Video and photo renders of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus have given us what could be the best, most complete look so far at Apple’s next-generation smartphone, ahead of its anticipated debut in September.
Sourced by @OnLeaks, AKA Steve Hemmerstoffer of Nowwhereelse.fr, on behalf of uSwitch, the images are so-called 'CAD design renders' which are sent by Apple to third-party case manufacturers ahead of the release of new phones. The accessory-makers can then use the designs to manufacture cases that are compatible.
You can see our entire trove of iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus images in the gallery at the foot of the page.
It's thought this is to avoid a repeat of criticism that last year’s model wasn’t as robust as it should’ve been and bent in users’ pockets.
While the iPhone 6 came in at 6.9mm thick, the iPhone 6S is 7.1mm, according to our source.
The iPhone 6S Plus, which was the model most often cited in the so-called 'bendgate' scandal, has also been body-building. It’s gone from 7.1mm thick to 7.3mm, we were told.
Intriguingly, it also appears that the protruding camera that featured on the iPhone 6 could be missing from the iPhone 6S but will reappear on the iPhone 6S Plus.
This possibility stems from the 6S Plus renders, which outline that it's 7.8mm thick.
That measurement takes into account the extra depth of the protruding camera, rather than the area that Apple measures for iPhones' officially listed dimensions, wherein depth is deemed to include the body of the phone and that alone. As indicated above, by this measure the iPhone 6S Plus is 7.3mm thick.
Conversely, with the iPhone 6S renders there's no such marked protrusion, suggesting Apple may have found a way to secrete the camera within the phone's shell.
However, it could just be that the design-guidance renders aren’t entirely complete and that the jutting lens will reappear when the iPhone 6S is officially unveiled.
Elsewhere, the design of both forthcoming iPhones would appear to be unchanged. From the screen-size to the location of the volume controllers to the home button, they’re largely indistinguishable at first glance from the current-generation models.
Apple’s apparent decision to implement only minor changes to its smartphone is in keeping with its upgrade cycle for what fans refer to as ‘S release’ iPhones.
This means that major changes to the iPhone tend to happen only every two years.
That’s not to say that there won’t be some very welcome improvements in 2015, though.
Rumours suggest the phone will feature a better front-facing ‘selfie’ camera with
a flash, as well as panorama and slow-motion modes. The rear camera will reportedly be upgraded from eight-megapixels to 12 megapixels and include 4K video recording.