Only a few months have passed since Apple unveiled its larger phones iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014 but rumors about Apple’s next generation iPhones which the Cupertino giant will be releasing in 2015 have already begun. Here is a roundup of all the rumors circulating about the successor to iPhone 6 and 6 plus which are being dubbed as iPhone 6s and 6s plus respectively.
More powerful 12MP camera perhaps with 4K video capabilities
Since iPhone 4s released in 2011, all Apple iphones have featured an 8MP camera with only small variations in the size of the sensor. While rivals Sony and HTC shifted to 20MP and 16MP primary cameras, Apple has stuck to 8MP so far. But according to rumors, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus cameras are set to get a bump to 12MP in 2015 and may also feature 4K video recording. Other rumors indicate improvements in camera like dual lens camera with optical zoom feature or a mirror and lens camera system for better image quality.
Apple introduced the Force Touch feature in Apple Watch. This feature enables the device to distinguish between a slight tap and a forceful touch on the display. It is rumored that the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will have the Force Touch feature but it is difficult to say how this feature will work on them.
Apple A9 Chip
Apple had introduced the powerful 64-bit A8 processor in iPhone 6. The new iPhone 6s is expected to get the next gen Apple A9 processor. The 20nm A8 chip was manufactured by TSMC but Apple will probably get the 14nm A9 chip manufactured by Samsung.
Apple will also shift from planar design for transistors to FinFET which does not have power leakage issues like the planar architecture.
It is believed that the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will sport a 2GB RAM instead of 1GB RAM used in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The extra memory will provide better multi-tasking features to iOS 9.
Apple has been granted a new patent for capturing image of user’s face with the front-facing camera and using it to unlock the device. This facial recognition feature may be used in the new iPhones 6s and 6s Plus.
Improvements in Touch ID
Currently, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is incorporated beneath the Home button. A new patent filed by Apple indicates that the company has developed technology for incorporating Touch ID sensor into the display screen. One or more fingerprints of the user are detected by the sensor for setting and verifying user’s ID.
Sturdier design, Rose Gold finish
Although the overall external design is expected to be similar to iPhone 6, after the ‘#bendgate’ episode, Apple will surely make its successor sturdier so that it won’t bend to pressure like the iPhone 6. So instead of using 6000-series aluminum for its body, the company might use stronger 7000-series aluminum alloy for its 2015 iPhones.
Rumors say that Apple will be adding a fourth color to its range. Now, apart from Gold, Silver and Space Grey, there will be an iPhone in Rose Gold finish too.
Rose Gold iPhone concept
Apple SIM, Battery Life
The upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may offer Apple SIM which features in the new iPads. Apple SIM allows the user to select plans with carrier of their choice without changing the SIM.
The next gen iPhones may also feature wireless inductive charging like the Apple Watch. They may also support new reversible USB charger.
iOS 9 Operating System
It is almost certain that the 2015 iPhones will run Apple’s new iOS 9. Apple is known to release a new version of iOS every year. This year too, it is expected to introduce iOS 9 at the WWDC 2015 to be held in June. Apple may also re-introduce the Beats music subscription service.
Price and release date
Looking to Apple’s release date history, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will most likely launch in September 2015. Their predecessors iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were launched in September 2014.
Their price tags are also expected to remain unchanged with iPhone 6s to cost $200 and iPhone 6s Plus to be priced at $300 for a 2-year contract.
Do you think the next iPhone will be anything like what the rumors say?
Here are some more concept renders of iPhone 6s: