Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone sometime next month. While we already have a pretty good idea of what to expect, a new report by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman -- who has an extremely good track record for scoops and news on upcoming Apple products -- lends more weight to those rumors and brings some extra bits of information to the table.
Gurman says the new iPhones will have a pressure-sensitive button that provides feedback to the user via a vibrating haptic sensation rather than a true physical click, similar to the MacBook's Force Touch trackpad. It’s unclear if this is meant to provide new functionality, or simply serve to save some space under the hood.
The report reaffirms rumors we’ve heard many times before, like the 5.5-inch “Plus” model having a new dual-lens camera system that will produce better photos. The two sensors will capture two images independently then merge them into one to get higher quality images, especially in lower light conditions, and allow greater clarity when zooming in.
Gurman also says this year’s models will look similar to the 6 and 6S, holding back on a major redesign until next year, when the iPhone celebrates its 10th birthday. The only noticeable change aside from subtler antenna lines is the lack of a headphone jack, opting for connectivity via Bluetooth and the charging port instead.
Apple Watch rumors are also doing the rounds this morning. According to a separate report by AppleInsider, based on an investor note by KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning two new models of the Watch which would arrive later this year.
One of them will reportedly be a minor update to the current model, with a better processor and improved waterproofing -- sort of an ’s’ upgrade for the device. The second model, dubbed "Apple Watch 2" for now, will reportedly get GPS and a barometer, which will allow it to pinpoint more accurately your location.
Apple will reportedly adopt thinner display technology for the Apple Watch 2, but will retain the same screen sizes and thickness as existing models, with a similar form factor overall, due to the use of a slightly larger battery. Kuo does not expect cellular connectivity on the Apple Watch until at least 2017 despite some rumors suggesting otherwise.
We’re taking the Apple Watch rumors with a grain of salt, but if two new models are indeed planned for 2016, they might be unveiled alongside the new iPhones next month.