A trio of claimed spyshots were published this weekend by French blog NowhereElse.fr, ostensibly offering a first look at a fully assembled ‘iPhone 6s’ display with Force Touch technology. At first look, the part appears to be virtually unchanged from the front display assembly on the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in shape, size and overall design.
Upon closer inspection, however, some differences become apparent. For instance, you’ll notice strange black dots running across the sides of a shielding which some folks say may or may not be related to Force Touch technology.
While we don’t know whether or not the cutouts have something to do with a rumored layer of force sensors designed to distinguish between light and deep presses, like on the Apple Watch and the multi-touch trackpad of 2015 MacBooks, it’s worth mentioning that prior iPhones held on LCD shielding by screws and clips so this is definitely worth a discussion.
There’s also a rectangular cutout which is now found toward the top of the screen, not centered as before, but this is most likely a grounding insert. These images were first published on the Chinese social network Weibo account which belongs to local repair firm GeekBar.
A set of images of a claimed iPhone 6s prototype was also posted by M.I.C Gadget.
As seen below, the device is virtually unchanged from the present generation, with no change to the ear speaker, mic or positioning of the cameras, with one difference: the phone is apparently an imperceptibly 0.2mm thicker due to Force Touch implementation.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to be announced this September. The devices are said to feature a stronger Series 7000 aluminum chassis and the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch display sizes as the present-generation iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Other rumored features include a faster processor with 2GB of RAM, an updated Qualcomm baseband modem for up to twice as fast 4G LTE networking at 300Mbps, improved NFC, a more reliable Touch ID and likely a 5MP front-camera and a 12MP shooter with 4K video capture on the back.