iPhone 6S will have a screen you can CLICK, updated cameras and MAJOR battery life boost
MORE details have emerged about the upcoming Apple handset.
An improved Touch ID sensor and slightly bulkier frame are also expected to debut in September
Apple is rumoured to be hard at work on a successor for its hugely successful iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones.The next Apple smartphone, which will be launched in the UK on September 18th – a date revealed by the recent catastrophic Vodafone leak, will reportedly boast a number of new features.
Apple is believed to be on the verge of introducing its new ForceTouch pressure sensitive display technology into the next generation of iPhone.Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, of KGI Securities, says the ForceTouch touchscreen will be clickable – allowing users to interact with content in more ways than simple taps.ForceTouch brings a level of ‘depth’ to multi-touch displays. For example, a ForceTouch in the Apple Watch notifications menu brings up the option to clear all.
The KGI Securities analyst believes ForceTouch will be the single biggest selling point for the new Apple smartphone, which is also rumoured to sport an updated camera and 2GB of RAM.
“ForceTouch can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding the commercial market,” Mr Kuo has claimed.
The latest rumours surrounding the next iPhone, which could be dubbed iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, include some surprising changes to the hardware.
Apple is expected to address the bendgate issues some users experienced last September and has reportedly beefed up some elements of the iPhone design.
As a result, the upcoming iPhone could be approximately 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker than last year’s model, 9to5mac has reported.
The combination of slightly larger footprint, more efficient internals and the battery life-boosting additions in iOS 9 could mean some MAJOR improvements to the iPhone’s battery life.
Another prominent rumour about the next iPhone, which analysts believe will be named either 6S or 7, is the addition of rose gold.KGI Securities Mr Kuo has not specified whether the new option is set to be made using real gold.
Apple first introduced a gold finish with the iPhone 5S, back in September 2013.
However, iPhones have yet to use the premium 18-karat gold body Apple unveiled alongside the Apple Watch Edition late last year.
Apple debuted its pressure sensitive ForceTouch feature in the Apple Watch
The next generation iPhone could be less than four months away – but what will it look like?
There are currently three different colour options in the iPhone line-up – Space Grey, Silver and Gold.Apple has previously introduced new colour options in years when it has not updated the hardware of the device, including the iPhone 5S and iPad Air 2.The successor to the iPhone 6 Plus is expected to boast a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal display, according to Mr Kuo.
Apple already uses sapphire to protect the protruding camera module on the best-selling iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition variants of the company’s wearable also use the notoriously hard-to-scratch material.It was widely reported last year that Apple planned to use sapphire instead of strengthened glass in its two iPhone models.
The sapphire never materialised. Although, the analysts could simply have been a year early.Mr Kuo believes Apple remains undecided about using the material in its biggest selling product.
The KGI Securities analyst reports that the Cupertino company will only introduce sapphire displays if the prototypes can withstand Apple’s stringent laboratory drop tests.
Finally, as is often the case in ’S’ iterations of the iPhone, Apple is reportedly introducing an improved rear camera.
In the past, the Cupertino company has been praised for its camera technology, which has continued to prove the best smartphone photography is not only about the number of megapixels.
However, an increase in the number of megapixels does offer some improvements, as the larger image allows users to tweak and crop the photograph without losing quality.
Apple looks set to bump the current 8megapixel rear camera to 12megapixels in the next generation iPhone, according to a report from AppleInsider.
Code from the latest developer preview of iOS 9 reveals support for a front-facing LED flash and slow-motion video.Developer Hamza Sood first reported the changes in the code.
Apple has also added support for a FaceTime camera with 1080p video capture, Mr Sood adds.The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus currently only have 720p HD front-facing cameras.
Rumours have not specified whether the new iPhone will be made using real gold, like the Watch
Other additions in iOS 9 reportedly include the ability to take a panorama from the selfie camera.
Apple currently reserves the panorama, slow-motion and full HD capture for its eight-megapixel rear facing camera.
KGI Securities analyst Mr Kuo previously claimed Apple will not introduce an updated 4inch iPhone model this year, despite numerous reports to the contrary.
If this is true, those looking to buy an iPhone with a display smaller than the 4.7inch iPhone 6 and 5.5inch iPhone 6Plus will be forced to opt for the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C, which both date back to 2013.
Apple is reportedly introducing an improved rear camera for the iPhone 6S