Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are coming soon. These devices are in news since the launch of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus maybe but we have not covered them yet. It is time for a full rumour roundup of the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus, which are expected to be officially unveiled on September 9.
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus : Rumour Roundup
As we already know, Apple does not change the look of the iPhone which comes with ‘s’. They look exactly like their previous iteration, however, has massive hardware overhaul internally, along with software and slight changes in the measurement. So let’s get started with the list of changes we are expecting in the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Display, Force Touch & Build
The display of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will remain identical to their previous generation. That means the iPhone 6s will come with a 4.7-inch (1334 × 750 pixels) display, with a pixel density of 326 ppi whereas the iPhone 6s Plus will have a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD display, with a pixel density of 401 ppi. However, the display quality is expected to improve from the previous generation, if we go by the past few years.
Apple will not be changing the display size but the touch mechanism on the new iPhones will be completely different. The company is expected to introduce Force Touch, which is basically a feature that will allow the device to know the difference between a slight tap and a longer or more forceful tap on the display. This feature was introduced on the Apple Watch and was also adapted in the New Macbook’s trackpads. It will be interesting to see how Force Touch feature is baked into several applications by Apple. We are already hearing rumours of how it will be used in the Maps and Music app. Also, it will be opened up to the developers via an API, so that they it can be used in third-party apps.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were major leaps in the iPhone history in terms of size. Previously, the biggest iPhone (5s) had a 4-inch display. Apple jumped to 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays in 2014 and then the bendgate took place. iPhone 6 Plus was most affected due to the bendgate issue, however, Apple replaced those units. But looks like Apple is not taking any chances this time. The Cupertino company will be using a stronger 7000-series aluminium alloy in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, instead of the 6000-series used in previous generation. Unbox Therapy, who basically gave birth to the whole bendgate saga has got hold of the iPhone 6s shell, made up of 7000-series aluminium alloy. Check out the video to know more on “if the new iPhones will have another bendgate saga or survive it.”
Performance – Processor, RAM & Storage
iPhones are never about the quad-core or octa-core chipsets with 3 or 4 GB of RAM, as seen in most of the Android flagship devices. Apple has managed to custom design their CPUs which are optimized with iOS, the operating system. Apple’s A8 chip still manages to roar past most of the competition in single-core CPU performance and normal life usage. However, with the Apple A9 chip to be used in the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the performance will take a big jump. Firstly, the new processors will be manufactured by 14 or 16 nanometer process. This alone will result in significant improvements in performance and power efficiency. We are expecting the A9 chip to blow away the competition.
While budget ($100) Android smartphones now come 2GB of RAM and flagship devices usually pack in 3 or 4 GB, iPhones till now came with only 1GB of RAM. However, things are going to change with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. They will make the jump to 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It will help in better multitasking where users can open more apps (or browser tabs) at the same time without facing an reloading. The modem (LTE) is also about to get a speed bump with the arrival of the new A9 chip. Earlier, it supported 4G LTE (Cat 4) with up to 150Mbps speed and the new devices will come with 4G LTE (Cat 6) Qualcomm ‘9X35’ Gobi modem, which will double the speed and support up to 300Mbps.
When most Android flagships are moving to higher base storage (32GB), Apple is still clinging to the 16GB base storage with a bump to 64GB and 128GB variants. While most consumers including us would like Apple to make 32GB the base storage in the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, we are most likely to be disappointed on September 9. This is more or less confirmed since Apple’s marketing guru Phil Schiller said in an interview that their iCloud services along with the new Apple Music streaming app, most users can suffice with 16GB as base storage. Thus, it is likely to retain the 16GB/64GB/128GB storage tiers. We are not expecting a 256GB model but funnier things have happened before. Also, we would request Apple to make 32GB the base storage option while keeping the same pricing structure. This will have a tiny impact on their huge cash reserves but would bring good PR for them, both from media, consumers and fans.
Camera, Battery Life and Software
The iPhones over the year starting from the iPhone 4s in 2011 has had a 8-megapixel sensors since then but had slight variations in the sensor size. Whereas the Android world has started using 13 or 16 or even above 20-megapixel cameras, Apple was still happy with 8. Things will change with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, since they are expected to rock a brand new 12-megapixel rear camera. The new shooter would also mean iPhone users can record 4K videos with their smartphones for the first time. The 4K video recording option has been present in Android phones since couple of years but are not perfect yet. If we come to slow motion (slo-mo) video recording, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus has no competition to its 240 fps slo-mo videos. But there are rumours of Apple coming with something better. We have to wait and watch on that slo-mo part.
The battery life will be a ‘slight’ improvement in the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Currently, the iPhone 6 comes with a 1,810 mAh battery, which is less compared to its Android counterparts. However, with new chipset design, we might see a ‘slight’ improvement in the battery capacity. But Apple will not make any compromise to its design by increasing the thickness and weight of the device, in order to accommodate a larger battery since a slimmer and attractive profile is the sole reason why consumers love and use the iPhone so much, compared to other devices.
In the software department, as we all know the new iPhones will run on the new iOS 9 out of the box. It has a lot of new features including revamped Notes app, Maps, proactive Siri, Smart Search, Low Power Mode, better multitasking and a lot more. Check out our detailed top 10 features of iOS 9. Moreover, iOS 9 will be compatible with most iOS devices, starting from iPhone 4s and later, iPad Air and Air 2, iPad 2 and later, all the iPad Minis and lastly iPod Touch 5th generation.
Colour, Price and Release Date
Apple is expected to add a new colour for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus this year. The fourth one will most likely be ‘Rose Gold’ in addition to the already present Gold, Space Grey and Silver variants. Coming to the pricing, it is expected to remain unchanged and start at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 64GB and $399 for 128GB iPhone 6s with a two-year contract. Whereas the iPhone 6s Plus will start at $299 with a 2 year contract and have an $100 increment with respect to storage.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are rumoured to be officially announced on September 9, followed by pre-orders in US from September 11 and sale would start in select launch countries from September 18. It is expected to land in India by mid-October.
We will bring you more information on the upcoming Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as we get closer to its launch. So stay tuned.