Today the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were released. Last year, several video showed how bendable the iPhone 6 Plus was due to its incredibly thin design. These next-generation models are made of Apple’s custom 7000 series aluminum (same material as the Apple Watch Sport), are 0.2mm thicker and have extra protection around the volume controls. All of these should hopefully prevent #Bendgate from reoccurring. A new video posted by FoneFox tests the bendability of the iPhone 6s Plus.
Similarly to last year’s videos for the iPhone 6 Plus, the new iPhone 6s Plus is put through bend tests to determine its durability and to see if Apple has finally fixed the bending problem. The first test shows the phone being bent by pushing in the center and pulling out the sides of the phone. Unlike the 6 Plus, however, the phone only bends slightly and bounces back into place once the test is complete. The second test finally damaged the phone when two people came together to bend it, but this won’t happen in real life circumstances. Under normal usage, the iPhone 6s Plus will not bend so it’s safe to say that Apple has fixed the #Bendgate issue.
On Wednesday, Apple held their “Hey, Siri” special media event in San Franscisco, California to announce a new lineup of iPads, iPhones, Apple Watch accessories and software updates. The next-generation iPhone, called the “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus”, feature the same design with an entirely updated internal components and the rumored Force Touch display.
The external design for the new iPhones remains relatively unchanged, except for a few minor updates. The iPhone models are now available in rose gold, which, like the rumors suggested, is a hybrid of gold and copper colors. The front panel and plastic rear antennas are white like the gold iPhone and the Touch ID ring is rose gold. In addition, the phone has the second-generation Force Touch display called “3D Touch” and Apple’s custom 7000 series aluminum for the rear shell to help protect against #Bendgate. These two new features increase the phone’s width by 0.1mm and depth by 0.2mm for each model and weight by 14 grams for the iPhone 6s and 20 grams for the iPhone 6s. These new measurements are not noticeable and will not affect the phone from fitting in an iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus case.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have all-new internal components with a much faster processor, higher megapixel front and rear camera, pressure-sensitive display and more. Apple is using their next-generation A9 processor with embedded M9 co-processor that is always on. This new processor also allows Siri to be always listening without draining the battery power. The new phones also have 12MP rear camera that take 63MP panoramic pictures (instead of the previous 43MP), 4K video recording that can take 8MP still pictures while recording and slow-motion video is at 1080p for 120fps or 720p for 240fps. This all comes down to is that the new rear camera on the iPhone 6s is clearer, videos are always shot in HD (or higher) and the phone is now comparable to other smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy S series, with its 4K video recording. The front camera also received a bump up to 5MP with Retina Flash, which means the display will flash two colors like Apple’s two-tone flash on the rear of the phone, to allow for selfies in low-light.
Apple also added three sensors the display of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to allow for pressure input. Like the rumors suggested, a tap, press and deep press will allow the phone to respond differently. For example, a light press on an email will show a preview of it while a press that is a little deeper with open the email from the preview (called “Peek and Pop”). When you receive a text message with a physical address on it, a light press will show a preview of the address in Maps while a deep press will open Maps on the address. Another feature, called “Quick Actions,” will display shortcuts when an app is pressed. For example, pressing on the Phone app will show shortcuts to automatically call three of your favorite contacts and a press on the Camera app will display shortcuts for taking selfies, recording video or slo-mo and taking photos.
While a smaller battery is in the new phone, its capacity is at 1715mAh, which is down from the 1810mAH packed into the previous iPhone 6. According to Apple, the new improvements to the A9 processor and iOS 9 will keep the phones at the same battery life they are at right now. In addition with iOS9’s software changes, these new phones should see the best all day performance we have experienced yet. Apple also made improvements in connectivity, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth updates to the latest technology rating at 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology and NFC.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come in four colors: silver, space gray, gold and the new rose gold with the same sizes as last year: 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. The pricing is also consistent with last year. The iPhone 6s starts at $199 for 16GB and iPhone 6s Plus at $299 for 16GB with a new contract. Apple also launched a new monthly pricing to finance the phone, which we will talk about in a later post.
Pre-orders start Sept. 12, and are expected to sell out, so get ready, another busy Apple season is right around the corner! The iPhone comes out on Sept. 25.
On Thursday, TrendForce released a new research note that confirmed a few previously rumored features for the iPhone 6s and detailed a couple of new ones. The next-generation iPhone, which is part of the S-series, won’t see any drastic changes with its external design and will only see internal improvements.
As reported by several blogs, the iPhone 6s will retain the same screen sizes, have a larger amount of RAM and adopt the Apple Watch’s Force Touch Technology. The phone’s display will stay at 4.7″ and 5.5″ since this is likely part of the “design” and any changes would not occur during an S-series year. The RAM will be increased from 1GB to 2GB, matching the capacity of the iPad Air 2. The larger amount of RAM will allow the phone to be faster especially when switching apps when multitasking. In addition, the display will adopt the Apple Watch’s Force Touch technology so it will be able to respond differently depending upon how hard the user taps on the display. For example, a tap on an app might open it while a deep press might cause the apps to wiggle to delete or move them.
The report also detailed a couple of rumors that we haven’t heard of yet. The iPhone 6s will have a minimum storage capacity of 32GB instead of 16GB. In the past, the iPhone has come with 16GB or even 8GB as the entry-level storage capacity, but Apple may be seeing that this amount of storage is no longer enough. Also, the iPhone’s LED backlight may become slightly thinner, which may allow for an increase in the iPhone’s battery capacity or potentially pull the protruding camera back into the device.
Unlike what you may have heard about the iPhone’s release date, we expect it to be announced AND released in September. Apple typically holds their Back to School event over the summer, where college students and faculty in education can purchase a new iPhone, iPad or Mac with a free gift card in September. This promotion allows Apple to sell out their old iPhone stock and it always ends before the announcement of the new iPhone. If Apple were to release the iPhone 6s in August, they would need to end the promotion a month early or this would defeat the purpose of their promotion.
KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo sent a new note to investors that outlined eleven predictions for the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The new phone, which is expected to come out in September alongside iOS 9, will come with the normal internal and external improvements in addition some new features, like Force Touch display and a rose gold color option.
The report, which was obtained by AppleInsider, gave us clear look as to what to expect with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The phones are expected to retain their 4.7″ and 5.5″ screen sizes and a 4″ iPhone is not predicted to come out this year; so no iPhone 6c according to Kuo. In terms of updated technical specifications, we should see a 12MP camera, a fourth microphone next to the speaker to enhance voice quality, the A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and a new rose gold color to match the Apple Watch Edition. The iPhone 6s will also have Force Touch technology in the display, like the Apple Watch, and be made of different casing materials to strengthen the frame and prevent bending. Touch ID will have improvements so it can recognize fingerprints faster and there will be support for gesture control.
Kuo predicts that Apple will sell between 80 to 90 million iPhones in 2015, with twice as many of the 6s than the 6s Plus.
In a new article, which was posted earlier this week by Digitimes, Apple is planning on releasing three iPhone models in September. While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected, the article suggests there will be a next-generation plastic iPhone as well (called iPhone 6c).
Citing industry sources, the next-generation iPhones will see a few internal updates along with a display made of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be equipped with the A9 processor, while the iPhone 6c will only have the A8 processor. The A8 processor currently powered the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The 6c will also get Touch ID and NFC, which will allow it to use Apple Pay. The report says that all models will have a display made of Corning’s Gorilla glass. This suggests that Apple has decided to drop its pursuit of sapphire glass displays for now.
A second article on Digitimes suggests that the price of the iPhone 6c will be lower than the iPhone 5c. When the iPhone 5c was announced, it was more expensive than we thought it would be, carrying a price tag of $600 unsubsidized. This high price and the similarities it had with the iPhone 5s, which was only $120 more, caused the sales to be much lower than expected. The article’s sources suggest we should see a $400 to $500 price tag. This is not too crazy to think about because the 8GB iPhone 5c, which came out in March 2014, started at $450. Hopefully if the iPhone 6c does come out this year, it will be significantly less expensive because there is a market for the phone to serve, it just needs the right price.
The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6c are expected to come out in September 2015 alongside the release of iOS 9.
The next-generation iPhone, likely called the iPhone 6s, is apparently going to gain Apple’s Force Touch technology, have the same screen sizes and come in a new color according to an article in The Wall Street Journal.
Citing Apple suppliers at the source of this rumor, the article says that Apple plans to take the Force Touch technology from the Apple Watch and MacBook and put it into the display of the iPhone 6s. This isn’t the first time we have heard this rumor so there is likely some truth to it. Three other publications this year have said that the next iPhone will feature the pressure-sensitive display. In early January it was UDN and Tech News Taiwanand in early March, it was AppleInsider. The Force Touch display can distinguish between a light tap and a hard press. When opening an app, for example, a light tap may open the app while a hard press may open app settings.
The iPhone 6s, which is expected to be revealed in September, is rumored to have the Apple SIM card pre-installed and 2GB of RAM. Since the iPhone 5 was announced in 2012, all generations of iPhones require a SIM card from the individual carrier to work and have 1GB of RAM.
Customers with a cellular iPad Air 2 can choose between AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile with the Apple SIM. credit: pocket-lint.com
According to the report, which was written by AppleInsider, the iPhone 6s will have the same memory as the iPad Air 2. Apple will be adding 2GB of RAM into the A9 processor. This additional RAM will make the phone faster, but at a cost to the battery. We expect Apple to increase the battery capacity so the additional RAM would not shorten the battery life.
The Apple SIM card, which is also found in the iPad Air 2, gives customers the flexibility of switching carriers whenever they want without long-term contracts. Apple has been playing with the idea of putting an Apple SIM in their iPhone lineup for a while, but has seen resistance from many carriers. When they said that the cellular model of the iPad Air 2 would have the special SIM card, some carriers placed limitations on iPads purchased through Apple while others abstained entirely. However, the iPhone is a very popular product so if carriers want to have this phone on their network, they are going to have to compromise.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to retain the same external design and have internal components updated.
Although we have primarily been focusing on the Apple Watch announcement next week, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are still very important products and are expected to see minor updates in September.
According to a new post by AppleInsider, Apple will be retaining the 4.7″ and 5.5″ displays for the new iPhone models. The iPhone 6s, which is code-named “N71”, and the iPhone 6s Plus, which is code-named “N66″, will keep the same external design as their predecessors. The rumored 4” iPhone will not be coming out this year, but maybe next year.
One of the new features of the iPhone 6s lineup will be the Apple Watch’s Force Touch. This sensor distinguishes between a light tap and deep press to provide specific feedback. On the Apple Watch, Apple advertises that a tap might open a notification while a hard press might open up settings. The report’s source didn’t go into detail about how this would work on the iPhone, but it may be set up similar to the Apple Watch. The iPhone 6s may have different options for the amount of force behind a press. Developers could also incorporate this technology into their apps. For example, a light tap on the break pedal of a car in a racing game may allow the car to drift, while a hard press may stop the car altogether.
In addition, the dual-camera lens system that is capable of taking DSLR-quality photos is apparently not going to be on the iPhone 6s. Sources say that this would require a redesign of the chassis, which Apple typically doesn’t do for a “S” model iPhone. This feature will likely be kept for the iPhone 7.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to be announced and launched in September 2015.