Apple could launch its next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus early this year thanks to better than expected production rates, according to supply chain sources. Rather than making us wait until September, the Cupertino company may launch the devices in August instead.
“The insiders who have provided this report are also claiming that Apple has recently begun to massively increase component orders which, if true, is either an indication that the company is indeed gearing up for an earlier release or that it expects to set a new sales record,” reports G for Games.
However, you probably shouldn’t get too excited.
Apple has launched its latest iPhones every September since it announced the iPhone 4s back in 2011, and it’s a launch schedule that seems to work well for the company. It seems highly unlikely it would change now, then, just because Apple can produce the new devices faster.
If the company really is seeing better than expected yield rates, however, it could mean that supplies of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are better when they first go on sale. That could mean pre-ordering is smoother, and customers don’t have to wait as long to get their devices.
Recent reports have claimed the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be the biggest ‘incremental’ upgrades Apple has released to date. In addition to an all-new 12-megapixel camera, the devices are expected to bring Apple’s next-gen A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, improved Touch ID, and Force Touch technology.
Some reports have also claimed that there will be a new rose gold color option, and that Apple will use the same 7000 series aluminum it has used with the Apple Watch to make the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus stronger and less susceptible to bending. The devices could also feature Apple SIM, like the iPad Air 2.