If Apple stays true to form, we could see the iPhone 6S arriving in September – here’s what we know about it so far
No matter how good the latest smartphones get, Apple always manages to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to mass appeal.
The Apple iPhone 6 was revealed in September last year and many are looking ahead to Apple’s next version – likely to be called the iPhone 6S. Of course, there’s always those pesky iPhone 7 rumours as well.
As ever, while Apple itself remains quiet about what it has planned, there are plenty of rumours online about the possible design and features of the iPhone 6S.
We’ve collected all the latest information into one place so you can get the complete lowdown on what is sure to be the most-hyped smartphone of the year.
Taking Apple’s release date history into account, it’s unlikely that we’ll see anything officially revealed until September 2015.
Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 5S were revealed in September and Apple has no reason to change its strategy. It will look to take advantage of Black Friday sales and the run up to Christmas.
Even if the next version is revealed in September, it’s unlikely to actually be available to buy in the UK until October.
The iPhone 6 was a big design change from the iPhone 5S and it’s unlikely Apple will redesign the appearance of its flagship phone two years running.
Having said that, both Samsung and LG have embraced curvy screens with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and the LG G Flex 2 respectively.
Even though Apple has a bit of a past issue with bending phones, it’s unlikely we’ll see any kind of curved phone from Cupertino.
Although it won’t be curved, there’s a good chance that the next iPhone could be a bit thicker. Some sources are saying that Apple will include its “Force Touch” technology in the next handset.
This gives extra functionality through a sustained press on the screen – but loading the tech into the phone will surely make the chassis a bit thicker.
A big clue about what to expect from the iPhone 6S’s camera was discovered by developer Hamza Sood inside the iOS 9 code.
The code includes support for a front-facing camera flash – something currently unavailable on any existing model of iPhone.
What’s more, the code also reveals the next iPhone will be able to run FaceTime at full 1080p high definition. Currently, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus can only manage 720p defintion.
Apple is clearly targeting selfie-mad snappers who prefer the front-facing camera to the rear-facing one.
Screen size is a much more contentious issue however. Some rumours have suggested Apple will reveal three handsets this year, each with a different screen size.
Alongside the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch upgrades to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, some rumours have suggested a smaller iPhone 6C could be revealed with a 4-inch screen.
If true, it would give Apple a “budget” option to appeal to those who don’t want to fork out for the larger phones.
Because the new iPhone will arrive with Apple’s iOS 9 software and an upgraded processor, it will offer even more power and better efficiency.
According to a report from Reuters, Apple’s arch-nemesis Samsung will be responsible for building 75% of the new processor.
Likely to be called the A9 chip, the new beating heart of the iPhone will be smaller than the previous iteration – allowing engineers to cram even more transistors onto the silicone.
At the moment, we don’t know what kind of battery the iPhone 6S will use – but at least there’s now a Low Power Mode built into iOS 9 to help it last even longer.
So far, Apple has resisted updating the random-access memory (RAM) of its smartphones, but some sources expect the new model to have at least 2GB of RAM on the clock.
This is being echoed in the Taiwanese media and, considering that rival smartphones offer up to 3GB of RAM, it’s surely something that Apple is considering.
If the rumours of a smaller, cheaper iPhone 6C are true then it’s unlikely that Apple’s main iPhone 6S will be any easier on the wallet than past variants.
Most experts reckon the new iPhone will start at £539 for a 16GB model, effectively taking the place of the current iPhone 6 – which will see an incremental drop in price.
If true, we could expect other models with larger storage – 64GB and 128GB most likely – to stick with the £619 and £699 prices.