Apple to introduce reworked colors, 7000 series aluminum to upcoming iPhone 6s & 6s Plus?

Apple to introduce reworked colors, 7000 series aluminum to upcoming iPhone 6s & 6s Plus?
When it comes to spying in Apple's own backyard, KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo is second to none. The all-knowing iPhone Nostradamus has published another research note where reasonably realistic sounding claims about the upcoming iPhone 6s & 6s Plus duo are abundant.

First among the latest round of Kuo predictions is the potential incorporation of 7000-series aluminium, the highest strength aluminium alloy in the industry, inside the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus' bodies. This should, theoretically, prevent another #bendgate debacle, and could, ultimately, make the iPhone less fragile. It's also the same kind of aluminum used in the Apple Watch Sport and regular editions.

Second in the servings are some rumored color reworkings. The addition of a rose gold-colored iPhone 6s / 6s Plus model gets another mention. Reportedly, it will look like the 18K rose gold Apple Watch edition. There's also the possibility of Apple going all-out and releasing a luxury 18K gold iPhone with a price tag for the rich. Regardless, the familiar champagne gold iPhone is said to be getting more of a 18K yellow gold-like shade, while the Space Gray color scheme is said to become darker.

Despite these changes, the iPhone 6s & 6S Plus should look the same as last year iPhones, but Kuo expects them to grow wider and taller by 0.15mm, and their bodies could get 0.2mm thicker - all due to the incorporation of Force Touch technology, which will make the iPhone's screen sensitive to firm presses and unlock a new set of gesture controls.

Kuo reiterates that the iPhone 6s & 6s Plus' release is scheduled for September, as per the usual ordeal. Yesterday, we learned that Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron is already ramping up its army of workers to meet production demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus' successors, so it seems all is going to plan.

source: Macotakara.jp (Translated) via Apple Insider

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34 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Lets see what you got Apple.

26. Simona unregistered

still protruding camera ? fail !

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Ready to see somethin cool.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If that extra .2mm also eliminates the camera bump I'm all for it. This is the first iPhone I've ever seriously considered, but it has to have haptic feedback while typing. Whenever I type on a current iPhone it just feels wrong without it. If they do, and it's even half as good as the trackpad on the new Macbook, it'll be better than any tactile keyboard out there (and that is NOT a dig at any current keyboard.)

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I hope they do bring it. I want every company to introduce new and greater ideas every year, regardless of the where it comes from. The internal pressure of competition is the great engine of innovation.

5. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

I know right?! this is what turns the wheels of change and the gears of innovation

6. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Keep it up Apple. Can't wait to see your new innovations.

7. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

Make the Space Gray like the iPhone 5 and I will buy it in a heartbeat.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

What a shame that was. They had amazing colours on the 5, and they remove possibly the best colour with some s**tty dark grey

10. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

The black iPhone 5 scratched very easily, so they used the Space Gray color on the 5s because it was harder to scratch.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This is bullsh.t, they could use stronger materials. I personally don't like black iP5, gray 5S is one of best looking phones ever, and gray 6 is sexy as hell aswell (except for camera)

20. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That was "Slate" color not "Space gray". I would like the rose gold, it looks a bit like copper to me.

29. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

that color was the best!

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I personally would love to see the mixture breakdown of the 7000 series aluminum they plan to use. Just quoting a series number means nothing. Aluminum gains strength as the series goes up, based on what other metals its mixed with to ad the strength. using a higher series wont stop it from bending though. If you look at the teardown of the iPhone 6 models, you will see that Apple basically laid the PCB and other parts directly into the cutout case and there isn't any metal plating. Samsung for example, usually puts a magnesium plate inside the device to prevent it from bending so easy. What's funny is, Apple claimed like Qualcomm, bending wasn't a problem. So I am curious as to why Apple started an insurance coverage for replacing the iPhone 6 models where you had to pay 50% the retail cost for a replacement? Sound like free money for a problem they knew about. The 5S was the best looking of any phone they've made they should have just made it bigger.

13. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

100% agree, especially with last sentence.

15. gaming64 unregistered

Agree with you from the bottom to the top.

18. phatride4ever

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

7000 is a whole lot more expensive too. Wont change bending too much

19. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They are probably going to use the same series 7000 custom alloy like in Apple watch, and they willl probably scale it to iPad an Macs too in the future. Series number only relates to waht metal has been added, which may relate to strength but also to other alloy properities. Apple unibody structure is really neat, it's really strong even with relativelly small amount of material just as strong as samsung's design with that supposed magnesium plate in bend tests. BTW there are structural renforcements everywhere in that casing. And yes of course each iPhone is in it's own way really unique and gorgeous... But I thought android fans liked the iPhone 4 more than the iPhone 5 design. And why should be bending a problem ? Because it's Apple and it has to be a scandal ? Everything can be bend, either acidentally or not, but you will get your phone replaced at Apple or even with different brands if it was an accident, because they have great consumer service.

23. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Actually no flagship phones bends only iPhone 6 and 6 plus bends with hand of course.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17456; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There was a bending problem because phones were bending from sitting in front pockets. Period.

22. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah am I the only one that thinks iPhone 6's design was just a go back to iPhone 3g? I prefer the iPhone 5 design more.

14. Tizo101

Posts: 597; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I wonder there is gonna be a battery bump with all this innovation going on.

16. gaming64 unregistered

Wondering if the people who can't move on about old bendgate will still wine.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Thicker, wider, and taller to include something useless like force touch? Apple never made this mistake before. Apple never made this mistake before. Sure they forced high res on the iPad 3 by making it super fat and overheat but resolution is actually important and tied to the display, which is one of the only things that can justify a larger size to the masses. And even then they were forced to release the iPad 4 five months later to correct this. Looks like they have pulled another HTC/Sony move here. Forcing in useless features at the expense of size. No one needs force touch like no one needs boomsound and waterproofing. If they add OIS to the camera then it might be worth the size but so far they have been going backwards easily if the rumours are true. Smaller pixels in the sensor, wider, thicker, and taller for no good reason. HTC esque moves definitely.

21. Iodine

Posts: 1499; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Look at the simple fact that if Apple is willing to increase the thickness of the device to add a feature, you know it's going to be a killer one. Do you really think they want to go backward in their unstoppable effort of thinning down, just because of a regular gimmick ? You don't even know what Force Touch could bring yet it's already a bad thing for you.

24. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Force touch can be really useful but to have that they need bigger battery it will be fine on the plus one but the it would be a battery killer for the other iPhone.

28. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Well, if it's useless on laptops, chances are it's useless on the iPhone. Safari on the iPhone , for example, doesn't even let you build up speed to scroll to the bottom of the page faster and that's one of the only areas where doing it faster or slower makes sense.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Screw the colors. I wanna see 2 gigs of ram, tri core A9, force touch, 12mp rear cam, 3mp front camera, and every single iOS9 feature.

27. -ARTE-

Posts: 80; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

Screw the 2gb Ram, a 3gb Ram would be much better. Quad core A9. I will definitely buy that.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31534; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why don't you get lost. You're not even wanted on this site.

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