“Apple has invited media to attend an event in San Francisco on Sept. 9. The event will herald new iPhones, a new Apple TV, and potentially new iPads. Apple typically updates its iPhone designs every other year in a ‘tick-tock’ pattern. The ‘tick’ years represent full redesigns, while the ‘tock’ years focus on improving specs and performance,” Eric Zeman reports for InformationWeek. “However, this year’s ‘tock’ might strike harder than in year’s past.”

“Apple is believed to be using stronger aluminum,” Zeman reports. “Apple is expected to give the camera a significant boost. iPhones have had 8-megapixel cameras since the iPhone 4s. This year, the camera may jump to 12-megapixels and bring with it 4K video capture at 240 frames per second… What’s not clear is if Apple will add optical image stabilization (OIS) to the iPhone 6s. Last year’s 6 Plus included OIS, but the smaller 6 did not. Given that most competing handsets now include OIS, it’s time the 6s had it, too.”

“Apple will jump to a next-generation processor called the A9,” Zeman reports. “One of the more important updates to the 6s/6s Plus will be Force Touch technology. Much of what makes Force Touch work will be buried in iOS 9, the new operating system set to debut alongside the new iPhones. Developers have so far been mum on what they’re doing to add Force Touch to their apps, but the technology could herald significant change in how we interact with iPhones moving forward.”

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MacDailyNews Take: iPhone “S” years usher in hugely significant features, such as oleophobic displays, significant GPU improvements, world phone capability, Siri personal assistant, video stabilization, panorama photos, 64-bit processors, TD-LTE support, and Touch ID, among other improvements and additions.

Force Touch will be more important than most people think.

And Android, littered across a veritable junkyard full of disparate devices, will not be able to follow.MacDailyNews, February 28, 2015

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