While all eyes are on this week’s “iPhone 6s” unveiling, Apple’s 2016 iPhone upgrade is already in the works, with the company said to be aiming to make the device as thin as 6 millimeters, which would be even thinner than the latest iPod touch and iPad Air 2.
Details on next year’s so-called “iPhone 7” upgrade were shared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities in a note to investors on Sunday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider.
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His sources indicated Apple is planning to make the new iPhone between 6.0 and 6.5 millimeters thick.
The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, and the 6 Plus 7.1mm, with the 7 expected to be anywhere from 6.0 to 6.5mm. In perspective, the current iPod touch and iPad Air 2 are each 6.1mm thick.
The new phone is also rumored to feature durable 7000 series aluminum alloy, which would presumably alleviate the majority of bending issues.
The thinness of the next-generation iPhone will likely leave Apple using the same technology to power Force Touch in its 2016 iPhone upgrade, according to Kuo.
The “iPhone 6s” is expected to enable pressure sensitive input on its display via flexible printed circuit board technology.
Kuo said nothing else on Apple’s anticipated “iPhone 7,” though it’s widely expected that next year’s update will introduce a new chassis to differentiate from the iPhone 6 series.
Apple has historically redesigned its iPhone every two years, and introduced an “s” upgrade with largely identical appearance to its predecessor in the years in between.
That’s what’s expected to be unveiled this Wednesday, when Apple is likely to showcase an “iPhone 6s” with a chassis that appears very similar to the iPhone 6.
The most significant upgrades will be internally, in the form of Force Touch input, a faster “A9” processor, 2 gigabytes of RAM, and higher resolution cameras.
In terms of external tweaks, Apple is expected to unveil a new rose gold color option, joining space gray, white, and gold.
The device is expected to sport the same series 7000 aluminum found in the Apple Watch, which should improve durability of the device.