iPhone 6s rumors are slowly starting to pick up, and there have already been several reports of what the new smartphone’s display could consist of. Here are three exciting details.
The iPhone 6 received the biggest jump in screen size ever for the iPhone, jumping from a 4-inch display to a 4.7-inch display, and a 5.5-inch screen on the iPhone 6 Plus. However, it kept the same LCD display technology as past iPhones, leaving much of the excitement still built up in consumers. However, the iPhone 6s could be a big step forward when it comes to display technology.
iPhones have long had excellent displays, being one of the first to offer high-resolution screens starting with the iPhone 4 back in 2010. Ever since then, the iPhone has offered Retina displays on all models, with the biggest being a full 1080p HD resolution on the iPhone 6 Plus.
However, things could get more exciting with the iPhone 6s, as many rumors are focusing on the display of the next-generation smartphone. Here are three details about the iPhone 6s display, based on recent rumors.
iPhone 6s Force Touch
Multiple sources say that the “Force Touch” technology used in the Apple Watch will make its way to the iPhone 6s with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.
On the Apple Watch, Force Touch allows users to essentially initiate certain actions based on how hard they press down on the screen. For instance, a heavy press could bring up a menu of sorts, while a light tap would select something. Theoretically, it’s similar to how left-click and right-click work on a mouse, and we could easily see that type of technology come to the iPhone at some point.
A similar technology to Force Touch was also revealed in the new MacBook earlier this week at the Apple Watch event. The trackpad received an upgrade, and while it’s still made out of the same glass material, it’s now pressure sensitive and you can click it anywhere, instead of just from one side like previous trackpads. The pressure sensitivity is used for what Apple is calling “force clicks,” which will allows you to press hard on an address in the Mail app to get a location (for example). You can also use force clicks in Finder to see a preview of whatever is inside a folder.
It definitely seems that Apple is expanding this type of technology to its various products, and the iPhone 6s could be next.
It’s been rumored that Apple could use OLED in the iPhone 6s display. While OLED displays are far better than LCD screens, it costs more to manufacture, so it’ll be interesting to see how OLED displays on the iPhone 6s will affect its price if it’s indeed true.
In an OLED display, each pixel is made up of an organic material (hence the name: Organic Light-Emitting Diode) that emits light when an electrical current is passed through it. Because of this, OLED displays do not require a backlight, allowing them to be thinner and lighter than normal LCD displays. This also makes it possible to bend and curve OLED displays, allowing Apple to play around with a lot of different designs.
OLED displays are becoming more and more popular these days, as many new HDTVs are coming with OLED technology and some new smartphones are also arriving with OLED screens. However, it’s still a very new technology, and we don’t blame Apple for waiting a bit before using such a display, but the iPhone 6s could be the perfect time for Apple to transition to OLED.
The report notes that the technology would not be able to use the same display technology that’s currently on the iPhone 6, meaning a completely new display would most likely be in order. However, Apple most likely won’t re-design the iPhone until the iPhone 7 in 2016.
A glasses-free 3D display is certainly possible, but from what we’ve already seen from the Amazon Fire Phone, consumers aren’t that excited about such a technology, as the Fire Phone has experienced poor sales from the very beginning.
While we would take this rumor with a huge grain of salt, Apple has already dabbled in 3D display technology of sorts, in the form of iOS 7’s and iOS 8’s Parallax Effect feature that provides the illusion that the screen is in 3D.
The parallax effect was first introduced in iOS 7 and is a feature that also made its way to iOS 8. Essentially, it gives your iPhone or iPad’s home screen a neat 3D look, so when you move your device around in your hand while keeping your head still, it looks like you’re looking “around” the app icons onto the wallpaper, almost like you’re looking through a window out onto the iOS 8 world.
It does seems a bit odd that Apple would want to put a 3D display on its next iPhone, especially if consumers don’t really want that type of technology on their phones, but the Cupertino-based company is popular for taking previous mediocre technologies and improving them on their own devices to make them useful or unique. With that said, it doesn’t seem too crazy for the iPhone 6s to come with some type of 3D display.