Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple’s next-generation “iPhone 6s” will feature 2GB of RAM, a 12 megapixel camera, and will be available in the same rose gold color now available for the Apple Watch.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a new research note on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, in which he revealed a number of changes planned for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6s.” Specifically, he said that Apple will offer a new rose gold option, though he didn’t indicate how much the high-end luxury model might cost.
While the iPhone has been available in a “gold” color since the iPhone 5s debuted in 2013, none of the models have been made of actual gold. The Apple Watch Edition is made of 18-karat gold, and pricing starts at $10,000. Kuo did not indicate if the iPhone would simply be a rose gold color to match the Apple Watch Edition, or if it would actually be made of gold.
Kuo also believes the next-generation handset will sport a new design, with different casing materials and a revamped internal layout. This would be intended to address the supposed “bending” issues of the iPhone 6/6 Plus.
Kuo also believes that some 5.5-inch iPhones would use sapphire covers, depending on if drop test issues could be resolved.
Kuo says the camera will be upgraded to 12 megapixels, and expects another microphone to be added to the speaker to improve sound quality.
Kuo also sees Force Touch input making a debut in the “iPhone 6s,” which he says will be one of the biggest selling points for the device, but will also prove to be one of the biggest bottlenecks in the iPhone supply chain.
Kuo also reiterated his earlier claims that there will be no new 4-inch iPhone model this year, and new handsets will include an improved Touch ID sensor to improve the Apple Pay experience with the devices.