These days it relatively easy to predict when a new generation of a flagship smartphone will arrive. Most manufacturers announce a new model annually while a few go for every six months.
Apple is one of the former and if we look at previous launches, it's highly likely that the iPhone 6S will be announced in September and will go on sale a week or two afterwards. Of course, if the launch event is towards the end of the month, the iPhone 6S release date could be early October. Bear in mind that if there are two new iPhones announced this year, they may not go on sale on the same day.
However, if we are to believe Economic Daily News (translated), the iPhone 6S will arrive a month early in August. It claims this year's yield for the device is better than expected so Apple may jump its own gun.
What we do know is that Apple will give us our first look at iOS 9 since its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) begins on 8 June. It's pretty much a given that the iPhone 6S will come pre-loaded with iOS 9 so we will at least see the software features of the phone before it is announced.
Vodafone has revealed the iPhone 6S or 'New iPhone' as it is referred to will go on sale on September 25 with pre-order starting on September 18. The information was sent in an email to staff but seen by Mobile News.
It looks like Apple is planning the biggest iPhone launch yet with a record order of between 85 million and 90 million units from its manufacturer, the Wall Street Journal reports via people familiar with the matter. Last year Apple ordered 70-80 million. The source also confirmed the screen sizes will remain the same at 4.7- and 5.5in.
iPhone 6S: Design and specs
With an 'S' model iPhone, most things tend to stay the same in terms of design and specs. Usually there are a few tweaks here and there but Apple will save major changes for the next full model number - ie the iPhone 7. The above leaked image shows an essentially identical case for the iPhone 6S.
It seems likely then that the iPhone 6S will look the same as the current iPhone 6. It will use the same chassis and come in the same colour options. The weight might change though due to different components inside or a new sapphire glass. The below image shows the design will be just 0.13mm thicker so it will fit most existing cases.
The latest on the iPhone 6S comes via KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who is known for accurate info. Kuo says the next iPhone will have a bigger screen and be 0.2mm thicker and 0.15mm taller than the current model. Colours will also reportedly match the Apple Watch and the iPhone will use the same 7000 series aluminium.
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