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New Apple iPhones will feature 3D Touch, a big step up from Force Touch

Like the Apple Watch and new MacBook, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will be able to recognize different levels of pressure.

The new phones, which Apple announced on Wednesday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, which feature 3D Touch, an evolution of Force Touch. The new iPhones will now respond to different levels of force, activating different features within apps.

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With 3D touch, Apple created two new features in iOS 9: peek and pop. Lightly tapping on a photo icon will let you "peek" at it without opening it up, while a harder touch will "pop" open the app. Different apps will utilize 3D Touch to perform a variety of different functions.

Capacitive sensors integrate into the display's backlight, requiring the need for updated glass for the 6S and 6S Plus. A new taptic engine was also developed for the 6S as well.

Craig Federhigi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, showed off some of the other uses for 3D touch at Apple's iPhone launch event. In Mail, you can touch lightly to read a message and then let go, letting you toggle back to your inbox easily. On the Camera icon, you can open the selfie camera right away.

In addition to the new rose gold color option, the iPhone 6S models look just like last year's iPhone 6 models, but with a host of internal improvements. Along with 3D Touch, the new phones get stronger aluminum and glass, faster processors and quicker Wi-Fi.

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