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Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumor round-up: specs, features, price and release date

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Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumor round-up: specs, features, price and release date

In 2014, Apple made the biggest upgrade to its iPhone lineup: it finally introduced a larger iPhone. And there was not just one new device, but two models: the 4.7" iPhone 6 and the 5.5" iPhone 6 Plus.

This year, in 2015, rumors agree that Apple will stick to these two devices and preserve the design, but make some big changes to the internal hardware and the software.

With rumors flying from all kinds of sources, it's time to round up the picture around the 2015 Apple iPhones: the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as most analysts expect them to be called.

Force Touch

A feature that allows the device to know the difference between a slight tap and a longer, more forceful touch on the display, Force Touch was first introduced on the Apple Watch and quickly spread to the new Macbook. These days, pretty much all rumors agree that Force Touch is coming to the new iPhone 6s family of phones.

Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumor round-up: specs, features, price and release date
Inside sources have already revealed the possible uses of Force Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus: for instance, one could do a Force Touch on a destination in the maps app to start turn-by-turn directions immediately, saving two steps that is necessary at present to start navigation. Keep in mind that this convenience might be offered in the Apple Maps default app only, giving it a competitive edge over rivals like Google Maps.

Another implementation is said to be in the Music application, where a strong touch on a song listing gives users the option to add the song to a playlist, or hold on it to save it for offline listening. A third possible feature would have you Force Touch on a contact to go directly to voice mail. These are just some things that Apple is allegedly testing right now, and we'll see the full stack of Force Touch uses on the iPhone 6s in the near future, if this indeed becomes a feature of the new iPhone.

Keep in mind that Apple is working hard on making the physical response to Force Touch a consistent one, no matter when and where it is employed on the iPhone. It's also very likely to see the Force Touch option be made available to developers via an API in the near future for use in third-party apps.

A better, 12-megapixel camera and possibly 4K video

Apple first featured an 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 4s back in 2011 and since then, all iPhones have used 8-megapixel sensors with slight variances in the size of the sensor itself. At the same time rivals like Samsung, HTC and Sony have started using 16- and 20-megapixel main cameras, which theoretically are capable of capturing more detail in daylight, but come with reduced pixels that make it harder to capture great low-light images.

In 2015, it looks like Apple has also finally decided to make the jump to a higher-res camera, and rumors agree that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come with a brand new, 12-megapixel camera. Naturally, this should allow the iPhone camera to capture more detail and give you more freedom when you decide to crop an image.

More detailed images and 4K video

A 12-megapixel sensor would also allow Apple to enable 4K video recording, a feature that Samsung Galaxy phones and other Android flagships have had for a while. Another neat new option with this camera is rumored to be an even more impressive slow motion running at 240fps, but this rumor is a bit more sketchy.

We have also heard the various other rumors about a fantastically improved new camera in the 2015 iPhones. Some suggest there would be clip-on lenses by Apple, while others say the company is working on a futuristic dual-lens system using mirrors that would allow using the rear camera also for selfies. At this moment, these seem like a far stretch and even if true, we don't expect them to come to fruition this year.

Apple A9 and - finally - an iPhone with 2GB of RAM

Despite the Apple A8 chip being nearly one year old, Apple manages to stay in the lead when it comes to single-core CPU performance with its larger than usual cores and custom CPU design. This year, though, it will make another big jump as everyone is expecting the Apple A9 chip in the iPhone 6s family to transition to a new manufacturing process: a 14nm/16nm one. This alone would bring significant improvements in power efficiency and performance alone, while further improvements to the CPU logic could add on top of that. Last year, Apple stated that the A8 brings 25% more CPU performance and 50% more graphics performance while drawing only 50% of the power compared to the Apple A7, and we're curious to see what the numbers will be this year.

Cross-section of Samsung's 14nm FinFETs in Exynos 7420, image courtesy of Chipworks

Cross-section of Samsung's 14nm FinFETs in Exynos 7420, image courtesy of Chipworks

The change of process comes with a move from a planar chip design to 3D FinFETs. This move is important at the current scale of manufacturing, where planar architectures are often affected by power leakage, while FinFETs have their gate wrapping around the channel (rather than just laying on top of the channel) and are thus capable of keeping tighter electrostatic control.

And yes: 2GB of RAM! The 2015 iPhone 6s family is likely to finally make the jump to 2GB of high-speed LPDDR4 RAM. Having more RAM allows for more apps (or browser tabs) to stay open at the same time, so you will see less reloading and multitasking will be quicker.

In terms of connectivity, the modem is expected to be another substantial improvement over the current iPhone 6 family: Apple is rumored to upgrade the current Category 4 4G LTE modem that is capable of speeds of up to 150Mbps to the new Category 6 4G LTE Qualcomm '9X35' Gobi modem that will support double the speeds - up to 300Mbps.

No more #bendgate: tougher 7000 series aluminum

Ah, #bendgate! It seems that every once in a while an iPhone is involved in a major scandal, and last year, the iPhone 6 Plus was the victim as many found it bending even under relatively light pressure. Luckily, Apple would replace such units no questions asked, but the company seems to have taken notice: rather than using 6000 series aluminum (as in the 6 Plus), the 2015 generation of the iPhone is rumored to come with a sturdier 7000-series aluminum alloy. If true, this will likely not be a change that Apple advertizes widely: instead, it could quietly switch to the sturdier body to avoid the negative PR.

Interestingly, rumors also say that Apple is working on adding a fourth, ‘rose gold’ color option for iPhones along with the current gold, space grey, and silver models. We have seen pink phones from various phone makers including the trendy Chinese Xiaomi, so there does seem to be some demand for the color, yet this still seems like a sketchy rumor that may not actually come true.

Internal storage: 16GB base model expected to stay

With the majority of Android top-tier devices making the move to 32GB of internal storage for the base model, all eyes are on the amount of storage the new iPhone 6s family will ship with. So far, Apple has conservatively gone with three tiers of devices: a 16GB model, then a 64GB one that costs $100 more, and finally a 128 gig iPhone offered for another $100 more.

Don't expect more internal storage

While there is no official information about the storage capacity of the iPhone 6s family, we've heard Apple's marketing guru Phil Schiller say in interview that cloud services along with the new Apple Music streaming app take a lot of the load off the internal storage, and that Apple feels comfortable offering 16GB as the base iPhone model. This is a very clear indication that the new iPhone 6s family is likely to ship with no improvement in internal storage for the base model, as it retains the 16GB/64GB/128GB tiers.

Apple iPhone 6s battery life

The Apple iPhone 6 ships with an 1810mAh battery, and that alone has been an area that many critics use to bash the phone: after all, the battery capacity of Android phones in the same category is often much more than that. So are we to expect a larger battery in the new iPhone 6s family?

Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumor round-up: specs, features, price and release date
We do expect a slight change, with the focus being on 'slight'. With the transition to 14nm silicon, we have seen the first leaked design pictures of the iPhone 6s show a different layout for the silicon, with the option to have more space for battery. Naturally, more space would translate into a larger cell and improved battery life on the new phone.

At the same time, we should not forget that leaked designs and Apple's engineering choices so far have made it abundantly clear that the iPhone 6s will retain the attractive slim profile of the 6. The company has said that having a thinner phone with a smaller-capacity battery is an engineering choice that it has made, and that's one more indication that change - if it's there - will be slight.

Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus price and release date

Finally, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are not likely to surprise us when it comes to their price and release date. Apple keeps a steady yearly cadence with its iPhone announcement, and if this year is part of that repetitive pattern, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus announcement should happen on Tuesday, September 8th with a release date on Friday, September 18th.

The prices will also likely be unchanged at $200 for the 16GB iPhone 6s and $300 for the 16GB iPhone 6s Plus on a two-year contract.

What do you want to see in the next iPhones and are you happy with the rumored changes? 

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posted on 13 May 2015, 09:43 38

1. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 423; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

2 GB of RAMs 12 MP 4K video recording this a revolution apple ifans logic ^^ (this doesnt mean that iphones are not very good devices)

posted on 13 May 2015, 09:52 18

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

I just hope they make a current spec phone. They need 4GB of RAM, & a 20MP camera, that way they can help push technology forward.

Those specs they are saying are late 2012 - 2013 specs.

posted on 13 May 2015, 10:11 23

10. iosl0ver5eva (Posts: 119; Member since: 16 Jan 2015)

Haven't you heard the term "if it's not broke don't fix it"? Iphones are very capable and well structured devices with the current specs. It's not about having 4gb of ram or a 20mp camera when 1gb and the current 8 make the device run a lot more fluid than most of the other phones out there. I agree 4gb of ram and a 20mp would be cool, but it's just not needed. Maybe 2gb of ram and a 12mp camera.

posted on 13 May 2015, 10:15 29

13. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

That's fine if the prices decreased. If they use 2012 specs why are you okay with paying 2017 prices for IOS that they designed 10 years ago?

No wonder they a 100 billion and climbing. It's because of people like you that settle for less just because it works.

posted on 13 May 2015, 10:31 17

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

That's what I mean. They should charge the cheaper price because the specs are older. I would be fine paying a premium price on a product with premium specs. That's all I am saying.

It's like Apple only cares about what the phone is made of in the outside, not what is in the inside.

posted on 13 May 2015, 10:41 6

22. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

but thats where your wrong, and you are in no charge or have any credibility to call the hardware of the 6 plus and 6 " old". it cant be "old" when it offers superior performance in alot of applications, espcially games where the 6 plus and 6 have higher frame rate then android flagship devices today. they were one of the first to use 20nm for a smartphone, jumped to 64 bit 9way before anyone did, and has amazing sustained performance(i.e Apple A8 wont throttle much at all even after long periods unlike other chips, i.e good chip design tailored with 20nm process)

posted on 13 May 2015, 10:59 27

31. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I am not wrong. It offers superior performance because the software is very limited and allows it to run well on outdated hardware.

It's like a motorbike that can outrun a Ferrari. Just because the bike performs better, it doesn't mean it should cost as much as a Ferrari, that is what Apple is effectively doing. Charging you Ferrari prices for a motorcycle performance without any of the perks you get from a Ferrari like comfort.

Or I guess a better analogy would be a video game. Apple is charging you $90 or whatever a game cost these days for pacman graphics that run at 120fps and market it like it's running gears of war or uncharted at 120fps. And all you saps see is oh 120fps! Then when another game design designer releases an insanely graphically intense game at 60fps, you have the defense force come out and say only 60fps?! You guys are a joke, our game runs at 120fps! That is the extent of Apples strategy unfortunately.

I mean it's pacman graphics..er I mean IOS doesn't even have real multitasking...

posted on 13 May 2015, 11:39 18

60. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Exactly. Apple is overcharging for minimal improvements year to year. To Apple fans they are getting something better, but only marginally better. To them that's OK, but they don't know how grossly they are being overcharged.

Apple sells a lot of units, but they are also overcharging at the same time. That's how they are getting these insane profits.

posted on 13 May 2015, 11:47 11

64. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

lol so you mean when samsung/LG sold snapdragon 800 phones and then "upgraded:" to snapdragon 801 that isnt the same exact hardware? what happened to phonearena...? what is with all these ignorant overzealous android fanboys who defend a inanimate product till the end and start personal attacks on people who disagree but provide empirical data?

LG G2 to LG g3 same exact shit, actually the G3 has a severe regression in performance over the G2 despite sporting a "newer 801" which is the same exact shit as the 800. so yeah you fail at this argument once again. this is a technology website and we are here to discuss technology with data and facts.

posted on 13 May 2015, 12:01 17

74. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4847; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Bro, slow your roll. When the LG G3 came out the 801 was only available. The 805 was not, look at all the other improvements. You are focusing on only one thing. Also if you are so right, why are you calling people names... The first sign of... Yeah typical iSheepness.

Apple only has one Full HD device, all their phones have less than 2GB of RAM, & the same 8MP camera for how many years... Also iOS is the same sh*t with the new stuff stolen from Android. Other than that it's identical to 2009.

But hey they do look pretty. Apple is the blond bimbo of the phone world. Good to look at, but severely lacking in the inside. Everyone falls for it until they try better. lol

posted on 13 May 2015, 15:25 7

146. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

the "Same 8 megapixel camera" in the 6 and 6 plus are not equal to the iphone 5's "same 8 megapixel camera" , in reality the whole camera package of the 6 plus and 6 is quite noticeably superior to the iphone 5 camera. how would i know this? well countless reviews said it, professionals said it, and having me owned both devices can agree to that too.

ios steals from android and android steals from ios, what else is new? lollipop notifications on lockscreen is blatant iOS, hell even the drop down notification banners in lollipop at the top of the screen is iOS like.

can you blame apple for custom designing their own SoCs instead of having to rely on a external source? i am a fan of technology and hold no bias against nothing, but sadly you cant say the same.

it is a poor engineering choice to go from a 1080p panel to a quad hd display and not have the power to be able to run that quad hd display efficiently with high frame rate. that is what it is, not sure why your making excuses, my reply was to the other reply of "apple only does minimum improvements yearly" and i was stating other examples like this.

look at all the other what improvements? the lg g3 display became duller with lower brightness capability due to quad hd. battery life is the same if not slightly worse, all minimal improvements. stop acting like android oem's are making grandslam dramatic technological improvements in their devices every year because that is far from the truth lol.......

posted on 13 May 2015, 16:10 13

159. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

You talk a lot when the day is long... Apple didn't even have a "drop down notification" until "IOS 5"... When they stole it from Android. O.o

I started with IOS and now run both IOS and Android, cause I was tired of waiting for Apple to take all year to bring out 1 phone, with minimum upgrades!

I own iph6 and Note4 and my old OG-Note has more usable features than iphone6. O.o

posted on 13 May 2015, 17:01 2

171. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)

Android stole them from Apple's Cydia network. In other words, they saw the features released on Cydia, and implemented it, while laying claim they were the original ones. It all stems from Apple, and software designed for iPhone.

posted on 13 May 2015, 17:02 4

173. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

im talking about the notificaition banner that consumes the status bar and a little bit extra of screen estate when you recieve a message or notification( about .75 inches it takes up, the black box notification drop shade that occurs on iOS when you get a notificaiton and the white banner box on Lollipop), iOS had that first. on lollipop now it is a white notification banner that drops down when you get a notification, that is what i am talking about

not status bar notification, that is something different, iOS still doesnt have that which is a shame imo

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 09:04

314. imnobosh (Posts: 13; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

I'm not entirely sure but didn't cyanogen have notification banner before iOS and android lollipop? If that's the case, they both copied

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 10:31

302. M.O.A.B (Posts: 177; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)

i have gone through the 5 pages quickly of this 4 months old article, and you are present in all of them with at least 5 comments in each (some pages more than 10 or 20 comments) all of them in the same day trying to defend apple as much as you can and bashing almost all major android manufacturers yet you call whom you are arguing with a "fandroid"

you make some common sense points,, but other comments just prove you are an apple fanboy who's trying to defend his beloved company against any other phone in this planet

i mean when you talk about performance you bash samsung, when you talk about displays you bash lg and HTC, when you talk about specs you bash LG again, another example is you said "ios steals from android and android steals from ios" and you gave two examples about android stealing from ios and one of them is false

what i can see is just a clear apple fanboy-ism from you,, sorry to say that

posted on 18 May 2015, 07:15

241. riteshrkm (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Apr 2015)

Dude.....u talk of cameras....iphones 1.5 MP front camera can beat all the so called "Selfie android Phones" boast of having 5 MP....8 MP....front cams......ders nothing lyk...SAME 8 MP

posted on 13 May 2015, 14:14 4

121. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10278; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

I agree and I said the same about the LG G3 vs the G4, and the same for Sony with the Z3 and Z4. But at least with Android you can choose another OEM. Samsung doesn't really do this at all.

The S5 was a minor upgrade over the S4. Bit it did receive some significant differences vs what Apple does. The S5 was bigger, it got better cameras, even tho the display was the same resolution, it was a much better more color accurate display, it was water resistant and dust resistant, bigger battery and more.

Apple is using the same chip in the iPhone 6 as the iPhone 5S. Its the same A7, they simply called it an A8 and bumped the GHZ from 1.3 to 1.4. LAME!!!!!

The reason Samsung is the top selling phone OEM and why they sell 82M phone per quarter and why they are the top selling Android OEM with nearly 50% of the market is because they actually make better products than the rest of them.

posted on 13 May 2015, 14:53 1

130. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

bumping the mhz up 100 mhz only accounts for 8% performance increase so they actually added performance elsewhere, lower latency to main memory, and more.

posted on 13 May 2015, 15:47 2

152. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

the same can be said for the galaxy s5 prime which used a snapdragon 805, which is only slightly faster (not even 10% on the CPU side) over the 801, while pushing a quad hd display as opposed to 1080p.

well it is only more color accurate if you keep it in basic mode in screen settings, otherwise out the box the display stock stays on the default screen settings, which is way higher then the 100% SRGB rating that makes things looks really color accurate. it is only then when the screen is thrown in basic mode is it then very color accurate.

i guess you forgot too how Apple was acutally the top selling smartphone manufacturer in the world for one quarter last year lol.

the same exact literal thing can be said for the 5s going to the 6 plus, it got better cameras both front and back, it got faster, it got a higher resolution display and a dramatically bigger screen. and now that water and dust resistance is gone too now in the S6. way to exemplify everything in accordance to what you believe and are biased in lol.....

posted on 13 May 2015, 14:51 2

128. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

so the s4 to the s5, g2 to the g3, THE WHOLE DAM XPERIA Z LINE LOL FROM Z2 to z4 is not minimal improvements? man fandroids are so deluded its hilarious

posted on 13 May 2015, 11:46 2

62. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

just look at your post. i shake my head in how dumb it is. "i am not wrong" then you go and say "it offers superior performance" LOL.

the reason why it offers better performance is because the use of powerful hardware (the gpu in the 6 and 6 plus is equal to adreno 420 on non Apple metal API) and when Apple metal is used, the performance increase shoots up dramatically. a game like Vainglory on my note 4 runs at 720p and is pushing over a million polygons and it runs under 60 fps. the same exact game on my previous 6 plus ran at 1080p resolution with a constant 60 fps, that is a huge difference.

apple is already pushing the boundaries of mobile graphics as much as they can by providing the latest API Support, games like asphalt 8, modern combat, vainglory all run better on iOS then it does on Android. you are just spewing nonsense now, there are a TON of graphically intensive games on iOS

posted on 13 May 2015, 12:02 9

76. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Lol please. Your list is retarded. If you think it's because of the CPU and GPU. It's because of the software is not demanding at all and the super low resolution.

Man, Apple has you hook line and sinker and you are too stupid to realize it. Sigh.

posted on 13 May 2015, 14:52 6

129. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

its too bad that the 6 plus has to run at 2208x1244 resolution due to how iOS scales its things, it runs at 2208x1244 resolution then gets downscaled to 1080p. so running a game that is pushing over a million polygons at 1080p and running at 60 fps, while my note 4 runs the game at 720p with lower frame rate is really something (btw vainglory uses apple metal on iOS that is why) while vainglory on android does not use any of android extension pack. Taters takes this big fat L

posted on 13 May 2015, 15:48 5

153. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

no im just educated on this topic and subject and you arent. i have presented and shown facts while you spew nonsense. now hold this L

posted on 13 May 2015, 14:18 4

122. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10278; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Again you are comparing a game that has direct hardware access to Android which is a VM. Also the devs typically make the game better on iOS because they usually charge for it, while on Android most times it free.

posted on 13 May 2015, 15:27 1

147. miket1737 (Posts: 2718; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)

you just dont have the same quality of games on android as you do on ios though because developers would much rather develop for a few set pieces of hardware configuration as opposed to having to develop and code their game for thousands of different hardware configurations.

there is free games on iOS that are free and you have to pay on Android and there are free games on Android that you have to pay on iOS it goes both ways

posted on 13 May 2015, 18:51 3

190. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)

Ugh stop using games as an example. Any sane gamer would use a dedicated device with controller and can see past 'gaming' on a phone or tablet. As a gamer and many of my friends, I and they would never use any sort of phone or tablet.

posted on 07 Sep 2015, 10:08 1

301. j2001m (Posts: 2950; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Yes and no, mk10 is running like crap on my iPad Air 2 why on my s6 edge plus ther I just got it runs supper fast without problems, so it's just luck

posted on 13 May 2015, 12:59 3

107. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)

How about this analogy.
You have, lets say Aiwa music line with 200w pmpo and you tell me my Mark Levinson no. 27 with just 100w is sht.
You cant say Iphone is outdated because it is not same philosophy as android phones. Everything Apple put in their products is high grade, thats the reason they are at top.

On the other hand, imagine Iphone with octa core A9 and 20 mpix camera and 4 gb of ram. Even with those ''old specs'' it is competitive with all others. If they put what you want all other companies could run out of work.

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