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‘iPhone 6 SE’ Could Be the Name of Apple’s Next iPhone [Leaked Pictures]

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In two weeks, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be announced with the same overall design as the iPhone 6/6s series. The phone will not have a headphone, a small rear camera, nor will it have the same antenna design. However, the phone will have the familiar curved aluminum case that meets curved glass. The front of the phone will also look similar with thick top/bottom bezels, thin side bezels, and other features. New images of the alleged box for the new phone have surfaced. They claim to show Apple may be retaining the ‘6’ in the name for ‘iPhone 6 SE.’

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Packaging for ‘iPhone 6 SE’ leaked, which may be Apple’s next iPhone, credit: 9to5Mac

Instead of the long-rumored and expected name of ‘iPhone 7’ for the next iPhone, the box shows ‘iPhone 6 SE.’ Before we immediately dismiss it as fraudulent, I wanted to propose a case as to why Apple would choose such a name. For starters, Apple released the iPhone SE in the spring, which is an updated version of the iPhone 5s. It has the same specs of the iPhone 6s, but in a 4-inch screen size. It allows customers who like the smaller screen size to upgrade without getting a much larger phone. It was rumored to be called the ‘iPhone 5 SE’ but Apple dropped the number from the name. Releasing a second ‘SE’-branded iPhone would not be crazy for Apple to do. The iPhone SE is an upgraded iPhone 5s with subtle design changes and internal upgrades. The new iPhone will be the iPhone 6s with design changes and internal upgrades as well. Using an ‘SE’ name would make sense for this year’s iPhone.




Additionally the naming scheme of ‘SE’ for this year’s iPhone compared to next year’s iPhone would make more sense. This year’s phone will look similar to its past predecessors (iPhone 6 and 6s) while next year’s will be a complete redesign. It would be much easier for Apple to announce this phone as ‘iPhone 6 SE’ and next year’s redesign as ‘iPhone 7.’ Instead, the rumors suggest this year will be ‘iPhone 7’ and next year is ‘iPhone 8.’ The rumors completely ignore an ‘7s’ line, Apple’s history of redesigning every major number generation, and the new three-year cycle they are supposedly following. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple will be slipping back to a three year cycle instead of their regular two year. This means every three years there will be a completely redesigned iPhone, instead every two years. Apple currently uses the following naming scheme: ‘iPhone #’ (ex: iPhone 6, major redesign) and ‘iPhone #s’ (ex: iPhone 6s, upgrade internal specs.) The company could, then, add ‘iPhone #SE’ to the end for the third year. It would have an upgraded design with upgrade specs. Apple would then change the number and cycle through it again.

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The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ packaging cannot be easily discredited since the name actually makes sense, credit: 9to5Mac

Other blogs who have reported the leaked box wrote it off as fake or Photoshopped, but I took a closer look to dispute their claims. Looking at the side of the packaging where ‘iPhone 6 SE’ is written, the ‘SE’ may appear to be off-center. However, the ‘iPhone 6 SE’ writing is perfectly centered on the side of the box. There is the same amount of spacing between ‘iPhone’ as there is to the ‘6’ and the ‘6’ to the outline of ‘SE’ box. Also, the ‘SE’ box is larger in height than the ‘6’ but it is the same extra height on both the top and the bottom. On the back of the box there are spacing issues, but most of the Chinese writing matches up the iPhone SE box. Also, there is a new model number listed for the iPhone (A1758) that does not match with any of Apple’s other phones and it follows the same pattern. The ‘A’ is Apple’s identifier that is on all their products and the ’17’ corresponds to the year of announcement. While it does not specific the year, it does identify with other products that were announced the same year. For example, the iPhone SE came out this year with model number ‘A1723.’

While the box may be fraudulent or unlike Apple to do, the name of this year’s iPhone cannot be discredited immediately because of a leaked box. The ‘iPhone 6 SE’ name lines up with the name of previously release products, it would continue the new three-year cycle, and the packaging is accurate in a few places. If it was Photoshopped, the designer would likely not spend as much attention to detail as I did in writing this post. If it was Photoshop, I would expect more sloppiness and less accuracy.

Apple’s next iPhone is expected to be announced in only two weeks at a special media event. The phone will be announced alongside the second-generation Apple Watch and the release date for iOS 10.

iPhone 6s Outperforms Galaxy Note 7 in App Speed Test

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In a new video, last year’s iPhone 6s is matched up against this year’s Galaxy Note 7 for a performance and speed test of opening apps. The iPhone 6s came out last September with Apple’s A9 dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM while the Galaxy Note 7 came out this month with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and 4GB of RAM. For twice the amount of cores and RAM, the Note 7 should outperform the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 6s and Note 7 are put side-by-side to test their speed opening and using fourteen apps. For a real world setting, there are stock apps, games, entertainment, and shopping apps. The first test shows the phones opening the apps for the first time, while the second test shows the phone re-opening the apps. This tests the phone’s capability of running apps in the background.

Initially the Note and iPhone are running about the same speed until the Note gets stuck on the first game. They both open it quickly, but it takes longer for the Note to get to the main screen. By then, the iPhone 6s is already an app ahead. The iPhone 6s finishes both tests in 1m and 51s while the Note 7 took nearly a minute longer. It finished in 2m and 49s

The advantage the iPhone 6s has over the Note 7 is that Apple designed both the software and the hardware. The Note 7, however, relies on Google’s Android software, Samsung’s design, and Qualcomm’s processor.

The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced next month with a faster processor, more RAM, and the speedier iOS 10 software. If the iPhone 6s is already ahead of the Note 7, the iPhone 7 will be on another level entirely.

 

Apple releases two new iPhone 6s commercials

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On Monday, Apple updated their YouTube page with two new commercials for the iPhone 6s. The first one, which is called “Fingerprints,” shows how Touch ID can be used to unlock everyday objects. It is no longer just for unlocking an iPhone, but also used to login to apps, check in on flights, pay for things (Apple Pay), and start cars.

 

The second commercial guest stars Neil Patrick Harris and is entitled “Onions.” It is about a girl filming her mother cutting onions on her iPhone 6s with 4K video. The video becomes viral and she eventually wins an award for it.

Other iPhone 6s commercials can be found on Apple’s YouTube page.

Analyst suggests 4-inch iPhone coming in 2016 with design similar to iPhone 5s

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Since Apple did away with the 4-inch iPhone in 2014, there have been plenty of rumors suggesting that Apple is working on a new 4-inch phone with updated specs. When the iPhone 6s was rumored, a 4-inch phone was also rumored and expected to be called the “iPhone 6c.” We even saw “leaked pictures” of the new device. However, Apple’s special media event came and went…without the rumored 4-inch phone being announced. One of the sources of the rumor, Ming Chi-Kuo, is back with new details about the device and suggests it will launch in the first half of 2016. Kuo also gives us details about the iPhone 7.

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Our concept for a 4-inch iPhone 6s

The unnamed 4-inch iPhone, according to Kuo’s report, will basically be an upgraded iPhone 5s. The rear shell will be made of metal, instead of plastic like the iPhone 5c has, and it will not come with 3D Touch. It will, however, be powered by the same A9 processor as the iPhone 6s. Previous rumors have also said it would come with the Touch ID sensor on the Home button and an 8MP rear camera, like the iPhone 5s. Kuo estimates the release date will be during the first half of 2016.

The next major iPhone generation, which is expected to be called the “iPhone 7″, will come in two displays sizes like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The 4.7″ iPhone 7 will feature 2GB of RAM, while the 5.5” iPhone 7 Plus will have 3GB of RAM. Both phones will have the A10 processor, to be manufactured solely by TSMC. Kuo doesn’t mention anything about the design of the phones, but previous rumors said Apple will be changing casing material.

Apple releases iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This new software is the first major update to iOS 9 and it comes with plenty of bug fixes, new features and improvements for new features.

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  • 150 new Emojis, including a taco, unicorn, the middle finger and nerdy face
  • Contact photos can be switched on/off on iPhone 6 in Messages app
  • Apple News is now available in the UK
  • Live Photos improvements: no longer records when picking up and putting down the camera on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • Planetary wallpapers are slightly tweaked in their design

The iOS 9.1 software update can be downloaded over-the-air through the Settings app or with iTunes. If you don’t see the update, disconnect from Wi-Fi and use cellular data to view the update, then go back to Wi-Fi to download and install it.

This post will be updated as more features are discovered…

Apple releases new ad showing off “Peek and Pop” for iPhone 6s

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Yesterday, Apple released a new commercial that focuses on the new 3D Touch display of the iPhone 6s, specifically its new “Peek and Pop” feature. This allows you to peek at a link, picture, etc. with a light press without completely opening it. A deep press will open it like any other iPhone would. The ad also has a brief cameo appearance with Jamie Foxx.

September 2015: Apple announces iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Flagship feature for iPhone 6s won’t be called “Force Touch”

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Force Touch, which is the pressure-sensitive display on the Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads, is rumored to be the flagship feature of the next-generation iPhone 6s. According to some sources, though, Apple won’t be calling it “Force Touch” since they have increased the amount of sensors in the technology. They will be changing the name to “3D Touch Display.”

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According to sources familiar with the new iPhones, 9to5Mac reports that this new type of Force Touch display will have three sensors versus the two on the Apple Watch. It will differentiate between a touch, tap and a deep press by responding differently to each form of pressure. Since there are three dimensions of pressure, versus the Apple Watch’s two (tap and deep press), Apple plans to change its name from “Force Touch.”

The new display on the iPhone 6s will allow users to bypass menus depending upon how hard they press. A tap on a website link in the Mail app, for example, will open the webpage while a deep press will show a preview of the page. A deep press on a song in the Music app will open a quick menu of options, like Add to Playlist, Share, etc. Apple not only will allow the pressure-sensitive display to work with their apps, but this could open a whole new category of games. A tap on an accelerator in a car racing game could move the car slowly while a deep press could cause extreme acceleration. Or slight pressure when using a paintbrush in a drawing app could create a small line and a deep press could create a thick line. With three sensors in the new display, Apple will be able to completely change how their operating system works (over time) and how third-party apps function.

The new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to be announced at Apple’s special media event tomorrow. They will also come with a 12MP rear camera, 4K video recording, a more responsive Touch ID sensor and the A9 processor.

iPhone 6s: Force Touch, 12MP camera, rose gold color, A9 processor and more

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The iPhone 6s, which will be announced at Apple’s special media event next week, is no longer a secret. Parts have been leaked, analysts have given their research and inside sources have confirmed details over the past year. We know the technical specifications, the design, the new color option and all of the amazing flagship features.

Like last year’s iPhone event, Apple is planning on releasing two smartphones with varying display sizes. The iPhone 6s will have a 4.7″ display like the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s Plus will have a 5.5″ display like the iPhone 6 Plus. The rear shell for these phones will be made of 7000 Series Aluminum with added reinforcement around the volume controls and Home button to prevent #bendgate from reoccurring. The phones will also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the Force Touch display, but this won’t be noticeable and it won’t prevent the phones from fitting into an iPhone 6 case.

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The internal components of the phones, as expected, will be updated with faster processors, higher megapixel cameras and advanced functionality. The processor behind the new iPhone is the A9 system-on-a-chip which works with the M9 co-processor and 2GB of RAM. Apple switched out the LTE modem for Qualcomm’s new chip which supports up to 300 Mbps download speeds and up to 50 Mbps upload speeds. The rear camera will either have a 12MP or 13MP sensor with support for 4K video recording while the front camera will see support for flash lighting (the display turns white for a split second to act as the flash in low-light conditions), panoramic pictures and slow-mo video. The battery capacity will slightly decreased but only since iOS 9 and the more power efficient processor require less power than before. The battery life will not change. Finally, the storage capacity will continue to be 16GB, 64GB and 128GB.

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The external design of the iPhone will be remaining the same. The phone will still have the lines on the back for the antennas, protruding camera and seamless transition from glass (not sapphire crystal) to aluminum. There will be a new color option that will be exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the only identifying feature that will show the phones are Apple’s new iPhone. They will be available in Rose Gold, which was first introduced on the Apple Watch. However, the color will be a blend of copper and gold on anodized aluminum, unlike the Apple Watch Edition’s actual rose gold case material. The front of display will be white, like the silver and gold options now.

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The flagship feature for the iPhone 6s will be the Force Touch display, which is a pressure-sensitive technology on the touchscreen.  It allows the phone to respond differently when it feels a light tap or a deep press on the display. The different pressures will allow the user to bypass certain menus. For example, a tap on a business in Maps will open details about the business while a deep press will automatically start turn-by-turn navigation. In addition, the phone will also feature animated wallpapers similar to the dynamic wallpapers introduced with iOS 7 and the jellyfish wallpapers available on the Apple Watch. Users will be able to choose between koi fish or color smoke arrays that will always be in motion.

Leaked iPhone 6s front panel

As for the other phones currently on the market, Apple is planning on moving these around. The iPhone 5c, which was the first plastic iPhone, will be discontinued in favor of the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s will see a drop in its subsidized price to free, while the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will see price drops of $100. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be on top with their normal subsidized price points of $199 and $299, respectively. The long-rumored iPhone 6c with a 4-inch display is not ready to ship and will be held off until a later date despite what this well-known leaker said on Twitter.

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be announced on September 9th, 2015 with pre-orders starting on September 11th and the release date being September 18th.

Rumors about new iOS 9 animated wallpapers confirm leaked retail packaging is legitimate

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With the iPhone 6s announcement coming in less than two weeks, leaked images and rumors have begun getting more frequent. We have already seen the front panel, logic board and slightly functioning phone this week, and now we have a look at the retail packaging and new animated wallpapers coming with iOS 9.

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Retail packaging for the iPhone 6s Plus was originally dismissed as potentially fake since it couldn’t be confirmed due to the low resolution of the picture. However, after the rumors we have heard today, the packaging is appearing to be legitimate. The box confirms that Apple will be using the “iPhone 6s” naming scheme and they plan to update it to be less generic like the iPhone 6 packaging was. The iPhone 6 box read “iPhone” on the sides with the Apple logo, showed an embossed relief of the shape of the phone on front and white space on the top and bottom. The new packaging for the iPhone 6s shows an actual iPhone on the front with a black and gold butterfly koi wallpapers, the iPhone’s name on the right and left side and the Apple logo relocated to the top and bottom. The koi fish seen in the background is currently not a background available in iOS 9, but it’s rumored that this will be one of the new motion wallpapers released on the operating system in the fall.

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“Generic” iPhone 6 retail packaging

Three sources have confirmed to 9to5Mac that the iPhone 6s will feature animated wallpapers like the Apple Watch. On the watch, users can choose between jellyfish, butterflies and flowers that are always in motion, similar to the bubbles wallpaper that was released with iOS 7. The new operating system will allow iPhone users select between arrays of smoke and koi fish in a pond. The fish and smoke will be animated and always in motion.

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The iPhone 6s is expected to be announced at a special media event on September 8th. It will come with the more power efficient A9 processor, 12MP camera with 4K recording and Force Touch display.