There had been earlier speculation that the phone would not be getting the newest software features.
Comparing favourably to iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S7, a two-way title fight has turned into a three-way brawl.
The days of frantically stuffing your soaked smartphone into bowls of rice may be over.
Apple sold 10 million iPhones in its first weekend in 2014.
Don't plan to walk into a store to buy an iPhone 6S without a reservation in Alaska, Delaware, New Hampshire or Oregon.
The company believes this year's launch-weekend sales with outstrip those from 2014.