On May 12, 2015, appleinsider.com revealed that KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a new note outlining what he believed would be the key features of Apple's rumored iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. A few days later, Kuo stated that the new phones, with all their new features, could even be dubbed "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus". The leaks generated significant buzz among techies as the source is arguably the most reliable one for advanced information on Apple's upcoming products. In January of 2011, for example, Kuo almost perfectly predicted the iPad 2's dual-core processor, screen resolution, and camera specs. He also correctly forecast several features of the iPhone 5, the discontinuation of the 17-inch MacBook Pro, and the redesign of the iMacs. But Kuo has also had his fair share of forecasting duds, including a prediction that a cheaper iPhone would be issued in 2013. Nevertheless, when it comes to forecasts on Apple products, hardly anyone can match Kuo's accuracy.
Here are ten of Kuo's most exciting predictions on Apple's rumored iPhone 6S and IPhone 6S Plus (or iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus), which will supposedly begin being mass produced in mid-to-late August:
10 Force Touch technology will be the most important new feature.
9 Rose gold will be available as an additional casing color.
8 The main camera will be upgraded to 12 megapixels.
7 Voice clarity will be enhanced by a new microphone near the speaker.
6 There will be a new A9 processor with 2GB LPDDR4 of RAM.
5 Gesture control will be supported.
4 A new design will address bending issues.
3 A limited number of iPhone 6S Plus models could feature a sapphire cover.
2 Touch ID will be further improved to promote Apple Pay.
1 The sizes of the iPhone 6 displays will be retained, with no 4-inch display model being issued.
Devotees of the 4-inch iPhone display are likely to be devastated. Similar to their predecessors, the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus are predicted to possess displays measuring 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively. And it's difficult to blame Apple for this decision. Sales of the iPhone 6 and its Plus version have allowed the first quarter of 2015 to be Apple's most profitable ever, the company even displacing Xiaomi as the #1 smartphone company in China. Besides, it was obviously the larger iPhone displays that allowed Apple to steal a substantial portion of the large-phone market. So, no, it's certainly not looking too good for 4-inch iPhone display loyalists.
Sources: appleinsider.com, forbes.com, techland.time.com, engadget.com, macrumors.com, pocket-lint.com, imore.com, 9to5mac.com, usatoday.com, businessinsider.com, techweekeurope.co.uk
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