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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, issued a note to investors today that offers eleven predictions for the next-generation iPhone in 2015. Kuo expects the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones to enter mass production in mid-to-late August, and does not believe that a new 4-inch iPhone model will be released in 2015.

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The main selling point of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive display technology built into Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. Other predicted features for Apple's next iPhone, many of which have already been rumored, include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new Rose Gold color option, possible sapphire cover lenses and more.
(1) Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enhance user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding in the commercial market;
(2) Screen will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with resolution the same as existing models. There will be no new 4-inch model;
(3) There will be an additional casing color, rose gold, matching the rose gold Apple Watch Edition;
(4) The camera will have a pixel upgrade, likely to 12 MP;
(5) One microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality;
(6) The A9 processor with upgraded 2GB LPDDR4 will be adopted;
(7) The bending issue will be improved by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes;
(8) If drop test issues can be resolved, the 5.5-inch model will have a limited number of units with sapphire cover lens;
(9) The recognition rate of Touch ID will be improved further in a bid to promote Apple Pay;
(10) Gesture control support; and
(11) It's expected that mass production will start in mid-to-late August. Total shipments will be 80-90mn in 2015, with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
Kuo expects total shipments of between 80-90 million iPhones in 2015.


Article Link: Next A9-Based iPhone Predicted to Have 12MP Camera, 2GB RAM, Rose Gold and More, Mass Production in August
 

producerlawson

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(8) If drop test issues can be resolved, the 5.5-inch model will have a limited number of units with sapphire cover lens;

Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

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s8film40

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I really hope the 12MP camera happens. While 8 is more than sufficient for great photos, I want to be able to shoot 4K video.
 

Rogifan

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Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

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I thought the 6 and 6 Plus had sapphire cover lenses?
 

Amacfa

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Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

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I thought every single iPhone had a sapphire lense.
 

kappaknight

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Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

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Do you keep sand in your pockets or something? Sometimes my lenses get dirty too - but a wipe with my finger usually clears it up.
 

mr.bee

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better camera, looking forward to that one :)

2GB, I don't know the fuzz about this one. opening 20 tabs on a cellular phone just can't be good for your workflow.

hmm, I think they will adjust the rubber bands too because they colorise, no?

Force touch, I'm not thrilled, or if they can give me a huge reason to be thrilled (but I doubt it).


This will be a nice upgrade from the 5 :)
 

fermat-au

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rose gold, matching the rose gold Apple Watch Edition;
Gold colour like the current iPhones or (real) Rose Gold like the Apple Watch Edition? a $5000 or $10000 iPhone?
 

yaboyac29

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Give me a gold iPhone with a black front with a gold ring #

White front for the rose gold.
 

wwooden

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I'm holding off until Apple adds inductive (or whatever method they come up with) charging to their phones. I'm tired of plugging in a cable all the time.
 

KylePowers

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Pretty substantial improvements if all come to fruition; at least in the context of 'S' model years, that is.

I'll try to stay with my 6 though, it's a fantastic device!
 

Technical Vault

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Still hoping for a properly waterproof model and much improved battery life/power management. I suspect in terms of hardware features that users actually want phones have reached their peak. A faster processor or increased RAM is a meh feature to most consumers as they really can't tell the difference. It is "good enough" so unless some killer app comes along that can really make use of it they don't care. If Apple really want people to fork out for a new phone in this saturated market they need to do something amazing that people want like 5 day heavy use battery life or similar, something stretching the bounds of what is possible with current tech.
 

Rogifan

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IF the new phones are getting force touch I wonder if we will get hints of that at WWDC?

When that rumor came out about a pink iPhone I knew it had to be a rose gold option.
 
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