iPhone 6s rumors have begun to trickle in as we move further and further into 2015, with the latest rumor being a new Apple Watch-like display in the new iPhone 6s Plus.
The Apple Watch has what Apple calls a Force Touch display, meaning that it 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.
A similar technology to Force Touch was also revealed in the new MacBook last month at the Apple Watch event. The trackpad received an upgrade, and while it’s still made out of the same glass material, it’s now pressure sensitive and you can click it anywhere, instead of just from one side like previous trackpads. The pressure sensitivity is used for what Apple is calling “force clicks,” which will allows you to press hard on an address in the Mail app to get a location (for example). You can also use force clicks in Finder to see a preview of whatever is inside a folder.
According to the report from Economic Daily News, the iPhone 6s isn’t mentioned when referring to a Force Touch display in the upcoming iPhone. Only the iPhone 6s Plus is mentioned, which could mean that this new display technology may only arrive for the larger iPhone model.
This wouldn’t be too surprising if it turns out to be true, as Apple may be finding more benefits for users to upgrade to the larger iPhone model. Currently, the iPhone 6 Plus has a larger screen than the iPhone 6, as well as a slightly better camera, but it’s priced $100 more.
Adding on another exclusive feature to the iPhone 6s Plus could entice more people to go with the larger iPhone model, thus paying more money to Apple.
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.