Apple May Name Its Next Handset ‘iPhone 7’ Based on A Significant UI Change
Apple may call its next-generation iPhone as the “iPhone 7,” instead of the “iPhone 6s,” claims a renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.
In his latest research note issued on Thursday, Kuo claimed that this year’s iPhone model will feature numerous user interface changes being ported to the forthcoming iOS upgrade. The upgrade will also include the Force Touch technology that will represent “the most significant change” to date in the iPhone UI, according to the report.
Force Touch is currently available on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, and will also be integrated into the upcoming 12-inch MacBook and Apple Watch. However, Kuo confirmed that the Force technology being implemented in the next-gen iPhone will substantially differ from the one being observed on the Apple Watch and MacBook trackpad.
“We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers,” Kuo said. “Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.”
In fact, Kuo believes the change will be significant enough for the Cupertino giant to name its next handset the “iPhone 7,” rather than an “iPhone 6s.”
The report strengthens a previous claim by The Wall Street Journal stating that the new Force Touch technology can distinguish between a light tap and deep press.
Kuo further suggested that Apple is likely to implement Force Touch on the next iPhone by using the capacitive technology, and placing the sensor under the in-cell touch panel’s backlight. This is done to save space within the device, and facilitate its more transparent attribute for use on an LCD, he noted.
Moreover, the iPhone 7 modules are said to come in screen sizes of 4.7in and 5.5in, which Kuo expects will be shipped by TPK and GIS, while metal shielding could come from Minebea, Hi-P, and Jabil.
If earlier rumors are to be believed, Apple is planning to launch three iPhone models this year including a low-end 4-inch iPhone 6C. But Kuo isn’t convinced that the 6C could see the light of day in 2015.
Apple has not officially confirmed any of these claims, whether it be the implementation of Force Touch in its next-gen iPhone or the launch of 4in handset.