While we’ve reported extensively on what to expect from Apple’s next generation iPhone 6S — including Force Touch in May and what enhancements it offers last week — a fresh set of rumors are floating around today regarding the pending iPhone model ranging from expected, known, and spoofed. We’ll unpack each one below:
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Probably most anticipated on this side of Apple’s upcoming product event is which date you’ll actually be able to get your hands on the new Force Touch-packing iPhone 6S. Based on past patterns, you can assume the new iPhone will be available on Friday, September 18th following the September 9th keynote introduction.
Also expected: pre-orders kicking off the Friday directly after the event and one week before shipments start. Apple often follows historical pattern when announcing and releasing new flagship products like the iPhone, and this year appears to be no different as Apple is even expected to show off its next iPhone a year to the date of the last model. Here’s how the last few years have gone:
- iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus event on September 9, 2014
- iPhone 6 + iPhone 6 Plus released on September 19, 2014 (the following Friday)
- iPhone 5s + iPhone 5c event on September 10, 2013
- iPhone 5s + iPhone 5c released on September 20, 2013 (the following Friday)
- iPhone 5 event on September 12, 2012
- iPhone 5 released on September 21, 2012 (yep, the following Friday)
Indeed, citing sources among German iPhone providers, macerkopf.de reports that the iPhone 6S is set to hit stores and launch on September 18th. Beyond the first wave countries, a report out of the Netherlands indicates that a second wave of countries could see the new iPhones as soon as September 26th.
Okay, so not much of a surprise there, but you may have seen a claimed benchmark score of a purported iPhone 6S claiming to show the new smartphone’s processor clock speed and performance as well as memory amount with single-core and multi-core results. Pay no attention, though, as Primate Labs founder and Geekbench developer John Poole has poured a humongous glass of cold water on the faked benchmark results. Still, it’s worth a deep dive into what advancements past A-series chips from Apple have delivered year over year and how that could inform what to expect from the upcoming A9 chip.
Finally, detailed diagrams illustrating the iPhone 6S logic board shared on social media site Weibo show the expected SiP (system-in-package) design coming to Apple’s next flagship smartphone. 9to5Mac detailed the expected reduction in chips despite nearly identical shell thanks to integrated components coming with the iPhone 6S in a report published in July. Also expected: upgraded NFC hardware (Apple Pay utilized NFC and Apple recently joined the NFC Forums board of directors) and double LTE speed capability thanks to an improved LTE modem from Qualcomm.