Buzz is already generating for the anticipated release of the new iPhone 6S by Apple. Here, the ten notable features of the new phone will be discussed.
1. Force Touch
Apple introduced Force Touch on the Apple Watch and new 13 inch MacBook Pro earlier, so it is perfectly sensible and reasonable to extend this to the iPhone (as well as the iPad eventually), and it will most likely prove to be the most talked about feature of the 6S models.
The way Apple puts out this feature on the iPhone 6S is crucial. The Apple Watch does not have immediate intuition and iPhones already have such command types as the gesture, swipe, and long press. To add another touchscreen feature should be done correctly. Force Touch will be the biggest selling point when pitching upgrades to consumers. With more input methods and handwritten signature support—beneficial for expanding in the commercial market—Force Touch can significantly enhance the user experience.
2. Sapphire Glass
In regards to the new iPhone 6S, the latest news is that the phone will get a Sapphire Glass display. Apple already uses Sapphire Glass in the Apple Watch and on the lenses of the iPhone’s camera. Sapphire Glass is more durable than the previously existing Gorilla Glass; probably why Apple wants to create an entire phone display out of it. However, it has not been used for such a large piece of glass before and traditionally it has been used on high-end watch faces.
To achieve this feat, Apple will have to build their own Sapphire Glass facility. They initially tried to create one in Arizona, which GT Advanced Technologies would have overseen, but this company is now bankrupt. It is now rumored that the long-time Apple supplier Foxconn is preparing to build its own Sapphire Glass factory in Taiwan for reportedly $2.6 billion USD. With expected demand volume to fall in the 200 million iPhone displays per year, Foxconn’s investment will be well worth it in the long run.
3. Screen Size
There’s potential for some disappointment here. The biggest feature for some consumers will be what is not there and what they want: a 4-inch screen. A lot of consumers have expressed their frustration about Apple not keeping the smaller form factor, and there could be some reasons why that could be. Sadly for some, it looks like a watered down iPhone 6C is the best these consumers can hope for when it comes to the smaller screen. The screen on the iPhone 6S models will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with the resolution the same as the existing models. There will not be a new 4 inch model of the iPhone 6S.
4. Camera Resolution
iPhones had consistently topped smartphone camera rankings since the iPhone 4S with their high camera resolution, but recently the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4 have surpassed the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in camera resolution rankings. The new iPhone 6S camera will have a pixel upgrade, most likely to 12 megapixels.
Apple clearly means business in making the first camera resolution bump in three phone generations. Megapixels will most likely prove to be one of the minor features in this radical overhaul when Apple reveals the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. A particularly appealing feature for the phone’s camera would be a move to a faster f-stop (f1.8 as seen in the LG G4 or f1.9 as seen in the Galaxy S6) when combined with Apple’s world-class image processing.
Here’s a performance leap for you. To clarify: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have incredibly fast experiences for the real world user. That being said, moving on from the iPhone 5S was also one of the smallest generational performance leaps in iPhone history primarily due to the native resolution jump.
Apple looks like it will address that leap performance issue with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Inevitably the A9 chipset will bring notable gains, however, the bump to 2GB of RAM memory has been long overdue, opening up the potential for iOS 9 to have more than dramatically improved multitasking. What that will look like remains to be seen and is up in the air. The A9 processor with the upgraded 2GB LPDDR4 will be adopted for the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.
6. Wireless Charging
Wireless charging was expected to come with the iPhone 6, based on previous experience, but instead, it was introduced with the Apple Watch. Wireless charging removes the necessity of using a cable to charge the phone—a much-needed feature as the lightning cable continuously brings reports of ceasing to work every few months or more quickly, requiring the user to have extra cables on hand. Instead, wireless charging has the user place their phone on a charging pad which can use the back side of the phone as a conductor and charge the battery.
7. Stronger Liquid Metal Chassis
Apple currently has exclusive rights to Liquidmetal technology. It is a type of metal that is more durable than aluminum. Therefore Apple’s factories would be able to use less metal in the chassis of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to achieve the same level of strength. Using Liquidmetal technology saves weight and interior space for hardware components. This technology has been used before in products such as baseball bats and some high-end golf clubs, but it has yet to be utilized in a phone.
Liquidmetal is a mixture of copper, titanium, aluminum, and nickel. Without getting into the deep technical details, basically the metal has a very high durability and resilience to damage, so then instead of becoming bent under stress, it will recoil back into shape.
Since Apple has exclusive rights to the technology, any other company desiring to use it for their own devices must go through them for the material. In that vein, Apple can stop other companies from having the metal on their devices while the new iPhone will most likely become the only phone on the market with the new super high and “magical” metal, which is a smart business move by Apple.
8. New Phone Colors
There’s not much to say on this particular matter, only that there will be an additional casing color: rose gold, which matches the rose gold colorway on the Apple Watch.
9. Camera Recording
Rumors are flying around that the next generation iPhone could feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K HD video recording and slow motion capabilities of 240 frames per second.
If there can be a resolution of drop test issues, there will be a limited number of 5.5-inch model units with the sapphire cover lens, as well.
10. Charging Cable
This recently uploaded video shows a leaked prototype of a USB wall charger with a reversible end cable much like the lightning cable. It’s not totally game-changing, but it is still an excellent development that will save users from the formerly inevitable “D’oh!” moment when attempting to plug in a USB cable