It was earlier known that Apple has started production of its next-gen iPhone featuring Force Touch, and now the latest leaked images further suggest the same. Force Touch is the haptic feedback feature that was introduced this year in the Apple Watch along with the new MacBook.
The Force Touch technology lets the device detect varying levels of input pressure by deploying electrodes around its screen. For example, in the Apple Watch, electrodes are embedded around the flexible OLED display that help detect the deformation caused by a press/tap/swipe. This force is then translated to operations by adding an extra layer of control to multi-touch system.
Now, new images showing display assembly of the supposed iPhone 6s, posted by GeekBar on Weibo, have surfaced online. At a glance, the upcoming devices have taken design cues from their predecessors and may not see many design changes.
MIC Gadgets has also shared images of the prototype version of the iPhone 6s. Though the device is the image doesn’t show the display on, the report claims the device is 7.1mm thick.
According to a report by Bloomberg, people familiar with the matter stated that Apple’s newest iPhones, in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices will have a similar exterior design. Also, volume manufacturing is scheduled to ramp up as soon as next month, they further added.
9to5mac has shared a few images, showing a prototype of the next iPhone’s logic board. According to the report, a new NFC chip inside the iPhone 6S is from NXP and labelled 66VP2. Also, along with a ‘slight shrinkage’ in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple appears to be reducing the number of chips it uses for its phone. It may use a Cirrus Logic audio chip, a Murata Wi-Fi module, and wireless power amplifiers from RFMD, Triquint, Avago and Skyworks within the iPhone 6S as well.
As of now it appears that the upcoming smartphone will sport a 16GB variant and is built with a 19nm production process. According to 9to5mac, there is a possibility that Apple may not ship this 16GB flash storage option, and was solely using it for early production and test models.
Additionally, there are several small changes to the iPhone 6s frame suggesting the position of the logic board and components.