Now that WWDC 2015 is starting to fade into memory and all of the collective excitement of iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and watchOS 2.0 is starting to subside, attention is once again beginning to return to the next iPhones which are believed to be set for a September release.
Reports have already suggested that Apple may be about to slightly redesign the existing iPhone lineup for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets which are likely to make an appearance in a matter of months. New, stronger aluminum 7000 that is originally from the Apple Watch project is said to be likely, with new handsets believed to be slightly larger than this year’s iPhones – 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker. The reason for such an increase in size is believed to be the requirement to accommodate new technology within the iPhones themselves. Top of the list? Force Touch.
With Apple believed to bring Force Touch to the iPhone this year, a newer, larger chassis makes a lot of sense. And if it can also allow for extra room for batteries as has been suggested then users will likely overlook the increase in the dimensions that are required in order to allow new additions when they are ready.
Force Touch made its debut on the Apple Watch. Apple later added the tech to the trackpad of its entire Retina MacBook line. It is now expected to be present in the next iPhone, allowing users to press down firmly on the screen in order to trigger a different action whatever that may be. While the screen does not actually move during Force Touch, a larger and thicker iPhone would be required in order to give Apple room to fit the new feature and sensors required to pull the tech off. Apple has spent the last few years making everything from phones to tablets and on to computers as thin as is humanly possible. The move to actually thicken the next iPhone up will have to come with a significant benefit somewhere along the line, especially to receive Jony Ive’s blessing.
With the slightly thicker profile than the current iPhones in the market, it’s believed that the bendgate fiasco won’t make an appearance this time around.
It’s also expected that the new iPhones won’t have a protruding camera module, something which hasn’t gone down well with some users, but for some, it wasn’t a bothering feature at all. The newly published report also suggests that the camera module on the new iPhones will be upgraded from currently available modules.
Apple tends to announce new iPhones in September with a launch a couple of weeks later, and 2015 is not believed to be any different.
(Source: Macotakara [Google Translate])
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