iPhone 6 is already outdated and iPhone 6s should now be due in four months, if Apple doesn’t change the timing of the iPhone launch. The competition this time on the smartphone industry is so tight that to maintain sales Apple will have to change the approach it has used since the introduction of iPhone back 2007 – which has been “let’s hype the design and UI but do as little as we can on core specs”. Android manufacturers led by Samsung on the other hand, have in the years focused on core specs but belittled aesthetics.
Samsung changed her approach with the introduction of Samsung Galaxy S6 and in particular Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that tops both the core specs and design features. Today, iPhone lovers have nothing to say against Samsung Galaxy S6 owners as when it comes to design, Samsung still ranks tops. To beat this, Apple has to do something spectacular but first she has to catch up with core specs.
Although core specs have been set at 3 GB for RAM, QHD screen resolution, 16 MP rear camera and 5 MP selfie camera, above 2500 mAh battery, and above 2.0 GHz for dual core processing (or 1.5 GHz for quad core), Apple’s iPhone 6 came with 1 GB RAM, a mere SD screen, 8 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP selfie camera, 1810 mAh battery and a dual core 1.4 GHz processor – and charged about 50% more for the device.
Samsung has set the bar even higher by taking smartphone design a notch higher – Samsung has changed both the look and feel of her flagship devices – making it difficult for anyone to pay attention to a phone with iPhone 6 specs. Thus to play catch up, it is being rumoured that iPhone 6s will feature improved core specs – for example RAM might receive an upgrade from the traditional 1 GB to 2 GB, camera could move from the now outdated 8 MP standard to 12 MP, get improved TouchID, and incorporate a revolutionary feature – the Force Touch.
Force Touch on iPhone 6s
Force Touch technology is not a new invention. Apple has already used Forced Touch on Apple Watch. This is how Apple described the Force Touch feature on the watch on the official Apple Watch webpage:
In addition to recognizing touch, Apple Watch senses force, adding a new dimension to the user interface. Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls. With Force Touch, pressing firmly on the screen brings up additional controls in apps like Messages, Music, and Calendar. It also lets you select different watch faces, pause or end a workout, search an address in Maps, and more. Force Touch is the most significant new sensing capability since Multi?Touch.
Force Touch therefore, is similar to “Right Click” on Windows Desktop. What’s close to that is on smartphones is the “long press” on standard Android screens. For example when I long press my mini tab on home screen I am allowed to chose whether I want to change Wall Paper etc. But the Force Touch on Apple Watch allows one to operate the Apps differently as can be seen in the above quote. Currently, on some phones, if you long press Apps, you may have the option of deleting, uninstalling, or moving them around like placing them in folders or on a different home screen.
It is important to realize that the Force Touch on Apple Watch could be limiting due to screen size – but when that technology is deployed on a 4.7 to 5.5 inches screen, the magic that can be done thanks to iterations on the iOS could be revolutionary.
The features will have remarkable improvement – but again still fall below the standards already set by Samsung and other Android manufactures. For an Android lover like me to convert, most important features like battery capacity and processing power (for intensive gaming on larger screens) must first match what Android already offers – a challenge that Microsoft seems to have taken very seriously.
With the close to cool core specs coming to iPhone 6s plus, we might for the first time decide to run a handson review for iPhone 6s later this year.