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11 huge features of the next iPhone and iPhone Plus revealed by insider

Updated May 12th, 2015 10:09AM EDT
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KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, known for his many reports that accurately predict Apple’s undisclosed plans regarding a variety of products including the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch, has revealed a bunch of interesting details about the next-gen iPhone. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, or iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, are supposed to launch at some point in September offering several interesting new features — and now we likely have our first real look at what to expect.

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According to reports from UDN and Tech News, KGI says Apple will only have two new iPhones in stores this year, including the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus. Apple is seen selling between 80 million to 90 million units this year at a 2:1 split in favor of the smaller model. The new iPhones should enter mass-production in mid-August.

While Apple will not make a new 4-inch iPhone, according to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, rose gold options for the new iPhone 6s versions will apparently be available to buyers this year, matching the same color that’s found on one of the gold Apple Watch Edition models.

The iPhone 6s models will reportedly have a faster A9 chip inside, 2GB of LPDDR4 memory and a 12-megapixel main camera. The handsets will support Force Touch gestures, just like the Apple Watch and new MacBook, and will feature an improved Touch ID fingerprint sensor that should help speed up Apple Pay.

The analyst also said that Apple should further improve the build quality of the smartphones, as the company apparently wants to prevent scandals similar to Bendgate with the new iPhone 6s generation.

Finally, at least some 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus units are expected to feature stronger, harder sapphire glass screens, assuming Apple manages to avoid any production issues with the display glass.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

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