Apple’s naming scheme of their iPhones over the years has been predictable. We’ve seen the iPhone 3G followed by the 3GS, the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5s, so presumably with last year’s iPhone 6, we should be able to expect the iPhone 6S later this year, right?
Maybe not. According to an investor’s note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it seems that he believes that Apple will skip over the iPhone 6S naming scheme and go straight for the iPhone 7. So why is this? Apparently Apple is expected to bring a significant enough upgrade to the next iPhone’s hardware where it might be warranted calling it the iPhone 7 instead of it merely being an “S” handset.
So far it is unclear as to what we might be able to expect from the next-generation iPhone, but we can only assume that Apple will introduce the A9 SoC to the handset. We have also heard that Force Touch will be a feature, although in this case it seems that the Force Touch feature will be different from the one used in the Apple Watch and MacBook trackpads.
Kuo writes, “We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers. Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.” Obviously all of this should be taken with a grain of salt for now, but Kuo has developed a reputation for being pretty spot on with his predictions, so maybe there might be some truth to them.