Apple is gearing up to announce the next-generation iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in September. The tech giant has reportedly placed orders for up to 90 million units of new iPhones. The Web is flooded with rumors, leaks and renders of the iPhone 6S, and almost all of them point to Force Touch integration into Apple’s new smartphones.
Is this rectangular cut for Force Touch?
And now the ever reliable French publication NoWhereElse.fr has obtained images of the iPhone 6S display panel from the production line that confirm Force Touch in the new iPhones. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said on various occasions that Force Touch was set to appear in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. That seems like a natural extension considering Apple has already introduced the feature in Apple Watch and MacBooks.
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At first glance, the panel looks similar to that in the iPhone 6. But take a closer look and you’ll see a small rectangle cut into the thin metal plate that separates the screen from other internal components. It is reportedly for the taptic engine that would be placed as closely to the glass surface as possible. NoWhereElse.fr has a flawless record of correctly revealing the features and specs of Apple’s future products.
iPhone 6S renders point to a thicker phone
In another report, a number of leaked renders of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus from OnLeaks and uSwitch show that the new phones will be thicker than their predecessors. The 6S will be 7.1mm thick compared to 6.9mm of the iPhone 6. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6S Plus will have a thickness of 7.3mm, slightly thicker than the 7.1mm of the current iPhone 6 Plus.
Ming-Chi Kuo said in June that Apple would increase the thickness of its phones to accommodate Force Touch sensors in the new iPhones. Another reason could be Apple’s attempt to avoid ‘bendgate.’ The Cupertino-based tech giant will reportedly use Series 7000 aluminum alloy in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to make them bend-proof.
Reports suggest that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will feature 2GB RAM, 12MP main camera, 5MP front-facing camera, A9 processor, and a new NFC chip.