Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus might come with animated, Apple Watch-like motion wallpapers

Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus might come with animated, Apple Watch-like motion wallpapers
The next batch of iPhones is coming out on September 9 and the rumors flying around will hardly cease to circulate until the device arrives. We already seem to know all the differences and new features that will separate the new iPhones from the 2014 generation. As the market launch of the upcoming iOS handsets is also just around the corner, it was not very surprising that an alleged iPhone 6s Plus box cutout allegedly leaked recently, aiding speculations that iOS 9 might come with an interesting new feature.

Purportedly featuring a picture of a koi fish at the top, the alleged iPhone 6s Plus box fueled certain rumors that the device might support motion wallpapers for the lock screen, mostly similar to the ones that the Apple Watch employs. As a refresher, the Apple Watch will greet you with a swimming jellyfish, flowers, or butterflies flying around when you raise your wrist to check the time. 

It's said that these motion wallpapers might adorn the lock screen of the upcoming iPhones. The home screen will most likely not feature such motion wallpapers, not only because it will be mostly hidden under a host of icons, but also due to the bigger toll it might take on your battery life.

Additionally, 9To5Mac reminds that Apple's chief designer, Jony Ive, might have heavily hinted that such a feature is indeed headed towards Cupertino's smartphones in a review earlier this year. He claimed that the iPhone "feels old" when you directly compare the latter's display technology with the Apple Watch's one. As a refresher, the wearable has an OLED display, while iPhones traditionally arrive with IPS displays. Is this a sign that Apple is poised to put OLED/AMOLED panels in its future iPhones? 

Only time will tell.

Alleged iPhone 6s Plus box cutout

Alleged iPhone 6s Plus box cutout

source: 9To5Mac

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2750 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

fugly wallpapers!

47. cheetah2k

Posts: 2156; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Live Wallpapers.. LOLOLOLOL Apple trying so hard to be Android

50. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

These wallpapers are better than the previous one (which is more feminine I think). I'm glad that it is now designed for both men and women. There's one thing that bothers me. PA mentioned that "the device might support motion wallpapers for the lock screen, mostly similar to the ones that the Apple Watch employs". SRSLY? Do you mean "similar to the ones that Android employs"? Every time you review Android devices (like Galaxy S6), you always mention its concepts always came from Apple iPhone. Sorry, I lost my respect for you.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple watch like wallpapers, eh? So that's where they got the idea.. .

30. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

yeah right.... my Blackberry from 2010 already had animated wallpapers :-/

4. carlemillward unregistered

Does it come with Mickey Mouse?

5. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Motion? It's called live wallpapers you freaking sheep.:)

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I will turn it off to preserve battery life. Just like I did with the dynamic wallpaper on my 5S.

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Dynamic wallpaper is really cool, it's pointless, but the way it interacts based on your own motion is awesome - wish there was more variety in dynamic designs, not just underwater bubbles. These "fish" wallpapers may just react based on how you handle your phone - wouldn't that be cool... Anyways - I keep mine "ON" behind the icons - just seems more modern than some wallpaper...

26. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Wouldn't that be cool? Of course it is, we know that because Android has had it for the last half decade.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I have a live wallpapper on my android thats do the same thing. Its parralax effect nothing more using your phone gyroscope. At least i can choose one of like 30 different background thats move in parralax effect or even a picture of my choice. Thats what i keep saying with Android i have the choice.. As for what you said about fish thats react depending on how you handle your phone or what you do on screen well i have thats on android since at least 2010 lol Thanks for supporting my cause against Apple Alik its lovely.

38. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's been around for quite awhile now. IIRC Android 2.1 introduced live wallpapers, I got that update shortly after I picked up my first smartphone, the original Droid Incredible. Interactive wallpapers have been around for quite awhile as well, some react to a touch on the screen, some react by the orientation of the phone (tiliting, spinning, etc). There was even a live wallpapers that used the camera to show what was behind the phone, in essence, making your phone appear transparent like Tony Stark's phone from Iron Man 2. That was around while I was still using my Incredible, so 2010-2011. As others have stated, it's not necessarily about wanting to show who was first, it's about a little payback for the iPhone zealots telling us the same thing since Android started. Anytime a new feature was added, people screamed "Copy!" or that we were just finally getting that feature. So why shouldn't turnabout be fair play when the reverse happens and Apple is the one "copying" from Android. And as I've said many times in the past, of course competitors are going to add features their competition has, that's how you stay competitive. But that fell on deaf ears when Android was accused of taking from Apple, which is highly hypocritical IMHO.

7. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

apples take on live wallpapers, cant wait to see.

9. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

A bit of customisation thrown you're way lol.

10. EbonyPericarp

Posts: 67; Member since: May 02, 2015

This is not good a idea for Apple. They sacrifice battery size for bling and thin devices, so animated wallpaper will make this problem a lot worse... unless the next iPhone will be a brick with huge battery.

11. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

You're 'a little' late to the party, Apple, but welcome.

13. AlikMalix unregistered

You know when Android finally had their own first touch screen - I was happy for another platform. When Android added an App Store like Apple's - I was happy that the other platform got it. When Android manufacturers finally went past 300ppi screens like iPhones - I didnt scream "welcome to the party" When Android manufacturers finally added enough ram and processor cores to run smoothly like iPhones - I was happy for them. Etc., etc.. Fastforward to today: When Android finally announced proper app permission controls in "M" - I thought it's finally time to give Android a shot again. Android manufacturers finally adding a properly working fingerprint sensors (not the crap Atrix had) - I gave em "thumbs" up (pun intended) Android manufacturers finally breaking the 64bit barrier - do I welcome to the future with sarcasm? no, better for everyone... Bottom line... Apple and Android are both pushing tech - just because you're in denial that Android been introducing features/concepts that Apple already had, does not mean that Apple is late to the party... Apple and Android Manufacturers are different in plans, and how they think... I would never say that Android sucks (only to shut the haters up when they deserve it)... But I'd rather there be a lot of contrast in platforms instead of pushing one to be like the other... then there will be no point!

16. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

great post man!

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I was happy with my nokia's touchscreen nokia have their own app store since long time ago (even before 2004 I guess :-/ ) when apple break their own rule by making iPhone bigger than 3.5inch, i dont care and congratulation for having 1 more core, more MP for your camera, and 2GB RAM.. maybe next year (or year after that) they'll give you 2k screen, and 2000mAh+ battery for non phablet model.. (i'm sure theyll get that component if it became cheap enough and wont hurt they profit margin)

19. AlikMalix unregistered

I dont care if they got a little hamster inside running in a wheel generating power and processing speed.... As long as it's as smooth and as sharp as my 5s, and lasts thru the day like my 5s, and takes good photos like my 5s... To be honest if 5s had Apple Pay, I probably wouldnt upgrade... But lets talk about how you dont care about iPhones but overly obsessed on talking every moment of your life about it. 1st. Where did apple make a rule about sticking with 3.5" 2nd. With current specs iPhone does most things faster or just as fast as Android phones with double/tripple the specs. 3rd. What's the benefit of 2K screens - it's not much sharper but slows down system, eats more battery, and etc. etc. 4th. I'm sure even if Apple does build a device with double of the best spec'ed Android phone - you'll still bitch and wine about something as you always do... Dont even reply, my post was just rhetoric cuz, your s**t is pointless..

33. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You should care unless you like overpaying for things. You are like that sucker that is satisfied with the status quo when Apple should be giving you A LOT more for your money. 2nd, 3rd, and 4th is total BS too btw.

36. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

1- Job clearly said bigger screen than 3.5 would make the phone less usable one hand and he had to die for the company to go against thats so its an unofficial rule ;) 2 - thats thanks to the OS but dont excuse the subpar hardware. If they gave you same hardware as high end android you would keep your ios device 5 year or more before you need to change it would thats not be amazing? Its okay to be fine with what you have its okay to spend money on a device allready made to start having trouble after 1 OS update lol. 3 - Under 6 inch you are tottaly right OMG we agree on something? 4 - well maybe thats guy over there would but i would not! a iphone with same hardware as a S6 would be a killer phone but its wont happen because Apple dont beleive in giving the best possible product but more to get the highest margin per phone and use marketing trick to make the phone look better than it is. i will reply to any post i want :)

40. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Dude, 2k is a lot sharper than your "retina"

22. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

You're right about all of that. However, I think what bothers many people is that people ignore the presence of many features on Android phones, but years later Apple somehow puts it or something similar on their phones and all the sheep act like Apple is a god because of that 'new' feature. On a side note, I always loved Android phones over iPhones because I felt that they offered more features and much more freedom in using the device that I bought. Now, iPhones are becoming more like Android feature wise but I still wouldn't buy one because I detest Apple's business practices (although it is great for their shareholders). And unfortunately, several Android manufacturers and mainly Samsung are copying Apple too much and removing features which Android users have always loved because they offered advantages over iPhones.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Suddenly, android decided to add app permissions like it was on iPhones, fingerprint readers that work, and tokenized mobile pay, maybe try to move towards 64bit, and finally better background tasking software like it was on iOS all these years. But for some changing fonts and icons is much more important than controlling app permissions. I'm not disagreeing with you, just adding to your point. Yes android manufacturers are many and there are features and ideas from many on different phones - I look at iPhones as a consortium of best features and ideas in one device - sometimes Apple takes their time to add something, but when they do - their version seems better most of the times. It doesn't make sense to many here - but I like iOS for the things it omits rather than the things it puts in. Hope of all people you understand that.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sorry, but app permissions was in Android before, in GB I believe. They pulled it for some reason, but the idea was there. Fingerprint scanner was also a copied idea, except that Apple bought the better tech company and kept it from everyone else. Apple Pay is virtually identical to the original Google Wallet (including tokenization) - unfortunately, the carriers blocked it because they had plans for their own pay system, ISIS. So Google had to work around it. As for 64bit, that was happening regardless of Apple. ARM announced a 64bit road map a year before the A8. In fact, without ARMs work, there'd have been no A8. Apple simply rushed to come out with one first because they know the average buyer thinks that 64 must be twice as good as 32.

37. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Nope you are wrong. Background tasking was almost non existant on all iphone ( iphone as almost no multitasking ability ) Tokenized mobile payement is a joke there is LOAD of fraud on the new Apple pay system just look on the web. Fingerprint reader thats work superb now we can all get out finger scanned by Apple ( no thanks ) App permissions was available on android 2.3 so december 2010 was added to ios on ios 8 if i am correct so after android... I personally never changed my fonts and icons but i did change my keyboard for one more apropriate to my need.. up to ios 8 could you do thats? I look at iPhones as a consortium of stolen idea rebranded to look as innovative in one device.. the new spotlight look like a joke compared to Google now we tryed it on an iphone using beta ios 9. The new Apple music interface is a mess compared to other streaming music solutions. The Apple map was soo good when its came out and even today its inferior to google map. Notification center is also a joke on ios compared to most android Your last sentence make sense but i like when i have the option to use a feature or not. ( more precisely to install it myself and have the power to remove features i dont want ) So i do like a clean Android not a crappy one like Crapwiz from shamesung. See you not alone to have a different view.

25. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

You're getting all worked up, mayte. I actually am happy for it and all those features you mention. I just think they could've made it happen sooner with the live wallpaper. My comment is nothing about Android vs Apple (I'm not a hater or fan of any platform). I'm sorry if you see it that way.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe you didn't, I don't know. But Apple zealots have been screaming "copy!!! " since the first iPhone released (and before the iWatch released). Even on features and devices that beat little to no resemblance to anything Apple did. And Apple (under Steve Jobs) reinforced that idiocy with their own comments and ridiculous lawsuits. To this day, no group yells it louder or more often. Nobody would bat an eye at Apple's blatant copying of not for that epic hypocrisy.

35. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Hey lets play with those info you gave :) Apple app store release date : 10 July 2008 Android app store release date : 22 october 2008 ( did not take Google long to get on the game ;) ) Apple first 300 ppi + phone iphone 4 got announced around the 7 of june 2010 Android first 300 ppi + phone an LG got out 7 of october 2011 ( yay more than 1 year after ) Android always had more features and possibility so yeah its heavier this is why the more features you add to an iphone the slower its get ( this is why i dont recommend iphone user to do more than 1 OS update and even then... ) Fast foward to today. Apple since 2-3 year started getting features android has since more than 3 to 5 years : Live wall papper , Notification center , multitasking , split screen , picture in picture ( video you can resize ) , spotlight ( Google now clone ) , Low power mode ( battery saver ) , new apps ( HTC blinkfeed or flipboard clone ) , Custom keyboard , Keyboard shortcut , ios note ( upgraded to be just like Evernote... ) , Apple map , Automatic update , Business security features , Camera filter ect ect ect.. i could go on forever. Android did copy bit from there to there like some gestures and a rectangular phone with a touch screen and round corner lol. Break 64 bit barrier? completely useless on a smartphone. Dev cant even exploit fully current 32 bit phone lol ( maybe iphone they can ) Maybe in a few years when they will start doing apps and games thats fully use all the core of a soc and not only 2. As for the last part thats exactly what is happening Ios is becoming more and more like android as its copy much more features from android than android copy from ios. Just a question of numbers. ios copy 10 features. android copy 1 feature. Also this is why i dont use iphone because as there is not many OEM making ios device the evolution is very very slow.

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