Apple has finally revealed its September 9 event, which was rumoured since earlier this month. The Cupertino-based tech firm is said to announce its new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones at the event, alongside the next-gen Apple TV and the formal launch of iOS 9. Until now, we have seen enough rumours and leaked images on the Web, giving an idea of how the final iPhone devices would look like and what features they might sport, and new reports have come in as well.
As previously reported, the rumoured iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s models are once again expected to sport an upgraded 12-megapixel rear camera along with the ability to record 4K resolution videos, says 9to5Mac. The current models feature an 8-megapixel rear iSight camera and miss out on the 4K resolution video recording. It is worth noting that, if the rumour is true, this would be the first time since the iPhone 4s that the iPhone series' camera resolution would be upgraded. Also tipped is an improved image signal processor, alongside the improved A9 SoC.
The report also talks about the handsets' improved FaceTime camera for higher quality videos and selfie shots. Furthermore, Apple is also tipped to add a front-facing flash along with the FaceTime camera. 9to5Mac says that while certain code strings in iOS 9 beta versions have hinted at the inclusion of a front-facing flash, its sources have denied such reports. Instead, the handset might borrow features from Snapchat or PhotoBooth where the handset display would flash a quick white screen when users press the front camera shutter. Other expected features include front-facing panorama shots and HD resolution slow-motion video recording.
Another 9to5Mac report has tipped the unannounced iPhone 6s handsets to share similar animated wallpapers to that of the Apple Watch. The animated motion wallpapers would come with 'jellyfish, multi-coloured butterflies, or brightly coloured flowers' options. The report adds the motion wallpapers could range from sets of animated fish to a koi pond and colourful arrays of smoke. Apple, in its iOS 9 beta version added a wallpaper showing coloured smoke against a black background, which is likely to come animated in the smartphone.
An image has also been posted online showing the alleged yet-to-be-assembled box cover of the iPhone 6s Plus. The cover shows a gold koi pond fish wallpaper, cementing the speculation. While the sources have said that the animated wallpapers might not make it in the final consumer version of the device at launch as they are still being tested, the wallpaper in the cover box hints that the feature has been tested completely and is ready to reach the market.
We have already heard much about the display panel of the iPhone 6s smartphone previously - namely, its Force Touch technology. However, a new set of images has reached the Web (via Macrumors) giving a closer look of the panel. No new details have been revealed in the images, but it does show us a close up of the much talked-about Force Touch feature that the smartphones are said to receive. The sources behind the leaked images claimed the display panel is slightly thicker and heavier than the ones used in iPhone 6. The thickness of the display panel added with a mysterious chip placed on the panel hint towards the inclusion of Force Touch feature.
Previously, we'd seen the purported iPhone 6s display panel in a video that was posted last month. It is worth noting that some Force Touch feature codes were also found in the iOS 9 beta codes when tested by 9to5Mac. The feature is being said to be used for several functions, one of which is said to be the keyboard trackpad scrolling. cnBeta, which leaked the unassembled iPhone 6s Plus cover box about which we mentioned above, has added that the two upcoming iPhone 6s handsets will be backed by a smaller battery than the ones in current generation. The iPhone 6s Plus is said to feature a 2750mAh battery, down from the current estimated 2915mAh offering.
As for the previously rumours new Pink colour variant, the smartphone is now said to be set to come in the specific Rose Gold colour variant already introduced with Apple Watch. Notably, the Rose Gold colour variant of the iPhone 6s would be more like the copper-hued variation instead of pink, which we saw in recent leaks. Also, mentioned, was that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus would reportedly be missing out on sapphire crystal display covers.
Painting the full picture, recent leaks had pointed to Apple using System in Package (SiP) technology for the new smartphones, and release the handsets in the same storage variants - 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. Besides a stronger metal casing, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models have been tipped to include redesigned wireless system powered by Qualcomm's Cat 6. LTE chipset.