Apple’s iPhone 6s/Plus: Bigger upgrade than most expect

“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.”

Read more in the full article here.

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

Revealed: How Force Touch works and feels in Apple’s next-gen iPhone 6s – August 10, 2015
Apple’s Force Touch: The future of mobile interfaces – August 4, 2015
Why Force Touch on the iPhone will be awesome – July 29, 2015
Apple’s Force Touch iPhone 6s to be major differentiator, put rivals at further disadvantage – July 6, 2015
Apple assemblers begin making next-gen iPhones with Force Touch – June 27, 2015
Analyst: Apple’s ‘iPhone 6s’ to feature stronger 7000 series aluminum, slightly thicker for Force Touch – June 17, 2015
Apple’s new Force Touch patent application reveals stylus, virtual paint brush, 3D buttons interactions – May 28, 2015
Apple’s forthcoming iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6s’ Force Touch – May 26, 2015
Apple patent application reveals work on Force Touch for iOS devices and more – March 5, 2015
Force Touch rumored to arrive exclusively on ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ – April 2, 2015
Apple’s next-gen iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus to feature Force Touch – February 28, 2015


    1. First up, what with all the super gay ads on this site?

      Secondly, there isn’t one blessed reason for me or anyone else to upgrade from the iPhone 6 and 6 plus… period!

      Third, 200 bucks for a hobbled, late to the party, Apple TV? That MUST be a joke. Roku owns the market because it has tons more apps, even porn, enough said.

      Apple sucks lemons under the ever incompetent Tim Cook. I hope they are secretly looking for a new CEO!

      1. I know poor Sad_New_Apple is simply one more worthless troll, but I will reply.
        1. I just see average web ads; a lot of them to be sure, but ordinary. Of course most of the ads are retargeted ads, reflecting my web site visiting patterns. I guess the “gay” ads you are seeing reflect a slightly different web usage than my own.
        2. There may be no “need” to upgrade, but there are sure to be reasons. Sounds like you don’t understand the distinction.
        3. This comment belongs on another story, as this article is about the iPhone. Have fun with your Roku porn anyway.
        4. If Tim Cook is incompetent, I would like to be as incompetent as he. As you are most likely a troll paid by Samsung, I don’t doubt YOU are secretly hoping that Apple changes CEO. Personally, I am content.

        1. I was thinking about replying to Sad_New_Apple , but didn’t for 2 reasons …..1….. He is indeed a Troll that didn’t quite understand the actual post above , commenting on things I dont think he quite understood about something he doesn’t grasp, and …..2…. You sir , did a rather good job (“,)

    1. If Apple provides a 50% increase in camera MP while maintaining or improving overall camera performance (low noise, performance in low light environments, responsiveness, etc.), then I would certainly identify that as a “significant boost.”

      How do you survive being so negative and so clueless at the same time?

      1. So if Apple did this year what all it’s competitors did last year (but to a lesser extent since it’s closest competitors to phone offer 16+ megapixels), it would be a huge boost? Got it.

        I remember a time when Apple leap frogged the competition in arenas – it seems now those days are unfortunately behind it, as it continues to still come late to the party but unlike in the past, not have a significantly better or more thoughtful product to show for all it’s additional time taken to bring it to the market.

        1. I don’t see any Android 64bit phones out yet. I believe that is three years that Apple is ahead of the others, especially in the camera. Faster processors help to take faster higher quality photos. It helps auto focus, low light and stability. The faster processor also makes it easer to edit photos and video. It gives developers better tools to make photo and video apps. Android fans can’t admit that Apple leaped frog the hell out of them.

    2. I also need to add that Apple *never* claimed that camera MP “do not matter.” What Apple said was that simply adding MP as a specifications bragging point did not necessarily make a camera better. When you pack more pixels onto the small detectors that are employed on camera phones, you make them smaller. Smaller pixels (less active area) tend to provide reduced performance in low light situations. You can compensate with higher gain, but that generally results in increased image noise. Nothing is free when you are engineering a device – every decision involves a compromise.

      Apple decided that a more balanced approach with an emphasis on picture quality was a better approach than the “more MP is better” approach of its competitors. After all, an 8MP image contains about four times the number of pixels as an HDTV. An 8MP image also provides plenty of pixels for cropping, etc.

      However, as technology advances, it is possible to improve camera performance across the board. Apple has now determined that they can maintain balanced camera performance while increasing the pixel count by 50%. Most people would consider that to be a good thing.

      I probably just wasted a couple of minutes of my life explaining what should be common sense to anyone reading and commenting on this article.

  1. I thought MDN’s take was if you have the apple watch, you basically got away from really using the phone, so now all we watch wearers all need a new phone with all these new features? C’mon, what the hell is it going to be? MDN, flip flops like a bad politician’s dream.

    1. Illogical. MDN says you use the iPhone less, not that you stop using it altogether. When you are using you iPhone, most people want it to be as full-featured as possible. Makes perfect sense.

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