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What’s Next For The iPhone?

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Rumours abound on an upgrade to iPhone 6s with a better camera and specs The rumour mills are overheating again as the possibility of a refresh to the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6s, as early as August comes up, according to the Cult of Mac. All the speculation is sparked off by leaks that come all the way from China, where the iPhone is manufactured. Supply chain workers talk about components and schedules, galvanizing Apple-watchers into a state of excitement. It’s nothing new – and yet it always is.
 
One of the main things being talked about, thanks to China analyst Kevin Wong’s comments on Weibo, China’s Facebook, is the next iPhone’s camera. Apple has stuck to its 8 megapixel camera since the iPhone 4, although it improved the optics a great deal for the iPhone 4s. But now it’s said to be moving on to 12 megapixels, at least for the rear camera, with smaller pixels being used in the images. Nothing seems to be known about the front camera, though the selfie phenomenon started on the iPhone and it would be safe to assume the front camera too receives a bump.
 
The iPhone camera is still considered by all Apple fans and a significant portion of others as being one of the best cameras on a smartphone, if not the absolute best. On the face of it, there may be no real need to change it or join the megapixels race that Android phones are engaged in: 13, 16 and 20 megapixels being the norm on these devices that have mostly left the 8 megapixel standard behind, unless it’s a very cheap phone. Of course, few of these match the 8-megapixel iPhone in its optics. It’s just the top flaghsips that are compared with the iPhone with regards to the camera capability.
 
The iPhone has been singlehandedly responsible for sparking off a phone photography revolution. It even has a name, “iPhonography” and is the reason social networks like Insstagram even exist. But the prospect of a camera that is even better would likely give iPhone users a really strong reason to upgrade to the new iPhone 6s, if these rumours and leaks are anything to go by. The “s” upgrades have also not tended to be minor, expect perhaps in the case of the 5 to 5s, which was much more of a tweaking.
 
Other specs are rumoured to be getting significant upgrades as well. According to Business Insider, “Force Touch” could be one of the new features coming to the iPhone 6s: a detection of extent of pressure of a touch on the screen. The phone will also be optimized in many ways to make it work in tandem with the Apple Watch. All basic specs are also expected to be enhanced now.
 
Rumours on the iPhone do pan out to be true, and if they do this time round as well, we could see iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sales extended Apple’s phenomenal reach even further.


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