Apple Inc. is set to release its latest iPhone in an attempt to beat itself by offering a better smartphone device. On September 9, Apple will formally announce the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. The names of the new iPhones are different from the “iPhone 7” that leaks and rumors have been throwing around.
Leaks about the specs that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will sport have provided the tech industry with enough information to make concept designs for the new devices. In essence, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus might stay true to some leaks, but you shouldn’t be surprised if Apple chooses to do things a little bit differently in the new phones. Below are five reasons you might end up being disappointed in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
Identical Designs Doesn’t Meet the Ego Need
Apple fans shouldn’t really be surprised at this one, but it still hurts that Apple usually retains the designs of previous phones in their “S-versions”, and the iPhone 6S in not likely to be different. If you have had issues with the slippery finish on the iPhone 6, you can expect that iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to sport the same slippery finishes.
More so, so the iPhone 6S will most likely sport the same 4.7-inch display of the iPhone 6. Of course, the iPhone 6S Plus will have a larger 5.5-inch display, but that’s about all the difference you’ll see in the design and shape. However, it appears that Apple will make the devices from an improved alloy known as 7000 series aluminum that was used in the Apple Watch.
There’s no Cheap iPhone 6 S
The market wouldn’t really expect Apple to position the iPhone 6S as a cheaper version of the iPhone 6 –the firm has made it clear that it won’t make cheap iPhones when it sold a plastic-cased iPhone 5S at a premium price tag. Now, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus are made from an improved aluminum material. More so, they are rumored to be sporting high end specs that makes the iPhone 6 appear to be a joke.
Hence, you shouldn’t expect the iPhone 6S to be any easy on your wallet. However, sources speaking to Dutch blog TechTastic report that the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus won’t be priced any higher than the price of the older iPhone 6. It was rumored that the iPhone 6S will be priced as follows – 16GB/64GB/128GB ($649/$749/$849)while the iPhone 6S Plus will be priced as – 16GB/64GB/128GB ($749/$849/$949).
Buying an iPhone 6S won’t be Easy
Apple has mastered the art of timing in its product releases and its new products are usually sold out in good time after their release. There are likely to be serious availability issues when the iPhone 6S is released next week. To start with, many iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S owners are expected to upgrade to the newer versions. In addition, the launch is in sync with the normal expiration of carrier contracts. Analysts expect Apple too ship 90M units of the new iPhones this year.
However, the sold-out nature of the products usually leaves many Apple fans feeling frustrated that they can’t lay hands on them and they’ll have to watch the unboxing and review videos from the sidelines. You shouldn’t be disappointed if you are not the first to buy an iPhone 6s in your circle.
iPhone 6S Force Touch won’t Be Special
Force Touch tech, which was debuted in the Apple Watch has been touted as a selling feature for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. However, iPhone 6S buyers have already lost the bragging rights to the Force Touch tech in their smartphones even before the new iPhones hit the stores. A little-known Chinese phone maker, Huawei has beaten Apple to the Force Touch feature in its Huawei Mate S that will be up for pre-orders by Sept 15.
Huawei is an upcoming Chinese smartphone maker and the firm is intent on making its mark in U.S. markets. It attack on Apple looks like a senseless fight, but the firm seems to be getting some free buzz from the news. In addition, Huawei will be making Google’s next flagship Android smartphone –Nexus 5 (2015). Industry experts also note that BlackBerry used “Force-touch” back in 2008, when it introduced the BlackBerry Storm. If you want to buy the iPhone 6S because of the Force Touch – Apple is already late to the party.
The 16GB Base Model doesn’t Make Much Sense
The iPhone 6S is likely coming to the market with a 12MP rear camera that will take amazing pictures and it will shoot dazzling 4K videos. However, you won’t be able to save much of your pictures and videos on the device if you are planning to buy the base/entry level version of the iPhone 6S.
In the current year, the market has been impressed with 64GB and 128GB smartphones and Apple has debuted the new storage in some of its mobile devices. However, Apple won’t bump up the storage on the base iPhone 6S from 16GB. 9to5Mac notes, “According to both our analysis and confirmation from [technology analyst] Chipworks of the [fitted] Toshiba Flash Memory chip, the chip has a 16GB capacity and is built with a 19nm production process.”
iPhone 6S will Still be a Hit
Apple has hit some troubled waters lately after growth started slowing down in China. However, market watchers seem to believe that the new iPhone will help Apple weather the storm and maintain its lead in the smartphone market. Apple currently controls about 10% of the global smartphone market; yet, it takes 92% of the profits.
Apple should also be able to correct the situation in China with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Gartner confirms that Apple is having a swell time in the Chinese market. It noted that iPhone sales in China increased by 68% to 11.9 million units in the second quarter, in sharp contrast to the overall smartphone sales in China, which crashed year-over-year for the first time in the second quarter.
More so, Apple’s iPhone 6S will see a marked increase in sales started with U.S. customers who are eligible for upgrades. Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimates that almost 15million U.S. customers will be eligible for upgrades at the end of this year. This huge number compares to 5.3 million users who could upgrade last fall when the iPhone 6 launched.