Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research note on Apple Insider giving us the comprehensive glimpse of what the next iPhone will include. In what can be considered as the first massive leak, the next Apple flagship is apparently coined iPhone 6s and will see some significant upgrades from the iPhone 6. Here’s what Kuo, who is known for his repute in leak accuracy, says is coming on the next iPhone.
1. Rose gold variant.
Apple introduced the premium metal into its product line-up with the Apple Watch Edition, where the gold variant price starts at a whopping $10,000. Kuo hints that the next iPhone will also have the rose gold variant, but it is not sure whether it will just resemble the color ‘rose gold’ or the smartphone will actually be made out of real gold. Whatever it is, the rose gold iPhone variant will be added to the already existing line-up of gold, silver and space grey.
2. The next iPhone will not bend!
Apple was subjected to the massive Bendgate controversy, when pictures of bent iPhone 6 Plus flooded social media. The company did everything it could to repair the damage then, and is now making sure that such embarrassing controversies do not crop up in the future. The analyst says that Apple is integrating a lot of design changes and is using new casing material to ensure that the next iPhone does not bend.
3. The next iPhone will have a big brother too
Just like last year, the iPhone 6s will also have a big brother- rumored to be called the iPhone 6S Plus. The iPhone 6s Plus is said to also have a 5.5-inch display just like the iPhone 6 Plus.
4. Sapphire rumors return
Kuo says that the iPhone 6s Plus may also have a sapphire display. Last year’s iPhones were reportedly very close to sporting sapphire displays, but it didn’t happen as partnered company GT Advanced technologies wasn’t able to supply the sapphire in time. However, Apple is reconsidering the logistics to bring sapphire to its flagship this year.
5. Better sound quality
To improve the overall sound experience, Apple plans to introduce another microphone next to the speaker on the iPhone 6s for better in-call audio quality.
6. Camera sees an upgrade
We did not see any hike in megapixels on the iPhone 6 last year, but that’s about to change. This year’s flagship will see a bump to a 12-megapixel rear sensor, from the current 8-megapixel camera.
7. Force Touch
Kuo again reiterated that the new iPhones will boast Force Touch technology that was first seen on the Apple Watch. Force Touch, essentially means that the new iPhones will have improved pressure sensors under the display. Apple will deploy electrodes around the display to detect the level of pressure applied, so it can differentiate between short taps and long presses.
8. 2GB RAM
Since the iPhone 5 days, Apple has made only the 1GB RAM available on all its subsequent flagship releases. However, Kuo hints that the company will upgrade its A9 processor with 2GB RAM in the near future, and will integrate it in the iPhone 6s.
9. Sticking to bigger screens
Apple made a big shift from tradition, by introducing the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models last year. The company plans to stick to that and not introduce the 4-inch model even this year.
10. Improved Touch ID
Lastly, the new iPhone 6s will come with improved Touch ID sensor to further its Apple Pay vision in the long run.