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 iPhone 6S Coming Sept 18, 2015  6S Plus Rumor & Whisper Roundup 

July 9, 2015

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus reportedly goes on Sale Friday Sept 18th or 25th

 Apple’s Special Media Event Key Note public address 1:00pm Friday Sept 11th or 18th

Apple’s iPhone 6S upgrade, required a huge investment in research, development, engineering and testing, as with all iPhone model upgrades. The next upgrade of the iPhone 6 to be released 9/18 (another source in Europe indicated that the release date of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus would be Friday, 9/25).

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The supply line is now mass-producing 90 Million iPhones for the initial production run of iPhones for its September lunch. This is the largest production-run in Apple history. This could this mean 18 Million iPhone sales in its opening 3-Day Weekend Lunch…

iPhone 4S and 5S and likely with the 6S, the “S” iPhone model upgrades have focused on its Camera, Lens, Imager, Image Processing, among other significant internal upgrades, like processor and storage.

iPhone 6S Upgrade News Roundup. Sources within Apple’s vast supply-line leaked documentation and component photos, indicating details regarding the iPhone’s Cameras, its case, processor, and RAM memory.

iPhone 6S Front-Facing Camera will contain 5 million pixels, a 400% increase from the current 1.2mp imager, for greatly improved SELFIE picture taking, true HD 1080p video recording and FaceTime Calling.

iPhone 6S Rear-Facing Camera will contain 12 million pixels, a 150% increase from the current 8.0mp imager, for improved image resolution, better digital-zoom range, and perhaps true 4k video capability and 240fps slow-motion videography, which would be a huge accomplishment.

iPhone 6S to be 7.1mm Thin. Examination of the of the iPhone 6S case blueprints, reveal that the iPhone 6S will be 7.1mm in thickness, while the iPhone 6 is 6.9mm. Apparently the new 6S model will be 0.20mm thicker than the previous model. This may be due to Apple’s attempt to strengthen the shell to prevent a 2015 version of “Bend-Gate” or the addition of ForceTouch display grid.

iPhone 6S to be 0.2mm Thicker, in Perspective. A straind of Human Hair is about 0.10mm thick. This 0.20mm slight increase in thickness of the iPhone 6S is equivalent to 2 Human Hairs, an almost in-perceivable measure to earthlings; however, Star Trek’s Vulcan Lieutenant Spock may be able to feel this difference.

iPhone 6S Front-Facing Camera. Examination of the iOS 9 Code Remarks , reveals that the FF Camera will be capable of Panorama photographs, 1080p 60fps video recording, and 720p 240fps slo-motion video capture, and HDR imaging. It also appears that the FF and RF iPhone Cameras will display Real-Time HDR visualization, on the LCD display.

iPhone 6S and 6S Plus Upgrade. Marilyn and I upgraded last year with AT&T’s 12 month NEXT Plan. This plan permits us upgrade literally to the “Next iPhone” seamlessly every 12 months. The plan provided to us a 20 month installment purchase contract with no interest charged. For the iPhone 6S Plus, lets assume prices are equal to last year’s, a price of $849, which includes $100 for 64GB memory storage.

AT&T’s NEXT 12 Plan in an installment purchase plan that takes $849 divided by 20 equal payments = $42.45/month for 20 months, paying the sales tax only at time of sale. The first $42.50 payment was included in one’s Next month’s AT&T billing.

iPhone 6S Plus Arrival in September, 8 weeks from now, we will present our iPhone 6 Plus smartphones in good physical and working condition, and receive new iPhone 6S Plus smartphones with the payment of $50.94 sales tax, and the 20 month installment plan (with 8 months remaining) is reset for another 20 months. If we don’t want to upgrade this year, continue to pay the remaining 8 months, and the installment sale would be completed, and the iPhones are then owned free and clear.

AppleCare+ Accident Protection. Increase the Warranty and Apple Support to 2 Years, PLUS includes 2 years of Accident protection for an up-front onetime price of $99 for 2 years. For accident protection, there is a $79 deductible paid when returning the phone to the Apple Store, say for water damaged iPhone replacement. For any warranty repairs or replacements during the 2 year period, there are no deductible charges. AppleCare+ does Not provide coverage if you loose the iPhone. Most of the cellular providers’ protection plans cost $99/year with a deductible.

iPhone Videography – Think About it… With iPhone 6S being capable of 4k video capture PLUS slow-motion, accompanied with the iOS9 software upgrade, the iPhone 6S Camera App may have tools to select individual “still-image” photographs from the video clip, during play-back. Recall with digital videos, shot at 30fps (frames per second), the videos are actually a string of 30 still-images in sequence for the duration of the video-clip. For typical iPhone 6 video recording, each video consists of a string of thirty 2.1mp still images per second. Each frame would produce an excellent 4×6″ photograph.

iPhone 4k video recording, this would provide the opportunity of selecting the exact frame (an 8.8mp frame) when a football team’s wide-received catches a Touchdown pass, the Baseball hitter with the Ball literally “On the Bat” at the exact moment of the hit, or the Golfer whose drive shows the Golf Ball at the exact moment of impact with the Driver… professional photographers practice for many years to capture these precise moments. With 4k video frame selection, everyone can capture these amazingly timed Photographs. This would produce an excellent 8×10″ photograph.

iPhone’s iOS9. Lets not forget that the iPhone is an elaborate well packaged bundle of technology, albeit an amazing achievement. Combine iPhone HARDWARE with iOS SOFTWARE and the iPhone 6S comes to life. Hardware development is crucial; however, its the Software, the iOS that permits the 770 Million Users COMMUNICATE with the iPhone.

Combine iPhone 6S + iOS9 + Vast array of iPhone Apps, and the iPhone becomes much more than a Cell-Phone. Therefore, Take Time in discovering the features of Apple’s to be released iOS9, as teams of thousands of Apple Engineers are working 24/7 to make the USER Experience Exceptional and Secure. iOS9 will be bundled in all the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus when they are released in September, 2015

Apple Clearly Understands iPhone Photography (we call it iPhoneOgraphy) is a very important smartphone usage-component. As a teaching Pro, its widely known in the Imaging Industry that Smartphones have stimulated a modern rebirth in picture-taking in a major way.

iPhone Model Updates (A). iPhone was first brought to market by Apple June 29, 2007. Annually, Apple has been upgrading their iPhone with subsequent model releases occurring generally mid-year in a June to October calendar cycle. However, since 2012 iPhone updates have stabilized to the 3rd week of September.

iPhone “S” model releases have occurred on “Odd” numbered years, 3GS in 2009, 4S in 2011, 5S in 2013. And if history repeats itself 2015 will bring us the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and perhaps the 6C adding a variety of case colors. While “Even” numbered years, the iPhone model name changes by Number, iPhone 4 in 2010, iPhone 5 in 2012, iPhone 6 in 2014, and likely the iPhone 7 to be released September, 2016.

iPhone Model Updates (B). iPhone “S” updates have focused on improving its Camera, Lens System, Imager, and the iOS System software applicable to Camera Operation and Image Processing. This year should follow this trend, with a number of significant iPhone Camera improvements, among other enhancements, perhaps 2GB of internal RAM (up from 1GB), faster more power-efficient A9 Processor, improved battery chemistry and longevity.

iPhone Force Touch. With the introduction of the AppleWatch, its display and the WatchOS have a technology that is capable of distinguishing between a Tap and a Press. Since the AppleWatch has limited display area, Force Touch provides a software tool to launch Menu selections that a Tap would not provide. With the AppleWatch if one firmly Presses onto the Watch Face, the Watch OS responds with a “Customize” option, and you may Swipe-Left or Swipe-Right, to select from a dozen Watch Faces.

iPhone 6 currently running with iOS8.4, from the HOME Screen, if you Tap onto an App icon, the App launches; if you Press-and-Hold onto an App icon, all the Apps icons in that Home Page starts “jiggling” and the App icons simultaneously display an “X” at the top-left corner of each App icon, inviting the user to Delete the App with a Tap onto the “X” or Press onto the middle of the App icon, to Move the App to another position on that Home-Page or Move the App icon to another Home-Page, or move the App on top of another App to create a Folder to house two or more Apps.

iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus with Force Touch functionality. Apparently Apple engineers have designed an electrical-grid within the Display of the AppleWatch used to differentiate between a user’s Tap and Press. Apple engineering teams have determined that Force Touch will add unique and useful software tools for communicating with the iOS and Apple Apps. When iPhone 6S is released the Operating System pre-loaded will be iOS9, which will incorporate the Force-Touch algorithms.

iPhone cameras are capturing more Pictures than ALL the other digital Cameras Combined, including all the other smartphone cameras.

iPhones are currently selling at a rate of 250 million units per year and growing by +30% or more year over year. iPhone (camera) sales has been destroying the traditional pocket digital camera sales, over recent years. Sometime during 2016 iPhone sales will cross the 1,000,000,000 iPhones in circulation milestone. (1Billion iPhones). Remember the Apple critics were saying that Apple had “no business” entering the already crowded smartphone marketplace in 2007. Good thing Apple does not pay any attention to the critics.

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Leica, Lumix, Fuji have dominated the portable point-and-shoot photography segment for decades. Portable point and shoot cameras transformed to Digital from traditional film about 12 years ago, which stimulated their sales.

iPhone Cameras deliver excellent still-image capture and image stabilized HDTV video recording from 30fps to 240fps, with excellent color rendition and detail. Folks are realizing that there is no discernible need to carry a (second) portable-camera, therefore traditional pocket-camera sales continue to plummet.

iPhoneOgraphy. Having published over 500,000 images in recent years on our site (, the iPhone digital camera has become very sophisticated. The lens system’s aperture is currently at ƒ2.2 with a top shutter speed of 1/1000 second, Color rendition is very accurate, image detail is sharp. For a fixed focal-length camera one could hardly ask for more, knowing that the entire Camera, Lens, Imager system is the size of Kernel of Corn.

iPhoneOgraphy Wish List. Apple has achieved Patents for an internal Zoom Lens System, a unique Light Splitting system so that the 3-primary colors (Red Green Blue) are separated, processed and then brought together digitally for recording onto the memory data card. Apple also received a patent for a Bayonet Lens Mounting system so accessory Lens attachments may be attached to the iPhone with its precision mounting hardware. If and when Apple brings these unique Patents into the iPhone, another Imaging Revolution will be upon us. While we are wishing, lets increase the Aperture to ƒ1.8 and the maximum shutter speed to 1/2000 second, and a 3x optical zoom lens.

iPhoneOgraphy. There have been occasions particularly for product imaging, landscapes, and evening sunsets, where the iPhone camera does an amazing job. I’ve posted many on my FAU4U Facebook page; Combine iPhoneOgraphy with several of the great iPhone Camera and Imaging Editing Apps available today, such as: 645 PRO, GyroLens, PS Express, Photogene4, to name a few. Notice the screen-capture that displays my iPhone “Image Editing” home-page showing my most commonly used Apps. BTW, since I have not found a Photo App to adjust Perspective similar to the “Photoshop Skew Tool” I use Doc Scan Pro App on the iPhone and Doc Scan HD App on the iPad, to straighten (make parallel) building Edges in Photos. These Apps are designed to square the edges of a scanned page;however I use the App to make Building Walls parallel, as a $2500 CANON Perspective-Control Tilt-Shift Lens would accomplish.

Our Professional Photography colleagues will be shocked to learn that many times, I’ve chosen to use my trusty iPhone 6 Plus (camera) set to HDR mode, to capture landscape scenes and sunsets rather than take out my $3500 Canon Digital SLR rig. When engaged for a photo assignment, one surely cannot whip out an iPhone for a commercial job.

iPhone Cameras. Next year over 1,000,000,000 iPhones (1 Billion iPhones) will be in Circulation.

 Apple knows the Power of iPhone picture-taking and SELFIE picture taking. Addressing this huge imaging demand Apple continues to implement a number of significant image quality upgrades. Recall initially, the front-facing camera was “designed” primarily for FaceTime video-calling. To keep the band-width requirements under control, for the cellular service providers, Apple kept the front facing camera to roughly 1 million pixels. Currently, the cellular providers have greatly enhanced their Networks by a factor of 10x, so live streaming HQ video is now mainstream.

iPhone 6S Front Facing 5pm Camera. Apple increasing the front facing camera to 5mp will deliver very high quality images for publication to Facebook, Twitter and other Social Networks. The Front Facing Camera upgrade will also deliver true 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Definition Video, for making Selfie videos, HDTV Movies, High Definition FaceTime calls, and high resolution selfie Picture taking.

iPhone 6S Rear Facing 12mp Camera. Apple increasing the Rear Facing Camera imager to 12mp is a significant increase. Apple has resisted increasing the pixel count in prior iPhone iterations; however, Apple improved and increased the iPhone’s pixel-size to reduce low-light noise.

iPhoneOgraphy, iPhone Digital Photograph As a frame of reference the traditional 8″x10″ Color Print at 300dpi, requires 7.2mp of image data. (The math: 8x300x10x300 = 7,200,000) One of the principle reasons that Apple retained the 8mp pixel-dimension, was the iPhone’s ability to make Framable 8×10″ prints.

iPhoneOgraphy. Apple continued to improve Picture Taking by re-Engineered the actual Pixels for three subsequent years (rather than increasing the pixel count) improving the Lens Systems, and adding Optical Image Stabilization, reducing blurred-pictures, by virtually eliminating camera shake.

iPhoneOgraphy for the inPhone 6S. Its reported from supply-line sources that the iPhone 6S Front facing camera will contain a 12mp imager. A traditional digital file with a pixel dimension of 12mp RGB (bayer array: red green blue) can deliver a 300dpi print of 10″x13.3″ which is a remarkable capability for a Camera-Lens System that is the size of a small Green Pea, imbedded in the iPhone 6S.

iPhoneOgraphy 4k Video HDTV. The new Rear Facing Camera would also have the capability of recording true 4k HDTV Movies at 30 frames per second. True HDTV 4K recordings means that 30 frames per second with each frame containing a pixel dimension of 4096×2160 pixels, which equates images of 8.847mp each, recorded at a frame rate of thirty frames per second. Canon’s $10,000 five pound DSLR professional camera can capture 4k video, but certainly not “pocket-friendly.” This is a lot of imaging data. Better upgrade your next iPhone to 128GB Phone storage!

In practice, if you were video recording a Tennis Match in 4k format (A), one could scroll through the video Frames, locating the exact Frame where the Tennis Ball was impacted upon the strings of the Tennis Racket, a precise moment in time that Professional Photographers strive for, with their $10,000 Canon SLR cameras, that can capture high-speed photography at just 12 frames per second. Truly, a Wow Factor.

iPhoneOgraphy 4k Video Picture Frames (B), Combine 4k video recording with a Optical Zoom lens, would create an Action Sports camera to behold. Notice the tennis match that I shot in 2005 at a FAU Woman’s Court. With 4k recording this shot would be common-place rather than a hard sought-after lucky capture.

iPhoneOgraphy, One More Thing. Recently, Apple received a Patent for incorporating a Bayonet Mounting System into the iPhone in support for its Rear Facing camera Lens opening. If implemented, Apple (or the After-Market) would be able to manufacturer Lens Attachments to be precision mounted onto the iPhone.

iPhoneOgraphy. If and When Apple chooses to build a stainless steel Bayonet Mount, this would encourage even more picture taking, with an array of zoom lenses, wide-angle lenses, and telephoto lenses.

iPhoneOgraphy ALSO, Apple received a Patent where a 3x Optical Zoom Lens would be built into the iPhone, internally, making the iPhone with no attachments, an all-in-one camera system combined with all the capabilities of the smartphone.

iPhoneOgraphy. Apple is fully aware that its iPhones owners are capturing Billions of Pictures and video clips. Apple knows that the iPhone Camera with its high quality picture taking capability, is one of the major reasons folks buy iPhones, combined with the iPhone’s new larger 4.7″ and 5.5″ Displays, and its incredible array of iPhone designed Apps.

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iPhone 7 has been on Apple’s Drawing Boards for some time. There may not even be an iPhone 6S, that has been anticipated. Yes, there will likely be a New iPhone released in Q3 of 2015. There are a number of unknowns, among a few: (A) What will Apple call the next iPhone iteration, iPhone 6S or iPhone 7, (B) What are the New iPhone Specifications and improvements from the present day iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, (C) What are the New iSight Camera Specifications, will Apple be able to incorporate a true Dual-Lens Sight camera system, or a 3-Imager Array with Optical Image Stabilization, incorporated with a 3x Optical Zoom Lens with a field of view of say 20º to 60º range (both these iSight configurations are Apple owned Patents). (D) Perhaps the iSight Camera receives a new 12 Million Pixel Imager, with enhanced color rendition and low-noise performance.

iPhones are sophisticated hand-held compact communications devices that require thousands of man-hours to develop, test, engineer, retest, reengineer, construct prototypes, field-test, fabrication production-run tests, then mass-produce.

Question remains: Will Apple release an iPhone 6S in 2015 or choose to call it an iPhone 7. There have been lots of chatter mentioning that the iPhone 6S iteration thought to be released in Sept, 2015, will not occur with the “S” model. However, Apple may release the iPhone 7 in 2015 because of its extensive improvements, that are certainly not an incremental improvement.

Apple’s iPhone 7 Camera may be the Really BIG News. A recent US Patent Awarded to Apple, designs a new image-splitting Cubic methodology, an optical zoom and image stabilization camera lens system, low noise improvement, color rendition. Perhaps a new optical image stabilization system coupled to the three-imager system that separately processes Red, Green, and Blue light.

Current reports out of China indicate that the iSight Camera may increase the Imager to 12 million Pixels. If the iSight Camera system is configured with a dual-camera system, perhaps the 12 million pixels equates to Two Imagers of 6 million pixels each.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mass-production will commence in August, 2015 in preparation to its subsequent release. iPhone 6 to iPhone 6 Plus mass-production will be at a 2:1 ratio, favoring the more popular iPhone 6. Assuming drop-testing is now satisfactory, the iPhone 6 Plus model may incorporate a new Sapphire display-cover; the use of Sapphire would be a First for any current smartphones on the market. Currently the Watch and the Watch edition models utilize Apple’s new sapphire display covering.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been out for 9 months, with only 3-Months remaining until the next iPhone; Accordingly, it’s time to update the rumors regarding the next generation iPhone. No one knows if the next iPhone will be named the iPhone 6S, or the iPhone 7, but from industry sources, we are expecting the iPhone 7 to arrive in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

The next iPhone may feature an edge-to-edge, or near edge-to-edge display removing all or most of the edge-bezel that exists in the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus. iPhone 7 may be the result of removing most of the bezel {the black “boarder” that outlines the display area}. This will have the effect of “creating” a larger image-display area, without increasing the edge-to-edge dimensions of the overall iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As for resolution, we think Apple will likely retain the pixel dimensions at 1080p, and physical dimensions of the iPhone 7 models will remain constant with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

Apple Software Engineers are busy finishing iOS9. 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 7 features. We cannot ignore the concurrent developments with the iWatch, when discussing the advent of the next iteration, the iPhone 7.

Force Touch Technology. One of the “Operating System” features that may be brought over from the Apple Watch is Force Touch. This is a software methodology that distinguishes between a Tap and a forceful Touch. Generally speaking a Tap is a brief gesture made to a touch-screen display signifying a menu item, a “send” or “answer” button.

A Forceful Touch is a new gesture where a user applies finger-pressure on a menu item, indicating to the Operating System to launch a “Sum Menu” for example. In actuality the display does not notice or measure physical pressure; however, applying a press, the system recognizes the “diameter” of the finger when a there is a brief Tap, as compared to an “increasing diameter” of the finger, and a longer Press duration that occurs on the touch screen.

Inside the iPhone, Apple will likely replace the A8 processor with a new A9 processor, fabricated by Samsung, however, designed by Apple. Samsung will use the new thinner 14nm FinFET technology when manufacturing Apple’s new A9 custom processor.

Lets Get Scientific for a moment. The term “14nm” refers to the size of the transistors that are used to make a whole integrated circuit or ‘chip’. Back in the days of the earliest integrated circuits these transistors were 10 microns across or nearly 1,000 times larger than they are today. Reducing the size of these transistors has important benefits.

Because of the way integrated circuits are built on fixed-size sheets of silicon, by making each circuit smaller, more circuits may be built on a given sheet size, reducing the cost per transistor and giving greater performance for the same cost.

Additionally by reducing the distance between transistors, the amount of power required is reduced to activate the circuits and to move the signal from one circuit to the next. The results is a reduction in overall power consumption. For Apple “14nm” means greater performance, less heat, lower power consumption and bet better battery life.

Expect a seriously fast Multi-Core processor in the iPhone 7. On the rear of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, Apple may install a tandem, dual-lens Cameras into the iPhone 7 that will provide “DSLR Quality” images. The rear-facing camera in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge is impressive, therefore it will be interesting to test Apple’s new camera systems.

iPhone 7 for the Record. The next iPhone whether its named the iPhone 6S or the iPhone 7, will not actually be the 7th iPhone. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were in order, the 9th and 10th iPhone models released respectively. If Apple were to adopt the next Number for all the new model-releases, no more “S” designations for odd-year releases) then the iPhone 7, 7 Plus would be the 11th and 12th in line.

Historically, when Apple updates a current iPhone model, Apple adds the “S” moniker to the model name its updating, the “odd-numbered years,” such as 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015 presumably. 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. This year may change this naming sequence.

iPhone 7 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 7 will likely follow this upgrading formula.

Over 35% of the Folks buy iPhone 6 were Android “Switchers” according to Industry Tracking Services, reporting Carriers, and Apple. Apparently there is a large installed base of Android smartphone users that are migrating to Apple, now that the iPhone 6 is offering larger displays.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Sales are far and away Better than Analysts predicted, Apple sold 135 Million iPhones Globally for the 6 months period ending March 31, 2015. Surveys conducted by Canaccord indicates that a “greater mix” of Android users {about double} are converting to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus than did to the iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c. A recent Kantar Worldpanel ComTech study noted that across Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K., roughly 32.4% of new iPhone buyers migrated from Android in the last quarter.

Data from the IDC’s latest Mobile Phone Tracker survey reveals that 98.8 million smartphone units shipped in China in the first three months of 2015. Despite a 4.5% contraction, Apple grew its sales a massive 62.1% year over year. IDC’s Tracker reports that Apple shipped 14.5 million iPhones in China in the quarter, earning the company 14.7% market share, making iPhone China’s No. 1 smartphone vendor.

Analysts fail to notice the Chinese 4.3% contraction in smartphone sales was largely due to Samsung’s significant 11.3 million unit drop in sales Y-O-Y, from 20.9 million to 9.6 million units sold, more than double China’s percentage contraction.

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.

In Sum, iPhone for 2015 may be named the iPhone 6S, according to history and recent conflicting reports. For those who don’t remember, the iPhone 5S featured internal improvements (the most notable being Toupch 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, or iPhone 7, because of major internal innovations justifying the advanced nomenclature.

One More Thing on this Topic. Lets look at nomenclature from a Marketing perspective. Apple knows that only 20% of the installed iPhone-user-base upgraded from an older iPhone to the New iPhone 6. Apple reported that 13% of existing iPhone users upgraded to the iPhone 6 by December 31, 2014, and an additional 7% of existing iPhone users upgraded to the iPhone 6 by March 31, 2015.

Conversely, this means 80% of existing iPhone owners have not upgraded to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. To help motivate this large 80% group of {iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 4, 4S, 3G and 3GS} users, about 250 million of them, Apple may incorporate “magnanimous improvements and technology” into the Next iPhone iteration, to help encourage more existing iPhone users to upgrade this year.

Apple may jump directly to the iPhone 7 to make it indelibly clear that the 2015 iPhone iteration is NOT an Incremental update.

Apple is now the Top smartphone seller in China, topping foreign and domestic competitors alike in the Middle Kingdom, but overall Chinese handset sales fell for the first time in six years, mainly due to Samsung’s 53% drop in unit sales, Y-O-Y. IDC’s annual report cited sales in the first quarter of 2015 found that APPLE has taken over the top spot on the strength of 14.5 million units shipped, an increase of 62% year-on-year. Apple also noted a surge in sales for China during Apple’s company’s last quarterly call. Apple executives reported China revenue was up 71% on the year-ago quarter at a record clip of $16.8 Billion.

Apple’s 14.7% share of the market edged out Xiaomi, who shipped 13.5 million units on the quarter for a 13.7% share of the market. Huawei was third, with 11.2 million units and an 11.4% market share. Followed by Samsung and Lenovo, both of whom plummeted in the Chinese market over the last year. Last year’s leader Samsung saw a 53% year-on-year drop in sales as the Korean firm went from 20.5 million handsets shipped and a 19.9% market share to just 9.6 million units and a 9.7% market share. Lenovo’s position tumbled from 10.2% to 8.3% of the total market as year-on-year shipments fell by nearly a quarter from 10.5 million to 8.2 million handsets. All other vendors sold for 41.7 million handsets, accounting for 42.2% share of the market.

In total, IDC estimates that 98.8 million smartphones were shipped in China on the quarter, down 4.3% from last year’s Q1 total of 103.2 million units. It it noted that 4.4 million unit drop was largely due to Samsung sales were down over 50% from the previous period.

Analysts noted that the market for smartphones in China, as in other nations, has gone flat as consumers have been reluctant to trade in their current handsets for new models. “China is oftentimes thought of as an emerging market but in reality, the vast majority of phones sold in China today are smartphones, similar to other mature markets like the US, UK, Australia, and Japan,” explained IDC China managing director Kitty Fok.

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 Apple’s Light Separation imager system is not a new development; however, presently these technologies exist in $10,000+ HDTV network video cameras. The unique technology rests with is Cubic-Light-Splitter. “Prism Systems” are incorporated in HDTV video rigs. The New iPhone 7 iSight Camera for 2015… will Apple really be able to incorporate this 3-Imager Array with Optical Image Stabilization, incorporated with a 3x Optical Zoom Lens with a field of view of 22º to 66º range? Notice the Patent received March 24, 2015, describing this design.

My personal opinion, the external dimensions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may remain the same for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Any marginal increases to the display size may be effected by bezel reductions. The other improvements will be display brightness, resolution, pixel density, Processor speed, a jump in RAM to 2GB, and elimination of the 16GB traunch in storage, rendering storage choices of 32GB for the standard configuration, and 64GB and 128GB as option increases.

Why would Apple skip the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus (established nomenclature) for its 2015 model release in September… My belief is its a Marketing Perception move.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been near-nuclear-hot selling release, with 74,500,000 iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’s sold its Q1, 2015 fiscal quarter, that’s 827,778 iPhones per Day, or 34,490 per Hour, for every hour in a 24 hour day.

Tim Cook mentioned “…that 85% of the 74.5 Million iPhone buyers were NEW to Apple, and 35% of them came to iPhone from Android… and only 15% were previous iPhone upgrades…” These facts were mentioned during Apple’s quarterly Conference Call in January, 2015. This is huge news to Apple, to develop a plan to motivate new buyers and iPhone upgraders to acquire the newest iPhone, plus Apple wants to eliminate the stigma that the “S” model year improvements as just “an incremental release”.

Apple’s 2015 iPhone model name, skipping directly to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is justified because of the internal improvements and performances, and eliminates the critics use of “incremental” associated with the “S” model year releases that have occurred in Odd-Year model releases. Additionally, the fact that Apple desires to showcase the very best products, in their categories, has led to speculations amongst media and tech enthusiasts that the Apple iPhone 7, as opposed to the rumored iPhone 6S, will be launched in 2015.

Recall, with the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, only 15% of the existing iPhone 4, 4S 5, 5C and 5S owners upgraded to the iPhone 6 models, and some 35% of the new iPhone 6 buyers came from Android users. This translates to 85% of the existing iPhone (4, 4S 5, 5C, 5S) owners, totaling 220,000,000 for these iPhone models, have yet to upgrade. This 85% market-segment, this over 200 million iPhone owners, is precisely where Apple may likely apply sharp focus, for the September, 2015 iteration cycle.

A Key Factor, the market has reacted extremely positively to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This has led to a change in priorities, with pressure from investors like Carl Icahn pushing Apple to change its two-year aesthetic and technology redesigns to a Yearly Affair, rather than a Major iPhone Upgrade in EVEN numbered Years, and incremental “S” iPhone updates on ODD Years. China is a KEY Stakeholder, a market that Apple wishes to gain more share. CHINA’s demand for iPhone 6 Plus is greater than most other countries’ iPhone 6 demand.

iPhone 7 is expected to have a screen size close to 4.9 inches, an increase from 4.75″ while the iPhone 7 Plus is expected to increase to near 5.7″ screen up from 5.5″ by reducing the horizontal and vertical bezel widths. This would render the iPhone 7 to be its largest iPhone since its inception in 2007. However, the external dimensions of the iPhone 7 models will remain consistent with the iPhone 6 models.

 The new iPhone 7 may likely see a Very Significant iSight Camera upgrade, with its rear camera sensor being increased over 8 megapixels; or a NEW 3-Imager System, collecting Red, Green, and Blue light-segments using a unique Light Splitting Array, building onto the iPhone’s already impressive imaging history.

iPhone 7 may have a quad-core A9 processor to power the two iPhone 7 models, to power the new Imaging Array as well as a near-QHD display resolution, given Apple’s history with using non-standard resolutions for its devices.

iPhone 7 is rumored to have more RAM, like 2GB, and integrated graphics on the next generation flagships’ SoC will be key upgrades that will allow them to power higher resolution displays and provide significant hardware efficiencies over the previous generations.

Previously Reported:

 iSight iPhone 7 Dual Camera System: It has been widely reported over various iterations of the “S” Models, the “Odd Numbered Year” iPhone updates, that the iSight Camera receives considerable engineering attention. This year may not be an exception.

 The rumor-mill is intensifying, our articles will bring to you unannounced product whispers, that have several sources, in effort to keep the “junk” to a minimum. Incidentally, one of our articles that was written 90-days before the iPhone 6 was announced, was recently reviewed… we on-target with most of the iPhone 6 predictions and features. Take a look at our Rumors and Whispers tab looking at the June-July 2014 articles.

 iPhone 6S Dual Camera System.This Year the whispers are hovering around the iPhone potentially receiving a TWO iSight Camera configuration. One lens being set to “slightly Wide Angle” the second lens being set to “slightly Telephoto.” Each lens system would be supported by its own high-resolution [8Mp] low-noise Imager. [Editor: Perhaps 10MP this year]. The heavy lifting is with some very unique software algorithms “OverLaying” the two captured high-resolution images, and creating a single ultra-high-resolution image, similar to what one would expect from a quality digital SLR camera.

 iPhone 6S Dual Lens iSight Cameras. With this unique dual-iSight Camera arrangement, an added benefit would be the resultant image would be rendered with twice the number of pixels collecting light and image information, effectively Doubling the Image Resolution, in addition to Halving Image Noise. Sophisticated software techniques are deployed to improve image quality with auto-digital-zoming with image-matching during the “OverLay” processing. As c|Net has reported about this technology so the technology exists… the question… has Apple licensed the technology, or is Apple engineering their own unique method to be used in future versions of its iPhone.

 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 nam”{e 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 ;[‘
. 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 Toupch 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 9 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

📲 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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