6s and 6s+ New Hardware Features

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JamonBull, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. JamonBull macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2009
    So what are you hoping the 6s and the 6s+'s new hardware features will be? Here's my wish list...

    Sapphire screen
    Tired of getting hairline scratches on my iPhone screen. It's been the same for me since using the iPhone 3G. Hoping a tougher screen will help mitigate this issue.

    Pressure sensitivity (Like in the Apple Watch)
    This could be so intuitive. Imagine having to 'push' app icons to get them to 'wriggle' rather than a time based solution. Third party apps could integrate this SO easily. Force touching emails to flag them, force touching tweets to favourite them... I can really see iOS being taken to another level with this kind of technology coming back from the Apple Watch.

    An Improved Camera (Especially Front Facing)
    Camera upgrades are always welcome. I prefer using my iPhone for photos and video over any other device. Would love them to keep improving image quality! One thing I do a lot is take photos with the front facing camera. Pics of maybe myself and a friend or myself and my wife when there's no one else around I can get to hold the iPhone for us. Would love these images to be of comparable quality to the back camera!

    2gb of Ram
    Seriously. It's time.

    No more 16gb storage option. Base model = 32gb.
    How is it even possible to properly use a 16gb device in 2014? I've met so many people who simply can't upgrade their device's OS because of the limited storage they have left on a 16gb device after photos and apps.
  2. RiddlaBronc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2013
    Mcallen Tx
    As usual the design will remain the same

    There will be new colors
    At least 2gb ram
    An upgraded camera with at least 10mp camera with improved Slo-Mo and possibly a 360 degree panorama shot
    touch id will be available to use on some stock apps such as photos etc.
    A9 with at least a 25% speed improvement
    Not sure what they will come up with the M9
    Possibly new earpods/beats?
    I think the 16gb will remain
    Improved front facing camera with flash-possibly true-tone flash
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    16gb isn't going anywhere. Apple was able to increase their ASP by removing the 32gb and getting more people to purchase the higher storage devices.
  4. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Exactly. Apple is not going to drop the 16 and lower the 32. They would rather up-sell everyone to 64.
  5. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    This, plus with the trend of more people turning to streaming music, it makes lugging around your iTunes library on your phone obsolete... And ultimately could kill that farce of a class action lawsuit for the lower storage phones.

  6. lrsone macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2012
    New York, NY
    I highly doubt we'll get sapphire glass for the screen. Maybe the new Gorilla Glass. And I also doubt they'll use the A9, they might just stick the A8x in there. Could see camera upgrades for sure though.
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I could give or take a sapphire screen. I do get very minor scratching, but it's so minor, that I am unsure if I want to give that up for a more brittle screen. Maybe that would be an issue.

    Pressure Sensitivity is something that the blackberry storm had, or at least something similar. The screen actually clicked though. I guess I would need to see how it is implemented on the watch, but it's not something I find myself wanting/needing right now.

    I find the front facing camera to be rather up to snuff. I could go either way, but it's meant for facetime and I think it is more than adequate for that. If we were given a vastly improved camera for low light conditions I would be more than happy with that and nothing else. My Lumia 920 I had took amazing pictures in low to almost no linght. I would love that.

    The ram I completely agree with.

    Storage capacity I completely agree with too. I realize it is not necessary for all, but it has to be such a ridiculously tiny cost jump for 16 to 32 GB that it's just annoying to have to drop an extra $100 for more storage. 16G has been an option since the very first iPhone launched... that's just crazy IMO.

    I think what it will take for me to upgrade is 2GB of ram. That one change will have an automatic sale from me. Otherwise I will really have to be wowed next year to keep dealing with 1GB.
  8. MHenr macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2008
    I own a 64GB, but honestly I think I could have managed with a 16 fairly easy. I don't have a ton of apps installed, 33. Spotify for me is like a million times better than my own storage eating iTunes library. With iCloud's photo uploading and storage saving option on + managing my photo's (I never keep bad pics or pics that I know I will never look at again) I've been using just 6GB of space on my phone. If I had a 16GB, I would still have about 6GB of free storage. Which is very manageable if you don't clutter your phone with pictures, videos, unused apps etc.
    I use my iPad for Netflix if I'm not at home. Never been a fan of watching movies on small phone screens.

    So in short... I don't think it's that bad of an option for the average user. And if you need to update the OS, use iTunes, update problem with not enough free space resolved.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Not really when you consider IOS 8 required 5GB of free storage. In theory you really are down to 1gb to play with if you had a 16g phone.
  10. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    iOS8 does not requires 5GB of free storage.
    And even if it did. ~14GB capacity - 5GB OS is still 9GB.
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    It actually did require 5gb of free space to install.

    16GB capacity = 12gb of usable space. The person I quoted said he already used 6GB, leaving him with 6GB left...which is really 1GB if he plans to update the OS.
  12. Mlrollin91 macrumors G5


    Nov 20, 2008
    Ventura County
    iOS only required 5GB for updating from iOS 7 to iOS 8. Each incremental update such as .1, .1.1 and 1.2 have only required about 1-1.5GB depending on the device. My iPhone 6 needed 1.5GB but my iPad 2 needed 1.1GB. And this requirement is only for OTA not an iTunes plug in update.
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    correct. That is what I was refereeing to. Basically when you plan on going from IOS 8 to IOS 9 a 16gb phone can be pretty annoying. Most people do not update via itunes or even use itunes on a PC/Mac at all.

    There is nothing worse than having to delete/move apps, photos, and videos for an update.
  14. EricandSuebee macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2014
    New Hampshire
    My 16GB iPhone 5s I have 7.5Gb free I have all my music and photo's backing up into the cloud I have 32 or 33 apps installed and have no problems with the space. I don't think with all the bad press with the install space required with iOS 8 that we will see that happen again with iOS 9.
  15. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    About the sapphire screen. No matter what material they use you will still get hairline scratches. The problem is the oleophobic coating for the most part.
  16. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    You do those kind of major updates once a year. There is no reason to keep that kind of space readily available, for a scenario that only happens once a year. lol

    Just plug into iTunes and update.


    "Pretty annoying", for a single 20minute time period, of the entire year. Your definition of annoying is interesting...
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    happens to all of my friends every single year. Why are you even trying to justify a 16gb device. I use to use them all of the time, but there clearly is a problem with them when an update is so large.
  18. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom

    I personally doubt there will be any new colours. What colours are you thinking of?
  19. SMIDG3T Suspended


    Apr 29, 2012
    Love it how people think Apple will drop the 16GB version. It's NEVER going to happen. The 16GB units make Apple a lot of money, more than the 64GB and 128GB units.


    Possibly black. And no, space grey doesn't count as black.
  20. t0dd macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2014
    lets just be realistic..

    probably just camera, processor and ram will be upgraded, and the rest will remain same.

    what they have to do is a ram upgrade, its really a must right now. and of course they should fix bending and qc issues.

    i don't really think they will use sapphire screen or something else mentioned.

    because they know that we will buy it anyway.
  21. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    That's pretty much what I think.

    If they drop 16GB, it won't be next year.

    They could add a color, perhaps. I've wondered why they never did a Product Red iPhone.
  22. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    While true, they don't advertise the RAM so they'll need at least one defining feature as in the past (Siri, TouchID, etc.). Sapphire can easily fit this bill. If not, something else.
  23. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2014
    Yes it does. For an OTA update, it wants 5GB of free space.
  24. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    6s and 6s+ New Hardware Features

    That happened once, then it frees up.
    It will probably happen toward the end of the year for iOS9.

    For a once a year, rare occurrence for a major OS update. Plug into iTunes. Takes 15-20mins. You don't need to keep that space free the other 364 days of the year.
  25. JamonBull thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 14, 2009
    Disagree with this. With every 'S' upgrade we've gotten new technology that's very substantial. E.g. Siri and Touch ID. IMO they implement these radical new features with the 'S' models to justify the lack of aesthetic hardware changes (aside from colour of course). My money's still on Sapphire and Force Touch. I also love the idea of revamped Beats driven earphones maybe with some extra 'wearable technology' functions? Sensors of some kind? Just guessing really...

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