Is iPhone 6s An Upgrade?

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, May 18, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPhone Upgrade
After some of the important features of the next Apple iPhone was leaked, there are some that thought it was not much compared to the present iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But there are others who believed that the iPhone 6s is more than just an incremental upgrade.

Likely to be launched in September as per Apple's usual time frame, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus (assuming Apple continues with its usual naming convention) will start off by offering a Force Touch feature – which would monitor the area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how much pressure you're applying.

Apple would then tempt buyers with even more specs, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in an investors note caught by G for Games and other sources.

Apple itself has not officially named its next iPhone or stated its intentions for the device.

Apple typically rolls out a major upgrade to its iPhone lineup every other year, and then fills in the gap with a more incremental upgrade during the in-between years. When the iPhone 5 came out in 2012, it was followed by the iPhone 5s in 2013 and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in 2015.

The "S" models usually enhance the processor and a few other components and add one or two new features but not much more. However, Apple continues to face tough competition from the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S series and Android phones in general, which often sport major upgrades on an annual basis.

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus regained lost market share and customers by offering bigger screens. But if Apple wants to continue that trend, then the iPhone 6s needs to be more than just an incremental upgrade, which could happen, according to Kuo's crystal ball.

The Force Touch is the No. 1 selling feature predicted by Kuo for the iPhone 6S. Already adopted by the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the 12-inch MacBook, this technology makes the trackpad pressure-sensitive, so it responds differently based how you press the surface.

But there's much more, says Kuo. The 6S will be equipped with Apple's A9 processor, which will provide more power and speed than the current A8 chipset used in the iPhone 6 line. Apple will bump up the RAM to 2GB from the current 1GB. The rear camera will double its megapixel count to 16 from 8.

The phone's Touch ID fingerprint sensor will also be more accurate. The body used for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will use stronger material. And the iPhone 6s will even offer the Rose Gold color option presently available for the Apple Watch.

Anything else?

CNET believes that iPhone 6s may finally offer the sapphire display that had been rumored for the iPhone 6, but only if certain production issues can be resolved.

Rumors flew last year that Apple would adopt a sapphire crystal display cover glass for the new iPhone. Sapphire is considered by some to be tougher and harder to scratch than the Gorilla Glass displays currently used for the iPhone. But sapphire crystal is difficult and expensive to cut and manufacture. Apple's sapphire supplier, GT Advanced, also went bankrupt. So the option for an iPhone with a sapphire display never happened.

This year, a sapphire screen may appear, but only on a "limited" iPhone 6s Plus edition, Kuo said, according to G for Games.


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