iPhone 6s rumors have begun to trickle in as we move further and further into 2015, with the latest rumor being huge camera improvements and a new Apple Watch-like display in the new iPhone.
According to Chinese site UDN, the iPhone 6s could move to a two-lens camera setup, which would offer better image quality, thanks to improved low-light capabilities, as well as the possibility to offer optical zoom in the iPhone for the first time ever.
It’s been rumored in the past the next iPhone could see major camera improvements, with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber saying that he was told the next iPhone would include a dual-lens camera system, and the camera improvements would move the image quality into DSLR territory, which we’d have to take with a giant grain of salt, as no camera will be able to match the image quality of a decent DSLR. Entry-level DSLRs, maybe.
Two-lens camera systems in smartphones are nothing new by any means, as the HTC One M8 includes two lenses, but it’s certainly something that isn’t common, and if it’s a system that will drastically increase image quality, we wouldn’t doubt if Apple was at least checking it out and testing it as we speak.
Of course, there’s no doubt that the next iPhone will be able to take much better photos than the iPhone 6, and that’s something we expect, but we’ll have to wait until next year to really find out what Apple has in store for the iPhone 7’s camera.
Furthermore, today’s report also suggests that the iPhone 6s’s display will come with “Force Touch” technology that will also appear in the Apple Watch when it eventually releases in the next couple of months.
On the Apple Watch, Force Touch allows users to essentially initiate certain actions based on how hard they press down on the screen. For instance, on the Apple Watch, a heavy press could bring up a menu of sorts, while a light tap would select something. Theoretically, it’s similar to how left-click and right-click work on a mouse, and we could easily see that type of technology come to the iPhone at some point.
Furthermore, it’s been rumored that Apple could use OLED in the iPhone 6s display. While OLED displays are far better than LCD screens, it costs more to manufacture, so it’ll be interesting to see how OLED displays on the iPhone will affect its price if it’s indeed true.
In an OLED display, each pixel is made up of an organic material (hence the name: Organic Light-Emitting Diode) that emits light when an electrical current is passed through it. Because of this, OLED displays do not require a backlight, allowing them to be thinner and lighter than normal LCD displays. This also makes it possible to bend and curve OLED displays, allowing Apple to play around with a lot of different designs.
OLED displays are becoming more and more popular these days, as many new HDTVs are coming with OLED technology and some new smartphones are also arriving with OLED screens. However, it’s still a very new technology, and we don’t blame Apple for waiting a bit before using such a display.
We already discussed a little bit about what we can expect from Apple with the iPhone 6s (or it could be called the iPhone 7), mostly that the release date will almost undoubtedly be in September again.
However, what’s perhaps extremely important to know is that we most likely won’t see an early iPhone release this year, as many people seem to expect it since the Apple Watch is releasing earlier this year. The Apple Watch will undoubtedly launch with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus support as the flagship feature of sorts, so you really shouldn’t worry about Apple changing its release schedule up this year.