The Apple logo Is Pictured Inside The Newly Opened Omotesando Apple Store
The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo in this file photo taken June 26, 2014. Reuters/YUYA SHINO

The iPhone 6S on release date will mostly reflect the design and build that were with the iPhone 6 in 2014 but there will be slight variations, a new report said. The upcoming device will be wider and taller with the casing more robust than ever.

In his latest research note, which according to Apple Insider was first obtained by Japanese blog site MacOtakara, KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo affirmed the prevailing belief that nothing much will change with the outer specs of the 2015 iPhone. Kuo indicated that the 6S and 6S Plus will practically be the doppelgangers of their immediate predecessors.

But when the iPhone 6 and 6S would sit side by side, a closer look would reveal that the new design would involve minor adjustments in dimensions – specifically the height and width of the soon to come model. The next-generation iPhone will be taller and wider by about 0.15mm, according to Kuo, who is well-known for his mostly accurate predictions on upcoming iPhone and iPad models.

The measurement increase is due to the use of 7000 Series Aluminium as the dominant material for the next iPhone casing, the analyst said. Not only that 7000 Series is more robust than stainless steel and other variants of aluminium, the material is more suitable for a mobile device that is designed to showcase premium finish.

“(7000 Series aluminium) is 60 percent stronger than most aluminium, and one-third the density of stainless steel. It has a bright, lustrous colour and a uniform structure free of defects and impurities,” MacRumors quoted an Apple press release as saying. The same release pertains to the benefits brought by the material to the Apple Watch Edition.

Also, the next iPhone will be 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6 and this because of the embedded Force Touch sensors on the device’s front panel. Previously, Kuo has predicted after its debut with the Apple and MacBook, Force Touch will also be part of the iPhone 6S supply chain.

Mainly, the new component feature will allow iPhone users “to press harder on a display … to gain new contextual options,” Apple Insider said.

Kuo disclosed too that Apple is planning to enhance the next iPhone colour option, in which the gold variant will take on a more yellowish touch while the silver grey edition will assume a darker shade. The KGI expert echoed his earlier claim that a new iPhone colour is in the works – the rose gold version.

There was no mention of a specific release date in the new Kuo report but Apple normally pushes out its flagship phone in the last few months of the year. That would position the iPhone 6S for a September or October arrival this 2015.

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