The iPhone 6s will no-doubt be an improvement over the current iPhone 6, but the Touch ID sensor will be a focus point for Apple, as it’s said that the company will look to improve the accuracy of the fingerprint sensor.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is prepared to improve Touch ID in order to make the experience better with fewer scanning errors. Ever since the release of the iPhone 5s, users have been having issues with the Touch ID sensor, saying that it’s success rate isn’t that good and it takes a while to finally scan your finger.
One quick way that some users have been able to temporarily fix the problem has been to reset Touch ID and rescan their fingers. That has usually remedied the issues, but sometimes the problems will eventually come back.
It looks like Apple plans to fix this and will introduce an updated Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 6s. However, Kuo notes that the Touch ID sensor won’t be integrated into the touch screen this time around, as it will remain integrated into the Home button still, even though Apple has patents on touch screen fingerprint sensor technology.
Touch ID was introduced in 2013 with the launch of the iPhone 5s and has been an extremely popular feature of the iPhone. It eventually made its way to the iPad lineup on the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3, as well as came back to the iPhone with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus back in September.
While it’s seen as a massive security feature for the iPhone and iPad, Apple has touted it mostly as a convenient feature, allowing users to just scan their fingerprint instead of having to type in a passcode or password every time they want to unlock their devices or purchase an app in the iTunes App Store. Plus, iPhone 6 users can use Touch ID to quickly authorize payments when using Apple Pay.
As for the iPhone 6s itself, we’ll most likely see it later this fall in September, and it will certainly be an improvement over the iPhone 6. It’s no doubt that the iPhone 6s will see a big performance upgrade, and that’s a big reason why people upgrade. A faster iPhone means a better experience overall.
So it’s not surprising when rumors suggest that the iPhone 6s will sport Apple’s next-generation A9 processor. Perhaps what’s better than that is rumors also suggest that the new iPhone will come with twice the memory as the current iPhone 6.
Furthermore, according to multiple reports, the iPhone 6s could boast a dual-lens system that allows for better image quality, thanks to improved low-light capabilities, as well as the possibility to offer optical zoom in the iPhone for the first time ever.
Rumors also point to a glasses-free 3D display, similar to that of Amazon’s failed Fire Phone. Something like this is certainly possible, but from what we’ve already seen from the Fire Phone, consumers aren’t that excited about such a technology, as the device has experienced poor sales from the very beginning.
While we would take this rumor with a huge grain of salt, Apple has already dabbled in 3D display technology of sorts, in the form of iOS 7’s and iOS 8’s Parallax Effect feature that provides the illusion that the screen is in 3D.
On top of this, it’s also been rumored that Apple could switch to OLED displays and develop a screen similar to that of the Apple Watch, with its “Force Touch” technology. On the Apple Watch, Force Touch allows users to essentially initiate certain actions based on how hard they press down on the screen. For instance, on the Apple Watch, a heavy press could bring up a menu of sorts, while a light tap would select something. Theoretically, it’s similar to how left-click and right-click work on a mouse, and we could easily see that type of technology come to the iPhone at some point.