Don’t be surprised if the next iPhone looks almost identical to the current model.
Though we expect to get our first real glimpse of the next generation of iPhones in September, we received a preview of sorts — from a software perspective, at least — at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference on June 8
In 2014, Apple released the iPhone 6, which had a slightly larger profile and display than its predecessor, and the 6 Plus, which, equipped with its supersized 5.5-inch display, marked the company’s first foray into “phablet” territory. In June, reports surfaced suggesting that the new iPhone could be slightly thicker than the previous models to accommodate a more enduring battery and, possibly, ForceTouch.
KGI Securities has reported that the next iPhone will use the same 7000 series aluminum used in the Apple Watch Sport, and that the phone could be wider and taller than the iPhone 6 to account for the stronger aluminum design. On July 4, Engadget Japan published schematics showing a new design that was nominally larger than the current iPhone 6.
In the wake of the significant design changes that came with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, there is a consensus that Apple will focus primarily on internal enhancements with the coming generation, instead of bringing out dramatically different-looking handsets. That noted, there is a rumor that the lineup could expand to include three new models: the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and a “throwback” 4-inch device that some are referring to as the “iPhone 6C” or “iPhone mini.” New aesthetic possibilities include novel colors (including pink) and perhaps even a 14-karat gold “Edition” model to match the high-end Apple Watch.
The ‘New’ iOs update
Apple unveiled iOS 9 at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 8. Though much of the news was peripheral to the iPhone — an update to Siri, enhancements to Apple Pay, new map functionality, and a new News app — there were also promises made about improvements in animation and scrolling on all iOS devices, and extended battery life on the iPhone. Apple says the operating system’s new low-power mode could extend battery life by three hours on some devices.
The iOS developer beta has already launched and the public beta will be available in July (here’s how to sign up); the free upgrade, which will be supported by all iOS 8 devices, is scheduled to roll out in the fall.