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.

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

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33 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

That's what they say. But I still think it'll be released on September.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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.

9. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

People keep predicting the doom, and they have been wrong for 8 years.Only 20% of Apple's installed base updated to the iPhone 6/6 Plus, so there is plenty of room for growth.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Finalflash, and j2001m sound so desperate for Aaple to fail. Every year regardless to upgrades or not, Apple sells more phones than the previous years. I'm reading their comments laughing dude.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Where did he predict doom?

30. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

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.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple hasn't sold the most phones ever. Not one single year.

56. brunelian92

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Useless comment award. Of course they are. They are the biggest company on the world.

25. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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)

27. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah it will sell really good but not as much as 6 it's really doubtful.

2. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

nice!!

3. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

why should they release a phone in august???

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My body is ready.

63. ohplease

Posts: 40; Member since: May 12, 2015

My body will decide if it is ready after the actual announcement.

5. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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.

7. Retrospective1

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 24, 2015

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

16. gaming64 unregistered

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

43. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's all rumors, Apple, Samsung... In the absence of actual news, they've got to run something.

18. kimihiro

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I really hate it when people make it look like Apple uses the word innovation too much when in fact they seldom use it. I see it more in Android manufacturers nowadays.

23. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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.

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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.

17. gaming64 unregistered

Well since that is your emphasis on Apple, droid, then there is no way insecurity can leave you.

28. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

He should change his name from Taters, to Haters.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO hella funny yo. Good one. +10

38. Sauce5 unregistered

Dude probably rings a bell in his moms basement when he wants some twinkies or ho-ho's delivered to his cave.

54. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Like Allan from The Hangover lol.

32. errodd

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I guess a bigger battery is not one of their upgrades for the 6s models :(

34. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Every single year PA writes an article about the iPhone being released before September, and every single year it doesn't happen. When are you guys going to learn?

41. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

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.

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