It’s been a year since Apple announced the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother the iPhone 6 Plus, which only means one thing – the ‘S’ version of these two devices is imminent, or so it is thought. Apple has an event planned for 9 September where the two new succeeding iPhones are expected to be unveiled.
As this is an ‘S year’, we don’t expect any dramatic changes to the design, because that just doesn’t fit how Apple does things. But we do expect a few changes and a couple of new features on the two devices, otherwise what would be the point? Here are five new features we are expecting to see on the Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus.
Force Touch displays on Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Force Touch is a term that has been knocking about for a while now after Apple introduced the pressure-sensitive haptic technology to its Apple Watch and the new MacBook. Huawei has also been playing with the term, launching it on the 128GB model of its Mate S smartphone at IFA in Berlin last week.
The technology knows how light or hard you are pressing or tapping the screen to open up an all-new level of interaction. For example, on the Apple Watch, pressing harder on the watch face will allow you to change it, while a soft tap does nothing. Force Touch is rumoured to be coming to the new iPhones, which makes total sense, although it has been claimed the technology will be different to the Watch and MacBook.
Rather than directly detect the pressure applied by fingers, the iPhone Force Touch technology is rumoured to monitor the area where a finger presses to determine pressure applied instead.
New camera on Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple’s iPhones have been consistently praised in the past for having decent smartphone cameras, despite having less megapixels than their competition. It looks like Apple will be upping its megapixel game for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus with a much-improved camera reported for the two devices.
Apparently, the cameras on the new iPhones will see the a jump to 12-megapixels, which is still lower than its competition, although claims suggest a new sensor will allow for better capture of light and there will also be a new five-element lens on board.
Upgraded processor on Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus
With every new iPhone comes a new processor and the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus should therefore be complete with the new A9 chip and M9 motion coprocessor. Rumour has it Samsung is responsible for the making of this chip, which if the Exynos processors are anything to go by, the A9 should be nice and speedy.
An upgraded processor should mean the usual, such as better handling of tasks, better battery life perhaps and where the motion coprocessor is concerned, better activity tracking and movement sensing.
iOS 9 for Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Just as dark clouds bring rain, a new iPhone brings new software and in the case of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus – you can expect to see the debut of iOS 9. The software was previewed at WWDC in June and it will bring with it several new features.
Siri will have an all-new user interface and interact with your iPhone in a more in-depth way, with pro-active features and suggestions based on your phone’s location. It has also been merged closely with search, which has also seen some dramatic improvements and Passbook will be renamed to Wallet, to name but a few.
Apple iPhone 6S and Apple iPhone 6S Plus design
Although we mentioned previously that the design would be one of the things that remained the same on the new iPhones, we wouldn’t be too surprised if a new colour appeared.
Rumours suggest a rose gold variation will be introduced and there is also talk of a different aluminium being used for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus – the same 7000 series used in the Apple Watch. Whether or not this will be the case will have to wait until Wednesday for confirmation, but if true, it should mean bendgate isn’t a thing for the new devices.