Same design, but a fourth color is coming
Apple doesn’t typically shake up iPhone design too much with S releases, and most agree that this year’s changes will be minimal. Now, we’ve seen the first leaked images of the casing of both the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus.
The 6S Plus photos leaked in mid July on a site called Future Supplier. The photos show a casing that looks much like the current iPhone 6 Plus’ aluminum body, but the site notes a few changes, such as the speaker and the quality of the aluminum, which it claims is sturdier.
The first pictures of what appears to be the aluminum casing for the iPhone 6S leaked on the last day of June. The images show little to no changes in the iPhone 6S’s design, either.
It’s been a few years since Apple added the champagne gold color option to its iPhone lineup, and now The Wall Street Journal’s sources say the next iPhone will come in four color options, but would not say which color would be added to the lineup.
Earlier on, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple will add a new color this year. The iPhone 6S will come in rose gold too, Kuo claims, bringing the color options up to four. It’s unknown whether the new option will be real gold like the Apple Watch Edition — with a price tag to match — or simply mimic the color of the precious metal, reports AppleInsider.
Some reports do hint at a slightly thicker body for the iPhone 6S, but the difference is a mere 0.2mm, according to a leaked schematic from Engadget Japan. The increased thickness could be due to the new aluminum that was previously rumored to cover the iPhone 6S or the Force Touch taptic engine. Otherwise, the schematic shows a pretty similar-looking design to today’s iPhone 6.
Remember the #Bendgate scandal that plagued the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus for months after the phone’s release? So does Apple, and apparently, the company want to ensure that it never happens again. As such, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus may be made out of the same extra-strength aluminum alloy that Apple used on its Watch, Taiwan Daily Economic News reports.
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The series 7000 alloy includes specific amounts of zinc and magnesium to make the aluminum 60 percent stronger, while also ensuring that the device stays super light. Given how much Apple emphasized the impressive qualities of the new alloy during its Apple Watch event, it seems likely that the new aluminum will end up on more devices in the near future.