After much speculation and anticipation we finally have news of the new iPhone 6 release! As has become tradition in the last few years, Apple has announced a major event for September, tomorrow in fact (9th September), a year to the day after the release of the Apple Watch. The event will be held in San Francisco with a keynote speech expected by Apple chief executive Tim Cook. This will almost certainly include the launch of the new iPhone(s) as well as rumoured updates to the iPad and Apple TV. If Apple sticks to its usual schedule, our best guess is that the new device could go on sale late September, around the 25th, with pre-orders taken from the 18th. Foxconn and Pegatron, Apple's manufacturing partners, are said to be gearing production for a September launch.
There is some mystery surrounding the name of the new iPhone, which has not yet been confirmed, both iPhone 6S or iPhone 7 are still being speculated on. However with more incremental improvements expected of the new model rather than a major update, it seems iPhone 6S might be the most likely. And if some sources are to be believed, the new iPhone will look almost identical to the iPhone 6. This suggests more of a refresh than a brand new phone and not enough of a change to warrant the jump up to 7. But Apple could of course, surprise us all.
There has been a lot of speculation about what changes we'll see from the new iPhone, here's a roundup of what's expected;
The iPhone has had an 8-megapixel camera for the last few years, although the camera quality keeps improving. Reports state the new model will feature a new 12-megapixel camera with 4K video capture, which could be Apple's "biggest camera jump ever".
It's expected that the iPhone will have the same size and resolution of display as the current models but with a change of technology in the display. Force Touch, currently used inside the Apple Watch display knows how hard you are pressing the screen and adds a new way to interact with your phone's display. You'll be able to do things like drop pins in Apple Maps and scroll through items faster rather than swiping.
It's been suggested that Apple will use the 7000 series aluminium for the new handset, as used on the Apple Watch. The material is lightweight but 60% stronger than standard aluminium and will hopefully avoid the bending issues we saw with the release of the iPhone 6. Early reports suggested that Apple is considering a pink or rose gold version.
We can look forward to a processor boost if reports of a more powerful chipset with faster LTE capabilities is accurate. Based on past updates, many have assumed the next-generation iPhones will receive the new A9 processors produced by Samsung. Also, it's been predicted that the next iPhones will have 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities.
One thing we do know is that the new models will run on iOS9, the newest version of Apple's software, announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in early June.
With iPhone revenue up 59% over the last year, it's safe to say the new iPhone will do as well as ever. According to sources, Apple is pushing for the biggest order of iPhones ever for Q4 of 2015, with calls for suppliers to build 85-90 million. Regardless of the new iPhones name and features, one thing we can definitely expect is queues of Apple fans around the world waiting to get their hand on it.
The Apple event starts tomorrow at 6pm UK time and will be streamed live online
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