Apple’s dedicated media event schedule for September 9 is now only days away, which means that they are still a few days left to squeeze out every piece of information pertaining to what may or may not be announced during the gathering. A number of rumours over the last few months have suggested that Apple’s iPhone 6s will be visually identical to the current iPhone 6 model, with only a few small dimension changes that will be unnoticeable to the human eye. A new report now seemingly confirms that the next iPhone will change in size, albeit only marginally.
So far a lot of focus has been on the iPhone 6s’ engineering processes and the hardware’s visual structure. A number of sources over the last few months have suggested that Apple intends to increase the thickness of the next-generation iPhone in an attempt to combat some of the structural issues that brought negative press to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The increased thickness would be a result of Apple opting for a higher-grade aluminum for the shell of the device, as well as integrating Force Touch into the Retina touch panel.
The aforementioned report seems to confirm that the iPhone 6s will be marginally thicker than its predecessor thanks to a number of leaked photographs that showcase fully assembled parts. The captured measurements show that the iPhone 6s has a thickness of 7.08 mm, an increase over the 6.9 mm that Apple advertises for the current iPhone 6. The assembled parts for the larger iPhone 6s Plus allowed for a thickness measurement of 7.3 mm to be recorded. Once again a number that represents an increase on the 7.1 mm of the iPhone 6 Plus. Both of these measurements confirm previous reports that the iPhone 6s series would come with an approximate 0.2 mm increase in thickness.
It seems that any revealed model on Wednesday, September 9, will also have height and width increases which represent an approximate 3-percent increase in overall size over the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models. The dimensional changes are so slight that the human eye probably won’t be able to differentiate. However, the real test will come with existing accessories, such as protective cases and covers, and whether or not there is enough margin for error in the product to accommodate the slight changes in size. Let’s hope we don’t have to replace all of our cases when we pick up the new phone.