That means we should expect an iPhone 6s model in the late summer or fall, sporting a bunch of newly minted features to make us drool over the upgrade. And, we’ll get a look at iOS 9 sometime next month during Apple’s WWDC developer’s conference. iPhone 6s? Here’s what I expect to see.
Same Face, Different Body
iPhone case makers probably will appreciate that iPhone 6s will be the same size and shape as iPhone 6, both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions.
That’s likely to be the case if Apple chugs along the point release and ‘s’ release schedule started back with iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s models. What should be different is inside the body.
Put me on record as sticking my neck out months in advance, but iPhone 6s internals will be way different than iPhone 6, even though the body may be the same.
12-megapixel camera – It’s about time. Apple went against the grain of the megapixel wars by delivering a camera with modest specifications that took fabulous photos. 12-megapixels and improved sensors should provide for better photos and videos.
No more Bendghazi – Apple was burned by a stream of videos and news about iPhone 6 models bending too easily. While most of the issue was ridiculous, I expect iPhone 6s to be stronger on the inside. Will it blend? Sure. Will it bend? Not as easily.
Rose Gold by any other name – What’s the most popular iPhone 6 color in Asia? Gold. Apple Watch has multiple versions of gold; gold and rose gold, so it seems likely that the iPhone 6s line will add another color. Rose gold. Real gold? If the tiny Watch Edition is priced at $10,000 where would Apple price a gold iPhone 6s? Get real. Won’t happen. But rose gold will (besides, I want one).
May the Force Touch be with you – If you haven’t tried out Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad on the new MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, then you’re in for a treat. The trackpad does not move like trackpads of yesteryear– but it feels like it. Apple vibrates the trackpad so a touch has feel. It’s way cool and opens up all kinds of interesting scenarios. Now, let’s extrapolate that very cool new technology to an iPhone where the entire screen is like a new MacBook trackpad with Force Touch built in.
With Force Touch on iPhone 6s and iPad Air 3 (it’s coming; trust me) you’ll be able to feel the buttons you touch on the screen; typing, buttons, swipes; everything can have touch feedback– just like Force Touch on the new MacBooks and Watch.
New, Faster, Better Ho hum inside – Yes, iPhone 6s likely will have more RAM, a faster A9 CPU, a proprietary SIM card (think iPad Air 2), better graphics performance, and improvements in speaker, microphone, Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and other sensors, but those are incremental and expected. The big changes in iPhone 6s will be Force Touch and new camera.
Is that little list sufficient to motivate iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users to upgrade? It doesn’t matter. We go through this same exercise each year and Apple sells more new iPhones than the year before. 2015-2016 won’t be any different.