Apple is aiming to slim down its flagship iPhone device for next year’s iteration. The iPhone 7 – not to be confused with the iPhone 6s expected to be announced this week – will be somewhere between 6mm and 6.5mm in thickness.
The speculation comes by way of a leaked note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with a copy having fallen into the hands of AppleInsider. In the note, Kuo also discusses the possibility of a redesigned chassis, and the likely implementation of the Force Touch pressure-sensitive touchscreen technology expected in the iPhone 6s.
While Apple has been beaten to the punch in this area with Huawei’s inclusion of Force Touch technology in its new Mate S smartphone, it’s still likely to be touted as one of the most significant upgrades in its newest iPhone iteration. According to AppleInsider, Kuo also predicts that Apple will unveil a range of options in terms of chassis color for the iPhone 6s, and that the devices will be made of the same kind of aluminum used in the durable Apple Watch.
Other minor upgrades – higher RAM and a faster processor – will also help to make the case for the iPhone 6s, but the truly substantial changes in store for the iPhone line will probably appear in the iPhone 7 next fall.