Apple hasn’t announced anything officially yet. Nevertheless, there are new, interesting leaks that indicate the next iPhones will look similar to last year’s iPhones 6 and 6 Plus. They’ll likely follow a similar release schedule, but will bring a number of new features. Media sources are calling the new models iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Perhaps the best of the new iPhone features will be a better camera. MacRumors.com said on Aug. 25 that Apple’s moving up to a 12 megapixel camera this year. That’s a big step up from the 8 megapixel camera we’ve seen in iPhones 5, 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus.
Also, MacWorld.co.uk said on Aug. 25 that Apple has hardened the iPhone’s casing in response to the “bendgate” stories that say iPhones 6 and 6 Plus are too flexible to stay rigid in the back pocket of a tight pair of jeans. Apple has incorporated harder metals into the alloy used in the casing. They’ve also strengthened the places most likely to bend. Check the video attached to this article for views of the new casings.
Another big change highlighted in both MacRumors and MacWorld is that Apple’s offering a new iPhone color: rose gold. This matches one of the Apple Watch colors, and increases the number of colors on offer to four: gold, rose gold, space gray, and silver.
It’s likely that these, or some future iPhones, will accept input based on how hard the user presses the touch screen. The Apple Watch does that and it’s known as force touch.
T-Mobile.com began in July to promote a free upgrade to the next iPhone, in T-Mobile stores, for anyone who buys iPhone 6 with a T-Mobile Jump plan for $15 per month. T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsch Telekom is offering its German customers reservations for the “next iPhone.”
Apple increased the base storage size last year for the iPhone 6 Plus to 64 gigabytes and it’s priced higher than previous new iPhone base models at $299 with 2-year carrier commitment. The base model pricing for iPhone 6 was the same as iPhones 4, 4s, 5, and 5s when new: $199 with new 2-year carrier commitment. Apple has changed its model last year so that far more storage comes with each $100 increase in price. For $299 buyers get 64 GB and for $399 they get 128 GB.
New pricing and leasing plans from the major U.S. carriers are changing the old pricing deal and pushing customers toward more expensive plans that add $15 or more to each month’s payment to cover a new phone, but allow customers to upgrade to newer phones in less than two years. Tech prices generally fall over time. Expect more creativity in this arena, coming from carriers such as T-Mobile and big box stores like Best Buy and Target.
Last year, Sept. 19 was the release date for the iPhone with preorders beginning Sept. 12. The year before, iPhones 5c and 5s were in stores by Sept. 20. Three years ago Apple announced iPhone 5 on Sept. 12 and released it shortly thereafter. So Friday, Sept. 18 is a reasonable prediction of the date that new model iPhones will actually be available for purchase in the U.S. in 2015. Apple’s announcement should occur just after Labor Day which is Sept. 7.
Naturally, the next iPhone will have a faster processor than the current models. Microchip capability continues to get faster, cheaper, smaller and lighter every year. The newest Androids are faster than iPhone 6 so it’s easy to predict increased processor speed in the iPhones 6s and 6s Plus.
Once launched, you can expect to see the new iPhone at the Cleveland-area Apple retail stores at Crocker Park in Westlake and at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst. It will also be in all the phone carrier stores, that means AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile stores. Of course you’ll find the new iPhone at Best Buy, Walmart and Target stores, too. Apple works hard to get their new products into all the outlets at once and they were successful last year at doing that. Expect to see the same success later this year in time for back-to-school and holiday buying.