Apple apostles finally got their first bona-fide look at what’s in store for them with the iPhone 6S, after images purporting to show the handset’s shell leaked online.
Obtained by 9to5 Mac, the snaps suggest that the dimensions, design and buttons of the phone will be unchanged from the iPhone 6. That’s utterly in keeping with Apple’s habit of following a radical update to the iPhone with a much less dramatic, iterative model.
The photos also all-but confirm that the iPhone 6S will retain the same camera flash and won’t be home to a dual-lens camera or the multiple megapixel upgrade that some tech sites predicted.
This is born out by the fact that the apertures around the lens – for camera, mic and LED flash - are exactly the same as the current edition.
The lack of surprises doesn’t stop there. The Lightning Connector port, speakers and headphone holes appear to be located in the same places too.
And you’ll have noticed too that the silver shade of the phone in the photos is indistinguishable from the iPhone 6.
Of course it’s not conclusive, but that does cast a soupcon of doubt on claims that Apple will offer different colour options according to the territory they’re being sold in. A rose gold edition had even been mooted for the Chinese market.
But before you dismiss the iPhone 6S as more of the same a full three months before it lands, it’s worth remembering that significant changes are expected under the bonnet.
The handset is thought to be the first to feature Force Touch pressure-sensitive screen technology, which enables users to interact with a wholly new set of gestures.
It’s also due to feature a beefier A9 dual-core processor to keep things zippy and improve the iPhone’s capacity to handle 3D games.