Apple iPhone 6S rumour round-up: Release date, specs and price

By Jay Jay

In line with Apple’s yearly iPhone launch schedule, we expect the next iPhone to be launched around Spring 2015.

Going by Apple’s predictive terminology for the iPhones, the next big release from Apple, even though curiously early, should bring in two new gadgets- the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus- both being upgrades over the ones launched in September this year.

The iPhone 6 catapulted Apple’s sales to an all-time high in the UK, accounting for 39.5% of British smartphone sales from August till October this year.

Within three days of the launch, more than 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus were sold. The iPhone 6S will be, in all probability, a major upgrade over the iPhone 6 in terms of display, durability and performance.

A peek at Apple’s innovations over the years and recent patents will help you discern the specific features of the next iPhone.

Display

Availability of the iPhone 6 Plus and its successor in September 2015 will ensure Apple would not increase the 4.7in display of the existing iPhone 6.

Instead, modifications would include higher pixel density and increased responsiveness to touch. Macworld reports that Apple recently patented a technology that allows ‘sidewall displays’ that enable access to music player controls, caller ID, messaging readout, system controls and slide-to-unlock features.

If this technology is embedded in the iPhone 6S, iPhone users would for the first time see informative displays on the side panels greatly enhancing the look and feel of the device. ?

Durability

Apple is sure to continue with the standard aluminum frame for the iPhone 6S. An exclusive license to produce and use Liquidmetal, a lighter and sturdier alloy of stainless steel and Titanium that is highly resistant to wear and corrosion, has given rise to speculation that the next iPhone might be a complete Liquidmetal device.

However, Apple Insider quoted its inventor saying that Apple would need to invest hundreds of millions and several years to utilize Liquidmetal in such large numbers.

Camera

While the iPhone 6 retained the basic features of the iPhone 5S’ camera, it introduced Focus Pixels as well as Phase Detection Autofocus that enable the camera to focus twice as fast than its predecessor. The 6S camera is expected to build up the 8MP camera and introduce a two-lens system to allow for DSLR-quality imagery.

Processor

The high-performance 64-bit A8 chip is sure to be replaced by a new A9 processor which is expected to increase the iPhone 6S’ RAM to at least 3-4GB.

Current Android phones are running RAM upto 4GB following the introduction of the Android Lollipop OS.

Price

The iPhone 6S should sell at well-below the £600 range without contract. The existing iPhone 6, priced from £539 onwards, catapulted Apple’s sales to an all-time high in the UK.

Significant design upgrades as well as product features in the next iPhone would ensure Apple’s dominance in the UK smartphone market in the years to come.

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