Revered KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a pretty good track record of forecasting Apple's future plans. In a note issued today, Kuo makes a number of predictions regarding Apple's latest iPhone refresh, some are expected, some are rumoured, and there are some which are completely new altogether.
Obviously at the moment it's all speculation, especially considering no one's 100% sure what the next iPhone is even going to be called yet. Let us know in the comments what you're expecting AND what you want from the next iPhone.
Check out Kuo's predictions for the next iPhone below.
1. Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding in the commercial market
2. Screen will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with resolution the same as existing models. There will be no new 4-inch model
3. There will be an additional casing colour, rose gold, matching the rose-gold Apple Watch Edition
4. The camera will have a pixel upgrade, likely to 12MP
5. One microphone will be added near the speaker to enhance voice quality
6. The A9 processor with upgraded 2GB LPDDR4 will be adopted
7. The bending issue will be improved by using different casing materials and internal mechanical design changes
8. If drop test issues can be resolved, the 5.5-inch model will have a limited number of units with sapphire cover lens
9. The recognition rate of Touch ID will be improved further in a bid to promote Apple Pay
10. Gesture control support
11. It’s expected that mass production will start in mid-to-late August. Total shipments will be 80-90 million in 2015, with a 2:1 ratio of 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.
Although we can only take this with a pinch of salt, the chances are a lot of these predictions will turn out to be true. The prediction of a lack of a 4" model is quite a surprise, however that's made up for by the much needed megapixel upgrade to the camera. If the rose gold prediction turns out to be true (which is the one I'm doubting the most) it'll be interesting to see the finish on that.
The lack of prediction of any sort of battery upgrade bothers me the most, with the Apple Watch and many other peripherals coming out so regularly, it's ridiculous for Apple to not upgrade the battery.
Let us know about your thoughts on Ming-Chi Kuo's predictions below.