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iPhone 6s rumors: Force Touch, selfie camera, thicker and in pink?

Oscar Raymundo | Aug. 4, 2015
The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.

May the Force Touch be with us?

The rumor: Following the introduction of Force Touch and haptic feedback on the Apple Watch and some MacBook trackpads, the iPhone 6s will be next to add these features. Force Touch on the iPhone 6s will allow you to drop a pin in Maps, create an event in Calendar, and perform other quick functions by simply pressing more deeply on the screen.

Plausible? In a recent article, The Wall Street Journal wrote that Force Touch is "expected" in the new devices, and this week 9to5Mac found some photos showing a small rectangle cut-out in the new iPhone display, possibly to make room for the taptic engine. Considering how quickly Force Touch was incorporated into MacBook trackpads, Apple seems very eager to bring this one feature consistently to all its products.

What will it be called?

The rumor: Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities predicted that Apple will call its next iPhone the iPhone 7, rather than 6s, because it will have Force Touch, which is a big enough deal to merit a whole number, over the more incremental "better chip and camera" upgrades we usually get in "S" years.

Plausible? We don't entirely agree with that, since Touch ID debuted with the iPhone 5s, and Siri with the iPhone 3GS, and those both proved pretty huge. In the past, Apple's changed the number when it's redesigned the case — iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 all had different enclosures than the versions that

What will it look like? 

The rumor: Besides the additional 2 millimeters of thickness, don't expect the iPhone 6s to look much different. 9to5Mac reportedly obtained images of the iPhone 6s metal casing, suggesting that it will be a near replica of the current iPhone, down to those unsightly antenna lines.

Plausible? Highly plausible! The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, after all, came with entirely new form-factors: Bigger screens, thinner bodies, even a relocated Sleep button. Apple typically only redesigns every other iPhone, then uses the same case for next year's "S" version. So if that pattern holds, the next iPhone won't look so different on the outside, even while it packs new features and a faster chip.

The rest of the rumors

We haven't heard specific rumors about these things just yet. But they're always big questions Apple has to answer with any new iPhone, so we've got our ears to the ground...

New color? A recent Wall Street Journal report suggested that Apple was looking to bring a fourth color option to the iPhone 6s in addition to the current silver, gold and space gray. A research note obtained by AppleInsider suggested that the new color would be rose gold to match the Apple Watch. Meanwhile others have suggested that the new color could be a far more daring pink.

 

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