Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week's Apple Loop includes the confirmed launch dates for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, details on pre-ordering and retail dates on the new smartphones, the new camera technology in the iPhone 6S, the risky move to include Force Touch, the cancellation of the iPhone 5C, a customized gold iPhone 6S, thoughts on your personal data privacy, and Microsoft's inclusion in Apple's livestream.
We expect Apple will stick to its long running "S" naming scheme (which has been around since 2009), calling the new phones the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. iPhone 6s Plus is a mouthful though, so it is possible that this might be the year that we get a new naming format. One analyst believes Apple might call its next-generation phone the "iPhone 7" due to the significance of the new changes being implemented, but it's far too early in development to know for sure.
Because it's an "S" year upgrade and because the iPhone was just redesigned, the next-generation version will focus on internal improvements rather than an updated external look. Screen sizes will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and Apple is not expected to introduce a new 4-inch model.
In 2014, Apple released the iPhone 6, which had a slightly larger profile and display than its predecessor, and the 6 Plus, which, equipped with its super-sized 5.5-inch display, marked the company's first foray into "phablet" territory. In June, reports surfaced suggesting that the new iPhone could be slightly thicker than the previous models to accommodate a more enduring battery and, possibly, Force Touch.
Prices and storage options are said to be:
iPhone 6S – 16GB/64GB/128GB ($649/$749/$849)
And for the iPhone 6 Plus:
iPhone 6S Plus – 16GB/64GB/128GB ($749/$849/$949)