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    iPhone 6s RUMORS




    Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.

    Information on the materials that will be used to build Apple's so-called "iPhone 6s" was detailed by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, in a research note summarized by Macotakara.

    According to Kuo, the next iPhone will be slightly wider and taller by about 0.15 millimeters, while it will be thicker by 0.2 millimeters — changes that could be due to the new Force Touch display expected in the device. For perspective, the current iPhone 6 measures 6.9 millimeters thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is 7.1 millimeters.

    AppleInsider's own sources confirmed in February that Apple plans on bringing its new Force Touch input method to the "iPhone 6s" this year, affirming earlier rumblings. Force Touch debuted in April on the Apple Watch and the company's latest MacBooks, allowing users to press harder on a display or trackpad to gain new contextual options.

    Kuo said in April that he expects Force Touch on the "iPhone 6s" to bring about the most significant change to date for the iOS user interface. At the time, he said he believed Apple will implement Force Touch on the next iPhone by using capacitive technology.

    As for the 7000 Series aluminum, Apple introduced it in the Apple Watch, touting that it had created an entirely new alloy that's 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, while just one-third the density of stainless steel.





    Along with a revised casing material, Kuo also believes the colors on the next iPhone will be slightly tweaked, with the current gold model to become closer to yellow gold, while space gray will become darker than on the current iPhone 6.

    Finally, Kuo is also said to have again reiterated that Apple plans to introduce a rose gold colored iPhone this year. The insider first revealed that information in May, but it remains unclear whether Apple plans to introduce simply a rose gold color, or release a premium iPhone made of actual 18-karat gold.

    Apple first introduced the "gold" color with the iPhone 5s beginning in 2013. However, iPhone models to date have not been made of actual gold, unlike the luxury Apple Watch Edition which is made of 18-karat gold and starts at $10,000.





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    Apple component orders again hint that Force Touch is coming to iPhone 6s


    The Force Touch trackpad as seen in the recent MacBook


    More and more evidence is racking up that Apple will introduce its Force Touch technology – previously seen in the Apple Watch and recent MacBook models – as a chief feature for the upcoming iPhone 6s.

    According to a new report citing industry sources, Apple has upped its orders for the flexible printed circuit boards necessary for incorporating Force Touch into its next-gen iPhones – with its main FPCB suppliers being Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect.

    Established KGI Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously suggested that Force Touch will be slightly different in the iPhone 6s compared to the Apple Watch or MacBook. Instead of detecting pressure from users’ fingers, Kuo has written that the iPhone’s Force Touch tech will monitor “the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.”

    This difference is said to be reflected in the price Apple is paying for its iPhone 6s Force Touch sensors, which reportedly carry a price tag of $13-$14 each – or around 2.5 times more expensive than the $4-$5 Force Touch sensors used in the Apple Watch.

    Initially Apple was said to be considering including Force Touch as an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive (a decision which makes very little sense), although it apparently later changed its mind.

    Check out this post for everything else we’re expecting to see in September’s iPhone upgrade.





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    iPhone 6s Leak Reveals 2 More Big Changes Coming to the Next-gen iPhone




    The iPhone 6s is expected to even better battery life than its predecessor, and it will offer users significantly faster LTE speeds than the iPhone 6, a new report claims.

    After publishing images the other day that showed purported iPhone 6s components including its metal case, 9to5Mac is back with more information about one important new component in the next-generation iPhone: Its LTE modem.

    Apple is apparently replacing the iPhone 6 Qualcomm modem with a better one made by the same company. The MDM9635M chip is built using a 20nm production process; as a result, it should be more energy-efficient than previous versions. The new chip also supports double the LTE speed available on the iPhone 6.

    In theory, that means the iPhone 6s could offer users download speeds of up to 300Mb/s over LTE, though that’s a theoretical figure that will never be reached during regular use.

    In addition to faster LTE speeds, the new Qualcomm modem could also help Apple improve battery life on the next iPhone 6s. The chip takes slightly less space and it’s more energy-efficient thanks to that 20nm technology. Furthermore, the iPhone 6s’s entire motherboard appears to be narrower and more compact than the board in the iPhone 6.

    These factors could help Apple increase the battery size and thus further improve the overall battery life of the iPhone 6s. It’s also worth remembering that iOS 9 comes with new battery-saving features as well as a Low Power mode that conserves energy.





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    Leaked Foxconn document backs 12MP camera, 2GB of RAM for 'iPhone 6s'



    A document appearing to include a leaked Foxconn manufacturing schematic may back claims that Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" series will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, 4K video, and 2 gigabytes of RAM.

    The document was initially posted on Chinese site Weibo by someone claiming to be a Foxconn worker, but that post has since been deleted, Phone Arena said on Thursday. Images from it are now circulating the Web, and reportedly cite an N66 model number for the iPhone 6s, and N71 for the 6s Plus.

    Both the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" are said to have 12-megapixel rear cameras, as well as support for 4K and/or 240 frames-per-second slow-motion video. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus already have 240 fps video, but are limited to 1080p resolution, since their sensors top out at 8 megapixels.

    The document also points to 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, a major leap from the 1.2 megapixels on current iPhones. Some rival smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S6, have already made the leap to 5 megapixels.

    Although the source of the material is questionable, Foxconn workers have been known to leak accurate information in the past, and the document is consistent with recent rumors from more trusted sources.

    It does not appear to make any reference to front camera features hinted at in an iOS 9 manifest file, such as a flash, panorama shots, and slow motion or 60 fps video. Software support does not guarantee features will appear in shipping hardware, however.




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    New iPhone enters production, say Taiwan makers



    Makers in the iPhone supply chain have started delivering parts and components to the two iPhone OEMs Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron for production of next generation iPhone devices, which are widely expected to come in September, according to sources at the supply chain.

    Initial shipments of new iPhone devices in the fourth quarter of 2015 are expected to total at least 50 million units, estimated the sources.

    Together with iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, combined shipments of iPhone devices are likely to reach 230-240 million units for all of 2015 compared to 192 million units shipped in 2014, the sources indicated.

    The record shipments of iPhone devices will help shore up the sales performance of a number of Taiwan-based suppliers, including Foxconn, Pegatron, Largan Precision, Catcher Technology, Foxlink Technology, General Interface Solution (GIS), Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect, said the sources.

    Among these suppliers, Pegatron, Zhen Ding, Flexium and Largan have continued expanding their production facilities in order to meet increasing orders from Apple, the sources noted.

    Market expectations of new iPhone devices may continue to weigh on the sales of high-end Android phones from Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and HTC, the sources commented.





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    New iPhone 6S images show updated NFC, 16GB base storage, fewer chips + design tweaks



    Our look at the upcoming “iPhone 6S” continues today with a discussion of new internal components that are expected to be inside Apple’s latest smartphone. In addition to expected changes such as a Force Touch display, upgraded camera system, and new Qualcomm LTE chip for up to twice-as-fast data speeds, the next iPhone will likely include updated NFC hardware, fewer and more efficient chips, and new flash memory that may nonetheless remain at a 16GB minimum capacity.

    These conclusions are based upon new images showing a prototype of the next iPhone’s logic board, as well as a joint analysis undertaken by 9to5Mac and Chipworks, an Ottawa-based company that partners with technology companies across the globe on patent intelligence and competitive technical intelligence needs. Keep an eye out for their usual technical teardown of the new iPhone in September or sign up to be notified here.


    New NFC Processor + Noticeable Reduction in Chips:





    A new NFC chip inside the iPhone 6S is from NXP and labelled 66VP2, said by Chipworks to be an upgrade from the NXP 65V10 NFC processor found inside the iPhone 6. It’s unclear what the new 66VP2 may change in the iPhone, but it is likely to add a secure element processor, reducing the need for a separate chip. Apple added NFC to the iPhone in 2014 for Apple Pay, but used a part that dated back to 2012; the 66VP2 appears to be a brand new chip.

    Along with a slight shrinkage in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple also appears to be aggressively reducing the number of chips it’s using. One section of the board that previously had in excess of 10 components has been pared down to 3 main chips, simultaneously cutting the number of parts and increasing the power efficiency of the ones that remain. Other necessary and remaining chips, such as the flash memory and CPU, notably benefit from smaller manufacturing processes that enable the iPhone 6S to offer the same or faster functionality with smaller, less power-hungry parts.

    It appears that Apple will preserve a Cirrus Logic audio chip, a Murata Wi-Fi module, and wireless power amplifiers from RFMD, Triquint, Avago and Skyworks within the iPhone 6S. Although the prototype includes what appear to be similar Bosch and InvenSense accelerometer and gyroscope parts to the iPhone 6, ChipWorks speculates that a tiny new alternative from STMicroelectronics could replace it on the final logic board, having debuted in the Apple Watch.


    16GB Base Storage Possible:





    With the introduction of higher-quality media files and larger applications, iPhone users over the past few years have noted that a 16GB base storage capacity may no longer be large enough for most users. However, it appears that Apple could launch its next iPhone in a 16GB starting capacity, serving as an option priced below higher 64GB and 128GB options.

    According to both our analysis and confirmation from Chipworks of the above Toshiba Flash Memory chip, the chip has a 16GB capacity and is built with a 19nm production process. There is a possibility that Apple may not ship this 16GB flash storage option, and was solely using it for early production and test models. Apple has previously tested future iPhone hardware using smaller storage capacities prior to finalizing its production, so a last-minute upgrade to a higher capacity would not be unprecedented. However, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller recently noted that 16GB is still suitable for many users due to new cloud-based services like iCloud and Apple Music, in addition to iOS 9’s new app-slimming features.


    iPhone 6 Design:





    We have also separately received purported design drawings from a case maker showing the new iPhone’s external design, corroborating our images from earlier this week that indicate a design essentially identical to that of the current iPhone 6. In line with our comments from earlier this week, these design drawings indicate that the iPhone 6S will likely be fully compatible with most of the existing iPhone 6 accessories on the market.





    Apple’s tolerance for measurement differences allows a 0.2mm difference between individual iPhone units, and it appears that the iPhone 6S, at maximum, may be 0.13mm thicker than the iPhone 6. This change would be indiscernible to the human eye, and Apple might not specify any thickness changes when it updates its iPhone technical specifications page in the fall.

    In terms of the new 4.7-inch iPhone 6S’s height and width, we’re told there are similarly tiny differences from the current model. The 6S is claimed to be an indiscernible 0.16mm taller than the 6, as well as 0.13mm wider, differences that could be attributable to Apple’s tolerances, or reflective of tiny tweaks to the external casing. A report from last month indicated that the new iPhones could be slightly thicker to accommodate the new panel for Force Touch.





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    Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back claims of 0.2mm thicker design for Force Touch



    An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch.

    The schematic, obtained by a Chinese supply chain source for Engadget Japan, indicates a thickness of 7.1 millimeters – only 0.2 millimeters bigger than the iPhone 6. The change is minute enough that most iPhone 6 cases could fit without modifications, particularly since button and port layouts appear to be identical.

    The schematic echoes a claim by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who in June said that the increase may be connected to a new Force Touch-capable display. Force Touch enables pressure-sensitive commands, such as contextual menus or faster audio/video skipping by holding down a fast-forward button. Currently, only the Apple Watch and various MacBooks support the technology.

    The thickness might also stem from a rumored switch to tougher 7000 series aluminum, at the moment used for the Apple Watch Sport. Apple may be making the change partly to cope with complaints about the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus warping permanently under pressure. Both devices are significantly taller and wider than the iPhone 5s while also being thinner, which may have compromised their structural integrity.

    Apple is expected to ship the 6s and a 6s Plus sometime this fall, alongside iOS 9. Other rumored features include a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, and a bump to a faster processor paired with 2 gigabytes of RAM.





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    Good Luck, Google: WSJ Says Unprecedented Number of iPhone 6s Units On Order



    When it comes to iPhone sales, Apple never goes backwards. The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that people familiar with the matter say Apple is asking its manufacturers to produce between 85-90 million units of the upcoming iPhone 6s before the end of the year, a record number for the smartphone maker.

    By comparison, Apple ordered 70-80 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus units last year. WSJ’s sources also say that the two new models of the iPhone will retain the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes. Based on what we’ve seen in the most recent leaks, it stands to reason that Apple won’t be initiating any major hardware redesigns for the iPhone in 2015.

    Many of the changes for this year’s version of the iPhone are expected to be internal, from a next-gen Qualcomm LTE chip that could theoretically double cellular data speeds to a new NFC chip for Touch ID. It has been confirmed by Bloomberg that Apple will bring its Force Touch technology to the iPhone this year as well.

    Interestingly, the sources also told the WSJ that Apple is considering adding a fourth color to its lineup this year alongside the silver, gold and space gray options we’re accustomed to. Finally, the sources claim that suppliers have already begun manufacturing parts for the iPhone 6s “in large quantity,” so don’t be surprised if iPhone leaks start trickling out in the coming weeks.





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    iPhone 6s: The 6 most exciting new features hitting Apple’s next iPhone



    Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are set to be released later this year. While the handsets are expected to look very similar to their predecessors, we all know that Apple’s “S” updates are all about huge internal upgrades and big performance improvements.

    While nothing is certain until Apple introduces its new iPhones on stage this coming fall, history has taught us that there are some sources who can definitely be trusted to dish all the details about Apple’s unreleased iPhones with near-perfect accuracy.

    With that in mind, let’s run through the six best and most exciting new features we can expect to see on Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

    Some analysts are pretty good when it comes to digging up details on unreleased Apple products, and some are just terrible at it. Most of them, however, just rehash reports issued by one man in particular: Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

    He’s practically always right.

    Kuo’s track record speaks for itself, and he has issued a number of reports on the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. We’ve covered them all here on BGR, but now it’s time to round up the six top features Kuo says we can expect to see on Apple’s next iPhones.


    Force Touch

    Like Apple’s new Apple Watch, the next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly support Force Touch. This great new technology, which we can expect to see Apple’s rivals rip off in the near future, allows mobile devices to register different amounts of pressure and respond appropriately.

    On the Apple Watch, for example, tapping normally on a notification will open the appropriate app, while pressing and holding firmly on the notification panel will give you an option to dismiss all notifications.

    We’re not sure exactly how Apple will implement Force Touch in the iPhone 6s or where it will work in the software, but it will definitely add a nifty new dimension of control.


    Camera improvements

    Apple doesn’t mess around with megapixels very often, choosing instead to focus on improving its camera components and camera software. You can’t argue with results, and the camera on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is easily among the best in the business.

    With the iPhone 6s, however, Apple is finally increasing its megapixel count.

    Kuo says the next-gen iPhone camera will be a 12-megapixel unit. But far more important is the claim that overall quality will be vastly improved, possibly approaching DSLR levels.

    We’ll have to see it to believe it, but we’re definitely excited.


    A9

    This is a no-brainer: Apple’s next iPhone will be powered by an all-new Apple A9 processor. Details are still coming in, but it’s expected to use a 14nm process and it will feature new architecture. Expect big performance improvements will even less power consumption.


    2GB of RAM

    Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus only pack 1GB of RAM each, and they still manage to outperform the competition where it counts — and by a sizable margin, no less. Upping the RAM to 2GB is going to have a huge impact, especially considering the new faster RAM chips that are now hitting mobile phones.

    You can expect to see some serious performance improvements in this year’s iPhones.


    Stronger aluminum

    So long, Bendgate. Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will reportedly be constructed from stronger 7000 series aluminum, making them more sturdy than ever. It’s the same aluminum Apple uses in its entry-level Apple Watches, and it’s definitely stronger than the aluminum used in Apple’s iPhone 6 housings.


    Battery life

    By all accounts, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus won’t include significantly larger batteries than the current-generation models. But thanks to the new A9 processor, optimizations in iOS 9, more efficient components and iOS’s new low power mode, you can expect to see a decent improvement where battery life is concerned.





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    New iPhone’s A9 processors enter mass production




    Having spent the best part of 2015 battling over who would win orders from Apple, TSMC and Samsung have both started volume production of the new A9 chips for the upcoming iPhone 6s, according to a new report.

    Things haven’t been easy up until this point. TSMC has been involved with a lawsuit regarding the possible leaking of trade secrets to Samsung, while even Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou got involved with the A9 squabble to lobby on behalf of TSMC, due to his concerns about Samsung’s status as an Apple manufacturer.

    Apple apparently threw a last minute spanner in the works by requesting modifications to the mask patterns involved with the A9 chips production, prompting both TSMC and Samsung to rework their wafers before production could begin. Fortunately this is unlikely to have any impact on the iPhone’s launch schedule, which is likely to remain mid-September as usual.

    A previous report suggests that Samsung will manufacture 70 percent of the A9 chips, while TSMC will manufacture the remaining 30 percent. Today’s report adds that TSMC has also scored the contract to build Apple’s iPhone fingerprint sensors and audio chips for the eagerly-anticipated 6s and 6s Plus.

    A record-breaking 80 million units of thew new iPhone 6s are scheduled to be shipped by year’s end.





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