According to Digitimes, changes could take place this year as the Cupertino giant plans to release not two, but three iPhone versions of its smartphone: the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone 6c which is said to have a screen with a diagonal of 4 inches.
In terms of processors, the iPhone 6c will be equipped with an A8 chip and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are set to have a A9 chip.
The three new models will feature LTPS displays and the supply is said to be provided by Japan Display, Sharp and LG Display for the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6c and Japan Display and LG for the iPhone 6s.
Corning Gorilla Glass displays will equip the three models, which will also come with an NFC chip and a fingerprint sensor on the Home button.
According to the same sources cited by Digitimes, the assembly of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be entrusted to Foxconn and Pegatron, while that of the iPhone 5c will be in the hands of the Wistron plant.
Another report published by the publication reported that TSMC will take care of the production of the 20nm chips for the iPhone 6c and 16nm for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
The cost of the iPhone 5c will reportedly be somewhere between $400 and $500 and the device is said to target emerging markets.
But although the three iPhone 6 smartphones are several months away from their official launch, rumors about the future iPhone 7 have also emerged.
J.P. Morgan analyst Narci Chang (via AppleInsider) believes Cupertino will stick with the LCD display technology and not switch to OLED with the 2016 iPhone.
The analyst’s claims come in contrast with recent expectations about the implementation of an OLED display in future iPhones, after the Apple Watch was presented with an OLED screen.
The Japan Display plant founded by Apple could produce around 100 million 5-inch LTPS LCD panels per year.
Chang thus concludes that Apple isn’t likely to equip its iPhone 7 with an OLED display.
In the end, we’d like to highlight a couple of iPhone 6 concepts that have appeared on the web.
The first mockup was created by Dutch designer Martin Hajek who imagined a rose gold iPhone 6s based on rumors that Apple might offer the smartphone in this color variant.
The second concept brings an interesting perspective to the device.
ADR Studio created an iPhone 6s that features the Apple Watch’s digital crown that would “allow you to have a deep control of the device, thanks to a new Sense Button, a new set of sensors that catch your gestures and movements.”