Better than expected component yields could lead to an August release for the Apple iPhone 6s
posted by Alan F. / May 18, 2015, 9:58 AM
As it turns out, Samsung might have a legitimate reason for rushing out the Galaxy Note 5 in July. According to reports published today, Apple's supply chain has been able to produce components for the next iPhone models with a healthy enough yield, that the new units could be released in August. In addition, Apple has apparently been ordering from its supply chain in record quantities indicating that the tech titan expects huge demand for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
The Apple iPhone 6s is expected to include the Force Touch feature used on the Apple Watch. This measures how hard the screen is pressed and means that a light tap on the display could produce a different response than a harder touch in the same location. While Apple is expected to keep the same screen sizes for the new models (4.7-inches for the iPhone 6s and 5.5-inches for the iPhone 6s Plus), the new units are expected to be powered by the Apple A9 chip and include 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM. The rear camera is expected to get a bump from the current 8MP to 12MP. To prevent bending, Apple is said to be using Series 7000 aluminum. Not only is the aircraft grade material used on the Apple Watch, it also is 60% stronger than conventional aluminum.
While it sounds like things are going "full steam ahead" for Apple on the hardware side, there still is the question of whether software will be ready for an earlier launch. Next month, Apple will probably release a version of iOS 9 for developers at WWDC. Whether the new build can be ready for an August iPhone 6s launch is a huge question mark.
While Apple might not be able to have its act together in time for an early iPhone launch, it sounds like the powers that be at Samsung believe that its rival can do it, which is why Sammy is rumored to be working tirelessly to get the Galaxy Note 5 announced in July.
Thanks for the tip!
source: UDN (1, translated), (2, translated) via GforGames
That's what they say. But I still think it'll be released on September.
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:02 AM 4
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Yea, Apple doesn't release phones based on component availability. They have released with shortages before and release based on holiday proximity. Also, I think this may be the first year that fewer iPhones sell than last year. Usually people upgrade when their contract ends. In the US though, those who were waiting on the larger screen likely bought the iPhone 6/+. Which means this year only people who are on renewing their contract will upgrade to the 6s/+. There is no reserve of people waiting for "force touch" as there was for a larger screen. Usually they up the numbers by releasing in a new major market as well. They went to Japan with the 5s and China with the 6/+. This year though, only India is left and I haven't seen any plans to hit that one any harder than they already have. Apple seems to somehow sell more every year so they may actually end up doing it, but this time it is more doubtful that before.
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:14 AM 0
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I have predicted a stock decline for some time in Apple stocks due to this problem, I can only see sales going down and the s6 and s6 edge will help with this, they will need something big for the iPhone 7, all they out, due to the ongoing tech that Samsung can come up with, Apple have had to turn this year to Samsung for there ram and CPU tech so it starts now
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:25 AM 2
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The hate is real. Every yr Apple keeps making more and more money. Samsung fans been talking sh*t about apple failing since the S3. Yet Apple still sells the most phones and still the most valuable company among all phone company by a long shot.
posted on May 18, 2015, 12:22 PM 3
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Remember last year when you had the same doubts on the iPhones selling in China? and how the iPhone could not produce record-breaking sales? Probably not, but weirdly I still do. That is not to say demand will be as huge as last year's, but I have reason to believe this may happen this year regardless of how the odds may be stacked against them (and no, people won't be flooding into Apple Stores to buy the 6S because of Force Touch, some people simply live beyond these features)
posted on May 18, 2015, 11:36 AM 0
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As much as this has been rumored in the past, I think this could be legit this year. Apple is releasing a lot of new product this year, so spacing things out a bit would make sense. Apple has released the iPhone in the summer before. I can see them launching them having a Apple TV and iPad event, but I question having to major products launched at the same time. It could work being its the Christmas season and both would make good gifts. Basically it will be Apple watch in spring, iPhone in summer and iPad/Apple TV in the fall. Keep in mi d that the Apple TV and Apple Watch will more than likely not have a new model every year.
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:13 AM 0
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Its clear Apple are worried about S6/Edge, which in turn leads them to want to release early, Samsung are worried due to people buying any iPhone Apple release, so want to release Note 5 BEAST, With new edge and TOP of the line specs to the public earlier. This is the only reason I can comprehend 2G of ram will be highlighted by the press as "Innovation" SMH
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:23 AM 1
These are just component yields. It ain't even official if Apple is gonna releaase the new iPhone earlier than expected. Also, why should they be afraid? They have like tons of money that can make them last longer than Samsung
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:54 AM 5
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The only part of specs that Apple talks about is CPU - just name, A9. Nothing more than that, they never say what exactly are specs of CPU, nor they say about amount of RAM, so most of Apple users will never even know about this and they don't know about what's inside iPhone 6.
posted on May 18, 2015, 11:17 AM 2
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Why wouldn't the software be ready early, it's the same since IOS 7..... Still, Apple is smart enough to milk people like Mxyzptlk a little longer. Why stop iPhone 6 sales prematurely when it's doing so well. Give it the full year. I hope Samsung is not actually stupid enough to believe Apple would do an early release and rush the Note 5 because of it.
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:27 AM 3
Well since that is your emphasis on Apple, droid, then there is no way insecurity can leave you.
posted on May 18, 2015, 10:55 AM 3
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If the iPhone 6S has a 1080p screen and the power vr GX6650 gpu or better i might seriously pick one up. Probably only going to happen in my dreams but i can be optimist right lol. seriously thinking about picking up a tablet as well, Hopefully the next galaxy tab or apple ipad will check every thing off my list of wants from a tablet.
posted on May 18, 2015, 1:56 PM 1
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