Next-gen iPhones may pack pressure-sensitive touchscreens
THE alleged specifications of Apple's next-generation iPhones have been released in a report by a securities firm.
According to KGI Securities, the upcoming iPhones (said to be the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus) will be equipped with "Force Touch" technology for their displays, which can detect different amounts of pressure applied on a screen.
Sources in the Asian supply chain claimed in January that the new iPhones could sport the same pressure-sensitive touch technology as the Apple Watch's. The implementation of Force Touch on the iPhone may allow new features to be introduced.
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are said to come with significant upgrades in processing power (Apple's A9 chipset), RAM capacity (an increase to 2GB RAM) and an increase in camera resolution to 12MP. In addition, the new iPhones may come in rose-gold colour.
According to reports from the Chinese media last month, Apple is considering the use of Series 7,000 aluminium for the new iPhones to prevent a repeat of the "bendgate" saga, which plagued the iPhone 6 Plus.
Series 7,000 aluminium, which is used for the Apple Watch Sport, is touted to be 60 per cent stronger than standard alloys.
It is also said that Sapphire glass is used for the displays of special limited-edition models of the iPhone 6s Plus.
KGI Securities shot down rumours of a new 4-inch iPhone model.
Apple may improve the Touch ID sensor as part of its plans to promote Apple Pay.
Mass production of the new iPhones is expected to commence in late August, and KGI Securities expects to see Apple selling 80 to 90 million units by the end of the year.