooter

Around the front is a 5-megapixel camera for FaceTime and selfies.

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Colour options

The iPhone 6S Plus comes in silver, gold, space grey and a brand-new rose gold colour.

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Out in the light

The gold looks pretty sharp whether you're inside in a dim hotel bar or out in bright sunlight, like you see here.

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Introducing 3D Touch

One of the main new features on the 6S and 6S Plus is 3D Touch. It makes the touchscreen pressure-sensitive. Push in, and you can actually make things happen: new options pop up on the screen, offering you shortcuts without needing to actually go into an app.

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That tiny S

Compare the iPhone 6S Plus and the iPhone 6 Plus and the only way you might be able to tell them apart is the telltale S insignia on the back.

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Charging and sound

The bottom edge is where you'll find the speaker grille, Lightning charging port, headphone jack and microphone.

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Volume switches and buttons

The volume rocker and mute switch are on the left-side edge.

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The Home Button

You'll recognize the round Home button, the handsets' only physical control.

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Touch ID

Touch ID is still an integral feature in the iPhone. The fingerprint sensor is built into the home button.

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Make it your own

As always, you can arrange the icons on the display just as you want.

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What's inside

The biggest upgrades to the iPhone 6S Plus are on the inside and in the software. The phone is powered by a third-generation 64-bit A9 chip that promise speedier performance. Also new is 3D Touch, a new way to interact with what's on the screen. Press and hold the display to call up a menu with app shortcuts and more.

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Size and shape

The 6S Plus is just slightly thicker (0.29 inch or 7.3mm) than the iPhone 6 Plus (0.28 inch or 7.1mm) from 2014, but both have nearly identical shapes and styles.

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