'iPhone 6s' Display Panel With Mystery Chip Is Slightly Heavier and Thicker Than iPhone 6 Version

Following our look at a partially functioning "iPhone 6s" built from parts earlier this week, we're now getting some more details on the iPhone 6s display assembly itself. While the part has been seen in a few leaks over the past several weeks, a source has now provided us with some new information and high-quality photos of the part.

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Display assemblies from iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6s (right)

Numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface options or functionality based on the amount of pressure. We've yet to see confirmation that such functionality is present in these display assemblies that have been circulating, but there are some tantalizing differences from the corresponding iPhone 6 part.

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Top portion of iPhone 6s display assembly with unknown chip

The first is a small rectangular chip visible on the rear of the display. It has been seen in all leaked parts seen so far, and its function remains unconfirmed, but our source suspects it is indeed related to Force Touch. The chip is visible due to a cutout in the metal shielding behind the display.

The cutout doesn't appear to be required for the function of the chip, and it simply seems to be a space-saving issue. With the chip making that area of the display thicker than the rest of the part, the cutout allows the shielding to cover the remainder of the display panel evenly without adding too much thickness. As noted previously, the metal shielding is now glued in place rather than screwed in as on the iPhone 6.

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Closeup of chip on rear of iPhone 6s display

Our source also says the iPhone 6s display panel is slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 panel, a change that may be related to Force Touch support and contributing to the reported 0.2 mm increase in overall thickness for the device.

Finally, along with the increase in thickness there is also a slight increase in weight for the display assembly, with the iPhone 6s part weighing 51.2 grams. A corresponding iPhone 6 part that also includes the front-facing camera and bracket (unlike the iPhone 6s part) weighs 49.4 grams. A portion of that increase in weight from the display assembly may be offset in the rear shell, which was previously found to be 2 grams lighter than the iPhone 6 shell.

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Bottom portion of iPhone 6s display assembly with home button

Apple is expected to officially unveil the iPhone 6s in less than two weeks at an event rumored for Wednesday, September 9, perhaps at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. If Apple holds true to recent patterns, pre-orders for the new iPhone would begin on Friday, September 11 with the launch coming a week later on Friday, September 18.

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65 months ago
Its announced in almost 10 days, who's interested in this nonsense?

How about report some actual Mac news and rumours - you know like the news I sent you that the Mac Pros have silently been updated to use the 2000Mb/s read/write flash drives found in the latest Macbook Air's and Pros.

Or the fact that the 2015 Macbook Air refresh has just been silently updated to use 4k sector sized drives like the 12" Retina Macbook. This wasn't the case when they were first released earlier in the year, and now any recent 13" or 11" Macbook Airs require at least Yosemite 10.10.5 to boot.

Not a sign of any of that though cos we're all so interested in finding out which way an iPhone connector cable might bend apparently.

(Oh sorry, apparently people do care about a rumour about Force Touch that everyone already knows the phone is getting anyway rather than any actual unknown news about Macs, my bad - I guess a site called MacRumors that posted news on actual Mac's probably wouldn't get many hits)
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65 months ago

Its announced in almost 10 days, who's interested in this nonsense?

Considering this is a RUMOUR site, I would suggest quite a few. o_O
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65 months ago
fingers crossed for the new darker Space Gray...


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65 months ago

Its announced in almost 10 days, who's interested in this nonsense?

How about report some actual Mac news and rumours - you know like the news I sent you that the Mac Pros have silently been updated to use the 2000Mb/s read/write flash drives found in the latest Macbook Air's and Pros.

Or the fact that the 2015 Macbook Air refresh has just been silently updated to use 4k sector sized drives like the 12" Retina Macbook. This wasn't the case when they were first released earlier in the year, and now any recent 13" or 11" Macbook Airs require at least Yosemite 10.10.5 to boot.

Not a sign of any of that though cos we're all so interested in finding out which way an iPhone connector cable might bend apparently.

(Oh sorry, apparently people do care about a rumour about Force Touch that everyone already knows the phone is getting anyway rather than any actual unknown news about Macs, my bad - I guess a site called MacRumors that posted news on actual Mac's probably wouldn't get many hits)

U mad, bro?
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65 months ago

Its announced in almost 10 days, who's interested in this nonsense?

I guess its only those of us that take the time to read the article and then more time to comment that really care....
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65 months ago
With force touch they should enable an alert when someone sits on their phone. Bendgate solved.
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