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Ap­ple is ex­pected to take big steps to­wards trans­form­ing the iPhone into a DSL-Re­quiv­a­lent cam­era

Ex­pec­ta­tion for the iPhone 6s is al­ready climb­ing with re­ports from China claim­ing Ap­ple has asked man­u­fac­tur­ers to make 90 mil­lion units of the next-gen­er­a­tion de­vice, so what can we ex­pect from this re­lease? We’ve taken a look at cur­rent spec­u­la­tion and while we don’t an­tic­i­pate any big changes in terms of shape and size, we are ex­pect­ing im­prove­ments to the cam­era, per­for­mance and user in­ter­face.

Force Touch

KGI Se­cu­ri­ties an­a­lyst Ming-Chi Kuo pre­dicted in May that ForceTouch sup­port will ap­pear in the new iPhones, call­ing this “the most sig­nif­i­cant change to the iPhone’s in­ter­face to date”. In­tro­duced in MacBook and Ap­ple Watch, Force Touch should en­able Ap­ple to bring us user in­ter­face en­hance­ments and could en­able the com­pany to re­place the ex­ist­ing iPhone Home but­ton with a new hap­tic, Force Touch-en­abled but­ton (though this may not be un­til 2016), en­abling the en­tire front face of the iPhone to also be a us­able dis­play. In this it­er­a­tion it seems likely Force Touch will be in­te­grated across the sys­tem and its apps, for ex­am­ple in Maps to drop new pins or in media play­ers for pres­sure­sen­si­tive scrolling.

Dis­play

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the larger iPhone 6 Plus, Ap­ple will of­fer the iPhone 6s se­ries in both 4.7and 5.5-inch sizes. There have been re­ports Ap­ple and Fox­conn have been work­ing to­gether to de­ploy sap­phire dis­plays (as we had ex­pected would ap­pear in iPhone 6), which should bring us bet­ter scratch and shat­ter pro­tec­tion. There is a (less cred­i­ble) Chi­nese re­port that claims the iPhone 6s Plus may even get a 2K dis­play.

Pro­ces­sor

Ap­ple gave iOS 64-bit sup­port in 2013. Since ear­lier this year all iOS apps must sup­port 64-bit to be in­cluded on the App Store. It has been sug­gested the A9 chip will be a 14-nanome­ter 2.5GHz pro­ces­sor based on ARM’s Cor­tex-A72 CPU de­sign, ca­pa­ble of “con­sole-class gam­ing per­for­mance”. To make per­for­mance even bet­ter, Ap­ple is ex­pected to dou­ble the avail­able RAM in­side iPhones (up to 2GB).

Faster 4G

Leaks claim­ing to be from in­side China Mo­bile al­lege the iPhones 6s may use a Qual­comm LTE/4G chip, which sup­ports LTE-Ad­vanced, a new 4G stan­dard that’s two to three times as fast as the cur­rent 4G stan­dard.

Cam­era+

iPhones have been the top mo­bile cam­eras for im­ages shared on Flickr for years. This con­tin­ues in iPhone 6s, when Ap­ple is ex­pected to take big steps to­wards trans­form­ing its smart­phone into a DSLR-equiv­a­lent cam­era. Code in­side iOS 9 sug­gests a 12-megapixel cam­era, 4K video and 240fps slow-mo­tion, as well as a boost to the front-fac­ing cam­era, which should also gain a flash. Well-re­puted gos­sip site Dar­ing Fire­ball has pre­vi­ously spec­u­lated Ap­ple may de­ploy tech­nolo­gies it ac­quired when it pur­chased LinX for $20 mil­lion in­side the iPhone 6s. If it does so then ex­pect im­prove­ments in colour fi­delity, im­age sharp­ness and low light level im­age cap­ture thanks to a dual-lens cam­era sys­tem.

Com­pact body

Ap­ple Watch squeezes most of its com­po­nents (RAM, stor­age, sen­sors and pro­ces­sors) in­side a sin­gle com­pact pack­age so a great deal of tech­nol­ogy can be squeezed in­side a small space. China Times be­lieves Ap­ple will adopt this ap­proach in the iPhone 6s. Chi­nese re­ports also claim Ap­ple plans to use the me­tal al­loys (such as Se­ries 7000 alu­minium al­loy) de­vel­oped while cre­at­ing the Ap­ple Watch, po­ten­tially based on me­tal pro­cesses once again li­censed from Liq­uidMe­tal this year. The big­gest news is likely to be the new colours: a more yel­low gold, a darker grey and a rose gold model.

Faster, with ex­cel­lent cam­eras and avail­able in new colours, we can’t wait to see the iPhone 6s.

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