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Next A9-Based iPhone Predicted to Have 12MP Camera, 2GB RAM, Rose Gold and More, Mass Production in August

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, issued a note to investors today that offers eleven predictions for the next-generation iPhone in 2015. Kuo expects the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones to enter mass production in mid-to-late August, and does not believe that a new 4-inch iPhone model will be released in 2015.

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The main selling point of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive display technology built into Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. Other predicted features for Apple's next iPhone, many of which have already been rumored, include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new Rose Gold color option, possible sapphire cover lenses and more.
(1) Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. 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;
(2) Screen will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with resolution the same as existing models. There will be no new 4-inch model;
(3) There will be an additional casing color, rose gold, matching the rose gold Apple Watch Edition;
(4) The camera will have a pixel upgrade, likely to 12 MP;
(5) One microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality;
(6) The A9 processor with upgraded 2GB LPDDR4 will be adopted;
(7) The bending issue will be improved by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes;
(8) If drop test issues can be resolved, the 5.5-inch model will have a limited number of units with sapphire cover lens;
(9) The recognition rate of Touch ID will be improved further in a bid to promote Apple Pay;
(10) Gesture control support; and
(11) It’s expected that mass production will start in mid-to-late August. Total shipments will be 80-90mn in 2015, with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
Kuo expects total shipments of between 80-90 million iPhones in 2015.


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18 months ago
Analyst predicts totally obvious technology upgrades. News at 11.
Rating: 55 Votes
18 months ago
No 4 inch model, count me out
Sticking to my 5s an extra year then
Rating: 51 Votes
18 months ago

Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

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I thought every single iPhone had a sapphire lense.
Rating: 35 Votes
18 months ago

And I JUST bought my iPhone 6! Grrrrr


Breaking News! Since 2007, each summer they make/sell a new iPhone...
Rating: 35 Votes
18 months ago

Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

Image (https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUM3MUfArtnmIq5zZNqiQATnsJDbi_8IpbQSCKJ1zRqsAz2Dgo)


I thought the 6 and 6 Plus had sapphire cover lenses?
Rating: 28 Votes
18 months ago

I'm tired of plugging in a cable all the time.


Thank you for mentioning this. I thought I was the only one.
After I plug in the cable, I have to go lie down and rest otherwise the effort
wipes me out for the day.

BTW: That is nothing compared to pulling out the cable.
Rating: 26 Votes
18 months ago

Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.


Do you keep sand in your pockets or something? Sometimes my lenses get dirty too - but a wipe with my finger usually clears it up.
Rating: 25 Votes
18 months ago

I'm tired of plugging in a cable all the time.


#FirstWorldProblems
Rating: 24 Votes
18 months ago

Not a fan of this. Every single one of my iPhones without Sapphire on the lens cover has eventually turned to ****. The images come out hazy, they're less sharp and totally screwed up thanks to a wrecked piece of glass covering the lens.. I remember having to buy off the market back replacements for my i4 just to keep the camera shots as clean as possible.

Image (https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUM3MUfArtnmIq5zZNqiQATnsJDbi_8IpbQSCKJ1zRqsAz2Dgo)


It's a translation error. He means that the screen will be made from sapphire.
Rating: 22 Votes
18 months ago
So will the rose gold version cost 17 grand? :rolleyes:
Rating: 21 Votes

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