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Revered KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo arguably has the most prescient track record in forecasting Apple’s plans. In a note issued to clients Tuesday, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo makes a number of predictions regarding the next iPhone refresh, many of which have already been rumored, but some never heard before.

He is expecting ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ handsets to be powered by Apple’s next-generation A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, twice as much as the current iPhone lineup. The RAM will be of a speedier LPDDR4 variety versus the LPDDR3 RAM in current iPhones. More RAM coupled with a faster, more power efficient processor, should result in smoother performance and better multitasking.

The camera is likely to receive a pixel upgrade and should be twelve megapixels while Force Touch pressure sensitive screen will be “the biggest upgraded selling point”.

However, the analyst warned that force sensing could also prove one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain, potentially limiting the next iPhone’s availability at launch.

Nevertheless, Force Touch can enhance user experience due to “more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding in the commercial market”.

He doesn’t see a brand new four-inch model, as previously rumored, because 2015 iPhones will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, like the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, respectively. Also, screen resolution will remain unchanged from the current-generation iPhones.

He’s expecting a new casing color, rose gold, “matching the rose gold Apple Watch Edition”. Assuming Apple resolves drop test issues, fans can also expect “a limited number” of 5.5-inch units with sapphire screen protection.

There should be an additional microphone near the speaker to enhance voice quality and the controversial bending issue will be addressed “by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes.”

He is likely talking about Series 7000 aluminum, the same aluminum flavor used for the Apple Watch Sport casing. Apple claim its Series 7000 aluminum is approximately 60 percent stronger than the material used in current iPhones.

A more accurate Touch ID is also in the cards, as is “gesture control support.”

Mass production of the handset should kick off in mid-to-late August, in time for a presumed fall launch. The analyst is project total shipments in the range of 80-90 million units in 2015, with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.

Source: MacRumors

  • Ew

    Rose gold iphone… nahhhhh. Gold was nice but rose gold nahhhhhhh. hmmmmm.. NAHHHHHHHHHHH

    • Hussain Alsanona

      Disagreed the “Rose Gold” will be super awesome IMO

  • Andres

    Rose gold on an iphone. No thanks

    • Matta Fakt

      Are you guys for real? Rose Gold is infinitely nicer looking than that tacky yellow gold. But I agree with Virus, it’s all about the darker devices.

  • Virus

    They should make a Space Black instead

    • White Michael Jackson

      Vantablack

      • Capirexz

        Pure Black.

      • White Michael Jackson

        Blackity Black

      • derp

        Deep Space Black

      • Andrew

        murdered out black
        +
        smaller bezels

      • Tamahome5555

        This is getting racist

      • White Michael Jackson

        Vantablack is an actual color. Look it up

      • kadeem kadz Dulice

        iBlack

  • Manor

    I miss the days when I was excited for new iPhone unveiling, but now they just make the screen bigger every two years, improve the camera and the performance and keep the same design. I wish Apple would add new features like IR blaster, dual front facing speakers and more customization for iOS.
    Also, Apple, please make your phones slightly thicker and put a bigger battery in it so we can have two full days of medium to heavy usage on our phones.

    • salsal

      I agree with the customisation. I would love to see a choice of IOS skins.

    • Rowan09

      Thicker doesn’t mean thicker battery, larger means bigger battery just like everyone else seems to be doing. Why do they need an IR blaster? The 6 doesn’t look like the 5/5S. I would also like better speakers and customization isn’t really something I care much about even when I jailbreak. I want more functionality like a file system and I would be satisfied.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Apple is thinking outside the box in a sense of battery life, you don’t need a bigger battery to have a longer lasting phone, you just need a phone that can conserve the power when you need it to.

      • Rowan09

        You need a bigger battery as well and that’s why they improve on the processor, etc all for power efficiency.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        That’s just an excuse for Apple to make subpar batteries just so they can justify themselves. It’s like saying you don’t need a bigger engine with more horsepower to have a faster car, it just needs to be lighter. No, not as simple as that, you need a bigger battery and an OLED screen would be nice both in terms of contrast levels, colour saturation AND power efficiency! It’s been 8yrs of LCDs, OLEDs have been around for almost a decade, I think it’s time to move forward, Apple.

      • Rowan09

        I think they will make the move to OLED like they did on the Apple Watch but some people prefer LCD it’s not like it’s dated. The iPhone 6 Plus has almost a 3000maH battery that’s a big battery. The 6 Plus has great battery life and the 6 from what I heard from friends also has a good battery life. Battery tech needs to advance its not about just putting in a bigger battery you need a more efficient processor, etc. Apple increased the battery size on all their upgrades with the 6 being the most significant.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I very much agree that battery technology needs a major overhaul. I do fully agree with you on that and I hope Apple’s supposed cooperation with Tesla could bring about something like that and acquire new knowledge in that domain. I feel like Apple has just been playing this same trick of “more power efficient chips and lighter less heat emitting design…blahblahblah…” But it goes deeper than that, how much more power efficient can your chipsets be? At some point, if battery tech is still at a standstill with no major breakthroughs , then more capacity is ALSO required at this stage. The biggest jump in battery size has to go to the 6Plus. I have an iPhone 6 and I will be frank, from launch day until about mid-December battery was super great but after new year things started to deteriorate and now things are just pitiful. Sometimes 2 charges a day is needed and I haven’t changed any use habits, if anything I’ve done a lot of “spring cleaning” on my device, deleting apps and media that I no longer use, tweaks as well. I do no resprings and I limit myself from installing any tweaks that require resprings because they hurt the battery.

        A breakthrough in battery tech is desperately needed. Press pause on all the gimmicky software features and devote said time on better newer more sustainable battery tech because these are devices that we use every single moment, they’re on-the-go so 500 charge cycles before you need a battery swap is no good!

      • Rowan09

        The problem is bigger than Apple, but if you use the phone a lot battery life will always go down fast. Tesla didn’t find a solution either it’s just a very big battery that to my understanding needs to be replaced every 5 years. It’s the nature of the battery business. Why would they make a battery that can last 10 years when it’s cheaper to make one that last 1-2 years and charge less? If the 10 year battery costs for example $200 and the 1 year battery $30 even though it’s better to by the 10 year battery at $200 people generally will go with the cheaper investment in short term.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Multitasking gestures like what we find in Zephyr, Tage, Activator would be great too. Apple’s home and power buttons are of very poor quality. I try to use them as little as possible when no jailbreak is around, in fact I turn on Assistive Touch. But when a jailbreak comes along, Activator is immediately installed and bye bye power and home button pressing!

      • Antzboogie

        Me too I use SBpoweralert double tap status bar and power options pop up no problem. Even a restart button is present.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I can say this with almost full certainty, if Apple introduces Zephyr-Tage-iPad like multitasking gestures for the iPhone, I don’t think I’ll need a jailbreak anymore. Activator is my major reason for jailbreaking.

      • L J

        Customization without a jailbreak is very much welcomed. And I’d love an IR blaster since I lose my remote control a lot living with other people. Stop being so self centered, think of the bigger picture here. The iPhone isn’t made only for you.

      • Kominimatchen

        Buy n android,, ir blaster n customable to the point its stupid feels more like your thing mr

      • Antzboogie

        Sorry using my iPhone as a remote for my tv would be awesome I use my Galaxy Gear all the time to turn the volume down when I’m too tired to get up.

      • Rowan09

        Because I don’t see the need for an IR blaster I’m self centered? There are tons of apps that can replace a remote without the need for an IR blaster.

      • Antzboogie

        Using my phone as a remote would be awesome.

      • I don’t get why you replied to the person who asked for an ir blaster with you saying you don’t need one. But, feels they need it and is asking for it. They’re not speaking for you, they’re speaking for themselves.

      • Rowan09

        I asked “Why do they need an IR blaster? People want a lot of things but need means without it the phone is lacking significantly and I don’t agree. I would prefer more important things like a file system, better battery life, more RAM, etc.

      • But just like you don’t see the need for ir someone may may not see the need for file system. It’s all subjective and he’s just expressing his opinion.

      • Rowan09

        I understand I just asked for a reason, especially since you can get apps that does the same thing.

      • Those apps require hardware. I looked into getting one too because i saw how extremely useful it was on the Galaxy but I’m not attaching anything to my phone.

      • Rowan09

        I understand so wouldn’t it be easier to just buy another remote? Are you going to share your phone with everyone just to change a channel? As I stated I’m fine with adding all those gimmicky features, but to me it’s way on the bottom of the list of important things.

      • Needs IR blaster because the remote function (used for the Apple TV) sucks, If they used IR it would be as good as using the little remote that always gets misplaced. If the outer materials were the same thickness as if they were thin, making it thicker leave room for a thicker battery. I do agree with the speaker improvment. The one at the bottom sounds good but has bad placement. Especially when gaming. Basically depending on what you are doing you could easily muffle the sound.

      • Rowan09

        If we take in comparison a thicker phone than the 6 you’ll notice the battery thickness is the same. Phones don’t thick batteries and making the phone thicker wouldn’t mean a thicker battery. In case of the IR blaster they have apps that does the same thing, but I understand I wouldn’t use it but maybe others will.

      • Take two cardboard boxes for instance, Both same length and width but height where doubled with one over the other. You could easily fit more batteries in the bigger box right. As phones get thinner so do their internals. So putting new internals into an old thick frame leaves way more space.. get it?
        As for the IR blaster I’m with Android. Having that option comes in handy to not need the original remote or have to buy a universal one because its lost, broken maybe even stolen who knows.

      • Rowan09

        If making a thicker phone was the solution to battery issues then every manufacturer would just simple make a thick phone. I understand with the IR blaster all I’m saying is it’s not a need in my opinion. Let’s paint a picture I have an IR blaster on my phone so when someone else needs to use the remote I have to give them my phone too. No thank you, it’s easier to just buy another remote if that’s the case. If Apple included an IR blaster that’s fine I wouldn’t be mad, but if it’s above a better battery, RAM, some IOS tweaks, etc, it’s a waste of time. It’s just like people wanting wireless charging which is included on the S6 and the Apple Watch, but it just means no wire plugging into the device.

      • Having a thicker phone to only have a bigger battery is something many manufactures don’t want. Just because they don’t do it doesn’t mean it won’t solve the issue. The IR on the phone is only there for the option that the original is lost or if you WANT to use it. No reason for it to be the only way to control the device. Only an option, one that I appreciate Some android manufacturers respect.

      • Antzboogie

        The iPhone with a Jailbreak is a very special and amazing smartphone. Without the Jailbreak the iPhone would be a very limited device. Customizing your iPhone is important to some of us. Plus a whole ton of other things you can do.

      • Rowan09

        I love jailbreaking my iDevices just not interested in themes

    • WaterTrooper

      I like this guy.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Agree about the battery. Couldn’t give two d*mns about thinness. I just want to use the device like it was meant to be used without having to turn every single thing off, and have it last me 2 full days of GOOD use. But to get anything even remotely close to 2 days, looks like the “Plus”-version (5.5-inch) is our only answer.

      • Rowan09

        A 2 day phone is not in the near future. I bought the 6+ specifically for the bigger battery and I’m happy with the decision.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I’m envious of those who purchased the 6+. In fact, during my preorder, the 6+ I wanted was available even after 3hrs of pondering on whether to get the 6+ or not, I just wasn’t sure on the size, so preordered the 6. Went to the store for pickup, did that, then went to see the 6+ for myself and then the regret train just hit me. Said this a million times, but I won’t make the same mistake ever again. If Apple continues the “Plus” form-factor of the iPhone I’ll opt for it and only it, nothing else!

      • Rowan09

        It’s a great decision.

  • pauleebe

    This sounds like a pretty aggressively improved “S” cycle.

    • Fanboy 

      It’s just made up boloney by this guy at KGI that iDB loves to post about, he literally just predicts what he THINKS is going to happen (usually by stating things like 2GB of RAM, which has been being predicted for like the past 3 years).

      • Rowan09

        The iPad Air 2 has it so it’s safe to assume the A9 will have 2GB

    • I wouldn’t mind if the only upgrade was losing the protruding camera lens.

      • Don Walker II

        I agree. They could make the device thicker to hide the protuberance, at the same time making more room for a larger battery. Have you noticed that it throws off the level in the compass app? (Just an observation)

  • sNick

    Shut up and take my money!
    I’ll buy this iPhone if it comes with this specs.. pretty nice and powerful
    But rose gold .. meh .. no

    • WaterTrooper

      Do you buy a new iPhone every year?

      • sNick

        No I’m not. Every two years normally. (3GS, 4S and 5s)
        I like the S-Class of iPhones. They include the best improvements.

      • iBanks

        I do.

  • Rowan09

    I would like a gold iPhone with a black face please.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I will be CERTAINLY ABSOLUTELY sure to opt for the “Plus” 5.5-inch version of this next release THIS time! Difference in size between the 4.7 and 5.5-inch models is not that apparent. But THE ONLY purchasing factor this time will be the reportedly much better battery life in the 5.5-inch model. The iPhone 6 battery is just too pathetic, I used an iPhone 4S which from launch day was plagued with battery issues and I never had to charge it twice a day!

    Long story short, I won’t make the same mistake again, “Plus”-version iPhone, here I come!

  • Wasn’t going to get the new device but if it delivers all of that, I’ll sell my 6 plus 128gb and pick up the new model.

    • Jamessmooth

      My thoughts exactly.

  • James G

    6s plus. Nnnnmmmm.

  • mrgerbik

    Battery? Please predict bigger battery for 4.7″

  • WaterTrooper

    Wish they would stop making it thinner.

    • Don Walker II

      How thin is too thin? lol

      • Credit card thin. The thinner they are the more delicate and fragile they get as well. Sure the glass is getting stronger but I’m pretty sure at this point we don’t need thinner phones.

      • Don Walker II

        I completely agree

  • Nathan

    I think it’s a given that the next iPhone will have 2GB of ram.

  • ClaudieX X

    Something nobody talks about… when you put your iPhone on landscape position and you want to write… the keyboard is just the size of the screen… and you see nothing… happened on iPhone 5s and now on 6… Could Apple do something to see where are you typing or make they keyboard less obstructive…??

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    I just really feel like Apple is just cheating us out of good battery performance like Cody said in one of the podcasts. Like with the 4.7-inch model, Apple could’ve easily packed in a 2100-2200mAh battery, the 4.7-inch form factor is still rather hefty, it’s not small by any means, so plenty of space in there. A measily 1810mAh (a 20% bump from the 3.5-inch iPhone 4S) is simply too little for the display and complex interiors that the iPhone 6 has. They did well with the iPhone 6Plus in packing in a ~2800mAh battery though.

    • ClaudieX X

      I thought it too… but now I think that something is happening with this area of innovation… I think that Apple more than anyone want to say THE NEW iPhone… NOW WITH 3 DAYS BATTERY hardcore used… and is not happening… so something is going on… just look the ultrabook battery… its fantastic.. they used every corner to put little batteries…

      • sNick

        I hope they kinda use the technologie from new macbook’s battery for the iPhone. In a simular way.. don’t know how but please improve battery life Apple 🙁

  • White Michael Jackson

    Idk im just not as excited about iphone releases anymore. I have a 6, but i saw the samsungs galaxy 6 screen. Its resolution is impeccable but i dont want an android device. Come on apple step your game up.

  • Martynet

    More RAM is very welcome and it would give the 3rd party keyboards the bump they really need, because they are all useless at the moment.
    Camera improvements are always good. Optical zoom would be really nice.
    I hope that one day they install new DAC for high-res audio decoding with 24 bit/192kHz support. And update all the music in the iTunes library to those specs.

    • ClaudieX X

      wow.. optical zoom on a 7 inch phone… and 24bit/192khz support on a device whose output jack is 3.5mm…

      • Martynet

        7 inch phone? Did I miss something?
        What’s wrong with 3.5mm jack?

      • ClaudieX X

        sorry 6.9mm 😀 . About de jack… look what kind of jack has the most pro headphones… (the ones that you need to hear that kind of audio fidelity)

  • Michael Porpaxias Boosalis

    New phone new cases Cant wait to see what exofab comes up with. they cases are slim and stick to glass!

  • Jamessmooth

    If all this is true, this will be one hell of an S upgrade. I’ll get the 6+ for sure.

  • Kominimatchen

    Must haves
    Better camera
    More ram
    No camerahump
    Slightly better screen vs phone ratio
    À darker blackish version( skip the rosegold or only drop IT in contries with bad and old taste#russia poland bulgaria and England )
    Forcetouch
    Better scratchproof glass (ion streengted is rubbish)
    Improve battery (dont Go higher dens in screen)
    The plastic stripes on backside Must be designed properly(looks cheap and tacky)

    Thats IT

    Come on gunners

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    The 64-bit A8 is already powerful, there is no doubt about that, but if Apple made the A9 a quad-core processor it would really boost the performance. A quad-core 2GB 64-bit mobile device would be incredibly powerful for years to come, plus improving multitasking.
    Some may argue that there is no need for such a powerful phone because the A8 and even A7 can handle everything the App Store and internet is throwing at it, but such a powerful A9 chip will open new possibilities to the iPhone (better games, advanced video rendering apps etc.).

  • Cole Mahoney

    How can I upgrade to 6s when I have iPhone 6 and can’t upgrade until 10/1/16? I’m with sprint

  • Shams

    Gun metal black, sapphire blue and sapphire red.

  • Joey_Z

    If I get 1 cent whenever people say 2GB ram on next iphone…

  • Rowan09

    Completely agree.