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 iPhone 6S Rumors  Whispers  UPDATE #2 

January 19, 2015

 Apple’s iPhone 6S, as with all iPhones require years of development time. The iPhone 6S likely has been on Apple’s Engineering Drawing Boards for several years. These sophisticated hand-held compact iDevices require thousands of man-hours to develop, test, reengineer, retest, prototype, field-test, fabricate, production test, then mass produce.

 Apple department heads and engineering teams therefore have to “Predict what the Buying Public will likely Desire years into the Future” years before the Current iPhone Models is released. Accordingly, many iPhone suppliers, beta models, screen makers, sensor makers, lens grinders, chip foundries, processors, batteries… their staffs are aware of what may be coming for the latest iPhone models on the drawing board. There are likely 3 to 4 iPhone models in various stages of development presently, not to mention other new unannounced product creations under wraps.

Apple’s iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 the iPhone 7S, and iPhone 8, are in various levels of Development, given that an iPhone requires years before a new iPhone is “Finalized for Mass Production.”

Apple is currently completing the Finalization of the iPhone 6S, the last stage before it is released for mass production. Accordingly, rumors & whispers of what may come in the next iPhone, may confuse next years components with the year after’s components.

 The iPhone 6S will be due for a Major Update to its internal components occurring September, 2015, about 7 months to go. In recent years, historically speaking, iPhones that were released in even-numbered years, the iPhone model names were: iPhone 4 in 2010, iPhone 5 in 2012, iPhone 6 in 2014.

Apple Software Engineers are busy finishing iOS8.2 Operating System where the beta version has been circulated to the development community for testing and operability. Oftentimes, these software updates give “hints” on the new iPhone 6S features. We cannot ignore the concurrent developments with the iWatch, when discussing the advent of the next iteration, the iPhone 6S.

Interesting discovery in looking at the current beta iOS Code, is the function of a iWatchCompanion App. This App apparently will be a built-in App of the iOS8.2 operating system. When the AppleWatch Companion App is launched, the iPhone to communicate with the iWatch, making for a convenient “Settings Menu” using the iPhone, for convenient selections, watch faces, position of App Icons, etc for the iWatch, once complete, transmit button will send the settings to the iWatch. Settings may also be changed on the iWatch, however the iWatch Companion App is a convenient settings tool. Apple Watch will be compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6 and 6 Plus.

 Over recent years historically, the “odd-numbered years,” such as 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 presumably, when Apple updates a current iPhone model, Apple adds the “S” moniker to the model name its updating; for example iPhone 4S was an update of the iPhone 4, iPhone 5S updated the 5, and this year Apple will likely name this year’s update of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6S.

iPhone 6S Whispers & Rumors are Circulating. Apple’s very complex iPhones are literally self-Powered package of technologies including a high speed, highly compact, power efficient Computer coupled to several sophisticated multi-channel “Radio Transceivers” capable of communicating with over 600 channels of ultra-high frequency cellular networks, countless WiFi Systems, Routers, Bluetooth connectivity, plus a high-quality image-stabilized HDR digital camera, high frame rate HDR full resolution 1080p HDTV video camera, all secured with Biometric FingerPrint technology giving the equivalent of 9-digit password protection.

Apple is concentrating its engineering FOCUS on the iPhone’s iSight Camera, its Processor, and other internal components, when enhancing the iPhone models released in odd-numbered years. This year, 2015, the new iPhone 6S will likely follow this upgrading formula.

iPhone 6 performs smoothly even with 1GB of RAM memory. The secret lies with the iOS8 platform, optimizations, the way the iPhone handles memory, internal tasks, the Apps, as well as Apple’s strict programming requirements for its App developers.

Reports from Asia claim that this year’s Apple smartphone for 2015 will double its RAM and pack 2GB of LPDDR4 memory, which is a speed and efficiency upgrade from the current LPDDR3. Apple may have made this decision in order to keep iPhone operations (iOS systems, Apps & Games) more fluid, as content becomes more demanding and screen resolutions increase.

iPhone for 2015 may be named the iPhone 6S, according to recent reports. For those who don’t remember, the iPhone 5S featured internal improvements (the most notable being Touch ID Fingerprint, upgraded Processor, Camera, Imager, Lens system) over its iPhone 5 predecessor. The iPhone 6S (it’s not an Apple officially announced name for the 2015 iPhone) could very well be an upgrade to the current iPhone 6 model.

Apple’s own announcement history proves that every two iterations there’s a major change internally and externally; however, for “odd numbered year” model enhancements the iPhone improvements have been viewed as “incremental” updates. Apple analysts say the iPhone experiences major updates every two years, with improvements in specs for the alternate year cycles. [Editor: we believe the “incremental” designation is a gross-oversimplification for thousands of hours of Apple management and engineering efforts.]

iPhone 5S compared to the iPhone 5. Comparing the iPhone 5 to the 5S may give clues in predicting the enhancements to this year’s iPhone 6S. Although the two models (the 5 and 5S) are nearly identical as to its external appearance, its case, and dimensions, the iPhone 5S boasts a number of new significant features internally.

New Bio-metric Finger Print Touch-ID Security” a highly accurate fingerprint scanner embedded within, under the iPhone’s newly sapphire-covered Home Button, reported to have the equivalency of a strong 8-digit password. This is a unique feature of the iPhone 5S (and new to any smartphone) which provides the user the ability to securely unlock the phone just by touching the Home Button. [Editor: think about it, an 8-digit password has over 99 million numerical combinations, which means with Touch-ID Fingerprint technology, only 3 other individuals in the North America continent could unlock your iPhone]

New iSight Imager with larger Imager-Pixels of 1.5 microns each, up from 1.4 microns, iPhone 5S comes with a new iSight Camera whose improved image-sensor, 7.14% larger pixels, provides for higher resolution images with Lower-Image Noise, and better color rendition. [Editor: A 7.14% increase in pixel-size sounds minimal; however, in these compact hand-held iPhones, space is limited, and the imager is about the diameter of a very small green-pea]

Increased the iSight Lens Aperture to f2.2 from f2.4 which has the effect of significantly increasing the “amount of light” exposure onto the image sensor, provides better pictures in Low-light situations. [Editor: This increase in aperture permits 70% more light onto the imager; another example, increasing an Aperture to f1.4 from f1.8 actually Doubles the amount of light passing through the lens to the imager.]

New True-Tone Dual LED Flash System. This new flash system performs by accurately auto-calculating the color of the ambient lighting conditions in the image-area into which FLASH will be added; upon auto-calculation the COLOR of the Flash emulates the natural ambient lighting of the scene. [Editor: sounds simple, but not so; we know of no other Electronic Flash system, regardless of cost or size, that is capable of auto-color-correct its Flash output on-the-fly]

New iSight Camera Records at 120 FPS Slow-Motion Video capability, resulting in high quality slow-motion video clips. Only multi-$thousand SLR cameras had this capability. Typical video recorders operate at 30 frames per second. Recording at 120fps gives the effect of slowing down motion to 1/4th speed. [Editor: Think about it, 120 frames of 2.2mp for each image-frame, each video-frame having a file-size of say 3MB, equates to 360,000,000 bytes of digital image data, processed and recorded every second. A billion BYTES of image information processed every 3 seconds is unheard of even for most desktop PC Computers; yet the Apple critics call the iPhone 5S an “incremental update NOT.]

New 64-bit A7 Processor chip, increased from a 32-bit processor, the first smartphone to have this broad-band architecture, giving blazing fast processing speeds. [Editor: This means, if the processor’s band-width increased from 32-bits to 64-bits, using a “water-pipe” analogy, if the processor band-width increased a 32mm diameter pipe to 64mm diameter, it delivers 400% more throughput]

New M7 Motion Processor chip to measure and processes Motion, GPS, Altitude and other location attributes have been enhanced from the previous M6 chip. [Editor: Apple removed the location attributes and calculations from the main A7 processor and created a separate M7 processor, so that both the A7 and M7 processors may coProcess simultaneously, enhancing resulting speed; also the M7 processor is specifically designed to efficiently process location-based geophysical data.]

Reports from Asia claim that the new iPhone 6S will use “Force Touch” technology a technology that first appeared in the Apple Watch. “Force Touch” incorporates an electronic-grid around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a person’s light-tap and a firm-depression, which may trigger a different software feed-back response, like instant access to a range of contextually specific controls, such as an Action-menu in Messages, or a Mode that allows one to Select different AppleWatch faces. [Editor: The display’s new “Force Touch” an Apple branding for pressure-sensitivity is the most significant addition to display-sensing-capability since Multi‑Touch on the original iPhone in January 9, 2007]

iPhone 6S iSight camera is likely due for a significant Update. Over recent years the “Odd years” 2009, 2010, 2013, Apple had concentrated its engineering Focus on the iSight Camera, among other components. News reports have stated recently have indicted that the iPhone has captured more Digital Images than any other SmartPhone, dedicated pocket Camera, SLR, by any Brand, or type. Apple knowing this will surely enhance the iSight Camera to provide.

Based on recent Rumors, Whispers, and Reports, the following 10 Enhancements may appear in the Apple’s to be released iPhone 6S and 6S Plus:

1⃣  iSight Camera Lens System Aperture of f2.0 from f2.2 providing for significantly more light exposure on the image sensor

2⃣  iSight Camera Lens System to have true Optical Zoom which gives crystal-clear wide angle and telephoto pictures

3⃣  iSight Camera Imager may have 10 million pixels or more

4⃣  iSight Camera Imager may have 1.6 micron pixel size for better low-light low-noise performance

5⃣  RAM on-board memory increased to 2GB for better multi-App performance

6⃣  RAM Memory to be LPDDR4 high-speed read-wright capability

7⃣  Sapphire Crystal for the main display

8⃣  Main Display to be OLED for improved Brightness in high ambient lighted areas like outdoors

9⃣  Main Display incorporating Force Touch tactile technology similar to AppleWatch’s display

🔟  A9 and M9 Processing engines

📲 Presently in the USA, over 52% of all American smartphone owners have iPhones, the remaining smartphone users, the 48% smartphone users, are grouped together (the 12 brands and models of Androids, Blackberry, Google, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Motorola). Apple’s market-share in North America is growing. Industry experts expect, with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple’s market share for their iPhones will grow at an accelerated rate, as Android users migrate to Apple, now that the Display size objections are resolved, with Apple’s 4.7″ and 5.5″ screens.

📲 Apple iPhone “supply-line” chatter is hot and heavy as the next weeks speed forward. Combine this chatter with several layers of (Chinese) Mandarin translation, it becomes difficult to differentiate between which models are being referred to, either the iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 7S, or iPhone 8, all of which are in various stages of development and testing. Expressed above is the best we could surmise.

📲 Virtually all of the rumors and schematics pertaining to Apple’s next iPhone center on its ultra-thin design and two Display sizes: 4.7″ and 5.5″ or larger as bezel dimensions reduce.

📲 Recall none of the figures, dialogs, and proforma-images, come from Apple officially, but from “snitches” in its supply-line. Of course its no surprise that Apple totally ignores, and is aggravated by all the “news” reports and rumors.

📲 Other than leaked supply-line secrets, punishable by aggressive prosecution by Apple, everything displayed and discussed is conjecture. Since there are such a vast number of enterprises, engineers, and factory workers involved with the fabrication and assembly of the new iPhones, whispers arriving from several directions that have a common-thread, could lead an observer to deductions, which are assembled in this article.

Apple’s iPhone Compared to a Burroughs $250,000 Enterprise Computer. Jim Wilson in 1975 is reviewing a COBOL program printout generated by the Burroughs B2700 Computer system.

Burroughs B2700 Computer Specifications are as follows
➖ Burroughs B2700 Computer System $125,000
➖ System Memory configured for 128 MegaBytes upgrade $40,000
➖ System Removable Dual Drives, 2.2 MegaByte Disks $30,000
➖ System Card-Reader and Card-Punch $8,000
➖ System 132 Character high-speed Line-Printer $22,000
➖ System Weight/Size 1720 pounds, Fills a 10’x12′ Room
➖ System Power Requirements, 240v 50 Amp stabilized, $2,500
➖ System Climate Control Required, Force Air System 65ºF to 75ºF

iPhone 6 Plus Specifications are as follows
➖ iPhone 6 Plus base System, $550
➖ System Memory configured for 128 GigaBytes upgrade, $200
➖ 600 Channel ultra-high frequency Cellular Transceiver, Included
➖ High Definition 8 MegaPixel digital Camera, Included
➖ High Definition 1080p digital HDTV Video Camera, Included
➖ System Weight/Size 172 Grams, Fills Hand, 6.2″x3″x0.28″
➖ System Power Requirements, Builtin LiON Battery, Included
➖ System Climate Control Not Required, 45ºF to 95ºF

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