Forbes.com is reporting the first leaks on the forthcoming iPhone 6S and they are huge. Among the features coming presumably later this year, and leaked from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been spot on in the past, are
Force Touch. This will likely be a key selling point of the 6S models after is was introduced on the Apple Watch and MacBook Pro earlier this year. It will enhance user experience with additional input methods and support of handwritten signatures, all key benefits in growing the commercial market.
Screen Size. Some will be disappointed for what is gone from the offering: a smaller 4-inch iPhone 6S. It would appear at this point that the only hope is for the continuation of the iPhone 6C product.
Case Color. Complimenting the Apple Watch Edition lineup, rose gold will be added as a casing color.
Camera. Apple has long offered superior cameras on the iPhones but have recently been upstaged by both Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and LG’s G4. It is believe that the camera will be improved to 12 MP.
Performance. – While the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are no slouch in the processor department they also had the smallest generational performance leaps in iPhone history – mostly attributed to the jump in their native screen resolutions. The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus Apple will feature the A9 chipset along with 2GB of RAM and the potential for improved multitasking using iOS 9.
Microphone. One microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality.
Bendgate. The structural integrity will be improved through Apple might opt to use the same 7000 series aluminum used and internal structural design changes. According to Kuo, the addition of Force Touch and 7000 series aluminum could slightly change the thickness and the dimensions of the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. He believes the iPhones may be wider and taller by about 0.15mm to account for the aluminum, and 0.2mm thicker due to the addition of Force Touch. Those height and thickness increases will be minor enough to be nearly undetectable to most iPhone users.
Sapphire Glass. Kuo has also suggested Apple may use sapphire glass in a limited number of iPhone 6S Plus units, “if drop test issues can be resolved.”
Touch ID. The recognition rate of Touch ID will be improved further in a bid to promote Apple Pay.
Gesture controls. Look for additional gesture control support.
iOS 9. ‘S edition’ iPhones have often been poorly reviewed in the past. This is typically because they lack the trend setting design features Apple is known for, offering only minor technical enhancements. This may again be the case however with the release of iOS9 and the move to 2GB of RAM in the “S edition” we might be surprised in this round. iOS9 looks to be as exciting a feature as the other changes to the iPhone line.
The two new iPhone will continue to offer what has become standard features of iPhone, including NFC for Apple Pay, 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities, and LTE Advanced. It’s believed that full production will start in mid-to-late August. Analysts are predicting total 2015 shipments to be 80-90mn units with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
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