Better than expected component yields could lead to an August release for the Apple iPhone 6s

Better than expected component yields could lead to an August release for the Apple iPhone 6s
Earlier today, we passed along some speculation that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 would have an earlier than expected July unveiling. Samsung is said to be rushing the next iteration of its phablet out the door in order to beat out the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus that normally would be unveiled some time in September.

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.

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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.

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source: UDN (1, translated), (2, translated) via GforGames

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