Thicker iPhone 6s may spell trouble for existing accessories, tip case makers

Thicker iPhone 6s may spell trouble for existing accessories, tip case makers
After German carriers leaked the release date of the new iPhone 6s again, a German accessory seller is now reconfirming the rumor that Apple's upcoming iPhone will be thicker than the iPhone 6, despite keeping an almost identical outward appearance.

We first glimpsed at exactly how much thicker would the iPhone 6s be from leaked schematics, showing a 7.1mm chassis, instead of the 6.9mm girth we have now on the iPhone 6. It didn't look like much at the time, but the e-tailer Arctis is now showing that it may take brand new cases to wrap your iPhone 6s, compared to what comes for the iPhone 6, unless your existing case doesn't fit as snuggly as quality wrappers do.

Given the rumors that Apple's screen suppliers are having issues making enough in-cell touch screens for the alleged higher screen resolution of the iPhone 6s, the new handset could arrive with a slightly thicker lamination, which would explain an eventual 0.2mm move. Another possible screen-related reason is the Force Touch layer that the new iPhone would allegedly incorporate, distinguishing between a light tap, and a full press, like on the Apple Watch.

Alternatively, this might be due to the expected higher camera resolution, if the 12 MP module that is rumored has more girth than the current protruding 8 MP thingy on the back of the iPhone 6. In any case, if Apple exits the exclusive sub-7mm club with the iPhone 6s, it could be also for the sake of a larger battery, and that would be a trade off worth taking. Check out the thicker cases, allegedly made for the iPhone 6s, in the slideshow below.

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 APL0898, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1715 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



15. SundovChildress

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Getting a new iPhone 6S, then watch this video and transfer data from old smartphones to new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

For the first time since the 3G, I won't be lining up. Even if it has what I want, I'm still waiting for the early reviews, and for iFixit to do a teardown, and reveal the ram.

6. ceepyou

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

So the Apple iPhone 6 Plus is already 7.1mm thin. Couldn't someone have doctored the image to include the side profile measurement of the next gen 6 Plus? Couldn't that also be a 6s Plus case beside the 6? I checked Apple's website and the rest of the measurements match. Also, the reason the 6 Plus is 7.1 on is the optical image stabilization. Maybe the iPhone 6s will get OIS!

7. ceepyou

Posts: 69; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I'm speaking purely of the pictures, not the video which may show a production run error. Also, the case manufacturers will solve this with a little more flexible edges around the glass and it can fit both. Many iPad Air/Air 2 cases that are not feather light and paper thin do this.

3. carlemillward unregistered

I am glad it did not get any thinner. if it did, the rest of the OEMs will react by making an even thinner phone which not only shrinks battery size but makes good cameras protrude, as if this makes us feel happier. I think 7-8mm is where phones should be, NOT 11mm or 6mm.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

4.85mm OPPO R5s have bigger battery than i6 *fly away*


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

and significantly worse battery life (assuming the battery is further optimised further from the og R5)

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

We ate talking about iPhone and you mentioned OPPO!!!!!! Are you crazy?????

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well I'm sure Apple fans are alteady used to buying new accessories every time new model comes out (ugh...MBP charger...ugh)

2. yann

Posts: 616; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Dude, I don't know what kind of device you're using, but it doesn't matter. If you take new galaxy, or moto, or other... Did you use your old case??? No, you buy new one, right? Then why blaming Apple fans? Personally i'm fan of solid design phones and I don't use cases.

4. yourmom

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

it's because 'S' version of the device never has any design changes, so old cases can still be used this was the case with iPhone 3G,4,5

11. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Don't feed the troll

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But the difference is, Samsung actually for examples, changes the device every year. This years iPhone and last years model are exactly the same design and look. That's the difference. Identical phones should be able to use the same case. Oh and just FYI, the Note 4 and 5 can use the same case and are 2 different models. The iPhone 6 and 6s are identical models. just leik the 5/5S, 4/4S and 3GS/2.

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

Do you get off making up b*llsh*t? As an owner of both the Note 4 & 5, I can tell you unequivocally that you cannot use the same case for both. The 5 is thinner, less wide, shorter, it has different speaker placement, different headphone jack placement, & different mic placement. What would make you even say that? The phones are barely even the same shape. The more say, the more obvious it is that you never have any idea what you're talking about.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Actually iPhones don't change but every two years, so I do t know where you get that at. MBP charger? Come on dude.

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