Industry sources are suggesting that Apple has already started manufacturing its next iPhone. It appears that the forthcoming mobile devices will be incremental upgrades of the latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, retaining their 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.
While few details are currently known, it seems that the most significant new feature will be the inclusion of Force Touch technology, which currently allows Apple Watch touchscreens to measure the pressure exerted on them by user’s fingers. In other words, it’s an enhancement of the user interface, allowing for more refined interaction and control. Given Force Touch’s biometric aspect, its inclusion in the upgrade ties in nicely with previously reported planned enhancements of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Little else is known about the upcoming iPhone 6S, but given its anticipated autumn release, the device will run on iOS9, which could mean that it will have some advanced capabilities with respect to Internet of Things interactions. Recent leaks have indicated that with its next mobile operating system Apple intends to make the iPhone a kind of hub for the smart home; so with the iPhone 6S built with iOS9 compatibility in mind, we may see a much clearer picture of what that means.