ing-Chi Kuo is at it again. The KGI Securities analyst is widely regarded as the world’s most high profile Apple leaker and after revealing 11 major iPhone 6S changes last month, he has now stated users can also expect Apple to alter the iPhone 6 design in three subtle but notable ways.
Design Change #1
First up Kuo says we can expect the iPhone 6S to be slightly larger than its predecessor. This comes down to the integration of Force Touch (expected to be the phone’s flagship new feature) in the display.
The knock-on effect is the iPhone 6S will be 0.2mm thicker, 0.15mm taller and fractionally wider than the iPhone 6. I doubt most will notice these changes without both models in hand and a good eye, though the combined dimensions may means there’s a small weight gain as well.
Design Change #2
Next up is colour changes and for this you can apparently blame the Apple Watch.
Understandably Apple is looking to tie the iPhone 6S colours more closely with its premium Apple Watch options and this means the gold iPhone 6S will be more yellow, space grey will become darker and there will be a new rose gold option – though rose gold may not initially be available at launch.
Design Change #3
Finally Kuo reports a change we’ve heard before and so one that seems increasingly nailed on: Apple will change the grade of aluminium from the iPhone 6 to make it stronger.
This will mean a shift to ‘7000 Series aluminium’ which again (surprise, surprise) was first used in the Apple Watch. 7000 Seriesaluminium is alloyed with zinc, and can be hardened to the highest strengths of any aluminium alloy. In short: Apple won’t be expecting Bendgate 2.0 with the new phones.
All of which leaves me with just one major concern…
Subtle But Significant Changes – With One Big Omission
So the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are actually shaping up to be a more significant upgrade than many may have anticipated.
The design changes here may be subtle, but in combination with was it expected to be a new control method, much faster hardware and apotentially breakthrough new camera they look set to be a notable improvement on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
That said, one feature keeps nagging at me due to its lack of leaks: battery capacity.
While the iPhone 6 Plus is one of the longest lasting phones on the market, arguably the greatest weakness of the iPhone 6 is its stamina. Nothing we have seen so far suggests this will change with the iPhone 6S…