Night follows day. Summer leads to Autumn. Just as certain is an annual iPhone release and, if the yearly cycle is anything to go by, we should be seeing the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus land at some point in the first half of September. With just a few weeks to go until the expected unveiling the Apple rumour mill is kicking into gear, with the latest alleged iPhone 6S leak showing off what's thought to be display components for the new phone.
Posted to Chinese social networking site Weibo by repair company GeekBar, the trio of photos show what's thought to be the display assembly for the iPhone 6S. Differing slightly to the display assembly you'd see in an iPhone 6 teardown, it's possible that the mystery changes are there to facilitate the new Force Touch, pressure-sensitive screen components. The display components otherwise seem unchanged, pointing to a similar overall design as the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S.
First seen in the New MacBook and Apple Watch, the Force Touch screens allow for different functions to be carried out by the device, dependant upon how much pressure a user puts into each press from their squishy digits. In the case of an iPhone, for instance, that delayed long-press control used to re-organise app icons could be swapped out for a swifter hard-press option instead.
Indeed, it seems Apple's partners in the supply chain are gearing up for an increase in production of Force Touch display components, with TPK's factories said to be entering mass production, according to a Pocket Now report. With the Apple Watch sales far lower than Apple would have liked according to estimates, you can rest assure they won't be needing too many Force Touch displays for the wristable.
Not that Apple's disheartened – if Force Touch is the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus's killer feature, Apple obviously has a lot of faith in it. The company is thought to be encouraging a whopping iPhone 6S production run of over 90 million units, considerably more than the iPhone 6's 80m production run. [NowhereElse, GeekBar (Weibo)]