Poor Apple can’t catch a break. My iPhone 6 Plus is not yet a year old and already members of the technorati elite and Apple Watcher Society have an idea of what to expect in the next couple of new iPhone models.
Well, add me to the list. So far, my experience with iPhone 6 Plus has been great. The earlier versions of iOS 8 were a bit wonky, and a number of apps didn’t bother to upgrade to match the screen resolution, but screen clarity, performance, camera, and battery life are stellar. Which means we certified Watchers want more.
Touch Me Different
One way we inveterate Apple watchers can catch a glimpse of the future is to look at the recent past. iPhone 4 beget iPhone 4s which beget 5, 5s, then 6, so we can expect and iPhone 6s. It’s logical.
The new line of MacBooks and Watch have a new technology called Force Touch. The old trackpads clicked when you pressed the surface. The new ones do not. I expect to see an iPhone 6s with a Force Touch screen.
Everyone knows the iPhone’s cameras are great for photos and videos, and the company gets tremendous quality from a mere 8-megapixels. What’s coming? 4k videos. That means the iPhone 6s will likely get bumped up to 12-megapixels; sufficient to capture video at 4k. Expect a better selfie camera on the front. iSelfie, anyone?
Apple has always been stingy with RAM in the iPhone, but that’s by design. First, iOS doesn’t need plenty of RAM for apps to perform well. Meanwhile, competitors who need to one-up Apple differentiate their smartphones with gobs of unusable RAM, all of which sucks the life out of a battery which still makes owning an iPhone a good thing. Expect more RAM in the new iPhones.
What about color? The iPhone 6 line has three colors; white, space gray, and gold. I expect to see the same, but with the addition of a few more colors. Two words: Rose gold (to match Watch). But an iPhone 6c in pink would be a big seller.
It probably won’t matter for most of us, but an iPhone 6s likely will have the latest LTE chips in the hardware; think faster speeds, but more power efficient. Less drain on the battery is a good thing, but is anyone getting the 100-mbps downloads from a U.S. cellphone carrier?
Maybe. Maybe Not
Finally, there are a handful of additional tweaks Apple could implement into iPhone 6s but I don’t expect to see them in this year’s new models. Wireless charging? Doable, but not exactly Apple’s style. Samsung made a little hay comparing the Galaxy wireless charger with an iPhone and Lightning connector, but the difference in the effort to recharge a phone is a wash. Either way, something needs to get plugged in.
And, speaking of Lightning connectors, it’s possible that Apple will drop the Lightning connector and cable in iPhone 6s in favor of the new USB Type-C standard (the same one in the new MacBook). Frankly, having one cable that will connect and charge to every device is what most of us have dreamed of for years.