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Grow Your Business Technology

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Top Business Features

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: Top Business Features
Credit: Apple

The iPhone 6s is here, and it's packed with new features that business users will love. Running on the upcoming iOS 9, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are faster and more powerful than ever. Here's what the new iPhones have to offer business users.

Like their predecessors, the iPhone 6s comes with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and the Plus comes with a larger, 5.5-inch screen. What's changed, however, is the build of the two phones: The bodies are now made from stronger, aerospace-grade-alloy aluminum, and Apple has upgraded the cover glass to what the company says is the strongest glass on any smartphone.

The new iPhone also comes in a new rose-gold color, along with the previous space-gray, silver and gold versions. [Best Business Smartphones 2015 (and Why We Love Them)]

The iPhone 6s debuts Apple's new 3D Touch technology, which senses how much pressure is applied on the screen. It activates the new Peek and Pop feature that lets users preview content and quickly perform tasks using shortcuts based on how deeply they press the display.  

This is particularly useful for business users who need to quickly get through emails. For instance, pressing lightly on the screen lets you take a "peek" at the message; pressing a little harder then "pops" the message into full view. You can also quickly organize messages during peek mode by dragging them to the right to mark as read, or you can swipe left to delete.

Peek and Pop can also be used to set up shortcuts for contacting colleagues and clients. Just press on the Phone or Message icon to quickly make calls or write messages to your favorite contacts. You can also "peek" and "pop" out links on Safari or locations on Maps from other apps.

The 3D Touch technology is also available to third-party apps, so you may start seeing the same functionality on the business apps you use the most.

The iPhone 6s can keep up with even the most demanding business users. It is equipped with Apple's new A9 chip, which is faster and more powerful than the iPhone 6's A8 processor.

Apple boasts that the A9 chip brings the power of desktop computers to the iPhone, delivering 70 percent faster computing performance and 90 percent faster graphics performance. Whether you're multitasking across multiple apps, editing videos and photos, or running power-heavy business tools, the iPhone 6s won't let you down.

In addition to a faster processor, the iPhone 6s also comes with faster wireless connections. Apple says it supports the most LTE bands compared to other smartphones, for double the data speeds. Wi-Fi is also twice as fast as on the iPhone 6. From browsing the Web to downloading apps, accessing files from the cloud, sending large documents and more, the iPhone 6s delivers better productivity on the go.

Business users will also like the iPhone 6s' 12-megapixel iSight camera, which is a huge improvement over the iPhone 6 camera's 8 megapixels. This is especially useful if you're very active on social media or own an online store. The upgrade now lets you take more-brilliant photos, as well as 4K videos that offer quadruple the resolution of the 1080p HD video on the iPhone 6.

The front-facing camera also got an upgrade from 1.2 megapixels to 5 megapixels, for sharper videoconferencing over FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts and more.

The iPhone 6s will be released on Sept. 25 and available for pre-order on Sept. 12. It has a base price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB version and $399 for the 128GB model. The larger iPhone 6s Plus costs $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB version and $499 for the 128GB model.

Sara Angeles

Sara is a tech writer with a background in business and marketing. After graduating from UC Irvine, she worked as a copywriter and blogger for nonprofit organizations, tech labs and lifestyle companies. She started freelancing in 2009 and joined Business News Daily in 2013. Follow Sara Angeles on Twitter @sara_angeles.

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