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 4s, 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 0.2 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.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
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...
Longer-lasting battery life? This is just a guess, but it’ll probably be the same. Apple specified increased battery life as a feature of iOS 9, which means the company doesn’t necessarily have to jam in a larger battery to quote the same battery life estimates as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Lightning or USB-C? Lightning is pretty new. Keeping it around lets Apple continue to license it, whereas USB-C is an open standard. We applaud its arrival on the Mac—growing pains notwithstanding—but it might not be time yet for another big switch on the iOS side.
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