The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have undoubtedly been a huge success for Apple. After making the decision to break away from a 4-inch display and move into “phablet” territory with the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s difficult to imagine how the Cupertino giant could ever go back to producing smaller screen smartphones. Now, after breaking records and basking in the glory of the iPhone 6, it appears that the time has come to usher in the next-generation iPhone, which, according to Bloomberg, is already in the process of being manufactured at various supply plants.
According to the article, “people with knowledge of the matter” have gone on record stating that manufacturing process of the next-generation iPhone has been brought forward and is currently underway. The same sources are also confirming the existence of Apple’s Force Touchtechnology within the device, which essentially detects how hard a user has pressed down on the display, allowing iOS to execute certain commands and functionality depending on the force of the touch that was captured. This type of touch detection was recently unveiled as part of the Apple Watch and looks to be something that will be utilized in the majority of Apple hardware going forward.
In addition to serving up Force Touch, it’s also being said that the Cupertino company will remain consistent with the current iPhone aesthetics. The exterior visuals of the next-generation iPhones will be extremely similar to what is already on offer in the market and will once again offer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models to consumers, likely under the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus naming conventions. Of course, no speculation regarding the manufacturing of an iOS powered device would be complete without the accompanying conjecture surrounding poor yield of necessary components. This time around, the potential stock issues relate to displays being manufactured with Force Touch technology, and although Apple plans on ramping up production in the coming weeks, its blueprints could apparently be dampened by the ability to produce the necessary displays.
The launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus managed to bring about a spectacular 40-percent rise in sales in the March quarter. Apple managed to ship 61.2 million units in that time, which is fantastic business in itself, but also came with the added benefit of managing to knock Samsung off the top of the smartphone food-chain for the first time in three years. Tim Cook will be hoping that the introduction of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, along with iOS 9, will be enough to continue on that upward curve.