Best Hidden iPhone Secret Codes 2016

iOS is the one of the best mobile operating system.There are many secret and hidden features in iphone. iOS is getting smarter day by day there are many features which are hidden from the normal users which you can access via only hidden iphone secret codes 2015. iPhone developers also creates many backdoor through which you can enter into the system and you can change settings. It is not meant to be used these backdoor for malicious intent because developers blocked some modes and these backdoor are the way or allow the users to enter into the system and let you become familiar to the system. In smartphone these backdoor are called hidden secret codes. These are the numeric/symbolic sequences which allow you to access system settings for several uses. So here we collected some iphone secret codes 2016. May be some of them not work on specific device but you can try it if you can ! Check out these hidden codes and start exploring your iphone smartphone.

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iPhone Secret Codes 2016

*#06#
It helps to know IMEI Number of any phone i.e. it will work on any smartphone. Everyone knows this iphone secret codes 2015

*#21#
This code displays information about call forwarding (calls , voice and data)
*#62#
Information call forwarding if phone is switched off or in case of none of service is available
##002#
This code disables all call forwarding!
*#30#
This code allows or blocks the phone number calling you!
*#31#
Allows you to hide your phone number
*#33#
This code will give you a list with multiple configurations like ( call , sms , data etc) and show whether they are enabled or not
*#43#
This code helps to verify status of call waiting like SMS , Data and Sync data
*#61#
To know missed calls
*3001#12345#*

So, this is the list of all hidden iphone secret codes 2016 list which are working on all ios 8,7,and on iphone 6,iphone 6 plus,iphone 5s,iphone 5,4 and 3gs also these secret codes working on ipad. I hopes these codes  will help you alot. If you are facing any error or found any wrong codes then just drop it in comment section. Feel free to share these iphone secret hidden codes with your friends.


Apple iPhone Upgrade Program

Apple’s newly announced iPhone Upgrade Program offers customers the opportunity to upgrade their smartphone each year by paying a monthly installment. In this column, I’ll look at whether the plan is worth it.

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Apple’s plan mimics similar deals offered by the four major wireless operators, which are ditching two-year service contracts with heavily subsidized devices. Instead they’re offering plans that require customers to pay full price for a phone in exchange for lower service fees. T-Mobile started the no-contract trend two years ago and Verizon is the latest to follow suit.

Installment plans help blunt the sticker shock of a new smartphone. And the upgrade plans help drive more iPhone sales.

Apple’s new plan could be a boon for the company, which will not only move more inventory, but will also get a steady stream of older devices it can resell.

The new financing program will be available only at Apple retail locations. Customers won’t be able to sign up for it online. Devices bought through the program will be unlocked, but they must be activated on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon, the company said during the announcement.

You’re right, I’ve gotten tons of emails asking how Apple’s program works and stacks up against carrier plans. To help answer all these questions, I put together an FAQ.

What’s the pricing for the Apple upgrade program?

Pricing starts at $32.41 a month for a 16GB iPhone 6S and goes as high as $44.91 for the 128GB iPhone 6S Plus.

Do customers have to return their old iPhone when upgrading to the next model?

Apple’s program is essentially an installment plan combined with an early upgrade program. It spreads payments for the new phone over 24 months. Customers can upgrade free after 12 payments. To upgrade, they must trade in their existing iPhone; then the clock resets on the monthly payments for the new device.

If customers choose not to upgrade, they can continue paying off the device. After 24 months, they’ll own the phone and can keep it, sell it, give it to a family member or use it as a backup device.

If customers want a new phone after making 24 payments, they can keep their paid-off phone and sign up for a new device, assuming Apple continues the program.

The plan offers ‘unlocked’ iPhones. What are they and why would I want one?

An unlocked smartphone doesn’t have software installed from a specific wireless operator to prevent it from being used on a rival’s network. iPhones sold for and by major carriers include a software lock. (Verizon is the big exception. All its 4G LTE devices come unlocked.) AT&T and Sprint will generally unlock devices once they’re paid for.

T-Mobile announced Thursday a network service guarantee that lets unsatisfied customers request that their smartphone be unlocked so it can be used on a competitor’s network, even if the device isn’t paid off.

Unlocked phones let customers avoid contracts and switch carriers if they’re unhappy with service. They also let customers swap SIM cards so the device can be used with a local service provider when traveling abroad. This can save big bucks on service charges while out of the country.

In the past, unlocked iPhones didn’t work on all US carriers. Will the unlocked version sold through this program work?

In years gone by, Apple built multiple versions of the iPhone that included technology compatible with particular wireless operators. Unlocked versions of the phone were often tailored more for the European market, which uses a network technology called GSM to deliver voice service. AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. use GSM, while Verizon and Sprint use a technology called CDMA to deliver voice service. Because of this difference, unlocked iPhones sold by Apple often didn’t support the CDMA technology needed to operate on Verizon and Sprint.

Apple says the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus sold through this program will come unlocked and will work on any of the four major US carriers’ networks.

How does pricing for Apple’s new plan compare to similar plans from the carriers?

Look at the chart below and you’ll see that Apple’s program is likely to be pricier than most of the other offers.

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One thing to note is that included in the monthly fee is a subscription to Apple Care+, Apple’s insurance and extended warranty program. The retail cost of this service is $129. If you look at the total price of a new 16GB iPhone 6S under the Apple program, it’s roughly $129 more than the full retail price of the device, which is $650.

Each of the four major carriers in the US offers installment and/or early upgrade programs for new iPhones. And each of those is likely to be at least slightly less expensive than Apple’s plan. But remember that these plans don’t include insurance or an extended warranty. Customers wanting those features must pay extra, and the per month and total cost could be pricier than Apple’s offer.

Based on current pricing, Sprint offers the best value for customers who’d like to upgrade to a new iPhone every year, through a leasing program called iPhone Forever. Right now Sprint is offering a promotion that lets customers lease a new iPhone for $15 a month with the option to upgrade anytime they want. In order to get this price, customers have to turn in a functioning smartphone. Without a device to trade-in, the price is $22 a month to lease a new iPhone 6S.

For iPhone fans who plan to keep their devices longer, T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand offers a great value. The plan, available only in retail stores, charges a monthly fee and lets customers upgrade up to three times a year.

Following Apple’s announcement, T-Mobile sweetened its deal by dropping the monthly lease price for a new 16GB iPhone 6S to $20 a month. But the real value of the T-Mobile offer over all the other plans is that it lets customers pay $164 at the end of the lease period to own the phone. This, coupled with the newly reduced monthly fee, brings the total cost of a new iPhone under T-Mobile’s Jump plan to $524, a savings of $126 over the full retail price of the phone.

I know Apple Care+ is included in the monthly fee under Apple’s program. What benefit does it provide over the standard warranty?

Apple iPhones come with a limited one-year warranty, which covers manufacturer defects, as well as 90 days of support. AppleCare+, which now costs $129, extends the basic warranty to two years. It also adds up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

The bottom line: What should I do?

Apple’s upgrade program is attractive only for people looking to upgrade to the latest iPhone every year.

Even then, Sprint and T-Mobile each offer less expensive options, especially with the promotions they’re currently running.

If you’d rather use AT&T or Verizon as your service provider, and you’d like to upgrade your iPhone each year, the Apple upgrade program is appealing. It’s priced slightly lower than AT&T’s Next program, which also allows the option to upgrade once a year, and it includes the Apple Care+ warranty and insurance. For Verizon subscribers, it’s the only option if you want to upgrade without paying the full price for a new device every year.

If you plan to keep your device for at least two years and you don’t really need or want to spend extra money on the Apple Care+ service, then almost any offer from one of the wireless carriers will likely cost you less over a 24-month period than Apple’s plan.

Apple next iPhone 6s will Probably be Unveiled September 9

Apple will likely hold a media event to unveil its next iPhone on September 9, according to BuzzFeed News.

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Apple hasn’t sent out invitations just yet, but people familiar with Apple’s plans told BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski that it will happen during the week of September 7.

These sources reportedly said that Wednesday, September 9, is the most likely date for the event.

That’s the same day Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year.

Apple is also planning to introduce several other new products, such as the Apple TV set-top box that was supposed to debut in June as well as the rumored iPad Pro that we’ve heard it’s been testing for years.

It sounds as if the iPhone 6S — as it’s expected to be called — will be the main headliner. The next iPhone is expected to come with Apple’s pressure sensitive Force Touch technology in its screen, a faster A9 processor, and a better camera.

Apple launches new iPod touch with 64-bit A8 CPU, 8MP camera, M8 motion coprocessor and 128GB capacity

Apple on Wednesday overhauled its iPod touch lineup for the first time in years, debuting a new high-end $399 model with a 128-gigabyte capacity, while giving all versions a 64-bit A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor, and 8-megapixel rear camera.

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The new iPod touch lineup starts at $199 for a 16-gigabyte capacity, while a $249 model with 32 gigabytes, and a $299 model with 64 gigabytes are also available. The new iPod touch lineup is available for purchase direct from Apple.

Aside from upgraded internal components, the new iPod touch models also come in three new colors: gold, hot pink, and a darker shade of blue than was previously offered.

The new iPod touch units ship with iOS 8.4, the latest available version of Apple’s mobile operating system. This includes support for the new Apple Music service, which will allow users to stream songs on demand for $9.99 per month.

AppleInsider was first to report in April that Apple would be updating its long-neglected iPod lineup this year. Wednesday’s update marks the first significant changes to the iPod touch since 2012.

The inclusion of the M8 chip also makes the iPod touch a full-fledged pedometer, allowing it to compete with step tracking accessories from the likes of Fitbit. The M8 and A8 chips debuted in 2014 in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The new 64-bit processor also means that applications on the iPod touch will work with Metal, Apple’s advanced gaming technology exclusive to its newer A-series CPUs.

The high-end 128-gigabyte capacity, meanwhile, is a first for an iOS device with a 4-inch Retina display. Apple didn’t begin offering 128-gigabyte capacities in the iPhone lineup until last year’s launch of the larger 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

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In addition to an 8-megapixel iSight rear camera that can shoot 120-frames-per-second slow-mo video, the new iPod touch also has an improved forward facing FaceTime HD camera. Wi-Fi speeds have also been improved and are three times faster.

Aside from the upgraded components and new colors, the design of the iPod touch is largely unchanged. The new models lack the loop accessory found on the previous generation, but the portable media player still has a 6.1-millimeter thick design with a 4-inch Retina display. It has support for the Siri voice-driven personal assistant, and uses the Lightning connector for charging and syncing.

“iPod touch gives customers around the world access to Apple Music, the App Store and iOS, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, starting at just $199,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing. “With big advancements like the A8 chip and the 8 megapixel iSight camera, customers can experience next-level gameplay, take even more beautiful photos and enjoy their favorite music, TV shows and movies.”

The refresh comes just one day later than had been rumored, as promotional images found in Apple’s own iTunes 12.2 software showed a calendar icon dated Tuesday, July 14. Product shots on Apple’s website after Wednesday’s launch continue to show the “14” calendar.

10 Best phablets in the World Today

Our hands might not be getting any bigger but our phones certainly are. As flagships like the LG G4 and OnePlus One creep up to 5.5 inches phablets are starting to resemble small tablets, arguably filling the roles of both a smartphone and a slate.

If you think that one device is better than two, or just have really big hands, then there is a growing selection of phones to suit and these are the ten best.

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10. Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Windows Phone on the big screen

OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

If you’re looking for a low cost, big screened, easy to use smartphone then you’re in the right place. The Microsoft (not Nokia) Lumia 640 XL checks all three boxes.

The Windows Phone interface is intuitive, and while it may not have the app selection of iOS or Android, at this price you can’t really complain and there’s a decent spec sheet to back it up.

What’s more, pick up the Lumia 640 XL now and you’ll be guaranteed an upgrade to Windows 10 when it starts rolling out – making this handset pretty future proof.

9. HTC Desire 820

A mid-range smartphone with a big screen

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

In the battle of the big phones there are a few players that are trying to make their mark and a 64-bit processor and 8MP front facing camera helps the HTC Desire 820 gain some ground.

The design also has to be applauded. It might be made out of a polycarbonate chassis, but the two tone shell is attractive and feels very well made.

The 720p display isn’t the sharpest, but considering the price it can almost be forgiven as you’re getting a lot of real estate for your money.

8. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Water and dust proof, the massive Z Ultra is ready for action

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3050mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

At 6.4 inches the Z Ultra is monstrous in size and that’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a true tablet replacement, as it’s not all that much smaller than a 7-inch slate, but that of course makes it wildly impractical as a phone.

Still, if you really want an all-in-one device this will do it and size aside there’s a lot going for it. The Xperia Z Ultra has a premium build with a glass back and it’s super slim at just 6.5mm thick, so it looks good, especially compared to most other phablets.

It’s water and dust resistant, has a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and its screen makes it a great portable movie player too. You’re going to be giving the battery a workout, so it’s a good thing that its 3050mAh juice pack is up to the challenge.

7. LG G Flex 2

The only bendable phablet around

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Okay so the LG G Flex 2 isn’t exactly cheap, which is part of the reason why it isn’t as high up the list as you may think, but it certainly has a couple of neat party tricks.

First up, as the name suggests, it’s a flexible smartphone – you can actually bend the banana shaped handset slightly without snapping it in two. Then there’s the self healing rear coating which gets rid of minor bumps and scuffs as if by magic.

Its battery life may not be stellar, and it can get rather toasty if you really hammer it, but you can be sure you’ll be the talk of the pub when you whip it out your pocket.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It may not be top of the pile anymore, but it still packs a punch

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 3200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The faux-leather rear of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is divisive at best, but with a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM it’s a high performing handset, while its 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display is sharp and impressive.

It’s also on the small side, at least as far as phablets go, which makes it easier to hold than some competing devices, while the inclusion of a stylus makes it a joy to use.

Add in an impressive battery life and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really is a phone that has it all. Great as a phone, even better for media and productivity, high powered and it keeps on going all day.

5. Huawei Ascend Mate 7

The phablet from China, with love

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Along with Oppo, Huawei is another relatively unknown name that’s creeped into the list, but the Ascend Mate 7 is worthy of attention.

With a big 6.0-inch 1080p screen, an attractive aluminium casing, good battery life, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and even a fingerprint scanner there’s a lot to like here. A 13MP snapper and a microSD card slot don’t hurt either.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 isn’t quite the most powerful phone around (though it’s not far off) and there are handsets with sharper screens, but it doesn’t feel lacking, so if you don’t mind skipping past the brand names you can save yourself some money and still get a top flight phablet experience by picking up one of these.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

A cool side screen with extra functionality

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP

With its curved screen it would be easy to write the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge off as a gimmick, but that would be a mistake. While the edge is hardly an essential feature it does add some handy skills to the phone, such as the ability to exile video controls to the edge so they’re always visible without obstructing the display.

Those minor features aside the Galaxy Note Edge is also almost as impressive a handset as the Note 4, with heaps of power, a super-sharp QHD screen and an S Pen stylus, so you can write by hand and even sketch on your phone.

A slightly smaller battery and marginally worse performance are the only things holding it back from the Galaxy Note 4 and the number one spot.

3. Google Nexus 6

Pure Google and pure Android on the big screen

OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.96-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The Nexus 6 is Google’s first phablet and it’s a real winner, with an enormous 5.96-inch QHD screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Of course it also benefits from being a stock Android device and first in line for new OS updates and even its camera- traditionally a weak point on Nexus devices, is capable of taking some pretty stunning snaps.

Add to that extra features like Qi and turbo charging and it’s clear that this is a real flagship device with no cut corners. If there’s a downside to all this it’s that it’s not the budget bargain that many Nexus phones are, but it’s hard to argue that it’s not worth every penny.

2. iPhone 6 Plus

Apple does supersize, and does it well

OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 2915mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Can a phone with a 5.5-inch screen really be considered a phablet? Maybe not in Android land, but for Apple this is big, really big.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a sharp 1080 x 1920 display and specs that punch well above their weight, with its optical image stabilisation-equipped 8MP snapper capable of some of the best photos you can take on a smartphone and its dual-core processor somehow delivering impossibly slick performance.

Being an Apple device it also has a sumptuous design and build, with a slim metal shell leaving it as the best looking phablet on the planet. While its Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a nice bonus and for the time being it’s the only iOS phablet available.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

King of the phablets

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP

Samsung was one of the first companies to jump on the phablet train and its most recent one, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is not only one of Samsung’s best phones but the best phablet money can buy.

Its super sharp, bright and vibrant but still fairly pocketable 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display is perhaps the star of the show. Or maybe that honour should go to its ridiculously slick performance, supported by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. Then again its 16MP camera complete with optical image stabilisation is also highly impressive.

We haven’t even touched on its metal frame or its innovative and useful S Pen, let alone its fingerprint scanner, but it should be clear by now that we’re huge fans of Samsung’s latest phablet. It’s big (but not too big), powerful, stylish and feature packed. If you’ve got the money and want a big-screen phone this is unquestionably the one to go for.

Phablet the Future of Smartphones

A recent report by Yahoo’s Flurry Analytics unit shows that phablet usage is growing dramatically. For the purposes of looking into this further, it helps to categorize phablets and differentiate them from smartphones.

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Phablets are essentially a larger phone or a smaller tablet with cellular radio capability. While there are smaller 8 inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 that sport cellular capability, the phablet definition is limited to screen sizes under 7 inches — perhaps that being the limit of how ridiculous it looks to put such a device to your ear to use as a phone.

The report noted that phablets usage has more than tripled over the past two years, growing from 5% to 20% of active devices. Most of this growth appears to come at the expense of medium-sized phones (3.5 to 4.9 inches). Flurry’s numbers are based on the 1.6 billion devices that it claims it tracks, its analytics capabilities being integrated into some 540,000 apps. The company has been in the mobile analytics space since 2005 and was purchased by Yahoo in July 2014 for an estimated $240 million.

Samsung ignited the phablet segment with the introduction of the original Galaxy Note in 2011. That model had a 5.3-inch screen, which was gigantic for a phone at that time. While somewhat derided at first in the US as not really a phone, it has proven popular in all markets around the world, selling 50 million devices in the first two years. It has spawned many competitors, and now the flagship phones from Samsung, LG, Microsoft’s Nokia, Sony, OnePlus One, and others are all in the phablet size range. Apple jumped into the fray last fall with the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus, and it has also been hugely popular.

Phablets have been most popular in Asia, where people tend to use them as their one device for both phone capabilities and their portal to the Internet. In the second quarter of 2013, research firm IDC reported that phablets shipments were double that of tablets and laptops in the Asia Pacific region. In high growth markets like India, phablets account for more than 30% of all smartphone sales, and tablet sales are declining.

We can slice and dice the numbers all day long, but what does it really mean? In the end, phablets are just another form factor. They are popular because they offer distinct advantages. As we rely more on our devices that are always with us for all sorts of information and communication, for a great number of people the larger screen size is simply easier to read and use for most apps.

While not everyone wants to carry a device with a 6-inch screen around, and one handed use may not be easy, the increased screen size – especially with today’s high resolutions – make for a better experience for many. And while holding a large phone to the ear may be awkward, there are many Bluetooth headsets and speakers, as well as nearly ubiquitous Bluetooth in cars that mitigate that. More significantly, voice, while still important, is no longer the killer app in mobile devices.

The phablet will likely most cannibalize small tablet sales. There is a fair amount of overlap there. If you have 5.5-inch phablet, is a 7-inch tablet that much of a step up in screen? The numbers already show a decrease in sales in that tablet size. But there is still a big difference in a 5.5-inch versus a 9- or 11-inch tablet screen, and apps can be optimized for both and offer different experiences. As far as laptops, they will continue to decline overall, as tablets will cannibalize more of casual use for Internet browsing, apps, and content consumption. But they won’t go away, any more than desktops have gone away.

Clearly the mix of devices we use has changed and will continue to evolve. As technology enables certain capabilities in new form factors that are smaller, lighter, more portable, longer lasting (batteries), and so on, then people shift their habits and device usage. We should expect the same with wearables. As wearables get more sophisticated, for example, adding GPS and cellular capability, some of those will replace certain smartphone sales. In the end, it’s just another phase of the evolution of computing we’ve been experiencing for the past 50 years.

What does it mean from the point of view of the major ecosystems? Given Android’s openness and availability to device manufacturers, Android phablets dominate in the market. There are countless (well, OK, many) phablet devices available, versus just one iPhone phablet. But that dominance has not translated to larger tablets (yet), where Apple still holds a 36% share of the market (in shipments) and a larger share of the revenue and profit. BlackBerry is no longer a player at this point, and it remains to be seen what Microsoft and Windows 10 does in mobile devices going forward. One might surmise that Apple might want more of a budget phablet, especially to capture additional market share in Asia. Nokia had a 6-inch phablet and one would think Microsoft is not going to be left out in that segment in the future.

iPhone 6s

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, released in September, have only been available just over six months, but rumors about the next-generation iPhone are already trickling in. It’s likely Apple will continue its 2014 trend, offering the 2015 iPhone in two separate sizes — one larger and one smaller.

It’s not clear what Apple will call its 2015 iPhones, but Apple may stick to its long running “S” naming scheme (which has been around since 2009), calling the new phones the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. iPhone 6s Plus is a mouthful though, so it is possible that this might be the year that we get a new naming format. One analyst believes Apple might call its next-generation phone the “iPhone 7” due to the significance of the new changes being implemented, but it’s far too early in development to know for sure.

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As the months pass by, details about the next-generation iPhone have begun trickling in. Because it’s an “S” year upgrade and because the iPhone was just redesigned, the next-generation version will focus on internal improvements rather than an updated external look. Screen sizes will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and Apple is not expected to introduce a new 4-inch model.

There may be a few exterior changes, though. There’s been a rumor that Apple could add a new color option to its iPhone lineup in 2015 — pink. We’ve also seen a rumor suggesting Apple might opt to use the same 7000 series aluminum used in the Apple Watch in the next-generation iPhone. The aluminum is 60% stronger than standard aluminum but still lightweight.

In the past, “S” upgrades have brought features like Siri, Touch ID, new processors, and camera improvements, and we can expect to see many of the same updates with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to rumors, the new devices will gain a faster A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel camera, an additional microphone to enhance voice quality, and potentially a new internal mechanical design to address some bending issues users experienced with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

The 2015 iPhones are also expected to gain the Force Touch feature first introduced with the Apple Watch, allowing for new gestures that incorporate pressure sensitivity, and improved Touch ID to make fingerprint recognition faster. A report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also suggested Apple may use sapphire in a limited number of iPhone 6s Plus units, “if drop test issues can be resolved.”

The two new devices will also continue to offer features that have become integral to the iPhone, including Touch ID support, NFC for Apple Pay, 802.11ac Wi-Fi capabilities, and LTE Advanced.

Apple is likely to release the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the fall of 2015.

FORCE TOUCH

Several rumors have suggested the new iPhone 6s could incorporate the “Force Touch” capabilities first introduced with the Apple Watch, which is able to distinguish between a light tap and a harder press, enabling new gestures. Apple appears to be slowly adding Force Touch to its products, and recently, the company introduced both a 12-inch Retina MacBook and an updated 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpads.

One rumor has suggested Force Touch could be limited to the iPhone 6s Plus, which is not out of the realm of possibility as the iPhone 6 Plus does have features not included in the iPhone 6. For example, the iPhone 6 Plus is the only device with optical image stabilization.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the next-generation iPhone will have a capacitive Force Touch sensor underneath the backlight. He claims that the hardware design of the Force Touch included in the iPhone may work differently than Force Touch in the Apple Watch and 12-inch Retina MacBook.

Instead of directly detecting the pressure applied by a finger on the screen, Force Touch hardware in the iPhone might monitor the contact area where a finger presses to determine how much pressure is being applied.

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Some rumors have hinted that the iPhone 6s could bring Apple’s “biggest camera jump ever” in the form of a possible two-lens system that would allow Apple to offer DSLR quality images in its iPhone, but other rumors have disagreed that Apple plans to introduce a two-lens system, sticking instead with the same 8-megapixel sensor found in previous iPhones.

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has believes the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will gain an upgraded 12-megapixel camera, and his predictions are often correct. Separate rumors have also reiterated the claims of a megapixel increase.

Apple recently acquired LinX Imaging, a camera technology company specializing in cameras for mobile devices that are able to produce DSLR-quality images by using multi-aperture arrays.

LinX technology also introduces much-improved low-light photo taking capabilities, and due to depth mapping, it can even created 3D images from still photographs. It’s possible LinX’s camera technology could be used in the next-generation iPhones.

BETTER TOUCH ID

Touch ID may also see some improvements. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 6s will feature an upgraded Touch ID module with reduced reading errors to enhance the Apple Pay experience.

A SAPPHIRE DISPLAY

iPhone 6 rumors focused heavily on a potential sapphire display that did not materialize due to production issues, and there have already been some whispers suggesting Apple will use sapphire displays produced by Foxconn for the next-generation iPhone. No new sapphire deals have come to light, though, so it is somewhat unlikely we’ll see sapphire in the iPhone 6s.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple may use sapphire in some models of the larger iPhone 6s Plus if issues with drop tests can be worked out ahead of mass production.

4-INCH IPHONE 6C?

There have been conflicting rumors concerning the addition of a new 4-inch iPhone 6c to Apple’s 2015 lineup. Several rumors coming out of the Asian supply chain have suggested there will be a newly designed 4-inch iPhone “6c” released in 2015, but other reports have called these rumors incorrect, including a recent note from reliable KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. For more on the iPhone 6c rumors, check out our iPhone 6c roundup.
Release Date

For the past several years, Apple’s new iPhones have been released in September, suggesting the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will see a debut in September of 2015. Mass production may begin in August for a mid-to-late September launch date.

There have been some rumors circulating that suggest the next-generation iPhones will debut in August and launch in September, but this would be highly unusual as Apple has never introduced an iPhone in August.