With the WWDC 2015 keynote a thing of the past, many consumers have now turned their attention to the next iPhone, a device that’s currently dubbed iPhone 6s. With iPhone 6s rumors set to explode, we want to take a look at a few things we expect from the iPhone 6s release this fall.
On Monday, Apple executives took the stage to outline several new products including OS X El Capitan for Mac, iOS 8.4 for iPhone and iPad, and the brand new iOS 9 update that will replace iOS 8.4 later on this year. The company did not, however, announce a new iPhone. Not that that was surprising.
Rumors leading up to WWDC pegged the iPhone 6s launch for a date much later in the year and Apple confirmed those rumors with a focus on iOS and OS X during the event. Its absence at WWDC doesn’t mean that it’s not on the way though.
iPhone 6s rumors have been flying around for awhile now and it’s clear that Apple is working hard on a successor, or successors, to last year’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 6s rumors have hinted at two devices, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as the new 2015 iPhone models. And while that’s not confirmed, many consumers have their eyes on these rumors.
We fully expect iPhone 6s rumors to heat up once we enter the summer and ahead of that avalanche, we want to help set your expectations. Today, we take a look at a few things we expect from the iPhone 6s release which almost certainly will come this fall.
An iPhone 6s Release This Fall
The first thing to expect is an iPhone 6s release date in the fall rather than in the summer.
When Apple announced iOS 9 on stage, it confirmed a release for the fall. New iOS software always emerges alongside new iPhone hardware so there’s reason to believe that we’ll see the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus emerge at the same time.
You should expect Apple to release both models, if there are two models, on the same day at the same time. We’d also expect the iOS 9 release date to land a few days before the iPhone 6s release date.
September 18th or September 25th
We’d expect the iPhone 6s release date to fall on one of two days. Either September 18th or September 25th. Apple likes to release its new iPhones on Friday and it likes to release its new iPhones in the month of September. September 23rd also just so happens to be the start of the fall.
iPhone 6s release rumors have hinted at an early release, perhaps in August, but those have been dispelled by more credible sources. Anything is possible but at this point there’s no reason to expect Apple to push the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (both best sellers) out early.
Familiar iPhone Carriers
We expect the iPhone 6s, whatever it is, to land for the same carriers that always get the iPhone each and every year.
That means an AT&T iPhone 6s, a T-Mobile iPhone 6s, Sprint iPhone 6s, Verizon iPhone 6s, U.S. Cellular iPhone 6s, and an iPhone 6s on a number of regional and pre-paid U.S. carriers.
We haven’t seen any relationships deteriorate in 2015 or any major carriers close up shop so there’s no reason to believe that the 2015 iPhone will head anywhere else. The iPhone is a popular device and carriers will shell out to get it.
iPhone 6s Pre-Orders
We expect Apple to once again offer pre-orders for the iPhone. It was extremely out of character for the company to ditch pre-orders during the iPhone 5s release. We still aren’t sure why the company held back iPhone 5s pre-orders though some believe it had to do with supply yield and quite possibly Touch ID. The iPhone 5s was the first phone to offer the fingerprint sensor.
Last year, the iPhone 6 Plus supply chain was under extreme duress but the company still managed to get it out on time and with pre-orders to boot. We haven’t heard anything, at least not yet, that points to massive strain for the iPhone 6s so until we do, you should expect Apple to offer early orders for this year’s model. It’s the right thing to do and Apple likes pleasing its customers.
The Usual Circus
Expect the usual iPhone release circus.
Expect some iPhone 6s models to sell out extremely quickly. The low storage gray models are usually the quickest to sell out and we don’t expect anything different from the iPhone 6s. It’s rumored to have the same three colors plus rose gold.
Expect Apple Stores and retailers to open early on the iPhone 6s release date. And expect spectacle. Apple’s Watch release may not have had that star power but Apple’s retail chief has made it clear that the company will continue with its “blockbuster” launch date approach.
If you want to buy this phone and get it on day one, you’re almost certainly going to have to pre-order. And if you don’t pre-order, be prepared to line up a bit early outside a store on the iPhone 6s release date.
We expect there to be some changes to Apple’s current iPhone lineup. Apple won’t be able to charge a premium on year old phones so the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will have to go somewhere. Maybe they drop down into $99 and $199 slots, maybe Apple gets rid of them altogether.
We’d expect the iPhone 5s to stick around in some capacity if Apple doesn’t announce a new 4-inch iPhone 6s like someone think they might. There will be changes to accommodate this year’s new iPhones and we’re confident that we’ll see price cuts on current models. If not at Apple then at the various retailers that stock the iPhone.
Expect there to be fewer iPhone 6s options upon release.
AT&T’s Ralph de la Vega has gone on record saying that two year contracts are a thing of the past and Apple is no longer selling the AT&T iPhone 6 on two year contract. It’s possible that we’ll see other iPhone models join in later this year.
At the very least though, expect this new policy to extend to the AT&T iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as the carrier looks to keep pace with T-Mobile and drive customers to its AT&T Next plans.