The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch was a resounding success for Apple as it once again broke preorder and sales records. Apple’s new devices finally brought the company into the age of bigger screens on phones, and a long-awaited “phablet” entry. With the introduction of faster processors, larger displays, higher resolutions, and an all-new more rounded and comfortable to hold design, consumers have praised the devices.
This year, however, is what we like to call an “S” year or an incremental update year, when Apple generally maintains the same design of the phone, but improves the performance of the device and occasionally adds a new feature or two. Many often wait for this particular iteration of the device as they tend to have the least bugs compared to the freshly designed device.
So what do I think is coming in this year’s new iPhones? Quite a few things actually.
Apple hasn’t had any major advancements in camera tech since the iPhone 5, and with competitors now getting consistently rated as having better cameras (spec-wise), Apple needs to do something to turn that around. Currently it is believed that the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will come with improved cameras for both the front and the back of the device. A 5 Megapixel camera for the Facetime camera should make selfie users extremely happy, and an improved 12 Megapixel camera on the rear will allow the iPhone to potentially record videos in 4K. Optical Image Stabilization is believed to be included in both devices this time around, making your videos and shots just that less shaky and more sharp.
Faster Processor and more RAM
The new devices are definitely going to get an improved processor (Apple designed A9 processor) with better “multitasking” performance, smoother video game gameplay, and the ability to make games look even better with the new graphics technologies that companies are developing (such as Unreal Engine 4).
With this comes a long overdue increase in RAM for the device. Having more RAM means more apps can be open at the same time without bogging down the device. Until now, iDevices have always had 1GB or less of RAM, but now we believe this will be bumped up to 2GB.
Stronger Build Quality
In the past all iPhone have been made of a particular type of aluminum alloy known as being part of the 6000 series. This is by far the most common alloy of aluminum in the world being used in roughly 90% or more of applications of the material. However, in the constant effort to make smartphones more durable, less susceptible to bending, and lighter, Apple will be changing the entire chassis of the device to use the 7000 series of aluminum alloys containing 5-7% zinc. Sounds over-techy and pointless right? Think again, because this small change made the chassis of the iPhone withstand up to 3 times more force before it would bend in both real-world and lab testing. Meaning: good luck bending this thing. Who doesn’t like a more durable phone?
Unfortunately though, it doesn’t seem that Apple will be using Sapphire glass for the front-facing glass panel.
Force Touch is a new innovative input technology that Apple featured first on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, and then in the Apple Watch. It allows the touchscreen to sense pressure and thereby enable a host of possibilities that require the user to press “deeper” into the screen.
It is believed that while Force Touch will be coming to the new iPhones, it will be more advanced than seen before given the potential applications.
All-in-all it seems that this will be more than just a simple incremental upgrade, but rather one to look out for and one that Apple fans will be very happy to see as it puts the device back on the innovative side of the smartphone game.
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