Apple Has BIG Plans For 2015/16 concerning iPhone 7 and iPhone 6c

Apple Has BIG Plans For 2015/16 concerning iPhone 7 and iPhone 6c
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Did Apple just leak the iPhone 6c on its own site? New rumours suggest Apple is potentially readying three iPhones for 2015/16

It used to be that we'd hear in advance of the next-generation of hardware to launch; then we started hearing about it just before the launch of whatever the current-gen was going to be (hearing about the iPhone 6 before the iPhone 5S was out the gate, for example). Now it's even more advanced; we've been hearing about the iPhone 6S for months, but also about the follow-on device which will launch in late 2016 as the iPhone 7, and there's even talk of the iPhone 8 in 2018! There is pretty much nowhere now for phone makers to run and hide their top secret plans to prevent them spilling fully into the public space many months in advance of a device's arrival, and it's as true for Apple and its iPhones as anyone else.

The iPhone 5c, because it was largely based on the iPhone 5, save for the inclusion of LTE and improved battery life, had a significantly lower BOM (bill of materials) cost than Apple’s iPhone 5. Plastic is cheaper, easy to use, and the numbers Apple shifted made for excellent profit margins. In this respect the iPhone 5c was the iPhone 5 repackaged and sold onto consumers, with a few additional bells and whistles, as a new phone.
However, the jury’s still very much out on this one. Yes, the idea of a cheaper iPhone makes a lot of sense. But -- and this is the clincher -- it doesn’t gel with Apple’s current business model and how it retails its iPhones. A cheaper iPhone 7c model would, essentially, eat up reduced-cost sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2016/17, something Apple clearly doesn’t want.
Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri claims Apple, after much soul searching, has canned ideas for an iPhone 6c. Apple wants to avoid cannibalization of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus by the cheaper device. He told Business Insider: “I think one of the reasons is because the iPhone 6 has sold so well and they said, ‘Look, why would we want to cannibalize? If we came out with an iPhone 6C, we could essentially cannibalize a price-reduced iPhone 6.’”

Nevertheless, the rumour of a rebooted iPhone 5c RAGES on, and this week there is talk of the handset being a 5in phone -- not a 4in setup, as previously reported.
The case for an updated iPhone 5c is rather compelling. A lot of people really didn’t like Apple’s slightly cheaper iPhone, but having said that there were plenty of people –– we’re talking millions here –– who really dug the firm's plastic-fantastic iPhone. Many consider the iPhone 5c a failure, but this is complete BUNK; the handset sold in excess of 25 million units. Now, I appreciate this isn’t a big figure for Apple but compared to similar handsets shipped by Samsung and HTC and Sony, the iPhone 5c was a HUGE success –– could you imagine if HTC sold 25 million HTC One M8 Mini handsets!? No, neither can I… which is why writing the iPhone 5c off as a misfire by Apple is not only stupid, it's actually just wrong!

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are slated to launch in early September with a release date likely to follow days after. Multiple sources claim both new iPhones will be available to buy, in store, from September 10 -- though Apple has not confirmed anything just yet.
In a new twist to the never-ending iPhone saga it now appears as if the iPhone 6c is NOT dead after all. According to leaked information obtained by The Telegraph, the iPhone 6c will launch at a separate event in November -- so a good month after the iPhone 6s.

Apple suppliers are now working round the clock in order to get the 4in iPhone 6c ready for a release in November, according to China Times. The handset will feature a 14/16nm FinFET chip manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company as well as TouchID, enabling full support for Apple Pay.
How Apple will update the model remains to be seen, however. The design will likely be different to 2013’s iPhone 5c and some updates to its imaging capabilities would be nice as well. As for RAM, storage and connectivity -- your guess is as good as mine.
The handset will be cheaper than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. That much is a given. Nevertheless, the iPhone 5s wasn’t exactly cheap when it first came out, so it will be interesting to see how Apple markets its successor -- and what colour schemes it uses this time around.
Interestingly, this new rumour comes direct from a source within Apple’s Foxconn manufacturing wing in China, though it is still probably worth talking it with the usual serving of salt.

According to the Foxconn insider who shared the sketch below, via the Apple portal known as “Feng”, the 5-incher will apparently rock an 8 MP camera, a dual-LED flash, and what seems to be a rather conservative design,' notes G For Games

"What we have here is a sketch depicting the alleged 5-inch iPhone 6s model. The Foxconn insider who revealed this data was not able to provide a live photo of the device (they are not allowed with smartphones or cameras inside Foxconn’s premises), so instead he made a representative sketch showing some of the handset’s design cues. Accordingly, the smartphone will pack an 8 MP camera complemented by a dual-LED flash, and will rock a full HD 5-inch display, powered by an A9 processor," the report added.

But What About The iPhone 6s? 

The iPhone 6s will look quite a bit like the iPhone 6. But this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Apple has, for the longest time, preferred incremental updates to its iPhones -- and while many hoped 2015/16 would be different it now looks increasingly likely we’ll have to wait until 2016/17 for the next big design update.

Here's what 9to5Mac expects to see inside Apple's next A9 chipset:

"It’s possible that the next iPhone’s chip will fall below last year’s flagship iPad in performance, but Apple’s chipmaking history suggests that’s unlikely. As a result, we’d expect to see the iPhone 6S sporting some major performance gains over the iPhone 6. The extra power could be used for even more impressive games, processing 4K video, and running apps that are even closer to OS X-class. If the A9 matches or comes close to the numbers above, it will be in the same league as 2009 iMacs, 2010 MacBook Pros and 2011 MacBook Airs, all of which are still viable computers. Yet the iPhone will be profoundly more power-efficient, and unlike any of those Macs, capable of fitting in your pocket without any cooling fans."
In addition to this a bunch of benchmarks, said to be taken from the iPhone 6s' A9 processor, has now also shown up online. Sadly, the source of this leak cannot be verified but it still makes for some rather interesting reading, especially if it turns out to be correct:
“Apple's A9 chimes in with a single-core score of 2090 and a multi-core tally of 3569, compared to the respective averages of 1611 and 2892 shown by the A8 found in the iPhone 6 series. The A9X chalks up 2109 and 5101 in the same benchmarks, compared to 1808 and 4526 for the iPad Air 2's A8X,” reports Apple Insider. “Samsung's Exynos 7420 — which powers the flagship S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, and S6 Edge+ — bests Apple's A9 on multi-core workloads with a score of 5048, but falls behind on single-core tasks by posting a 1486. Huawei's Kirin 950 and LG's Nuclun 2 also beat out Samsung's entry.”

There have been plenty of iPhone 6s leaks thus far, but this week’s is a real doozy -- comes from inside one of Apple’s manufacturing plants in China. The images show the front panel of the upcoming iPhone 6s, complete with home button and a very similar design to last year’s models, as you can see below:

Apple is apparently prepping something BIG for the iPhone 7. The company is said to be very keen on striking while the iron is hot –– and the iron is very hot at the moment, with record iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales. What this rethink will entail remains to be seen, but sources are now claiming it is going to be very special indeed.

“Along with a slight shrinkage in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple also appears to be aggressively reducing the number of chips it’s using. One section of the board that previously had in excess of 10 components has been pared down to 3 main chips, simultaneously cutting the number of parts and increasing the power efficiency of the ones that remain. Other necessary and remaining chips, such as the flash memory and CPU, notably benefit from smaller manufacturing processes that enable the iPhone 6S to offer the same or faster functionality with smaller, less power-hungry parts,” reports Apple Insider.
Apple has now begun production of 2015’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus handsets. The devices will look similar to last year’s model, save for a few key updates to the display, which you can read more about below, the internals – CPU, Memory, Connectivity – and the imaging technology (both the front and back shooters will receive updates, apparently).
Apple has orders for 85-90 million iPhone 6s units with its suppliers ahead of the handset’s release date later on this year, according to the WSJ. There will be two iPhones released, just as there was last year – the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. Apple isn’t changing the display size either, keeping 4.7in and 5.5in for both models.

In addition to a more powerful chipset with faster LTE chip, iPhone 6s is also expected to pack a display with Force Touch, and 12MP camera with 4K video capture. Apple is expected to launch and release the new iPhones during September 2015, meaning they’ll be here in just shy of two months.
“Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen,” people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.
According to Apple, 'In addition to recognizing touch, Apple Watch senses force, adding a new dimension to the user interface. 
"Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls.
"With Force Touch, pressing firmly on the screen brings up additional controls in apps like Messages, Music, and Calendar.
"It also lets you select different watch faces, pause or end a workout, search an address in Maps, and more. Force Touch is the most significant new sensing capability since Multi‑Touch."
The iOS 9 update will bring with a bunch of new features, but the most notable of which is likely to be its reportedly insane power management system, which would double the battery performance of Apple’s iPhones –– if true this is a HUGE deal.
The other big talking about about 2016’s iPhone lineup is the return of Apple’s iPhone Xc class of devices. Multiple reports have now claimed Apple will bring back its C range either in 2015 or later, alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in 2016.

A trio of devices would be a HUGE deal for the market, especially when one takes into account just how destructive two have been in 2014/15. Whats’ more, should Apple retails the C class iPhone at a far lower price point than previous iterations, then it could very successfully attack the mid-tier segment of the smartphone space, a place more or less completely untouched by Apple products, unless you factor in older models
"Apple has a few tricks up its sleeve for 2016," says Yahoo news. "The company has plans to launch a new, completely redesigned iPhone next year — and it won't be the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus we're all expecting."
Jefferies reckons the design of the iPhone 6C will be consistent with Apple's previous iPhones, as you can see in the quote below:
“Although iPhone6C is designed as an extended version, it still uses metal casing based on Apple style. We believe that Apple remains consistent in its design. As we have discussed previously, Apple continues to develop increased hardness for the iPhone metal casing, which requires a more complicated CNC and anodized process.”

Just how Apple can change the overall design, look and feel of the iPhone remains to be seen. There’s only so much you can do with a phone’s design, save for making it thinner and removing bezels. One area where Apple could innovate is to do with the Home button. The inclusion of force touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus would get users accustomed to using gesture-based taps for different functions, so it is within the realms of possibility that Apple could remove the home button in favour of some kind of touch-responsive panel that sits flush to the chassis.
"The next iPhone could offer a flash on its front facing camera, according to code found buried in early releases of the operating system that will run on it," reports The Independent. "The feature, which will allow people to take selfies in the dark, was found in early releases of iOS 9. The same code seems to indicate that the phone will receive an update to a 1080p camera, from the existing 720p one, and support for panoramic selfies and slow motion video."
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