Gold rear shell purportedly for Apple's 'iPhone 6s Plus' said to feature stronger construction

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in iPhone edited July 2015
New pictures claim to show a rear casing for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s Plus" in gold, and a hands-on with the part assert that it features new material for stronger construction than the current iPhone 6 series.


Photo via Future Supplier.


The alleged "iPhone 6s Plus" component was obtained by Future Supplier, who noted that aside from some slightly different screw placements, the casing design is largely identical to the current iPhone 6 Plus. That's to be expected, as this year's new iPhones are expected to be an "s" upgrade cycle with largely the same form factor as last year.

But the source who got their hands on the case indicated that the material used to build the alleged "6s Plus" housing feels "stronger" than the material used on the current iPhone 6 Plus. This new strength may come at a slight cost to the feel of the material, as the person suggested that the iPhone 6 Plus casing is smoother than the alleged leaked "iPhone 6s Plus" part.

The details align with claims made last month by well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. Kuo revealed that the next iPhone will feature the same 7000 Series aluminum currently found on the Apple Watch Sport --?an alloy said to be 60 percent stronger than most aluminum, with just one-third the density of stainless steel.


Photo via Future Supplier.


Kuo also said the new casing will be be slightly wider and taller by about 0.15 millimeters, while it will be thicker by 0.2 millimeters. The ever-so-slightly larger design is believed to allow the device to accommodate for Force Touch input, which AppleInsider exclusively reported in February will be coming to this year's iPhones.

Other than the new screw placement, which may suggest a redesigned speaker module in the next-generation iPhone Plus, the part appears to be largely the same, and even features the same shade of gold currently offered. The new pictures were spotlighted on Friday by Nowhereelse.fr.

Apple is expected to introduce a new color option with this year's iPhone lineup, with reports indicating that the "iPhone 6s" will be available in a new rose or pink gold shade. That would bring it in line with the Apple Watch, which is available in both yellow gold and rose gold. However, the Apple Watch colors are true 18-karat gold, while the rose gold iPhone is expected to be a shade of aluminum.
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  • Reply 1 of 35
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,506member
    Hey, no issue with 16GB as base as efficient IOS is working fine but read rumor on BGR that iPhone 6s will up the base from 16 to 32 gb ? is it true ?
  • Reply 2 of 35
    wood1208 wrote: »
    Hey, no issue with 16GB as base as efficient IOS is working fine but read rumor on BGR that iPhone 6s will up the base from 16 to 32 gb ? is it true ?

    Probably not, and iOS 9 so far takes up about 400MB more than iOS 8. That could change with the final release.
  • Reply 3 of 35
    calicali Posts: 3,494member
    I wish I was an analyst so I could predict this was coming.

    I would be the "worlds most accurate" analyst and "well-connected" for predicting the obvious.
  • Reply 4 of 35

    Of course someone has to get in the "stronger material" dig at Apple.

     

    How else can they continue to complain that the iPhone 6 is "bendy" and Apple made a mistake with its design? A mistake that they are now "correcting" with a new stronger material.

     

    I wonder how someone is able to handle a part and determine the strength of such part based on how it "feels"?

  • Reply 5 of 35
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Right because Apple is taking the R&D from the Watch and applying it to the phone. Not surprising.
  • Reply 6 of 35
    rmb0037rmb0037 Posts: 142member
    Anyone else having Apple Music issues on their macs?

    Sorry to hijack thread.
  • Reply 6 of 35
    rmb0037rmb0037 Posts: 142member
    Sorry. Duplicate comment.
  • Reply 8 of 35
    irelandireland Posts: 17,746member

    Predicted this. Bengate is not an issue in the sense that it doesn't happen often. But it does happen which is reason enough to make it stronger. It's an issue that as usual was blown out of all proportion.

  • Reply 9 of 35
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Looks like same sim card, no e-sim, judging by the screw lug position being the same as on the iP6.

  • Reply 10 of 35
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    Of course someone has to get in the "stronger material" dig at Apple.

    How else can they continue to complain that the iPhone 6 is "bendy" and Apple made a mistake with its design? A mistake that they are now "correcting" with a new stronger material.

    I wonder how someone is able to handle a part and determine the strength of such part based on how it "feels"?

    I hate to admit this, but...my iPhone bent. I had it in my front jeans pocket while go-carting, and after two 9-mintute races of some speedy hard turns, it bent. I've taken my 5s and 5 in the same manner and never even thought about it.

    I realize it's perhaps the limitations of materials science, but maybe we've reached a point where other design elements must be taken into consideration.
  • Reply 11 of 35
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,018member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NolaMacGuy View Post





    I hate to admit this, but...my iPhone bent. I had it in my front jeans pocket while go-carting, and after two 9-mintute races of some speedy hard turns, it bent. I've taken my 5s and 5 in the same manner and never even thought about it.



    I realize it's perhaps the limitations of materials science, but maybe we've reached a point where other design elements must be taken into consideration.

    Stop wearing skinny jeans with iPhone in your pocket. I don't understand why people can handle a 70-lb pressure (to bend the phone) on the lap for a long time.

  • Reply 12 of 35
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,018member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wood1208 View Post



    Hey, no issue with 16GB as base as efficient IOS is working fine but read rumor on BGR that iPhone 6s will up the base from 16 to 32 gb ? is it true ?

    16GB is here to stay for at least another refresh.

  • Reply 13 of 35
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 4,018member

    Around this time last year, we didn't see the refined iPhone 6 chassis yet. It appears that they don't have any manufacture problem this year.

    Haven't seen 6C case yet? I don't think we'll see it until 7.

  • Reply 14 of 35
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    Probably not, and iOS 9 so far takes up about 400MB more than iOS 8. That could change with the final release.

    What do you mean it takes up 400MiB more than iOS 8?


    400
  • Reply 15 of 35
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    nolamacguy wrote: »
    I hate to admit this, but...my iPhone bent. I had it in my front jeans pocket while go-carting, and after two 9-mintute races of some speedy hard turns, it bent. I've taken my 5s and 5 in the same manner and never even thought about it.

    I realize it's perhaps the limitations of materials science, but maybe we've reached a point where other design elements must be taken into consideration.

    Seems like it's mostly due to just being a much larger surface area.
  • Reply 16 of 35
    blazarblazar Posts: 270member
    I remember people that hated the antennae lines... You dont really heat about that much since almost everyone has a case i suppose
  • Reply 17 of 35
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    blazar wrote: »
    I remember people that hated the antennae lines... You dont really heat about that much since almost everyone has a case i suppose

    You don't hear about it because it was a non-issue. Once they got bored fighting that particular Frankenstein monster they jumped to another invented issue.
  • Reply 18 of 35
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    ireland wrote: »
    Predicted this. Bengate is not an issue in the sense that it doesn't happen often. But it does happen which is reason enough to make it stronger. It's an issue that as usual was blown out of all proportion.

    Predicted what? That Apple would use the Watch aluminum alloy on the next iPhones?
  • Reply 19 of 35
    solipsismy wrote: »
    What do you mean it takes up 400MiB more than iOS 8?


    400

    Amount of free space required for install =/= amount of used space on device. Just FYI.
  • Reply 20 of 35
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    Amount of free space required for install =/= amount of used space on device. Just FYI.

    FYI, your comment in no way references an OTA installation. If — and that's a big if — you did in fact mean to say that the installation requires 400MiB, you even make that ambitious by not stating if that's 400MiB of NAND for the download and swap space to complete the install or if that's 400MiB over what iOS 8 needed for the same OTA update.
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