iPhone 6S release date rumours & new features: iPhone 6S 9 September launch expected alongside new Apple TV
Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September last year, so as we approach September 2015 it’s no surprise that Apple watchers are starting to get excited about what’s next for Apple’s smartphone. Here, we round up all of the rumours about the iPhone 6’s successor, dubbed iPhone 6S, including release date rumours, specs and new features.
In this article we’re focusing on the next-generation of iPhone, that is, the 4.7in iPhone 6 that launched in September 2014. If you’re looking for rumours about the next generation of Apple’s 5.5in iPhone, the iPhone 6 Plus, see our iPhone 7 rumour round-up (sure it might be called iPhone 6s Plus but we think that’s a bit of a mouthfull!). We’ve also got information about the rumoured iPhone 6c here.
Also, find out what’s in store for the year: Apple predictions 2015
Updated 11 August with new release date rumours and more.
iPhone 6S rumours: Is Apple skipping iPhone 6S & going straight to iPhone 7?
Reports that hit the web earlier this year claim that the iPhone 6S may never launch. Truested KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the iPhone that launches this September might have such significant new features that Apple skips the iPhone 6S and goes straight for the iPhone 7, and his reports seem to confirm that the new features are indeed significant.
In May, Kuo revealed several key features that he has reason to believe will be present in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus when they launch next month
According to Kuo, who made these claims during a talk with investors, the iPhone 6S will boast the following (click the links to skip straight ahead to more detail about each rumoured feature or read on for the full story):
Force Touch display: This will be the standout feature of the new iPhone according to Kuo. However, it could mean that demand significantly outweighs supply so expect the iPhone 6S to sell out even faster than usual.
The screen sizes are set to remain the same: 4.7in and 5.5in. There won’t be a new iPhone 6C with 4in display this year.
A rose gold iPhone 6S is indeed coming, in addition to the already available gold, silver and space grey.
The iPhone 6S will have a 12Mp camera on the rear and a microphone on the rear for better audio quality in videos.
2GB of RAM is expected in the A9 processor.
A new casing material and internal mechanical design should prevent a repeat of #bendgate.
Touch ID is expected to be significantly improved as Apple Pay becomes more prominent.
Mass production is expected to begin in August, and Kuo expects total shipments to reach 90 million in 2015, with the 4.7in iPhone outselling the 5.5in iPhone 2 to 1.
iPhone 6S release date rumours: When is the iPhone 6S coming out?
The most likely release date for the iPhone 6S is September 2015, which would follow Apple’s iPhone release schedule history. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in September 2014, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in September 2013, the iPhone 5 in September 2012 and the iPhone 4S in October 2011.
To back up that theory, just hours before WWDC 2015 was due to kick off, new reports emerged that suggested the iPhone 6S will be released on 25 September 2015. That’s according to Mobile News, which reportedly got sent an email that was sent to internal staff by Vodafone.
The email refers to the iPhone 6S as simply ‘New iPhone’ but it’s unclear whether this means Apple will be dropping the numbering system from its iPhone line-up. Additionally, there was no iPhone 6S Plus mentioned in the email. Read on to find out more.
Another rumour has suggested that Apple will launch the new iPhone 6s in August. We think that is unlikely, and the fact that the rumour comes from Chinese publication Economic Daily News doesn’t make it all that credible to us.
According to Economic Daily News, supply chain sources claim that the iPhone 6s is already being produced and component yields are on track for a launch in August. Given that the launch of a new iPhone would need the launch of iOS 9 suggests to us that even if the phone was ready to ship before September, it wouldn’t until iOS 9 was ready.
The very latest reports come from Buzzfeed, which claims to have spoken to a source about the iPhone 6S’s launch. It expects an event to take place on 9 September to unveil the new phone, and that could be followed by a 25 September on-sale date like the one spotted in the aforementioned Vodafone email.
In addition to giving us our first look at the new iPhones, the 9 September event may also give Apple the opportunity to show off a new generation of its Apple TV. You can find out more about what to expect from the event here.